BUS UPDATE ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Everything Starts As A Dream

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—..
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Yesterday my mechanic came over and checked all the brakes and the front are fine but we decided to completely do the back brakes and to my surprise ALL the parts I need to get are under $100๐Ÿ˜

Tuesday I’m getting the parts and he’s going to install everything on Thursday ๐Ÿ˜ฎ which only leaves the tires which I’m getting the following week and she’ll be ready to hit the road!!! ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎOMG 21 DAYS & COUNTING ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

This morning after I took some pics I went back and looked at the before pics and I figured since the inside and outside is completely done, I’d share some Before & After pics ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜ฎ…

I truly can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that in 21 days I’ll be on the road…๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜ฎ..

Of course I got all emotional lol but I started thinking about how everything in life really does start out as a dream

When we’re kids we dream of what we want to be when we grow up…

As we get older we dream about all the things we’d like to do before we get old and can’t do them anymore or as some say and do… we make a bucket list of things we wanna do before we die ๐Ÿค”

Everything we do in life truly does start out as a dream ๐Ÿ’–

Take it from me my friends…

Never ever stop believing in your dreams and do whatever it takes to achieve them..

You have to believe in them to make them come true and the most important thing YOU have to believe in is ๐Ÿ’ฏ% YOU!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

Cause when we make the decision to go after that dream and do everything in our power to believe in them and work towards them.. They truly can and do come true!!! ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™..

Everything in life starts out as a dream & making those dreams come true… Is totally up to YOU! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ

Thanks for all your love and support!!

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’•

Don’t Listen To Others

That Tell You What You Can and Cannot Do

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’—

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!

People drive me crazy…

Why on earth do some people feel they have the right to tell you what you can and cannot do????

It seriously pushes my buttons big-time!!! ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก..

Everyone I know knows about the van living life I’m about to embark on, they all know I’m a tree hugging, dirt loving nature freak and they all know I’m disabled too ๐Ÿค”

Yet why on earth would anyone try to tell anyone that because of a disability or weight issue that they shouldn’t or can’t do something they love… like hiking??? ๐Ÿ˜ ..

Yes I’m disabled… Yes I have rods that hold up my big old head because I have no vertebrae in my neck, yes I have limited mobility in my neck and spine because of having to have 12 spine surgeries… Yes I have MS and although I don’t have a weight issue, I’ve been sitting on my ass since my son passed away and I am way out of shape…

But what’s that got to do with what I want to do and enjoy doing?

NOTHING!!!!!

It drives me insane when people ASSUME that just because someone may have a disability, may have a weight issue or are out of shape that they can’t do certain things…

There’s no size limit to hiking and there’s no signs that say if you’re disabled you cannot hike this trail…

WTF PEOPLE!!! ๐Ÿ˜ ..

So I decided that after receiving my stickers from a couple accounts that I follow on IG @unlikelyhikers & @mtnchicks (that I will proudly put on my van ๐Ÿ˜‰)…I was gonna do a shout out to all the people out here that think or have been told that they can’t do things they want to do because others think they can’t or because they are disabled or are not in tip top shape..

DO IT ANYWAY!!!

If it’s something you love doing, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t..

Sooooo don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do… Go out and do whatever it is that you truly want to do!!!๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’—…

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Don’t Listen To That Negative Voice

That Sits Up In Your Head

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends

This past weekend it literally rained non stop which of course prevented me from doing a few things I need to get done on the outside of the bus and also gave me way too much time in my head thinking about things I could change or things I could’ve done better ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ซ

We all have that little critic in our head that tries to tell us we’re not good enough or that things that we do aren’t right and it can be very strong at times and can put up a hell of a fight…

Yet this past weekend I actually caught that little devil trying to fill my head with doubts and so instead of letting it win I turned it around by looking at what the bus looked like when I got it and what it looks like today and WOW what a difference (SEE BELOW โžก BEFORE & AFTER PIC)

So my friends…

Don’t ever let that negative critic tell you what to do… Cause more than half the time it’s wrong and says things that are not true… Practice staying positive no matter what you do… Cause positivity always pushes negativity away from you!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—

Stay positive world ๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Being An Adult Is Overrated

Bring Out The Kid In You

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends

Being an adult is so overrated!!

I was working on the bench in the bus and the kid that I babysit for was riding around on his hoverboard.

He’s 8 and can fly around on that thing like no other ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I stopped what I was doing to watch him for a sec and when he saw me he came over and asked if I wanted to try it ๐Ÿค”

My mind immediately went to..

What if I fall?

Omg what if someone see’s me fall?

What if I look like an idiot??

Blah blah blah!

It made me think about how when I was a kid if he would have asked I wouldn’t have thought twice about it and would have jumped on it immediately and tried it ๐Ÿค”

What happened to that fearless little kid that wasn’t ever afraid too try something, especially if it looked like fun? ๐Ÿค”

I BECAME AN ADULT THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED!!! ๐Ÿ˜ 

As adults we tend to overthink everything…

Especially if it’s something new, something we’ve never done before and honestly that sucks…

We overthink things to the point where it prevents us from trying new things… It prevents us from venturing out to do things that we want to do and that’s so not good…๐Ÿ˜ 

What’s the worst that could happen?

I’d fall???

Someone would see me and laugh??

So what!!!

So needless to say, I got out of my head and said sure why not, it looked like fun and why should I stop myself from having fun?

I did fall… ๐Ÿ˜

Someone did see me and lost it laughing, which of course made me laugh and I got up and tried it again and guess what..

Woo Hoo I did it and had a blast!! ๐Ÿ˜

Moral of this story…

Don’t allow overthinking to stop you from trying something new… Bring out that little kid and try everything you want to do… Do not overthink things, cause that’s what will make you quit… Let the little kid in you say:

“Come on let’s go for it!” ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

Have a great day ๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

When You Believe You Can

You Can

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

I could never understand why people would go out of their way too tell you that your dreams are too big or that they are unobtainable!! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค” 

Is it because they are jealous? Is it because they would love to do it but don’t have the balls to do so??

Hmmmmm???๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”.

When I was telling people about my wanting to get a bus, convert it and travel all over the country living in it, I luckily had more support than I did disbelievers yet I did get the “why’s” and the “but your a girl alone” statements and of course I thought about that too yet I’m a “I’ll show you!” person so I never allowed the nay slayers to get me down and today I have my bus, it’s almost completed and my dream is truly happening…

Why??

Because…I believed ๐Ÿ’—

Don’t ever allow others to tell you that your dreams are too big or unobtainable.. 

Cause when you truly believe in yourself and you truly believe you can..You CAN ๐Ÿค—.

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Love It

Live It


Hello World 

This weekend I was hanging out with some friends and their children and I asked the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up… ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”.

One of them said she wants to be an oceanographer to help save our oceans (which of course made me and her mom smile big) and then the little boy said he wanted to be a trash collector with a big huge truck to clean up all the trash on the beaches (which made me smile too) but his mom immediately said: “No you can’t do that, you should be a doctor to help people instead!” Hmmmmm????๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”

Yep that opened a huge debate session cause it really bothered me that she didn’t support what he wants to do… 

I never understood why anyone would try to force someone to do something they don’t want to do yet it happens all the time… 

And that’s why I wrote this poem… 

We don’t need permission to do the things we want to do yet there are so many parents out there that will tell their child that they won’t pay for college etc if they don’t do what they want them to do…๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Don’t ever allow anyone to tell you your dreams or goals aren’t good enough or that you shouldn’t do this or that.. 

If it’s something you think about 24/7 then do it!!! 

It’s your life and they’re your dreams so love it and live it!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Have a fantabulous day world ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•