Arianne Jones

Professional Tobogganer. 2014 Olympian. World Cup Medalist. Lover of Life.

As much as I was so excited about my adventure of moving to NYC to pursue my love of food I was feeling all the feels. For the first time I was going to live all alone, which I actually felt really excited about! ⁣ •⁣ I felt excited to be a new city alone, where I could wander neighbourhoods and explore and the thrill of having no one in the world know where I was; but also the flip side of just missing Jeff with my whole whole whole heart. It's funny how in one moment you can feel so excited to be exploring alone and the very next second feel overwhelmed with wanting your love to be right next to you to share it with. ⁣ •⁣ It was a hard year to be apart so much. But I will forever cherish the memories we made out of it. ⁣ •⁣ Getting engaged in the park by my house⁣. Drinking wine and snacks on my stoop⁣. Biking around Manhattan and making Jeff eat and try ALL the food! ⁣ Brooklyn Sunday Mornings together slowly enjoying brunch and the most delicious coffees while my laundry was in the laundromat down the block! ⁣ •⁣ Sometimes even the littlest moments hold a firm grasp on your heart. NYC, we’ll be back soon just you wait and see! ⁣ ⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ #nycfood #ebdailypic #brooklynbased #bigapple #newyorknewyork #williamsburg #bk#finditliveit #thehappynow #thefeedfeed #stayandwander #chaseyourdreams

Reminiscing on a year ago when I landed in NYC to live for a year. And my sweetest mama bear came with me to help me move. I couldn’t have done it without her. And I wouldn’t have wanted to. ⁣⠀ •⁣⠀ We had so much fun madly shopping for furniture to make my new home as cozy of an oasis as possible. Having to wash the floor of my new apartment eight, I repeat EIGHT times! Spraying the entire perimeter of my apartment with peppermint oil because I was terrified of cockroaches! Exploring my new neighbourhood restaurants and the most spectacular park in my backyard. Riding the elevator up to see my school for the first time ever and saying to her…oh I hope I didn’t make a huge mistake! Waking up to my mama bear that had gone around the corner to our fave new coffee shop and brought me coffee and croissant IN BED so I could enjoy it as the Brooklyn sunlight flooded in to my new home. ⁣⠀ •⁣⠀ I am so thankful for those memories and for my mama bear 🐻 @johannagouw ⁣⠀

⁣ This was my NYC stoop. I adored this stoop. ⁣ •⁣ I stood on it every morning for 30 seconds before I ran off to catch the subway and felt so grateful for my home and my adventure. I ate dinner on it almost every night, watching the commuters walk by and the beautifully unique families stroll in the evening sun. I also made all my friends sit on this hard concrete and sweat in the summer heat and drink aperol spritzers with me. This was honestly my favourite hangout in Brooklyn, my stoop. ⁣ •⁣ 📸@davidkarp ⁣ ⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ #nycgo #seeyourcity #lululemonlab #ebdailypic #brooklynbased #manhattan #newyorknewyork #williamsburg #bk #stooplife

One year ago this week is when I moved to New York City. Looking back on it through photos has been giving me the feels. ⁣ •⁣ When I landed. I was overwhelmed with the thought, what the hell did I get myself into?! I had an apartment I had NEVER seen before, never seen the neighbourhood, nothing. I had accepted to go to a school where I had NEVER toured the campus, never met any of the teachers, nothing. Yet here I was standing on a Manhattan street with my mom and 4 suitcases, hailing a cab to go see my new home. Thinking "what did I get myself into" and am I even going to like the school and am I even going to like living in New York City compared to being surrounded by nature and the mountains all the time? I was completely overwhelmed. I kept repeating the mantra... “sometimes you have to do hard things to lead to great things” in my head over and over to keep myself calm. ⁣ •⁣ I decided on my apartment and my program simply by listening to my gut instinct and jumping in to a new adventure that was calling my name. My gut instinct paid off. ⁣ •⁣ I adored my neighbourhood and my sweet little apartment from the second I walked in and it grew more and more every single day. I adored school everyday, soaked in every nugget of information I could and hold the special friends I met there so close to my heart! ⁣ •⁣ Reminiscing on this first week of moving to NYC has made me nostalgically miss NYC a lot this week. ⁣ ⁣ 📸: @davidkarp⁣ ⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ •⁣ #nyceats #whentojump #chaseyourdreams #nycgo #seeyourcity #NYC #NGINYC #brooklynbased #newyorknewyork

