A-Okay!

Yeah, that last post was a little emo. Even if I didn’t mean it to be.

But, life has a funny way of turning things around…

So, I know I said I was loving my job. I think it was just the people and the perks I was loving. It wasn’t until we settled into the role that I realised I am so sick of admin. I’ve done my stint and in hindsight I knew that this wasn’t the job I came to Whistler to do.

After a particularly depressing day at work, I came home to a glass of red wine and found myself applying for a role at the best bakery in town.

The next day, I went in for a chat and trial, and got myself the job. I’ll be working as front of house, with potential for coffee making and hopefully see some of the baking side to things. I’m so excited, and feel that this is the right choice for me. I hate to give up and let people down, so this decision was a little painful, but this is the time to be selfish and try and live that dream!

I’m good guys… better than good. The riding is improving as well, after getting back to basics and starting fresh. The sun is shining today, I have a smile on my face and I get to go home to the most supportive guy in the world.


Happy Thursday kids!

Hanbel.
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How to Have a Lovely Day

Oh man, I’ve been a bit of a mess this week. It’s been a couple of emotional days; struggling at work, missing home, falling out of love with the bike park. BUT things are happening, and it’s changing around for me (I promise to give more details very soon).

In light of the last couple of days, I woke up today ready to change my mindset. I’ve started the day the best way I know how: went for a run, did some yoga, had a big coffee and, of course, peanut butter.

I also wanted to shed some light on some of the amazing things about this town that we have been loving over the last two months. There’s always a silver lining, and whistler has plenty!

  1. Peak 2 Peak

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One lazy Sunday morning, we took ourselves up on the Peak 2 Peak and it was phenomenal!

I’m not even sure what path we went on, but we were attempting to find the snow walls. After half an hour or more of walking up hill in high altitude (safe to say our lungs were in struggle town!), we made it to the summit. Next time, we’ll go the right way and have a proper look and play around.

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Harley, you can pay me for advertising any time๐Ÿ˜‰

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This was a good day.

2. Splitz Grill, beeeeeessssttttt burgers!

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3. Callaghan Valley

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This was part of the Jeep tour I got to do last week, I felt like a very lucky gal to be taken out here and shown some more views of this incredible slice’o’heaven – at sunset no less!

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4. Cheap drinks:)

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While the food can be stupidly expensive, it is teaching us how to shop economically and not to waste anything. We had a very lucky life in Perth, but I do think we were a little greedy and spoilt.

Having said that – alcohol is much cheaper. With all of the happy hours in town, drink specials and cheap liquor stores, we are never short of a good drop๐Ÿ˜‰

5. The cuddly bears

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Jokes, do not cuddle a bear. They will kill you. But they are super cute, and I’m still not sick of seeing them around the mountain!

6. Beavertails

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I really wanted to dislike these. I was hoping they would be far too sweet and gross. I was right, but if you go halves with a mate it’s a fun little treat! Once every six months will do though…

There’s plenty more to love about Whistler, like when the sun finally comes out and you grab a six pack and picnic, ride down to a lake (there are many options), bask in the sunshine and stare at the mountains. Or when you and a mate from home go on a hike through the most luscious green forests, talking non-stop for two hours straight. Or when you come home from a long day at work and your loft is toasty warm, you’ve discovered another season of Archer on Netflix and you settle in with a glass of wine or cup of tea.

I also love that I get to share it all with this amazing dude, one of the most patient and positive people I know. He’s constantly trying to see the best in any situation and motivates me to do the same. Love ya kiddo!

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Hanbel.
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Somebody Call Out to Your Brother

Facebook is a funny ole thing, isn’t it? God, I would love to delete it. To be rid of it’s constant reminders that people make stupid comments, or that your life isn’t as good as your work colleague’s, or you don’t care as much about social issues as your old primary school friend.

However, it does make group catch ups even easier to organise. It does let my Mum know that I’m still alive. It does make it a million times easier to make friends in a new city.

It also gives the occasional flashback that makes me smile.

This morning, the book of face reminded me that three years ago, I posted this photo of my brother and I – in celebration of his 21st birthday.

If you’re doing the maths, then yep, today (Perth time) my baby bro turns 24.

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My brother and I have a relationship that I am quite proud of. Growing up, we were best friends first and brother and sister second. Our parents moved us around a couple of different countries and cities, and throughout all the changes we were each other’s consistency.

When our parents separated, we banded together, moving from house to house each week and sharing in our annoyances of leaving something behind. We coped together with new family members, adjustments to every day life and moving houses several times. We celebrated our new sibling together, andย mourned her death together.

When I travelled Europe for six months, Ali shortly followed. He made his own adventures and walked to the beat of his own drum, but we often met up.ย One of my favourite memories is Ali joining me in Paris to celebrate my 21st, buying me the most disgusting chocolate cake and wandering the winter markets with me.

As we grow up (eventually) I can see we’re becoming quite different people, but I see nothing wrong with that. I love my brother for everything that he is, everything he has achieved and everything that is yet to come. He’s the sweetest, coolest, most down to earth guy I know and I’m so lucky to be related to him.

Gah, all the emotions – I’m sorry!! Being away from home does this to a person.

Happy Birthday little brother, sending you all kinds of love from across the globe.

Hanbel.
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Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

Okay, best thing about my job: Fam Tours.
A fam tour, or familiarisation tour, is a chance for all local businesses to get front desk staff of whistler to experience their tours. FOR FREE.

Essentially, as we are the face of the company, and the staff who spend the most time interacting with guests, it’s important for us to understand the activities that we are recommending to them. If we have a great experience, then we are much more likely to encourage every guest who checks in to go to that particular business.

