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๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’• Ricci ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™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’•

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’•

Stop and Smell The Roses

A Little Every Day


Hello World 

This morning while I was walking my dog, I heard the prettiest bird singing and it made me stop for a moment and just listen to all the sounds around me..๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„..

The birds singing, the wind lightly blowing through the leaves in the trees… The little things… 

And it made me think about all the little things we take for granted ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”..

Life is busy yes… 

Yet we tend to get so wrapped up in it, especially this time of year, that we forget to stop and smell the roses so to speak… ๐Ÿค”

We forget to notice all the little things that are so beautiful.. 

Like the sound of children playing…

A warm and gentle smile we get from a passing stranger.. 

The sound of the wind blowing through the trees… 

The early morning birds singing… 

The beauty that surrounds us every day that can truly make us smile…๐Ÿ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿฆ..

Today if only for a minute… 

Stop and smell the roses.. 

Maybe not literally, yet take that pause to just listen to the silence… Notice all the beauty that surrounds you.. Then take a big deep breath and smile… ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—..

Believe me it will change how you handle the rest of your day!!! 

Have a fantabulous day my friends ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒน

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Gratitude

Kindness Is Magic

Hello World,

WOW WOW..SO VERY VERY GRATEFUL๐Ÿค—.

First and foremost … Thank you Cobs @thecobweboriumemporium for the beautiful tag… It’s definitely getting hung up in the bus…๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค— And yes your little sweet note made me cry..๐Ÿ˜ข happy tears though ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿค—  

I feel like the universe is smiling down on me cause this has been an incredible 2 days…1st getting Cobs beautiful tag and then the wonderful gifts from a new friend on Instagram, then winning a contest ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ … I’m totally on cloud nine and so very very grateful for the kindness I’ve received ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค— 

SOOOOOOO as most of you all know, I’ve been converting a bus so I can travel all over the country and spread my son’s ashes at all the places we wanted to go see… It’s been just a few months since I got the bus (with the help of so many of you) and my healing journey is right around the corner.

I’ve slowly been getting pantry things I’ll need for my journey and making lists of things that will be road worthy, tiny fridge worthy, good quality, healthy and storable.

 I love veggies, fruits, smoothies and salads and although I cannot say that I’m vegan because I cannot give up cheese, eggs and seafood (not yet anyway) I was talking to my friend Dana (a vegan smoothie bowl Queen) and had just asked her to make me a list of protein powders and other things like chia seeds etc that would help me stay healthy on the road. 

And then this happened..๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค—. 

An amazing company Kura Nutrition http://www.kuranutrition.com read my story and sent me a bunch of their plant based protein powders, a really cool drink shaker maker ๐Ÿค—, 6 really yummy looking recipes and the sweetest handwritten note ever ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— so I had to do this shout-out cause I am beyond grateful… I’ll totally be posting pics of the yummy things I’ll make with them on the road ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’— thank you @kuranutrition so very much…๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—

THEN LAST NIGHT…. 

I won the coolest double bike rack from a contest that a couple of van living guys that I follow on Instagram @therollingvan  had. I’m overly excited and can’t thank you enough too๐Ÿค— talk about cool…

It will look so good on the bus ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— 

Guess it’s time to get in shape lol lol hey maybe that’s what the universe is telling me… ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”

Time to get in shape Ricci…. hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m in shock ๐Ÿ˜ฎ and NO I’M NOT AN AFFILIATE for either and I rarely do shout-outs… 

I just had to share my excitement and my gratitude… especially to Cobs and Kura Nutrition because those gifts came from the heart, pure kindness and well.. there are no words only love for them both ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Please check out her blog @thecobweboriumemporium and Kura Nutritions shop online with their great healthy products and The Rolling Van on Instagram or YouTube and their amazing adventures traveling the country ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

I may sound like an advertisement but oh well cause I’m so grateful and excited too..

Thank you so much my friends so very very very grateful ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค— 
Kindness is AMAZING

Ricci ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’—

Patience Is A Virtue

What’s Meant To Be Will Be


Hello World

I’ve always been one that believes that if it’s meant to be…it will happen and if it isn’t it won’t… 

Yet still I have day’s where I get upset with myself or feel guilty when I set a date for a goal and don’t reach the date set or it gets pushed back for whatever reason ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”.

Those are the times when I must remember that things don’t always work out in your timeframe and if it’s meant to be it will happen… 

Instead of being hard on myself I need to be patient and keep moving towards whatever goal I have set for myself ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค—

We tend to get impatient and then feel guilty when we don’t hit our goals on time.. So don’t be too hard on yourself and push the guilt out of your mind.. 

Cause guilt gets us nowhere and halts where we’re heading too.. Patience is a virtue…you’ll hit that goal when you’re meant too ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Divorce Your Past

To Move On To The New


Hello World, 

Yesterday was a very cold and rainy day and as I was painting the counter and shelves it hit me hard that my journey is just a couple weeks away and I lost it๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

I spent the rest of the day trying to figure out how to let go of the sadness and pain because this was supposed to be  and Michael’s journey.. ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

Although i know he’s with me daily in mind, heart and spirit, I couldn’t get past the fact that his physical isn’t with me and I literally cried all day and cried myself to sleep.๐Ÿ˜ข

I started doubting if I can really travel around alone to all the places he wanted us to see sprinkling his ashes along the way and this morning I woke up with this poem in my head.. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

I know it’s going to be a very emotional journey yet I know in my heart and soul that this is meant to be and I believe yesterday was just a OMG IT’S REALLY HAPPENING day and this morning I remembered that I’m not letting go to forget… I’m letting go to move on with my life… 

To live and to begin a new journey, a new chapter in my life and although a tad scary it is time and I am ready. 

Thank you to everyone that has helped me get to this point and for all the love and support received and continue to receive… For you all I am eternally grateful ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’—

The countdown to my new beginning, my journey to heal has begun! 

Goodnight Universe ๐Ÿ’•

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•