Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 – Lake Louise comparison photos

I’ve wanted for a little while now do to a Lake Louise comparison photos post. This amazing little piece of the world transforms overnight from a summer sensation destination to a winter wonderland. And every little bit of it is just as picturesque as the day before.

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Yes, it does literally freeze overnight. I big difference is noticed if the lake forms a layer of ice then snows overnight. One day a blue beautiful lake, the next, an amazing snowfield!

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The ice rink is in the process of being smoothed out here for the skaters, and you can see the chairs on the side there for the observers.

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January 2016

So believe it or not, the lake and the moutains are in the background of this picture. Of course, they can’t be seen, there was quite a downfall of snow that day. I still went on the horse and sleigh ride to the end of the lake and back anyway!

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Annndd, the ice castle was there, then it was gone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย At least I still have my ice creams ๐Ÿ™‚

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Also May 2016

Yeah, not kidding eh. That lake is just hours away from being completely melted. It was an amazing sight to see it all just slowly collapse back into the water over a couple of days.

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May 2016 Again

Told ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Wait, what. There’s snow and its summer! Yeah, that happens here in the rockies. Atleast once every summer, there will be a day when it snows haha.

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July 2016

Happy Canada Day!ย 

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July 2016 again

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A beautiful sunny day paddle boarding on the lake!

 

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November 16th, 2016

 

Monday November 21st 2016 โ€“ Snow Day

Canada, you blow me away every day โค

Monday November 21st 2016 – Snow Day

Today, myself and one of my spa girls decided to go have some fun at the lake ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh yeah, and get some pretty amazing pics! Hello SNOW!!

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The lake isn’t fully frozen yet and no where near even safe enough to wak on yet! However I have heard stories of people trying to be brave and being ‘the first one to walk on the lake’.. ย I’ll skip on that thanks.

Being an Aussie, and growing up never having any idea or concept of snow and having never even built a snow man (I know, I never got around to it last winter), today was the day i finally built my first snowman!

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Okay, so it’s more like a snow ‘pooh-bear’ than a snowman haha. The snow was very dry today so it made it difficult to make a normal big snowman.

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The cute snow ‘pooh-bear’ looking over the lake ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Wednesday November 16th 2016 – The first layer of ice on the Lake!

This afternoon I went to the gym and when I returned outside, I could see a very fine thin layer of ice merging on the lake!

It’s that time of year again.

It will only be overnight now and no doubt tomorrow, there just may be a tiny layer of snow settled on the lake if it snows tonight.

I love how Lake Louise can literally transform overnight โค

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And those clouds <3.. ย My backyard is so beautiful!

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Monday October 24th 2016 – First sign of snow

This morning I woke up to the very first sign of snow for the season!

While this is still nothing in comparison to what it is to come, I had to go on an adventure and get some good pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

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Not only was today the first sign of snow, but also the day that the canoes at the boat house were packed away. A very sad day, it means that summer is now officially over. But now to another winter season in Lake Louise.

Monday October 10th 2016 – Canadian Thanksgivingย 

So this year for the Canadian Thanksgiving, our Spa team decided to do a group dinner. Originally, I didn’t think I was able to join in, as a friend from Australia was visiting. Instead she came along for the dinner too!

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We transformed the lounge room into a tight but cute dining room ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

On the dining table sat salads, potatoes, beans, ham and of course, the one and only roast turkey!

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Photo and Cook Credit to Sara ๐Ÿ™‚

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What an amazing team I am blessed with to be able to work with.

After we had finished stuffing our faces and eating as much food as possible, we then went around the group and spoke of what we were thankful for.

It was a touching moment, some had tears, of course of happiness and appreciation. I’ve never felt such a blessing in one room like that moment. Most of all, we were all thankful to be able to be together for a meal and to have each others company โค

 

My love hate relationship with my nomadic life

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I absolutely love living in the Canadian Rockies. It is an amazingly beautiful part of the world, but sometimes I find myself getting stuck in a rut.

Lake Louise is isolated so some days I do get cabin fever, or depressed when I’m stuck with nothing to do but to go to the pub or sit at home and watch Netflix.

Yes, there is amazing hikes, canoeing and just simply the magnifying mountains that stand before me. There is simply no reason why I shouldn’t feel healthy when there is a staff gym as well as our own outdoor playground.

But, in my quiet times, I look at people at home who are getting married and having families and have networks of people who also have their own little families.

