Awake Your Soul and Open Your Eyes

Because We Are All In This World Together

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–..
๐Ÿ’ฅBIG ANNOUNCEMENT SEE PICS๐Ÿ’ฅ
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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’•

Be Proud Of Every Step You Take

Cause Every Little Step Counts

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—..

This morning while getting everything ready to set up the solar an elderly couple new to the RV park I’m at was walking by staring at the bus and asked me if they could see the inside ๐Ÿ˜..

I smiled and said of course ๐Ÿ˜‰…

They were really curious and asked me if I bought it like it is, which of course made me giggle, so I pulled up the before pics on my phone to show them…

After looking at the pics the woman looked at me and with a huge smile said:

“You should be very proud of yourself young lady!”

And y’all know me lol lol I got all teary eyed which of course made her get all teary eyed too ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—…

I smiled said thank you and they both gave me a hug and said that what I was doing to honor my son was amazing and so beautiful.. ๐Ÿ˜ข and they left…

But it made me think!!! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”..

We do tend to wait till the very end to pat ourselves in the back… But we need to remember where we started, then look at where we’re at… Cause every step is a milestone, each step is important too.. so be proud of every step you take, be proud of everything you do!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—…

Have a beautiful day world 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’•

Gratitude Is Everything

For You & For Everyone Else Too

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

For the past few days I was really upset because of my having to pay rent for an additional site for my bus cause I thought it was going to set me back on my departure date is my bus๐Ÿ˜ซ

I allowed myself to get in a funk because I thought I’d have to push back my departure date of June 10th again and I basically got stuck on stupid and let myself get all yucky ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿค”

Until Friday…๐Ÿ˜ฏ

I woke up Friday morning and all I could hear inside my head was..

“Practice what you preach Ricci… It’s Time!” ๐Ÿค”..

At first I was perplexed as to the full meaning of what I was hearing so I sat in my bed, meditated for a little while and wrote down everything I am truly grateful for including where I am today!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–

I let it go, gave it to the universe and got busy doing the little tedious things on the bus that I kept putting off…๐Ÿ˜ฏ

And sure enough… I’m back on track lol lol lol…

Yesterday I picked up the two solar batteries, a new starting and auxillary battery for the engine and I’m back on track to leave June 10th ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’– All it too was for me to change my mindset and get busy ๐Ÿค”

Basically get out of my own head ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Gratitude is so powerful and when we stop to be grateful for where we are and work hard for where we want to be…Things will happen right before your eyes cause that’s exactly what’s happened to me…

All you have to do is be grateful and believe๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–.. and don’t sweat the small shit lol

Have a beautiful day my friends ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒป

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Be Happy Be You

It’s really not that hard

Hello My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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…. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– …

Click on the video it’s actually kinda cute haha ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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’•

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’•