Be Happy Be You

It’s really not that hard

Hello My Friends πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

Just sitting here playing with different apps because I want to share my journey with you once I get on the road…

My whole page will be changing to reflect the journey I’m about to embark on…

My poems will still be written by me yet the photos will be all mine, showing and reflecting where I am and my thoughts as always. 😊

The journey I’m about to embark on living in a bus, and traveling all over, is not only a new life, new chapter journey, it is also a healing journey, a journey to spread my son’s ashes at all the places we wanted to see..

While honoring him and finding me 😊

My hope is that my journey can help others that have lost a child know that they too can live, love and carry the pain in a different way, a way that doesn’t knock them on their ass like it did to me.

A learning too let go journey…

Not to forget…

But to LIVE…. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– …

Click on the video it’s actually kinda cute haha 😊😊😊

Life Really Is Amazing

When You Stop & Take The Time To See

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—πŸ’–

Last night or actually sometime early this morning I woke up crying from a sound sleep with this poem in my head… It wasn’t a sad cry or a scared cry, it was just a slight teary cry πŸ€”

It was still dark outside and I couldn’t get this poem out of my head, so I grabbed my notepad, wrote it down and fell back asleep πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

It wasn’t until after I made my coffee, sat down and went to read my morning motivation text that I remembered that I had written this poem down..

So I grabbed my notepad and read it πŸ€”

I felt so calm reading this and I tried to remember if I had a dream but couldn’t remember if I did or not.. yet all I could think about was my son Michael and yet this time I didn’t cry πŸ’–πŸ€”πŸ’–

I’m not one that ever remembers my dreams yet I’m also one that never wakes up with a poem in my head and then takes the time to write it down half asleep yet this time I did and the more I think about it, the more I believe that it was my Michael, a sign of some sort reminding me to stop and remember the beauty and love we shared..

(yeah I’m crying now) πŸ˜’πŸ’–πŸ˜’..

I guess my point in all this is…

Life really is amazing when you stop and take the time to see…

That love is everywhere around us cause it comes from inside of you and me πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Have a beautiful day world πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–…

Ricci πŸ’•

Always Remember The Little Things

They Are What Matters Most

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—πŸ˜€

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 πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ€—

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!”πŸš½πŸ’ƒsee pics ⬇️

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

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

Imagine boondocking in the middle of nowhere with no bathroom..😫

Or…

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

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

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 πŸš½πŸ’ƒπŸ˜‚πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ’ƒπŸš½..

Have a wonderful day world πŸ’–

RicciπŸ’•

Remember What Life’s About

Bring Out The Little Kid In You

Hello World and Happy Day My FriendsπŸ€—

For the past few months I knew I needed a new phone cause mine has been acting up badly yet it wasn’t a big priority because finishing the bus was my number one πŸ˜‰

I had made the decision that I would finish the bus first & wait until right before I hit the road to get a new one πŸ€”

Well as we know plans change haha and I had to change my decision and get a new one asap or I’d be without a phone cause I was truly ready to throw it against a brick wall cause it is acting up so bad😑

Although it pushes finishing the bus back a little bit..

I am ok with it…

I have to have a reliable phone not just on the road but because I use it for literally everything 😱😑..

Well…

I knew yesterday that I was going to get the new Samsung Galaxy 9S+ this afternoon (it just came out on the 15th & I’m not a fan of iPhones lol) and this morning I woke up feeling like a little kid waking up on Christmas morn…

Filled with excitement and dancing around the bus like a little kid with a new toy and I believe haven’t even gotten it yet πŸ˜„πŸ’ƒπŸ˜„

Of course it made me think of how serious we all take life on a daily basis and actually made me laugh harder and dance more πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜

My point in all this (not to mention sharing my excitement) is that we truly do make life harder than it really is… πŸ€”

We get so caught up in daily life that we forget what life’s about…We forget to take the time to laugh & play & shout…

We forget the little things that make us jump for joy, laugh, cry, smile and just basically feel good inside!!!

So my friends let out the little kid in you and I’m sure that you will see… That life is not as serious as we make it out to be 😁 πŸ˜„ 😁…

Have a exciting and silly day world πŸ’—

Ricci πŸ’•

Don’t Ever Stop Believing

Cause Dreams Do Come True

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends πŸ’—

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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 πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ’—

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 πŸ€—πŸ’—

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 😱

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 😱

haha well you know me…

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED 😁

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 😱

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 πŸ€—πŸ˜

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 πŸ’—

Ricci πŸ’•

Courage vs Fear

Choose To Be Courageous


Hello World and Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—

So many people tell me I’m courageous for wanting to embark on a van living life being a solo female and it made me think about what the word actually means πŸ€”πŸ€”

COUΒ·RAΒ·GEOUS — kΙ™ΛˆrājΙ™s/adjective

Not deterred by danger or pain; brave.

Hmmmmm πŸ€”

I think the key words in this definition are: “Not Deterred” which I believe is true when it comes to me being courageous… 

It’s not that I don’t have my fears when it comes to embarking on a solo van life… It’s just that I refuse to allow fear to stop me from living my dream. 😁

Fear is a bitch and I’ve learned that it can and will stop you from accomplishing anything if YOU allow it too… 

Yet once you push past it… You realize there was nothing to be fearful of in the first place πŸ™„

Learning to be courageous is not a hard thing to do… All it means is that you refuse to allow anything to fully stop you… 

Being courageous is powerful and shows that you’re not afraid too try… So learn to be courageous and don’t let fear stop you from reaching the sky πŸ™‹πŸ™‹πŸ™‹πŸ™‹

Have a beautiful and courageous day πŸ’—

Ricci πŸ’•

Live Life Optimistically

Allow Life To Simply BE!


Hello World & Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—

Have you ever had one of those friends that always look at what could happen, or lives on what ifs constantly.. Expecting that this or that could happen.. Planning for the oh shits??πŸ€”πŸ™„.. (key word expecting!!) 

Hmmmmmm??? πŸ€”

I’ve always been optimistic and have always looked at all the good things that I’m going to experience rather than looking for what “could” happen or the “what ifs”… 

It’s not that I think life is a bowl of cherries πŸ’, I just don’t look at the woulda, could, shoulda senarios and if and when something does happen I deal with it as it comes…πŸ™„πŸ€”πŸ™„ 

The journey and life change that I’m getting ready to embark on is huge and I’m fully aware that shit can happen yet I’m not planning for it…πŸ€”

Living a van life will definitely have it’s ups and downs and Yes I “could” get a flat, Yes the bus “could” break down and Yes I “could” come across a full campground and or be asked to move from somewhere I chose to camp at… 

Yet I definitely don’t plan for those things to happen and I definitely don’t allow those “could happen” and “what ifs” to take up space in my head.. 

If I did I’d never leave my driveway!!! πŸ™„πŸ€”

I choose to live an optimistic life and make plans for everything good.. And when a yucky situation occurs I’ll deal with it as I should… 

Living a pessimistic life is not a life for me… I choose to look for the good in life and allow life to simply BE!!! πŸ€—πŸ’—πŸ€—

Have a beautiful day world πŸ’—

Ricci πŸ’•