The most amazing little miracles happen everyday, more amazing than planet earth itself that I am beside myself that in the coming weeks, I am going to have my very own beautiful little nephew. I am so unbelievably excited about this. 

With that, I am now 25 years old, and one day recently, that fact actually caught up to me. I want a family one day too, I want the house and the picket fence and my dog, and it gets me down sometimes that my life isn’t there yet. So, I work and I travel.

Travelling, has always been my first love. And finding myself and my place in the world comes after that and today I finally felt myself have the epiphany I needed to break out of my rut.

The breakthrough.

I spent some time with my friends and realized, I know where I belong in the world and who I am. What my strengths and weaknesses are. What kind of people I need around me that support the positive energy that floats from within me.

I love my work but I hate the dangerous vortex of the Lake Louise pub lifestyle. I love my friends and the supportive network of a sisterhood we have created but I hate how depressed I become when I have a moment where I feel lost or alone. I love the fresh mountain air and the most breathtaking scenery that lays before me everyday, but I hate the fact that sometimes, I can feel trapped by it. 

I don’t need real or metaphorical mountains to tell me where I belong. 

I just know I belong in the world that is continuesly evolving and to not be afraid of it. I belong in a world of writing and inspiring. Which is why I blog.

I also belong in the world where I love my job and the way I can make someone feel better about themselves. I know that I have that and I feel blessed for it everyday.

I don’t necessarily need the house with the fence just yet, because I know one day it will be my turn. It’s okay to have bad days, I just need to remember to talk about them instead of letting things stew in my mind. I may need more of a sense of normalcy at some point, and that’s okay too.

But for now, I am enjoying the wonder of the world that is the Canadian Rockies. Because the day I look back when I do have the house with the fence and the dog, I want to know that I made the most of my time out here. 

107 Sleeps to go- The Blogger

A Life That Is

Hi Everyone! So Iโ€™ve decided to start a blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is to combine my passion for writing as well as my new venture of travelling and taking photos along the way to remember a great life and to share with my family and friends as well. My aim is to begin the blog where my incomplete book ends..

So a lot has actually happened since I started the edit on the first blog, just havenโ€™t had a chance to actually post anything!

The fun stuff thatโ€™s happened over the last couple months have been exciting! I bought myself a GoPro! How cool! Still trying to figure out how to use it though. And a couple of weekends ago, Dad and I went out to Millamolong to watch the Polo, their charity being Camp Quality so we were there with the Tractor Trek crew and their ย tractors!

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Passionate – Why I Write

via Daily Prompt: Passionate

Let’s talk about the word passionate today ๐Ÿ™‚

I want to write this blog for everyone who has ever thought about writting or blogging, but just never ‘got around to it’.

It’s an easy enough excuse or reason. I used to have the same reasoning. Until one day I just started writing. Writing and writing and writing. I began writing my book four years ago and I have now been blogging for about 18 months.

I don’t always have a lot to say, or anything in general, but when I do, it comes out like an erupted volcano in my mind! The words just flow one after the other which is why I always carry a pen and paper with me to jot down my notes and thoughts. I think I may also have a slight case of ADHD and anxiety which keeps the thoughts going constantly haha.

That aside, why do I write?

I write, because I am passionate about it.

Between other jobs that I have had previuosly and now my current job, I have still managed to find time to complete the book and try as much as possible to keep my blog up to date.

I do it because I am passionate about writing.

Some do it for a full time job, and I know why! There can be a lot to it. Noting your thoughts, putting things together, editing and proof reading, keeping up to date and current!

Or you can just do it, because it is something you are passionate about.

Do you want to give it a go?

For me, it all began with writing notes in my ‘notes’ section on my iPhone. Yeah, it was that easy.ย That is where my book began.

Then one day, I looked into different blogging websites and came across wordpress (ah my godsend). This website has an app that I have on my phone, so that if I want to write something on the spot and I am not at my computer or I am out, I just jump onto the app, makes some notes and safe the post as a draft and go back to it later.

Some days, some of my posts can take me up to a day to complete, some might only take half an hour.

But I do it. I do it because I am passionate about writing.

I don’t know why, but for the longest time that I can remember, I have always had something to say. An opinion or an idea that i just need to share. Instead of talking the ears off of my friends all the time, I just started writing.

If you think you want to give blogging a go too friends, I recommend it!

If your reading this post, you are already one step towards the rest.ย Sign up to wordpress and just make one simple little blog.

