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To Swim or Not to Swim

Well, being a gym rat is going quite well actually, I’m getting into a comfortable groove of running/biking/weight training in the guest gym. My schedule is actually ideal for training. I work split shifts so I always have time every day to go to the gym. We don’t ever work all day straight, there’s always a break! I really feel like I’m getting so much gym and self improvement time, it’s amazing. The only thing missing is swimming. Of course, swimming is the component that I have to work hardest on to keep up. My current solution has been to swim back and forth along the beach when we are in ports with a close beach. Which is at least 2 days a week. Sometimes I can’t get off the ship, but I’ve been making do! One thing that I can’t get enough of right now is the eucalyptus steam room and dry sauna on the ship. The wall opposite to the door is actually a massive floor to ceiling window that looks out onto the ocean. There is nothing better after a workout than sitting in the steam room and staring out at the ocean. It’s heavenly!! I’ve also discovered napping!! It’s amazing!! How did I live without naps before???? Does anyone out there have any advice for me in the triathlon department?? How can I maximize my gym workouts to keep me in shape while living on a cruise ship all winter (pool swimming is out of the question, crew aren’t allowed in the guest pools, originally I thought maybe I could do some pool running)??

Isla Roatan, Honduras. My floating home on the left!! Wanna race to the ship??

Goofing off with a co-worker in Roatan!

 

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The Cruise Life

I feel like I need to take a moment to just address how much fun I’m having!! I love working on a cruise ship so far, and sometimes we even get off the ship and enjoy ourselves……like this:

Reunited with one of my best friends!! Best place for a reunion is the Bahamas, hands down!!

Least co-ordinated jumping of all time

My beverage came in a monkey head!

Gym Rat

You know, I used to be a gym rat. I loved the gym. Didn’t want to train outside (except for horseback riding), just inside, constantly, all the time. Then I started hiking with a good friend of mine and fell in love with outdoor training. Then I started racing triathlon and became addicted to the outdoors. The last 7 or 8 years I’ve been all about the outdoors, still doing a gym workout or two here and there, but mostly as many outdoor sports as I could get my hands on. Now I’m living on a cruise ship. Training outdoors is less feasible. Don’t get me wrong, when we dock on a Bahamanian island, I’m on the gangway with my one piece on and goggles in hand, ready to swim back and forth along the island, but for the most part, I need to re-connect with my long dormant gym rat. It’s been easier than I expected. One thing I’m really excited about is the chance to really focus on training and my health. I have a tendency to run myself ragged at home. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely not complaining, I love every single thing I do at home and am so happy to do them all, but sometimes I forget that I am in fact not invincible (shhhhhh that’s a secret) and eventually I am going to hurt myself. Case in point, savagely murdering both of my ankles this summer. They are rehabilitating nicely, which I’m very pleased with. My point (I swear I have one) is that I’m going to really focus on my health while I’m on board, I’m only working one job, and in my spare time, I’m pretty limited in available ways to fill my day. A very good friend of mine from home has offered to help me in my quest for the ultimate healthy state, and I was thrilled to accept!! We have been friends for at least ten years and he is one of the most positive, inspirational, and genuine human beings I have ever had the pleasure to know. I’m so excited to be a part of Team Alvarez!! Please check out his facebook page here: Team Alvarez!! Now, in order to practice what I preach, I am headed to bed, I have an early start tomorrow, and I need my beauty sleep!!

Play safe and happy training!

E

Read My Leaves

Something interesting happened to me this week. Actually a lot of interesting things happened this weekend. One of which being my sister getting married. That was super amazing. This is kind of related. For one of the many parties that were held before the wedding, us girls got henna done and there was both a tea leaf reader and a tarot card reader in attendance. Now, I must preface this post by saying that I’m pretty science minded, and I’m a little skeptical of these kinds of things. However, Tanya Lester, tea leaf reader blew me away. Without knowing anything about me or me asking any questions, she started off by telling me that she sees that I will have to make a career decision in the near future ( WHICH I DO!! when I’m done my Carnival contract I will have to decide whether to do another contract or to focus on hotel work), and that one of those options will take me far away from home (it will) but it will make me very happy and will be a challenging position where I will learn a lot. She said that if I choose that position she sees me doing it for a very long time and being very happy. She said the other position will be closer to home and I will think that it’s going to be a good move, but that if I chose that one I won’ be happy and it won’t be as challenging and it will be very similar to what I’ve done before. Then she said, “I see you on a boat.”

SERIOUSLY. How did she know that?? It blew me away. Then she said a few things about my love life that were totally completely right. Then she talked about a man that I will meet sometime in the next 3-5 years who is older and grumpy and for some reason I see something in this man and I befriend him and kind of look out for him, and then he introduces me to his son, who will be someone that I will be with for a long time. So I don’t know about all that bit, but I guess we will see. All in all, I was totally impressed with this woman and would definitely see her again. There’s just no way she could have known some of the things she said, I had never met this woman ever! So crazy. So that’s my story about that!! I’m going to try to post some photos soon of my sister’s wedding, it was so so amazing!!

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I’m on a boat!

Are you ready for another fun post about the amazing adventures I had this summer? I’m trying to get them all posted before I start on all the fun things happening in Florida! So one of our members at the golf course has a boat that is moored in the Oak Bay Marina and one day he offered to take a few of us out for some drinks, tunes, and open ocean. It was an amazing way to spend an afternoon and we even took a dip in the ocean! Here’s a few photos!!

