Today Is Independence Day

Don’t Take It For Granted

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

The month of July is a very hard month for me…

Although the beginning of the month should bring me happy memories, knowing what happened at the end of the month makes it very hard for me to smile today ๐Ÿ˜ข

July 4th, 2015 my son and I decided to get out of town and we went camping at one of our favorite places, Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest…

We explored Indian ruins, went swimming in the lake and saw 5 different fireworks shows from different cities because we hiked to a mountain top..

We had a wonderful 5 days, days that should make me happy, yet then I remember that on July 30th my son went on a different journey up in heaven.. ๐Ÿ˜ข

I’m trying to learn how to carry this pain in a different way, where I can smile at the beautiful time we had on the 4th, yet it’s still very hard for me ๐Ÿ˜ข

Yet even though my pain, today always reminds me of how many people don’t have the freedom that we do and I get so so grateful for what I do have..

2 other incredible children, friends that are amazing and a life where I can do whatever I please and that fills my heart with gratitude and love ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—..

My point in all this is:

So many in our world don’t have the freedom that we do.. they cannot live a life where they can do whatever they want too…

Today is Independence Day and every day should be..a day that you are grateful to be alive and to be free! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Happy 4th of July ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

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’•

The Pursuit Of Happiness

Is Right Inside Your Heart

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

For the past week as I’ve been doing the last few things on the bus, I’ve been reflecting a lot about my past and my upcoming new life and journey and I asked myself when was I the happiest?

Of course the first thing that popped into my head was having my children ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿ‘ง.. but then I truly couldn’t think of anything that truly made me happy other than my kids ๐Ÿค”

For most of my life I thought it was outside things that brought me happiness…

I had a a great job, made good money, got my children and myself everything that we wanted, went on amazing vacations etc yet when I really thought about all that, none of it made me truly happy…

What did make me happy was the laughs, the times we went camping and laughed so hard we cried. Cuddling on the couch watching movies…Watching them grow up, graduating from school etc and seeing them play, laugh and smile…

Those were truly the happiest times of my life and continue to be ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–…

The little things that make you FEEL!!๐Ÿ’–

So my friends do not look outside yourself to find your happy place… Happiness isn’t a destination it’s not a marathon race!!

So if you want true happiness the place you need to start… It truly within yourself cause happiness comes from your heart!!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—

Have A Happy Day World

Goodnight Universe ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Value Who You Are

Cause You Are A Shining Star

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–
This morning after doing my morning ritual the first thing I read was a post from my beautiful friend Dr. Jacque Colbert..

She was honoring and thanking all the beautiful souls in her life and not only did it make me smile, it made me think about how often we don’t take the time to not only value and thank others in our lives, we forget to honor and value the most important person of all…

OURSELVES!!!

So on this beautiful day I want to remind you all to remember to value yourself just as much as you value, are thankful and are grateful for others…

Cause when we stop to value all that we have and all that we are too… We learn to love our own self-worth & we attract more goodness too…๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–…

So be grateful and thankful for all that you have and value all that you are… Love & honor your own self-worth cause you’re a beautiful shining star!!! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ

Have a beYOUtiful day world ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–

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’•

Life Really Is Amazing

When You Stop & Take The Time To See

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

Last night or actually sometime early this morning I woke up crying from a sound sleep with this poem in my head… It wasn’t a sad cry or a scared cry, it was just a slight teary cry ๐Ÿค”

It was still dark outside and I couldn’t get this poem out of my head, so I grabbed my notepad, wrote it down and fell back asleep ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

It wasn’t until after I made my coffee, sat down and went to read my morning motivation text that I remembered that I had written this poem down..

So I grabbed my notepad and read it ๐Ÿค”

I felt so calm reading this and I tried to remember if I had a dream but couldn’t remember if I did or not.. yet all I could think about was my son Michael and yet this time I didn’t cry ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’–

I’m not one that ever remembers my dreams yet I’m also one that never wakes up with a poem in my head and then takes the time to write it down half asleep yet this time I did and the more I think about it, the more I believe that it was my Michael, a sign of some sort reminding me to stop and remember the beauty and love we shared..

(yeah I’m crying now) ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜ข..

I guess my point in all this is…

Life really is amazing when you stop and take the time to see…

That love is everywhere around us cause it comes from inside of you and me ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–…

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Remember What Life’s About

Bring Out The Little Kid In You

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends๐Ÿค—

For the past few months I knew I needed a new phone cause mine has been acting up badly yet it wasn’t a big priority because finishing the bus was my number one ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had made the decision that I would finish the bus first & wait until right before I hit the road to get a new one ๐Ÿค”

Well as we know plans change haha and I had to change my decision and get a new one asap or I’d be without a phone cause I was truly ready to throw it against a brick wall cause it is acting up so bad๐Ÿ˜ก

Although it pushes finishing the bus back a little bit..

I am ok with it…

I have to have a reliable phone not just on the road but because I use it for literally everything ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ก..

Well…

I knew yesterday that I was going to get the new Samsung Galaxy 9S+ this afternoon (it just came out on the 15th & I’m not a fan of iPhones lol) and this morning I woke up feeling like a little kid waking up on Christmas morn…

Filled with excitement and dancing around the bus like a little kid with a new toy and I believe haven’t even gotten it yet ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜„

Of course it made me think of how serious we all take life on a daily basis and actually made me laugh harder and dance more ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜

My point in all this (not to mention sharing my excitement) is that we truly do make life harder than it really is… ๐Ÿค”

We get so caught up in daily life that we forget what life’s about…We forget to take the time to laugh & play & shout…

We forget the little things that make us jump for joy, laugh, cry, smile and just basically feel good inside!!!

So my friends let out the little kid in you and I’m sure that you will see… That life is not as serious as we make it out to be ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜…

Have a exciting and silly day world ๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•