Why do I love black sand beaches? 🖤⁣⠀ •⁣⠀ Because they are unique. And I love all things that are unique or not the norm. When your eyes see such a unique feat of nature that it it stops you in your tracks and you cant help but say "WOW" and fully appreciate it for its unique beauty...that's a pretty special moment. That's living in the moment. ⁣⠀ •⁣⠀ I wish we could all exude a bit more of this feeling with everything in life. Instead of eating a culturally different cuisine and thinking “these are weird flavours”, people might say “wow this is so unique and really making my taste buds and brain pay attention” Or when we see a person that looks or acts different than us we would all refrain from judgement and instead think how incredible that that human is so unique and special and owning it. 🖤⁣⠀ ⁣⠀

Women’s day?? AROUND THE WORLD. Hell yes. ⠀ •⠀⠀ Every year this day makes me think of the quote: “strong women, may we be them, may we know them, may we raise them.” I don’t care that everyone posts that quote because those are important words. ⠀ •⠀⠀ When I reflect on those words I get warm excited jitters inside. Because I feel so overwhelmingly proud and lucky to be surrounded and I mean SURROUNDED by the most kind, supportive, empowering, brave women of many generations and many walks of life. They make me better. They all play unique roles. They lift me up when I need it (and I need it, we all need it). They give me wisdom and support. They make me LAUGH and climb trees with me. They go on adventures with me. They let me vent every tornado of thoughts in my head to them. They advise me on creating a personal board of directors and how to find my why. They let me into their hearts so I can lift them up when they need it. ⠀ ⁣ •⠀⠀ What if every day we started the day and looked in the mirror and repeated that quote to ourselves and to our daughters and to our friends. Would we be empowered to make brave choices and use brave inclusive empowering language every day? ⠀ ⠀ #strongisbeautiful #internationalwomensday #riseup #womensday ⠀ ⁣⠀

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This is how much I love food. This is a freaking piece of fish in my hand and look how much love I am staring at it with!? ⁣ •⁣ You cant fake that. I adore local food. Seasonal food. REAL FOOD. This piece of fish was caught sustainably wild and free living its best fish life (mahalo fish friend) and now is on my plate giving me delicious happiness and the most amazing nutrients for my body! When the fisherman at the market handed me this piece of fish I LITERALLY squealed with delight. Ask @noellekjones. ⁣ •⁣ For a long time I toned down what made me the happiest. It felt stupid that I got this excited about food. Enough of that. I'm over that and leaning in to owning my joy. Some people may see me bounce around a farmers market like a little kid and think it's awesome, some people with think it's stupid. But I've realized that's on them, not me. I only want to be friends with the people that think it's awesome anyway. The ones who are showing up in their life and owning what makes them light up. ⁣ •⁣ What little things make you LIGHT UP!? Hearing your sparks of joy will make me so happy. ⁣ ⁣

This night last week was MAGIC. ⁣And it taught me a lesson...⠀ ⁣ •⠀ It poured rain ALL DAY. POURED. Rain, wind, stormy waves in #Maui. People on the island were super annoyed with the unseasonable weather maui has been having. And to everyone at home with the -30 snow globe living life, eye roll I KNOW. ⁣⠀ ⁣ •⠀ I usually AS YOU KNOW watch the sunset every night, it’s my very fave. But it was cloudy and rained all day so I figured no use going out on the deck to watch the sunset, ill just make dinner. AND THEN. I looked up through the kitchen window and the entire sky was BRIGHT PURPLE. This photo is not filtered this is pure unedited magic of mother nature. ⁣⠀ ⁣ •⠀ The next hour filled my soul with the most brilliant purple and pink sky I have EVER seen! Ive said it before and ill say it again, nature always teaches me lessons. It was such a perfect reminder that sometimes the rainiest gloomiest days have the most gorgeous surprise at the end of them. As it is in life. Some of my most unexpected most surprising highest moments have come after the stormiest parts of my life. ⁣⠀ ⁣ •⠀ If you're in the storms of life right now. Stick it out. Put on a rain coat and stay tuned for the rainbows, the purple skies and the awe inspiring moments that are coming. I promise they are. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #hawaii #glipseofhawaii #islandlife #venturehawaii #alohaoutdoors #outdooradventurephotos #BestLifeProject

People always told Jeff and I "oh don’t drive the BACK road of Hana it’s a TERRIBLE experience and it’s scary and a horrible road and there is no rails and blah blah blah."⁣ So we didn’t. It never made our to do list while we were here. ⁣ •⁣ This year we decided to finally drive the road to #Hana, camp and have a few days of a digital detox adventure together. On our way back, we made a last minute decision to take the south road (back road) around to Kihei. ⁣ •⁣ It turned out to be no joke one of the MOST GORGEOUS ROADS IVE EVER DRIVEN ON. Ever. And I’ve been on a lot of roads. The scenery was spectacular, there was billowy yellow and green fields that neighboured lava rocks cascading down to the crashing ocean cliffs. It took our breathe away. ⁣ •⁣ It was a good reminder to keep living life off the beaten path. To remember to tune out the world of nay sayers and to listen to our adventuring hearts. ⁣ • ⁣ So on that note, go do you today! Don't let someone else's opionion's change your course. Trust your gut, trust your heart and go after it! ⁣ ⁣

