All the Things

Alrighty-roo, it’s catch up time!

The last month has been busy, full of activities, events and work shenanigans.

So here’s what my March and April have looked like:

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WEDDING TIME
Celebrating our boss’ wedding at Nita Lake Lodge, with photo booths, plenty of dancing and all the wine. It was a fun time…

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BLUEBIRD DAYS
These have been far and few between, so when one falls on your weekend, you take as many photos as possible. Oh, glorious Whistler!

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THESE GIRLS!
Having awesome gals to ride with makes life so much better, it’s been the best couple of months sharing the hill with these babes.

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KONGA
Classes have started up again, and I still have to advertise like crazy and build a following, but I’m having fun in the process. Plus, when the view from the room is this good and the tunes are loud, life is good!

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BAKERY LIFE
I still love this job, even on the difficult days. Easter weekend hit us hard, but with such a good team it was super fun! This week we have four favourites leaving us, and it’s making my heart very sad. This town sucks sometimes, no one sticks around for too long. On the plus side, this means I have people around the world to visit!

Not pictured: lots of wine-based after work activities, getting my bike back out and riding to work most days, learning to read bus timetables again, walking to work when the sun is shining and all of the spring/summer anticipation.

The snow is melting, the sun has been making more frequent appearances and we can now stay outside for longer than 10 minutes at a time. There’s a lot to look forward to in Whistler, and I’m so happy to be here πŸ™‚

Have a lovely week kiddos,
Hanbel
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L’abbiamo Rotto

I’ve been off the grid for a little while now, I apologise.

The last three weeks have definitely been up there with some of the weirdest ones to experience. I’m hoping you all know by now, I’d hate for you to find out through this blog. At the same time though, I’m sick of retelling the same story. Not because it causes a great deal of pain, I’m just not a fan of repetition. I hated coming home (not really mum!) last year because of how many questions I had to answer… over and over again.

I’m not going into details, out of respect for the other person involved in this situation. So yes, I will be vague as hell and probably frustrate you, but I guess if we’re friends then you can just ask me anything anyway. Or… you already know every detail better than I do.

The simple fact of the matter is that this blog has always been an outlet. Something similar to a diary, where I can write things down and somehow ease my mind a little.

I’m good guys. I promise. A loss is loss, but this one feels very undramatic and natural. Whistler is also a great place to go through these things, there are so many distractions. Plus, the sun is starting to reappear and promises of summer are peering through the clouds. Being away from home makes things harder, but also a million times easier – if that makes any sense. I’m actually glad to be away from all things familiar, and to just get on with life. It might hit me like a tonne of bricks later on, but so far… it’s all good.

So I guess the point of this post is to say, don’t worry. Whistler has my back. I obviously can only speak for myself now but I think it’s all going to be okay. I love you all, and all the love I’ve been getting – keep it coming, for both of us.

Much love,
Hanbel.
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10 Things that Make Me Terribly Happy About Winter

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  1. POWDER
  2. Mocha breaks on the mountain
  3. Getting excited by a warm day of 0 degrees
  4. Red wine by fireplaces in cozy pubs
  5. Waking up to a beautiful bluebird day
  6. When the Highway closes and the village stays quiet πŸ˜‰
  7. Reading all the books under the covers, watching the snowfall
  8. Rosy cheeks
  9. Snowboarding at least twice a week, we are SO LUCKY
  10. Giggling at the cutest little kids, all bundled up and ready for their ski lessons

Hanbel.
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Good Morning!

Mornings around here are never the same.. Andrew and I don’t always have the same days off, we work different shifts everyday, head up the mountain some mornings, sleep in until 8:30 others (that’s quite late for us!).

When I get a morning off though, and don’t pick up my snowboard, I have a little bit of a routine. I’ll usually wake up around 7 am, grab half a banana and flick through instagram (I KNOW, contradicting my last post – but I love checking in with what’s happening back home!).

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I workout for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the day. I’ve been following these ladies for a couple of years now, and it’s so nice having a little guide to follow with their Daily Workout.

Then, it’s the best time of the day… BREAKFAST AND COFFFFFEEEEEEE. I’ll grab a bowl of oats, put on a Spotify playlist (currently loving Happy Folk) and sit down to read over a few blogs. Cup of Jo and Love Taza are favourites of mine.


If I have time, I’ll do some yoga (with Adriene) before getting ready for work. As the days are getting warmer, I can start getting out for walks and hopefully runs again once the ice melts and there’s a much smaller chance of me stacking it and falling on my face.


Not every morning is the same, and I love that about living here, but when I get this routine in, I feel good!

Happy Tuesday,
Hanbel.
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Thoughts for Thursday

Lats night, we sat down after dinner (and several episodes of Friends…) and decided to watch a documentary (mainly to balance out the Beavis and Butthead style laughing at Joey’s antics).

If you have Netflix, please do yourself a favour and watch Minimalism.

