True Friendships

Are Worth More Than Gold

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends โ›ต๐Ÿฆˆโ›ต

I’ve lived on both the East coast and the West coast all my life, have been to many tropical islands and have always been a huge lover of the ocean and the beautiful animals that call it their home. ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿš๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‹

I’ve seen tons of sea turtles, baby sea turtles hatching, whales, the mating ritual of manta rays, owned a 30ft sail boat, have gone deep sea fishing tons of times and yet as much time as I’ve spent near, in and on the ocean, I’ve never seen dolphins in the wild ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Until today ๐Ÿฆˆโ›ต

Knowing how much I love the ocean, my bestie surprised me with a going away present of a private 2 hour dolphin tour and omg it was incredible

We were out for about 45 minutes without seeing any and then my bestie shouts..

Over there โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ

OMG!!!! There was a huge Mama and her baby right in front of us..

Of course I couldn’t get a picture because I was in awe and lost it crying lol… Yeah I’m a huge cry baby hahaha yet to see them in the wild was an amazing feeling and experience. I was truly awe-stricken.

We drove around for a while and nothing…

Other than the beautiful sound of the waves crashing against the boat and the salty water spraying my face… Not to mention the colors of the water and other beautiful boats at sea

The other dolphin cruises were on the radio all saying “nope nothing out here!” ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Then as we were heading back..

BAM๐Ÿ’ฅ there they were…

(Click on the videos)

One was so close I could follow her shadow to wait for her to come up for air…..๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

It was truly an amazing day and I am so very grateful to my dear friend Patti…

She has been my rock through the bus conversion, has let me cry, scream and just be wherever I need to and I am beyond grateful for her!..

My point in all this is:

Don’t ever forget to thank those in your life that go out of their way to see you smile…

The ones that unconditionally want nothing more than for you to be happy…

They are far and few between my friends and it’s always nice to let them know how much you love and appreciate them.

So thank you Patti for all you do and for all you are!! Love you so much..Today, forever & beyond๐Ÿ’–

Thank you for an amazing day I am truly grateful ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’–

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Gratitude Teaches Patience

So be grateful for all you do!

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’–

Patience has never been my strong suit and this past 2 months of trying to get the bus finished so I can hit the road has really really tried my patience ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Many people I know have given me kudos for sticking to my guns through all the issues and setbacks I’ve had with the bus and I truly appreciate it..

Yet quitting has never ever been an option or a thought I’ve had ๐Ÿค” yet being patient has sometimes gotten the best of me… Making me cry, making me wonder if this journey is meant to be and even putting doubt in my head… ๐Ÿค”

Yet every time something has happened I step back and think about how grateful I am too have the opportunity to be able to convert a bus and travel and I wake up stronger and even more determined to get this done..

Yet last night was different..

I went to bed frustrated and this morning I woke up impatient and pissed that the bus is in the shop and I’m not on the road yet๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ซ

Then I realized that rather than being grateful for the bus being where it needs to be I was acting like an ungrateful kid instead and that wasn’t helping at all…

So I sat my ungrateful ass down and made a list of everything I’ve done so far and omg it was like the universe slapped me upside my head and said

“Are you grateful now?!?”

My point I’m all this is:

Instead of being grateful for things we’re WAITING for.. we tend to get impatient and our gratitude goes out the door…

So learn to be truly grateful for EVERYTHING that you do.. cause you will learn that gratitude will help you appreciate waiting too!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™..

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Filled With Love & Gratitude

Every Moment Of Every Day

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends

Wow I just hit 2k followers on Instagram and I truly am shocked…

When I started posting my poems on IG and my blog, I did it because it was a place for me to put them and save them because I had tons of scribble papers everywhere and I wanted to organize them and expand on my feelings about what I wrote.

It truly never was about gaining followers and honestly it still isn’t.

At first my page was private cause it was more of a journal for me than anything and within a few days, I started getting follower requests which surprised me actually lol…

Then I met Dana and in a private message she asked me where my poems and thoughts came from and I told her my story.

She suggested that I share my story and so I made my account public and did…

The response I got and the amount of people that started following me was honestly a little overwhelming yet I figured that if my story could help just one person that it would be worth publicizing it..

I love helping others, always have and always will yet never thought my poems and thoughts would receive the response that they have, and during this time, I found that there were quite a lot of people out there that were going through the devestating loss of a child too…

I was not alone!!!

Needless to say, I see people all the time thanking everyone when they reach a certain milestone of followers and decided that even though for me my page isn’t about gaining a million followers, I needed to take the time to show my appreciation for all of the followers I do have cause if it wasn’t for many of you I wouldn’t be where I am today and it’s because of the love and support from my IG family and my blog family, that day by day the pain that I bear gets lighter to carry and for that I am being grateful…

For ALL of you I am truly grateful!

So thank you so very much for all your love and constant support! For listening to my ups and my downs and for shining your light whenever mine goes dim.. I truly love you all with all of my being and just thought I should let you all know it…

Much love, hugs and smiles to you all..I AM GRATEFUL ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

There’s a Difference Between Wearing A Mask

And The Different Roles We Play

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—

I bumped into a friend at the store the other day and we started talking about the different roles we play on a daily basis and it made me think about how true that is ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”..