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Summer adventures!

I had such an amazing summer full of friends and fun and adventure. I feel like there’s a million adventure days I haven’t shared, so here’s one!! A lovely co-worker of mine has a cabin on Shawnigan Lake so one sunny afternoon, she invited some of us up for sea dooing and wakeboarding and boating!! So much fun!! We really do live in one of the most amazing places in the world and it’s so nice to get to enjoy it!!

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For the love of shine

Hi, my name is Erica and I’m a jewellery junkie. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, bangles, earrings, pretty much anything shiny. Like a crow. I’m ok with it, in fact, I’m proud of it. Nothing makes me happier than layering some playful wrist candy before I head out for my day of exciting adventures. Usually I’m training so much that lots of bangles aren’t practical, but yesterday was the most sacred of all days….SISTER DAY!! For the lovely miss Alana and I, sister day is very cherished time for us, we paint our nails, get dressed up, take photos in gardens, sing silly songs, watch our favorite shows, throw paint at eachother, pretty much just whatever we feel like! Yesterday, we did many of those things…and I put on some shiny bracelets!!

My lovely sister does such great work, doesn’t she!! Check out what she does on her blog: Dream Create.

 

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I particularly love wearing jewellery that has specific meaning to me, things that have a story or came from somewhere or someone important to me. The bracelets I’m wearing, from left to right; silver bangle, made by my mom; silver wire horseshoe charm bracelet, from a Disney merchandise store in Animal Kingdom; another silver mom-made bangle; red and rhinestone bracelet, made by my sister: silver feather bangle, another Disney find; ‘all good things are wild and free’ bracelet, etsy shop mstarbuck, and finally, white bead gold horseshoe charm, Ettika jewellery!

Friends and Photo shoots!

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You might remember a few weeks ago I did a photo shoot with the lovely Natasha Enquist and super talented photographer Darren Stone, well I got a few more images sent to me from the shoot, and looking at them just makes me so happy! We had such a great time, and now that Natasha is in Berlin, and soon I’ll be back in the US, it’s so nice to have some fun photos to enjoy that remind me of all the fun times we had!! Check them out!!

Tough Mudder

I know you’ve all been eagerly anticipating the Tough Mudder update and I’m ready to give it to you. First of all, I ADORED the atmosphere I found in Whistler during the race weekend because it was full of like minded people who are also into racing and health and the same things I am. Myself and my team stayed at the Westin and loved every minute of it. My friend works for them and took very good care of us while we were there. The challenge itself was amazing. I adore the idea of it, lots of teamwork, and for a good cause but also very physically and mentally challenging. For those who don’t know about it, this race is known as possibly the toughest race on the planet. It’s intense and painful and so awesome.

The official Tough Mudder Vancouver video came out today, check it out!!!

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I’ll post more photos later!! I managed to hang onto a disposable camera for the whole challenge, so I ended up with some great photos!

 

Unexpected Adventures

As you know, I just went on a lovely vacation to Florida! Well to get there I didn’t take the most direct route. I took the Victoria Clipper to Seattle and then the light link train to the airport and flew to Orlando. It was a most superb adventure! Some people may have flown directly from Victoria, but not I. My reasons are twofold: one; it’s cheaper to fly from Seattle, two; getting places as quickly as possible doesn’t leave much time for adventuring, and I do love to adventure. I also really truly enjoy the feeling of being nowhere and everywhere at the same time. When I’m traveling, I feel suspended in time, neither here nor there, but in transit. I love that feeling. It’s very freeing! I had a few hours to kill before my flight so I wandered around downtown Seattle for a while and then off to the airport I went. I found a nice little restaurant near my gate and settled down to eat and listen to my music. And that’s when an adventure occurred. Two fellows eating a few feet away from me bought me a drink and because my parents raised me to be polite, I introduced myself and thanked them. We got to chatting and I found them to be very interesting individuals. One of them was a military man, headed back to Anchorage, Alaska, the other was a convicted felon (one of his convictions was for attempted murder, I’m still unsure if asking a felon about his felonies is really the best plan, but sometimes I don’t think before I talk) headed home to his family in Florida (we ended up being on the same plane), having just been visiting his mother. Now I don’t have much experience with criminals, but this one was very jovial. I’ve met people with far more traditional wealth who somehow have so many things to complain about. This man, who was incarcerated for a total of 12 years, had not a thing to complain about, and just wanted friends to share in his happiness. He had a lovely pearl of wisdom for me, “They say that you love where you live and live where you love, but when you’re a traveler, you love everything!” I very much enjoyed that. So, at the end of the day, the moral of this story is that life is what you make of it. My VERY random chats in an airport restaurant gave me some perspective that day, there is always something to be learned from everyone’s story. I’ve always had a fascination with the lives of others and this particular event was a very interesting insight into a life, which inspired plenty of reflection into my own.

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My new friends. Incidentally, the gentleman on the left didn’t fly very well and it was most fortunate for him that he made friends with me, he almost got removed from our flight, as he became agitated upon boarding, but somehow I managed to keep him calm with ipad games and rambling stories. Thank goodness for Angry Birds!

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