Don’t Let A Bad 5 Minutes

Ruin Your Whole Day

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—

It truly baffles me when something shitty happens, no matter if it’s huge or if it’s tiny, we tend to hold on to it for so long that it ruins our day or days for that matter ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ

This weekend I allowed a shitty situation to take over my whole weekend ๐Ÿคฌ why?? I don’t know…

It’s not like I could control it…

It’s not like it was done TO me intentionally and even if it was there’s absolutely nothing I could do about it yet I let it control me, make me angry, make me get all stressed out, then depressed blah blah blah…

When in all reality because there was nothing I could do I should’ve just processed it and let it go ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ.

Now I’m not saying that I should’ve stuffed my feelings about it..

Never do that..

Yet once I processed it and figured out what I needed to do, if anything, I should’ve just let it go and moved on…

But nooooooooo I allowed it to swell up in my head and ruin my weekend ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

It wasn’t until last night when a couple of amazing women I’m in a group with asked me about my old GoFundMe account and it dawned on me that sweating it was truly a waste of time all I needed to do was ask for help ๐Ÿ˜ž

It’s always been really hard for me to ask for help and it still is… Even though I know that my NOT asking for help denies others the same pleasure and good feeling I get when I help someone..

Go figure huh ๐Ÿ˜ฉ ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

My point in all this is… Don’t allow a bad 5 minutes to ruin your day or get you stuck on stupid… it’s so much easier to move on when you don’t sweat the small stuff..

And remember…

There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you really need to.. You know how good it feels when you help someone… So don’t deny the good feeling it gives to others when they want help you!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–…

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Setbacks Don’t Define You

It’s How You Handle Them That Does

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—
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Why does it always seem like when everything is going good, you feel like it’s smooth sailing and you’re so close to finishing something, BAM๐Ÿ’ฅ you get slapped hard with something that sets you back big-time๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ˜ก

The past couple days, in between the rain, I finished putting the flowers and butterfly stickers up the sides of the bus, I replaced ALL the running lights bulbs and covers, I added elastic to the shelving so things don’t fly off the shelves (see picsโฌ‡๏ธ),I secured the fridge and got everything I need to install the ladder on the back plus more and then..

BAM๐Ÿ’ฅ

I find out today that I have to move the bus to it’s own site because the rules state there cannot be 2 RV’s in one site ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคจ

Now technically we all know that the bus is NOT a fully self-contained RV yet because I do sleep in it and cook in it etc.. The manager and owner of the park are being…(best not say what I’d like too) and I have no choice but to move to another site or move the bus over to storage which I can’t do because there’s no electricity in storage and I need electricity to finishing working on it๐Ÿ˜”..

So $635 total for me to move to another site starting Tuesday to June 9th..Which not only pushes my departure date back over 2 weeks, It also means I literally cannot spend a dime between now and then and it totally depletes my emergency road savings ๐Ÿ˜ญ so I’ve got to make sure everything is totally on point now..๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Does this upset me and throw a wrench in my plans..

Yep big-time..

Yet I cannot and will not allow it to beat me down..๐Ÿคจ..

My point in all this is that setbacks happen, they’re a part of life…

Even if no fault of your own, you have two choices..

You can either let it break you or you can stay strong and keep moving forward…

for me I only have one coffee and that is to keep going no matter what ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜‰.

So my friends no matter what life throws at you… Don’t give up… Life really sucks when you love with regrets so keep moving forward no matter what!!! You’ll get to where you’re going eventually and as I always say… Even baby steps get you to your goals and dreams ๐Ÿ˜˜

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Happiness Shows In Everything You Do

Cause It Comes From Inside Of You

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜€

This morning I had to take the little boy I babysit to the school bus by 6:45am which I rarely do because his parents know I don’t like getting up that early and his dad usually does it, yet this morning when I picked him up he asked me something that totally threw me for a loop..๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ..

He asked me why I’m always laughing & smiling ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ..

Now I haven’t ever been a morning person, at least I don’t think so lol and if you were to ask my kids what I was like in the mornings they would tell you to leave me alone until I had my coffee…

Yet this little boy saw something in me that I guess I don’t see in myself and it truly caught me off guard and all I could do was laugh ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚…

I can say that I am a very positive and optimistic person yet truly thought I was always a bitch in the mornings cause I like my mornings quiet..

At least until I have my coffee and my blood starts to circulate lol lol

Yet when I asked him why he thinks that he said cause he always sees me smiling and laughing even when I was hurting bad when my back went out ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

All I could do was smile and tell him that smiling and laughing just feels better then being yucky ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‰…

My point in all this is..

Being happy really doesn’t come from outside of us…

When we are truly happy within ourselves it shows outside of us too… It shows in everything we say and it shows in everything we do…

So don’t look for happiness outside of yourself cause that’s not where happiness is…

Happiness comes from inside your heart, cause that’s where happiness lives ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€….

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Always Remember The Little Things

They Are What Matters Most

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜€

Ok so yesterday I received a couple things I ordered on Amazon for the bus and talk about funny….

When I went up to the office to pick them up.. I was dancing around like a little kid and the manager asked me what I got that was making me so happy and silly dancing around like a little kid ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—

At first I wasn’t going to show her and then decided why not and opened the big box in front of her…

Well I guess it was a good thing cause she started laughing so hard that she was literally crying which of course made me laugh really hard and then another lady came in… She asked why we were laughing so hard.. We told her and of course she lost it too..

