Setbacks Don’t Define You

It’s How You Handle Them That Does

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—
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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, BAMπŸ’₯ you get slapped hard with something that sets you back big-time🀬😑

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 pics⬇️),I secured the fridge and got everything I need to install the ladder on the back plus more and then..

BAMπŸ’₯

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 🀨🀬🀨

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 itπŸ˜”..

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 😭 so I’ve got to make sure everything is totally on point now..😩

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..🀨..

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 πŸ˜‰πŸ’ͺπŸ˜‰.

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 😘

Have a beautiful day world πŸ’–

Ricci πŸ’•

Anger Is One Letter Away From Danger

So AlwaysThink Before You Speak

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—.

It always amazes me when I see someone taking their anger out on others even if it’s not the other person’s fault.. or you walk into the crossfire of someone’s anger or bad day and it becomes your fault…πŸ˜±πŸ€”

I’ve always been one that if I’m angry, having a bad day or just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I tend to isolate.. if I’m depressed or really sad, I tend to isolate…

It’s not because of any reason other than I do not believe in projecting my mood onto anyone else…

Whether mad, sad or depressed.. if I want or need to talk about it I will… if not I’ll stay away until I work it out myself, yet I don’t ever project my yucky mood on anyone else.. especially if it’s not their fault I’m in that type of mood to begin with πŸ™„πŸ€”

Taking your anger or frustration out on anyone isn’t ok…

When I am in the crossfire of someone else’s bad mood, it always reminds me that ANGER is one letter away from DANGER and the only thing that projecting your anger onto someone else does is push the other person away πŸ™„

Anger leads us to saying things that we don’t really feel or don’t really mean to say, and it brings up trust issues too, especially if something is said that you really don’t mean but say in the heat of the moment!

And although actions do speak louder than words, our actions when we are angry usually match the words that we say…

NOT GOOD…😱

So whenever you are angry, remember who or what you’re angry at, think before you say a word… cause some words you can’t take back!!!

Ricci πŸ’•

Planning Can Be Stressful

And Overwhelming Too

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

It’s really frustrating sometimes when you’re trying to plan things out and you feel like you’re going in circles cause you don’t really know where to start..πŸ€”πŸ™„

Since I got the bus and even before that, I’ve been saving all the places I want to see in my journey and OMG there’s over 205 places at National Parks, Forests and Monuments that I want to go to and that’s not counting all the people I want to see along the way 😱

So I started making a list of the places, where they are, what parks or forests they are in blah blah blah and omg I’m a confused mess hahahaha πŸ˜±πŸ€”πŸ™„

In Olympic National Park alone there’s like 35 places I want to see… 

So I need to make calls to the ranger stations to find out which campground is centrally located to see the most etc… 

Building the bus is easy… 

Figuring out where to start, where to camp etc is gonna be the death of me ha πŸ€”πŸ™„πŸ˜±

Some just say wing it…

Which would be ok if I knew the areas or have been there before but NOOOOOOOO my Virgo ass wants things planned out… 😠😱😠 And I have all the van lifers and photographers that I follow on Instagram and YouTube to thank for my confusion aka @swagginscottricks the main culprit hahahaha… 

Stop posting all these beautiful places before my list gets out of control hahaha… 

Shit it already is out of control…

205 places?? Really??? 😱😱😱

Needless to say… Time to make a pros and cons list, do a little research and get organized cause my journey is right around the corner … Any suggestions are more than welcome hahahaha πŸ˜±πŸ€”πŸ™„

Ricci πŸ’•

It’s Your Emotions and Your Feelings

That Make Or Break Your Day


Hello World, 

 πŸ€— BUS UPDATE πŸ€—

First and foremost I want to say thank you to all that sent love and support for me on my sons birthday. It is still a very difficult time for me and you all helped get me through a difficult day and I am forever grateful to you all πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

I spent the day crying and laughing working on the bus and focused on what Michael would have been doing and today while getting frustrated over the little things this poem popped into my headπŸ™„ Go figure huh ..Needless to say I changed my mindset, tackled some little things and before I stopped I actually remembered to take some photos for YOU πŸ˜€πŸ˜„πŸ˜€.