Explore the website, see where the links and buttons take you.

Blogging is a wonderful and artisitic outlet.

I can’t believe that as of April 2015, I have now written 141 post, I’ve had 1,977 views and 970 different visitors to my blog.

All I have been doing for the last 18 months is write an online diary. That’s all.

If your still not convinced, carry a pen and paper around with you. When you think that there is something that you want to write about, an idea or project, just jot down the notes at the time and go back to it when you have time.

Before you know it, you will have a whole book of notes and ideas.

I encourage you, if you are passionate about your thoughts and writing, just do it. It doens’t even need to be for the rest of the world to see right away, it might just be the most therapeutic thing you will ever do for yourself.

 

Tuesday September 6th 2016 – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Lake Louise

Yesterday we left Whistler quite early for a very long day in the car to Jasper.

There was some spectacular scenery along the way, but we didn’t get out of the car much or for long. Only every now and then to stretch and for a quick Walmart stop at Kamloops for supplies for my place and some lunch.

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When we reached Jasper, we were luck enough to see a small pack of deer. Mum and Dad were pretty excited about this!

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We had dinner at small restaurant in town and checked in at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and had an early night after our long car day.

This morning, I got to wake up to my Canadian birthday!!

We spent the morning looking around at ย Jasper Park Lodge then around the town and picking up a few small cute souvenirs.

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When we left Jasper, we headed along the Icefields Parkway towards Lake Louise ๐Ÿ™‚

The first stop on the drive was at Athabasca Falls.

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Very shortly after, we stopped in at Sunwapta Falls ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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These pictures literally speak for themselves..

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Finally that afternoon we arrived to my home, Lake Louise ๐Ÿ™‚

I showed Mum and Dad the lake for the first time, and they were pretty stoked! They get it now, what all the fuss is all about โค

Tonight, we celebrated with my Lake Louise friends at Deer Lodge just down the road for dinner and drinks.

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Cheers! Heres to my friends, family and followers

Sunday September 4th 2016 – Whistler and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Pictures can not justify that morning sunrise view

This morning we were up bright and early to check out. We were making our way to Whistler via the Sea to Sky Highway for a very exciting day!

I had booked for Mum, Dad and myself to go bobsleighing at the Whistler Sliding Centre. This was going to be an ultimate Canadian experience for sure!!

The summer seasons program is known as the ‘Rolling Thunder’, and while the bobsleighs that us as guests go in are modified and go considerably slower, the nerves were still starting to build up as we arrived and had to sign our lives away ๐Ÿ˜‰

The morning started with a tour around the track and some history about the courses and Olympic events that have been held there.

After the walk around and tour we headed to the top where we had a safety briefing and helmets fitted then we watched the first group take off.

From corner 7 down to the end, most of the times avaraged between 50 and 53 seconds. It was seemed like they were going slow from where we were watching as spectators.

It was quite a different story when it was our turn! Haha.

We were strategically loaded into the sleigh with a professional driver to steer as well as break. We were all loaded in together and the driver came around to get some momentum going, knocking on our helmets for good luck before pushing us off for our 50 something second joy ride!

At first, it didn’t feel like we were going too fast, but after going around a couple of corners, the speed really started to pick up! We watched carefully the passenger infront of us to see which way to tilt our heads. Then before we knew it, it was all over!

It was such a great experience though! Woah, what an adrenaline rush! Mum and Dad loved it too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Once we had regained our legs, we jumped back in the car and drive down to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to check in, for Dad to go off and play golf (Happy Birthday Dad) and for Mum and I to go to the spa for the afternoon (Happy Birthday Mum)

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is also another propety I can tick off the list ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wednesday May 11th 2016 โ€“ The Canadian Fairmont Bucket List

When Mum and I finished at the spa after a few hours of pampering, we went back up to the room to find a little treat waiting for us โค

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Fairmont, you guys are too sweet โค

That night when Dad returned from golf, we went down to The Grill Room for dinner.

Oh my god, I am loving Whistler so much. Everywhere I have turned, I am falling even more inlove with this town. The food at The Grill Room was out of this world.

I started off again with a salad, the Young Greens Salad. For my main meal, I had the Pemberton Meadows Dry Aged Rib Eye. The chef even brought it out on a wheeled table to talk to us about the cut before cutting off the piece directly in front of me before wheeling it back into the kitchen to be cooked.