Always Smile and Say Hello

To Those You Do And Do Not Know

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

Ok so the coolest thing happened to me today…

I was making my coffee as usual and something told me to look out my window…๐Ÿค” The window panels on the driver’s side stay up cause the site next to mine is for overnighters and it keeps the bus cooler during the day.. but something told me to look so I did! ๐Ÿ˜

And to my surprise there was a school bus parked a few sites away that I recognized ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.

It was really early so I went outside to peek at the front to see if it had a name on it and yeppers.. it was “Alice The Wonder Bus” @alicethewonderbus a couple that I follow on IG ๐Ÿ˜

Talk about a big big smile…

So of course it being early I didn’t want to wake them up so I waited for a couple hours and went to knock on the door…

It was actually funny cause I guess they came in the middle of the night and thought I was the park manager looking for payment lol and we all laughed when I said “nope I follow you on IG”

We had a wonderful talk and tossed different ideas around about our buses.. they truly made my day and I got even more excited for my upcoming journey ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—..

My point in all this is:

Many people will come through your life and some will also go..don’t be afraid to say hi to someone that you don’t know.. cause you never know who you may meet at home or when you’re away.. a little smile and a warm hello can brighten up everyone’s day! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Life Is All About Timing

What’s Meant To Be Will Be

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—

The last two days have been a tad crazy… Filled with emotions and feelings about hitting the road.

Most I could pin point and totally understood and yet one I just couldn’t figure out. Mainly because it was a feeling I never had before or should I say never really acknowledged ๐Ÿค”..

Thursday I stayed busy, packing the bus up, making sure I had everything I needed for my new journey and saying “see you later” to friends..

I was doing everything I thought I needed to do so I could leave first thing Friday morning ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fast forward to Friday lol

Friday morning.. when I woke up I of course was very emotional and as I was talking to my son, I kept getting this strange feeling I just could not pin point.. ๐Ÿค”

I got in the bus, said my see you laters, cried and left…๐Ÿ˜ซ

I got about 3 miles away and I noticed that my speedometer and dash lights weren’t working ๐Ÿค” so I pulled over, checked all my lights and nope..

No headlights, No speedometer, No dash lights, No running lights or brake lights ๐Ÿค”

Soooo I turned around, went back to my son’s to check the fuses and all the fuses were fine… ๐Ÿค”…

Got to be the alternator again!!!

So without getting all bent out of shape about something totally out of my control, I decided to stay at my son’s for another week so I could get this figured out..

I called my mechanic but because he’s getting married today I told him not to worry about it, to enjoy his wedding and that we will fix it after the weekend๐Ÿ˜‰

Timing is everything lol…โฐโฐโฐ

My point in all this is:

Shit happens and I truly believe that everything happens for a reason..

I obviously wasn’t meant to leave just yet and just because things don’t happen in YOUR time.. Doesn’t mean that it’s not meant to be.

Keep believing and keep doing what you need to do and when the time is right everything will fall into place cause that’s just how life is ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Day My friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Awake Your Soul and Open Your Eyes

Because We Are All In This World Together

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–..
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I’ve been approached by a few companies on Instagram that have asked me to be an ambassador for their company and products & up until now I have declined!

Mainly because for me to do it, I have to fully believe in the companies mission and products! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰

You all know that I don’t do shoutouts for anyone or anything I don’t believe in, that I’m a sticker queen and have dedicated the front and the whole back of my bus for stickers I love and especially stickers that have the same mindset and mission that I do…

ESPECIALLY cause I’ll be traveling all over the USA and I will not advertise any sticker and or company I don’t believe in!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Well….A while back I started following @awakethesoul on Instagram.. I loved their name & mission so I got 2 of their t-shirts and 2 stickers and when I did I posted about it because the note they enclosed with the stuff I got touched my heart๐Ÿ’“..

Well my friends… I’m an ambassador for them now WOO HOO and I’m honestly so excited…

10% of their sales go to supplying water to those in need and they do so much more for our environment and for our world!!!๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒฒ And I am honored to be an ambassador for this amazing company!!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™.. http://www.awakethesoul.com My point in all this is:

We get so wrapped up in our own lives that we tend to forget about the world around us…

WE ARE ONE and We Are In This World Together!!!

So my friends don’t forget to take time to do something nice for a fellow human being…

Even if it’s just a warm hello and a gentle smile to brighten someones day…

We Are in this world together so AWAKE YOUR SOUL …

Kindness doesn’t cost a thing so if we all do our part…

We CAN make our home a better place!!!

All you have to do is AWAKE YOUR SOUL!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–..

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Don’t Let Frustration Get To You

Don’t Ever Give Up

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

A couple days ago I be posted about following your gut and about my getting new batteries for the bus and it not starting after I installed them ๐Ÿคฌ

I talked about my thinking it was the starter and not the batteries and so yesterday I took out the starter and took it to the parts store to get a new one ๐Ÿค”
The guy at the store was really nice and wanted to test the starter before I had to put out $180 for a new one and AHHHHHHH it tested perfectly fine 4 TIMES ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฌ

SOOOOOOOOO he tried to troubleshoot the issue with me and as we were brainstorming a light bulb went off in my head and I remembered that the original owner told me I may have to get a new starter solenoid… ๐Ÿค”

So I decided to buy one instead of the starter which was only $22 ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜.. But by the time I got home it was dark and to late to do anything ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Sooooooooo first thing this morning I reinstalled the starter and started following all the wires to the solenoid๐Ÿค” my neighbor came over and he helped me test the solenoid and yep yep there was no juice going to it at all…

I replaced the solenoid and BAM ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ IT STARTED RIGHT UP ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜

Yes I did a happy dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿ’ƒ…

My point in all this is:

Your dreams don’t happen easily, you have to work for it… Just keep going no matter what & DON’T YOU EVER QUIT!!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ

Now onto the solar 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’•

Gratitude Is Everything

So Be Grateful For All You’ve Got

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

Every morning when I open my eyes the first thing I do is look out the window to see what the weather is like, I look up to the sky, say thank you, say good morning to my fur babies and go about my daily routine ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s something I’ve always done and a few weeks ago when I started growing the herbs for the bus, I added saying good morning, misting and watering them to my morning routine so I wouldn’t forget to do it … ๐Ÿค—

The weather was never one that bothered me or made my day yucky cause that’s something I definitely don’t have control of plus I love the rain (it doesn’t show where I live but I always liked it too)

This morning after doing my daily routine I felt an almost overwhelming feeling of gratitude and I couldn’t help but think about all the things I am truly grateful for๐Ÿค”

I thought about how grateful we all should be as soon as we open our eyes in the morning โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

Now I’m not by any means religious yet I do believe in a power greater than myself.

For some that may be God and for some that may mean the universe as a whole..

Yet for me I do believe in the power of positivity and the power of gratitude…

When we are positive we are surrounded by positivity and when we are truly grateful we tend to receive more to be grateful for…

It’s the law of attraction which I do fully believe in ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—
So my friend remember that every day is a blessing, it’s a gift that’s been given to you… Always be grateful for what you have… Be grateful for another new day too! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

Happy First Day Of Spring ๐ŸŒธโค

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’•