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’—

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’•

Happy Thanksgiving

Be Thankful Today and Every Day


Hello World 

Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—..

Being grateful can change every day into Thanksgiving ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆƒ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆƒ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆƒ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆƒ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆƒ..

Be grateful for family, friends, places and things…

Be Grateful for smiles & hugs…

Be grateful for sadness & tears…

Be grateful for happiness & love…

Yet the biggest thing to be grateful for should come as no surprise…

Be grateful for each morning when you open up your eyes!! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒž..

Happy Thanksgiving To All ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿฆƒ

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Live A Life Of Adventures

A Life You Love and Adore


Hello World 

Life is filled with great things to do each and every day. 

Don’t get stuck behind closed doors and let life get away…

Live a life of adventure…

Have fun ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—,

Laugh a lot. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

Go explore ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿšถ… 

Make a ton of great memories.. 

Live a life that you truly adore ๐Ÿ˜˜โค

Cause that’s what living is for…๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Goodnight Universe ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Daily Routine

Doesn’t Have To Be Boring


Hello World 

For the past week being that I was immobile from hurting my back, I’ve had a lot of time to contemplate why we get so easily bored with our lives ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”

Then this morning it hit me….๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ 

Before the loss of my son and even moreso.. Before I became an empty nester.. my life was pretty cut and dry… Wake up, take a shower, get dressed, have my coffee, get the kids up and ready for school, take the kids to school, go to work, have lunch, go back to work, pick up the kids, make dinner, help with homework, get the kids situated for bed, blah blah blah…๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ 

And that was just Monday thru Friday… On Saturdays I would always have a day of fun with my kids and on Sundays I’d get everything ready for the coming week..๐Ÿค” hmmmmm???? Repetition for years and years and we wonder why we get bored with our lives…๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

We all have certain responsibilities yet it doesn’t have to get so repetitive that we wind up being bored…. Living the same humdrum day over and over… 

Mix up your day… Add one thing to your daily routine that you love to do… Take a shower the night before so you have more time in the morning… Plan at least one day a week where you dedicate it to having a no work at all day…a day of fun… Go for a walk, have a picnic at a park… 

Our days don’t have to get boring and repetitive… yet it’s up to us to mix it up… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—

Have a beautiful mixed up day world ๐Ÿค—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

It Takes Courage To Look At Your Life

To Do A Life Review


Hello World

Today I woke up feeling kinda stuck even though I’m making so much progress on the bus..I felt oddly stuck๐Ÿค” my dreams have been very intense which doesn’t make for a goodnight sleep and whenever I feel that way I do what I call a life review๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™„.

I take a look at where I’m at and try to figure out why or what is making me feel this way and what in my life is prompting the feelings๐Ÿค” it’s usually just a matter of changing something..a behavior or action that is no longer serving me well…๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”.

Do I always figure it out.. No… Yet taking a look and doing a life review always helps take the anxiety or feeling away and helps me get unstuck ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ƒ and when I do figure it out I usually laugh and just shake my head ๐Ÿ˜‚

Moral of this story: it takes courage to take a look at your life with humor and compassion.. Yet when you do a life review you’ll see the parts of your life that need action โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜บ.

Have a beautiful day world ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Time Never Changesย 

The Hours Remain The Same


Hello World,  

The last few days I caught myself stressing about the 4th being right around the corner and looking at the things I still need to do to make the bus ready and boy oh boy I’ve been a mess ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ต.

So yesterday I meditated and prayed a lot because it was making anxious and sad that I might not be ready in 10 days… And this morning I woke up to an email from the organization in the Keys that said because they don’t have all the supplies needed down there yet that it wouldn’t be until AFTER the 15th before they will ask the volunteers to start going down there to help rebuild…

Although I did want to leave on Michael’s birthday I know that the “date” doesn’t matter cause it’s the journey itself that does… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Moral of the story: Don’t let hurry worry get stuck in your mind cause the hours of the day don’t change so don’t stress out about the time. We don’t have to always get things done in one day.. So take your time, pace yourself and don’t let stress get in your way๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a beautiful day world ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•