There’s a huge difference between wearing a mask to hide who you really are or wearing one to be who you really aren’t than when you’re playing a role that is a necessary part of who you are!

When my kids were little I use to tell people all the time that I’m a different mom for each kid…

My kids were spread apart.. my oldest is 6 yrs older than my middle son and 10 yrs older than my youngest… When my oldest was in 6th grade my middle one was in kindergarten and my youngest was 4 yrs younger than my middle one and in day care… Sooo I had to be play a different role with each of them…

Yes I still was mom but I had to be different because of their ages ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

When I went to work, the mom role was turned off until I got home.. I was a different person at different times throughout my day and different according to where I was… Yet I wasn’t wearing a mask to hide who I was at anytime ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ..

My point in all this is:

We are different people all the time..

We are different towards our kids than we are to our coworkers, we are different with our bff than we are too someone we meet for the first time and that’s ok cause it’s part of WHO we are..

Yet wearing a mask to disguise who you really are isn’t healthy or ok cause it’s not being real!

So my friends know the difference between the two cause we play different roles every day.. but if you putting on a mask to hide who you are.. that is not ok ๐Ÿ˜ฎ…

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Bus Update & Upgrade

Dinner Ever Give Up On Your Dreams

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’–

Today I woke up filled with energy and decided to do some upgrades to the inside of the bus. ๐Ÿ˜

I removed the wheelchair ramp from the back which gave me two more feet of space, so I unscrewed my bed, pushed it back against the back wall, which allows me to sit on it when the back door is open and look outside ๐Ÿ˜ secured it and with the extra 2 feet I decided to build another bench that goes along the whole length of my bed. I put hinges on the tops so I could store stuff inside, covered it with foam and material and woo hoo I’m loving it. ๐Ÿ’–.. see pics โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ

The bench that my furbaby is on slides out to be a twin bed for guests which I love too. Tomorrow my oldest is going to install the second solar panel and my mechanic is going to fix my exhaust leak Sunday or Monday… So very excited and the inside is done ๐Ÿ˜ that is until I decide to change something else hahahaha but basically it is done. Once it’s mechanically sound I’ll be on my way… ๐Ÿ’–

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my progress since my upsetting setback a couple weeks ago… Shit happens yet there is nothing that’s going to stop me from living my dream… Perseverance, faith and belief is what makes dreams come true!!

Don’t ever quit my friends ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Today Is Independence Day

Don’t Take It For Granted

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

The month of July is a very hard month for me…

Although the beginning of the month should bring me happy memories, knowing what happened at the end of the month makes it very hard for me to smile today ๐Ÿ˜ข

July 4th, 2015 my son and I decided to get out of town and we went camping at one of our favorite places, Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest…

We explored Indian ruins, went swimming in the lake and saw 5 different fireworks shows from different cities because we hiked to a mountain top..

We had a wonderful 5 days, days that should make me happy, yet then I remember that on July 30th my son went on a different journey up in heaven.. ๐Ÿ˜ข

I’m trying to learn how to carry this pain in a different way, where I can smile at the beautiful time we had on the 4th, yet it’s still very hard for me ๐Ÿ˜ข

Yet even though my pain, today always reminds me of how many people don’t have the freedom that we do and I get so so grateful for what I do have..

2 other incredible children, friends that are amazing and a life where I can do whatever I please and that fills my heart with gratitude and love ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—..

My point in all this is:

So many in our world don’t have the freedom that we do.. they cannot live a life where they can do whatever they want too…

Today is Independence Day and every day should be..a day that you are grateful to be alive and to be free! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Happy 4th of July ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Mistakes Are Just Lessons

To Slow Down And Take Your Time

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜

We always tend to be so hard on ourselves whenever we make a mistake, yet since I started converting the bus 10 months ago, I’ve definitely learned that mistakes are truly lessons!!! They tell us to slow down, step back and take our time…

Yet rarely do we listen! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

Before I was supposed to hit the road last week, I had decided I wanted to take the wheelchair ramp out of the bus! For a couple reasons…

1. it’s was in my way to sit on my bed with the back door open and look out

2. It was really really heavy and taking it out (according to my mechanic) would give me better gas mileage cause it was a 1000 pounds in steel that I didn’t want anyway ๐Ÿ˜

SO we took it out…

Which also gave me 2 feet more room inside ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜….

After I took it out of course my designing brain went into effect and I decided to push my bed all the way back against the back wall and extend the bench and make it an L shape ๐Ÿ˜ (pics to follow after it’s done) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰

Needless to say I took measurements, headed to Lowe’s, got the wood I needed, had them do the long cuts so they were straight lol

Of course I measured a tad off so I had to recut the pieces myself and yep messed up lol

So back to Lowe’s I went (laughing the whole time) to get the piece I messed up (this time I made them cut it lol).๐Ÿ˜‚

My point in all this is:

Making mistakes are a part of life and we all make them…

We can either let it get us all worked up, pissed off and let it ruin our day

Or

We can look at it as a lesson to slow down, take our time and get back on track!

I personally laugh them off cause it’s my own fault for rushing in the first place lol..

So my friends don’t let a mistake ruin your whole day.. it’s just a mistake not the end of the world!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a beYOUtiful day world ๐ŸŒป

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•