Based around the lives of two dudes, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who have chosen to live their lives with meaning and purpose. They are fighting back against the massive consumption issues surrounding the world, and providing an alternative lifestyle option for those who are willing to listen.

I’ll leave it at that, because otherwise there’s no point in you watching it yourself, but I will tell you that we found it fascinating. The idea of living a minimalist life resonates so much with the huge change we made this year. Living in a home a quarter the size of our last one, rarely indulging in buying new clothes or purchasing anything “because it’s on sale and I NEED IT”. Living here has changed the way we live, but we do wonder if it’s our choice or because of the low wages we earn, and the fact that everyone around us succumbs to the “ski bum” lifestyle.

Either way, we definitely want to continue along this path. Andrew immediately began deleting apps off his phone he doesn’t use, starting de-cluttering our drawers and vows to only buy things that will bring joy or purpose to his life.

I’m going to try my hardest to limit my screen time (I don’t need Facebook and Instagram telling me what kind of life I should lead, what I should be buying or doing – but I do enjoy them, so I won’t delete them altogether), starting in the morning. My first instinct is to grab my phone as soon as I wake up and start scrolling, but I want to make an active effort to hold off for as long as possible.

I, too, will purposely think about what I spend my money on. If it is going to make me happy in the long run, it’s mine! If it’s an impulse buy, or some piece of clothing I know that I’m going to hate in 3 months time… what’s the point?

This has been quite the rant, and far from what I normally post. I just thought I’d share some thoughts with the internet, because sometimes writing it all down helps to make sense of it all, commit to anything I’ve written on here and help another person out who may have the same thoughts!

Thanks for listening, have a meaningful and lovely day πŸ™‚

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Hanbel.
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We Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

HOLY MOTHER THIS IS SO LATE

How are we already 11 days into 2017? This is madness.

Anywho…

Throwin’ it back to Christmas!

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Some of my favourite humans came to town,Β and made me smile so hard when they all crammed into my tiny bakery to say hi! I tried my hardest to see them as much as possible for their first couple of days, but we made do with quick hello’s and several squishy hugs.

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Come the big day though, I forced them all to wake up early so we could hit the slopes!!

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I just loved seeing everyone bundled up, ready for some snow!

 

 

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This bunch of gals are just the best, and being able to spend the morning on the mountain with them all on Christmas Day was a dream come true.

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The boys were there too, I promise, they just spent a little longer actually using their snowboards πŸ˜‰

We rode most of the morning and then hustled back to our place to thaw out over turkey rolls and pecan pie. Andrew, the poor bugger, had to work at 2pm but we made sure he got a chance to celebrate the big day. He also roasted the turkey to absolute perfection and made me a very happy Christmas gal!

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Later that night, I took myself and two big caramel apple pies over to the house the crew were staying at.Β Chefs Matt, Lucy and Anh cooked up a storm, we were forced into awkward family photos, exchanged secret santa presents and all sat down to an incredible meal together.

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God I love you crazy people.Β Although it was the most hectic week trying to juggle work, snowboarding and quality time with these guys, I wouldn’t have changed anything for a minute. It was perfect!

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By New Year’s Eve, most of the crew had moved on to New York, and with Andrew and I on early starts for New Year’s Day we had a low key celebration.

We layered up and headed down to Whistler base to watch the Fire and Ice show and fireworks. Lucky for us, Andrew’s friend Rohan was still in town, as well as Andrew’s cousin, her husband and his parents.

10 years ago, at a party Rohan threw on New Year’s Eve Andrew and I met. And 10 years later, we all celebrated again.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a very happy and healthy new year. I have a goooooood feeling about 2017.

Hanbel.
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P.s. Thank you to my schnooky for most of these photos, I am hopeless!

 

And May All Your Christmases Be White

Oh my goodness! I can’t believe how quickly time is just flyyyyyy-ing by. One blink of the eye andΒ it seems that Christmas is upon us. Just 9 little sleeps and we will be waking up, bright eyed and bushy tailed, welcoming the most wonderful day!

Until then, however, I am working 10 days straight, heading up the mountain whenever possible and greeting my dear friends from home. Nine of my absolute favourites are visiting for Christmas and although it’s going to be absolutely hectic trying to squeeze everything in, I am so excited!

Now for a little catch up on the past few weeks, which basically have consisted of snow, snow and more of that glorious white snow!

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My walk to work has become a movie moment, every damn day

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Blackcomb Base

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Whistler Base

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Day Four on the mountain, putting my linked turns into practice

Snowboarding has got to be the most frustrating sport to learn, it hurts so damn much when you’ve fallen for the 27th time onto your coccyx. It sure is addictive though, and I’m not giving up anytime soon!

The weather is getting a little warmer too, after 10 days of an average of -14, they have actually forecast 2 degrees next week!! AND MORE SNOW

Winter is agreeing with us nicely, and even though it requires a lot more effort (with all the layers and walking over icy roads and what not) I think we’re falling more in love with this section of the world.

Here’s to a very white Christmas!
Hanbel.
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