Works for me, I get to see and do whistler for very, very cheap๐Ÿ˜‰

Last Thursday kick-started my week of awesome, in the most intense way: theย Sasquatch Ziptrek. Spanning from midstation on Blackcomb mountain to midstation on Whistler mountain, this zipline spans over 2km and can reach speeds of over 100km/hr. It was pretty sweeeeeeeeeeet!

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I really should have saved that one until last, because going to do the TAG Superfly a few days later was a mistake. Although the company seemed more organised, and we got a chance to do four ziplines out at Cougar mountain, everything seemed so slow!

It did give me a chance to take more photos though, and the lack of rain helped me out a bunch.

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We were taken up to Cougar Mountain via ZRZ, because Whistler doesn’t do anything half-arsed.

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One bonus was getting to hold hands with the lady ziplining next to me on our last run. She was so cute, and it made her day to do that.

It doesn’t end with the ziplining though… Just yesterday, Crina and I also got to take part in one of the coolest activities in Whistler – bobsledding!

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So many helmets, so little time!

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The tour started with a walk down one section of the course, which was such a privilege. As the fastest course in the world (a fact which will never change by the way), it was insane to even see it, let alone get up, close and personal.

We were given our team, our gear, safety instructions and away we went! (With a driver on the back of course..)

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This experience was absolutely breathtaking. Like, literally. Getting up to a top speed of 88km/hr, feeling almost 3 g-force and finishing the course in 51 seconds was enough to take your breath away.

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I can’t wait to give this a go in the winter, but for now… summer is making me super happy!

Hanbel.
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This is for My Girls All Around the World

There are endless positives to travelling, and I have blogged about so many of them already. The beauty of a blog, or any social media account, is that you get to choose what part of your life you show the world. Usually, it’s the highlights, the best days. Particularly with blogging, I don’t feel like uploading any of my downsides. My writing is motivated by my mood, and when I’m feeling down I’m far more likely to reach for Netflix than WordPress.

This doesn’t exactly give you a clear picture of everything that is happening in my life though, and for a little reality check I’d like to share with you one of the downsides to travelling. It is short lived and relatively easy to overcome, but the first couple of months are the most affected by this factor.

It’s quite simple to adjust to a new currency, a different climate, small differences in culture and everyday life. These adjustments happen quickly and without much stress. What takes some time though, is making friends. I’m definitely getting there, everyone in Whistler is so chilled out and up for anything. My work crew are awesome, and ladies’ nights are giving me opportunities to meet so many gals with similar interests. It will improve over time and I am in no way worried about being alone here. I just have moments where I miss my gals.

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I miss calling someone up on a quiet afternoon to grab a drink, go for a long walk or stay in with popcorn and a movie. I miss the easy banter and the support system. I miss the hugs!

I miss Konga with Brooke, life analysis with Brianna, mild abuse with Rach, a sneaky wine with Kendra. I miss laughing with Courtney, finding the best new restaurant with Anh, marathon chats with Luce, and I even miss Laura talking through movies.

Life is good, I promise. It’s just that these girls, and the friendships we have are unparalleled. I’m thinking of you all today, and want to share some snaps where we are at our happiest!

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The best gals:)
Hanbel.
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I Choo Choo Choose You

Hellooooo friends and family! Still alive over here, kicking life goals and generally enjoying every moment. #sorrynotsorry

I’ve been working for a couple of weeks now, and absolutely loving it. There’s tonnes to learn and so many different processes that I’m not used to (not to mention that Whistler is still unfamiliar to me), but it feels so good to get the brain working again. It’s a great team to work with, our boss is one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met and I’ve also had the pleasure of training with two other girls around my age.

On on of our days off, one of my co-worker gals, Crina, and I decided to make use of the beautiful weather and head off on a little hike.

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We made our way down to Function Junction in search of the train wreck. Following the trails through intense greenery and beautiful trees, we found our way to the train line.

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Where we played around, because why not?

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Nailed it.

The trail was super easy, and only around 5km long – a nice introduction for us both.

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Time for a little back story about the wreck… In 1956 a train came off it’s tracks trying to make up time and speeding along an area in repair. The nearby families and community decided to leave the boxcars there and subsequently set it up as an authorised graffiti zone.

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Every boxcar is covered inside and out with artwork, with many incredible faces staring back at you.

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You’re also in the middle of a forrest, clamouring over roots and around trees to take it all in. It was pretty spectacular and such a unique set up.

Forgoing the train tracks, we took the trail back to discover Cheakamus River and it’s gorgeous waterfall. Seriously, this place does not get any better!

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This is life for me these days; working with some cool cats, finally making money instead of spending it all, and getting out biking or hiking in my spare time.

Andrew updates:
He has started coaching in the park, and can’t wipe the smile off his face. He has started to discover the fun side to tipping, and even got tipped in beer yesterday. I’m super proud of the effort he’s been putting in over the last couple of weeks.

Whistler is the kind of town that doesn’t open until 10am, doesn’t get going until the afternoon and parties late into the night. It’s also the kind of place where nothing happens unless you make it happen. Andrew has been down at the base of the mountain most mornings, organising lessons for other coaches, shadowing their classes and now getting his own gigs. He’s consistent and reliable and I think the senior staff are starting to notice and reward him for it.

Happy happy days over here! Much love,
Hanbel.
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One Second in Whistler

I have loved this app, re-watching the little clips always puts a smile on my dial. I just mashed our first four weeks of Whistler life and it’s a nice reminder how nervous I was in the beginning and how life is steadily improving here, day by day.

However, I seemed to have forgotten my camera and miss having actual photos to look over. I started work last week also, which makes it a little more difficult to pick up my phone all the time. So, please enjoy my last One Second Everyday video … for now.

 

Ahhh Whistler, I’m so glad we picked you.

Hanbel.
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