The foam flooring my daughter bought me is in (except for one piece in front of the fridge that’s driving me insane) The extension of the countertop is complete and now encloses the fridge (that’s where the white sheer curtain is hanging) I took that lazyboy recliner out because it was too big and I have a surprise for you next week… That space is now where my two doggie beds are and they love it. I put a six and a half foot shelf up above the counter and sink that I still have to put a lip on so stuff doesn’t slide off and I still have to paint/seal the wood on both the countertop and shelf.. I took out the boxspring of the bed and my son made me a platform for the mattress so now I have 18 inches of storage under the bed. I have to hook up the water and faucet and the inverter and solar system which will all be done next week along with the really cool surprise for you that I am so excited about.. πŸ˜„πŸ™ƒ. I still have a bunch to do yet omg I’m loving it and of course I keep changing my mind on stuff like the window privacy panels third times a charmπŸ™„ still need more color cause it’s so blue and yellow (Michael’s favorite colors) yet I gotta brighten it up cause I LOVE colors πŸ’—

So my friends here’s some pics because if it wasn’t for all of you, all of your love, support, donations and belief in me I would not be where I am and I know without a doubt that Michael is smiling at us all!!!  WOO HOO MY FRIENDS IT’S HAPPENING… Much love to you all and thank you thank you thank you.. I AM GRATEFUL 

Ricci πŸ’•

Always Focus On One Thing At A Time

That Way You Won’t Lose Your Mind πŸ˜€


Hello World,

On my way back from my trip all I could think of was getting busy on the bus and the thoughts and ideas of what I want to do were flooding my brain big-time and that’s what made me think of this poem today πŸ€”

We have so many thoughts or ideas that pop into our head.. yet if we try to focus on  all of them then the ideas and thoughts we dread… πŸ€”

So choose the one that inspires you and push the rest to the back of your mind.. cause the only way to get things done is to focus on one at a time β€πŸ˜€β€

Have a beautiful day world 🌻

Ricci πŸ’•

Take A Deep Breath Or Two

It Really Helps Calm You Down too


Hello World,

I love the smell of lavender it’s such a soothing scent… Yet taking deep breaths are soothing too especially when your emotions are spent…😒❀😒

We all know this is a hard weekend for me yet with all of your love and support it gets easier a little each day… So I just wanted to say thank you my friends and send a reminder your way…😘🌻

We all go through different emotions, some happy and some very sad… Take a deep breath or two… And when you find yourself out of sync… Deep breathes will calm you down too…🌻❀🌻😘🌻❀

There are a few items I still need to get so I can complete the bus and make it livable.. If anyone knows where I can get a 2000 watt or higher inverter, a 200 watt solar panel kit, an electric cooler or mini fridge to help me complete the bus, It will be greatly appreciated. 😘❀😘

My gofundme link is still active for anyone that would like to help… Or if anyone has one of those items they would be willing to donate please email me, send me a direct message or comment below. The active link is in my bio. Please click Read More to read the fully story and help if you are able or share the link so WE can continue converting the bus and move forward with my journey to heal and honor my son.. much love my friends πŸ™β€πŸ™

https://www.gofundme.com/riccis-healing-journey

Have a beautiful day world 🌻

Ricci πŸ’•

When Life Gets Difficult

Say Thank You And Grow


Hello World,

We all know life can get difficult yet there’s always a lesson from it… We cannot let any difficulties make us give up and quit…πŸ€”πŸ™„

So always have eyes that see beauty.. A mouth that never speaks hate… A heart that’s always forgiving and a soul that never loses faith πŸ’•πŸ™

This morning was pretty frustrating working on the bus… One of the bolts on one of the seats I’m taking out was being extremely difficult and refused to get loose… 

So rather then getting all angry I decided to take a break, I walked away and started on something else and I hear this loud pop noise that sounded like someone was trying to loosen the bolt… It actually made me jump and I walked over to the seat and the bolt came right out!!! 

Now I don’t know how that happened and I don’t want to say what I feel… What I will say is never ever stop believing, even when times get tough… Don’t let the little difficulties in life make you want to quit!!! Look at difficulties as lessons and push yourself right through it!!!

Have a beautiful day world 🌻❀

Ricci πŸ’•