I looked at both of them after we calmed down a bit and said….

“You know you’re a tad touched when you receive a order you placed, you’re dancing around like a kid in a candy store and it’s a toilet!”๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ’ƒsee pics โฌ‡๏ธ

Of course I was happy to receive my USA sticker for the back of the bus too but the toilet is a game changer ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Now for most people that’s not anything major ๐Ÿค” but for me OMG… It’s HUGE…

Imagine boondocking in the middle of nowhere with no bathroom..๐Ÿ˜ซ

Or…

Being that I am much older than most van lifers lol… Those middle of the night potty breaks…๐Ÿ™„

It would not be too fun going outside behind a bush in the middle of nowhere, in the dark at 3am ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ my luck I’d forget toilet paper and grab a poisen ivy leaf ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜‚

So my friends…

Don’t forget the little things that always make you smile… Cause it’s always the little things that make life worthwhile ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿšฝ..

Have a wonderful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci๐Ÿ’•

Baby Steps Can Motivate

Get You Where You Need To Be

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–

When I first got the bus I was all determined to get it totally converted in a month or two max… Haha haha well we know that didn’t happen cause 7 months later and I’m still doing things to it ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„

Not that it’s a bad thing at all cause I’m actually glad that I’m taking my time so that hopefully there won’t be too many changes needed once I hit the road… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been making jewelry and working with polymer clay for a long time and I’m one that needs to know where everything is and very organized when it comes to all my crafty”stuff” and storing tools and supplies in see-through stackable shoe boxes always helped in that manner… ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‰

Well knowing that I wanted to bring that “stuff” with me in the bus so I have things to do on my down days.. I was going bonkers trying to figure out how to stack them in a place that was easily accessible so I didn’t hurt my back trying to get to them and in a way that they wouldn’t fall all over the place while I drive ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

I tried so many things and was getting so frustrated and truly felt defeated..so I put it on the back burner for a while and this weekend it was like a light blub went off in my head…

I have all this room under my bed since I moved the fridge and two ways to access stuff under there…

Duh Ricci…

So I built a bookshelf and woo hoo perfect solution lol… See pics โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ

My point in all this is that we get so wrapped up in the big picture and looking at the end result that we can lose our motivation and feel defeated… Sometimes all we need to do is step back, take a break and the answers will come… ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‰..

Go figure huh…

Have a great night world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Don’t Ever Stop Believing

Cause Dreams Do Come True

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’—

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I was very blessed to have a mom that always taught me to believe in my dreams and that if you have faith and believe in yourself and your dreams, nothing can stop your dreams from being your reality…

I’ve always believed that and I taught my kids that as well ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’—

Last July with the help, love and support of so many people… My dream of getting a van/bus to convert so that I could keep my promise to my son, travel and sprinkle his ashes at all the places we wanted to go to came true ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Most of you have seen the work I’ve been doing on the inside and I love how it’s coming along, Yet the outside was driving me insane. No matter how much I scrubbed it, it looked kinda grungy ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

After pricing out what it would cost to get it painted I knew that wasn’t gonna happen…

Until last week…

A dear friend knew how frustrated I’ve been and knowing that the body of the bus was half aluminum and half fiberglass suggested that I paint it myself ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

haha well you know me…

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED ๐Ÿ˜

I did the research for the type of paint I needed which was a Topside Marine paint that’s normally used for boats, priced it and …

OMG…

Getting it painted went from a cost of $2000+ to under $100 to do it myself ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Soooooo this is what I’ve been doing for the past week (except the days that mother nature decided to rain for 3 days)..

It’s not done but it’s been primered and has 1 coat on it and OMG IT’S LIKE A BRAND NEW BUS ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

I couldn’t wait to show you all cause I’m so proud of what I’ve done and when I woke up this morning I knew I had to write a poem about believing and having faith in your dreams cause I’m bonified proof that with hard work, determination, faith and belief nothing can stop you from making your dreams a reality…

So don’t ever stop believing. Have faith in all you do… Cause having faith & believing is what makes your dreams come true!

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Don’t Look For Perfection

In Anything That You Seek

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends๐Ÿค—

This morning while walking my dog I saw the most beautiful butterfly sitting on a flower….

It sat there for what seemed like forever (of course I didn’t have my phone with me to take a pic ๐Ÿ˜ซ) and while I was staring at it I noticed that it’s wings weren’t truly identical ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.. the markings were slightly different ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ…

All my life I thought butterflies were perfect… I thought that their wings were identical in markings and had never really had the chance to stare at one long enough to notice that they actually aren’t ๐Ÿ˜ฎ… That there are flaws, that as beautiful as they are…

They aren’t perfect!!! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”

Why is it that strive for perfection??

In all reality we know that nothing in life is perfect…

Perfection is a fallicy cause everything has flaws yet we strive for something that can’t really be obtained cause there’s no such thing ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”

So today I made a pact with myself to stop looking for or expecting things to turn out perfect cause as long as I’m doing my very best…

My best is perfect for me… ๐Ÿค—

I truly believe that once we stop looking for perfection and we learn to except and embrace not only what we do but WHO we are and we accept all of our flaws .. Our lives become perfectly perfect for us…๐Ÿค—

It doesn’t matter what others think about you…

What matters is what YOU think about yourself!!! ๐Ÿค”

So don’t look for perfection in anything that you seek

Love ALL you are & ALL your flaws cause you’re beautiful & unique๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—

Have a beautiful uniquely you day ๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•