DID YOU KNOW… ⁣ •⁣ It’s #foodfactfriday. Today we are sticking to a tropical focus because I am never leaving Hawaii….I mean I am…but I don’t want to!⁣ •⁣ I have (no exaggeration) eaten a #papaya every day for the last month! I adore them. The glorious #pawpaw was reputably called the "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus! Bah love that. ⁣ •⁣ Papayas contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. Papain is even extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements to help people digest proteins better! Eating them fresh is helping your gut digest your food optimally! ⁣ •⁣ They are also super high in vitamin C and A. Honestly most orange foods are super high in these two antioxidant buddies! ⁣ •⁣ The papaya is also a key food in the Blue Zone of Costa Rica (so @rozgroenewoud eat em all up while you're there!). If you havn’t heard of @natgeo @danbuettner #bluezones GO READ about them. They are honestly my fave subject for the last 3 years! ⁣ • ⁣ Papayas are usually filled with black seeds that look similar to peppercorns. NO I did not scrape out the seeds for this photo. I cut this bad boy open and it only had ONE TEENY SEED. I have never seen this before. Does anyone know is it just a unique pawpaw? A super lucky omen perhaps? Or is a certain variety seedless??⁣ ⁣ #foodfactfriday #eatlocal #hawaiianfoods

This is my... its -40 at home and I am soaking up EVERY SINGLE SUNSHINE RAY while I am in Hawaii face. ⁣ •⁣ Sorry not sorry 🤷‍♀️⁣ ⁣

Seconds after this photo was taken...⁣⠀ ⁣•⁣⠀ @noellekjones and I hopped up onto this gorgeous piece of driftwood (can it even be called driftwood when it's and entire tree?) to check out the westside waves.⁣⠀ ⁣•⁣⠀ As I reached my hand up onto the wood to grab a hold instead I grasped a large crab (me and poor crab were probably equally shocked) which then resulted in the crab falling on my body and crawling down my leg, me freaking out and falling off the tree into the water. ⁣⠀ ⁣•⁣⠀ Somedays I paddle board with giant manta rays and whales with the calmest of ease. Somedays a helpless crab surprises me and I squeal and fall into the water. 🤷‍♀️😂⁣⠀ ⁣•⁣⠀ 📸: @johannagouw ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀

“We walk up the beach under the stars. We feel stretched, expanded to take in their compass. They pour into us until we are filled with stars, up to the brim.⠀ ⠀ This is what one thirsts for, I realize, after the smallness of the day, of work, of details, of intimacy—even of communication, one thirsts for the magnitude and universality of a night full of stars, pouring into one like a fresh tide.” ⠀ ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea⠀ ⠀ 📸@davidkarp

Something most people don't know about me. ⠀ I LOVE STORMS ⠀ •⠀ Rainstorms, windstorms, snowstorms, big waves... you name it I love it. As long as I am someplace safe, and not stuck in an airport that is!⠀ •⠀ Even when I was competing in luge, every time a HUGE weather storm would blow in creating chaos on the track, I would feel so calm and usually have some of my best races. Despite feet of snow, branches of trees in the track or waterfalls of rain pouring down the track in front of me!⠀ •⠀ I've been thinking about this this week and I have no idea why! But I do know that when everyone else if freaking out about the impending weather, I get extra calm. ⠀ •⠀ This photo was taken this week during a big storm here in #maui. We had just trekked for an hour down what used to be a road and now was a mud stream. Cruised through a cane sugar field in the pouring rain, to watch some epic 25-40ft waves at #Jaws #Peahi and the incredible surfers riding them. Soaking wet, covered in mud and happy as a clam. ⠀ Aloha baby. 🤙⠀ ⠀

DID YOU KNOW? Its #FoodFactFriday I just decided 😊 • I just love food. The more I learn about it, the more it blows my mind and gets me so excited! I've got all these food facts stored up in my head, so I decided to start sharing them with you! • We've all heard the term antioxidants. Berries are incredibly high in antioxidants. Did you know these ah-mazing antioxidants can actually help protect our skin and bodies against the damaging UV rays of the sun? • Berry smoothies every day for me here in Hawaii! Healthy skin from the inside out! • Raspberries top my personal berry chart as my #1 fave. Out of ALL the berries, what's your fave!? • • • • • #SmartNutrition #mindfulnutrition #EatWell #LiveWell #foodforthought #fuelforperformance

I typically show love by making people food! Or inviting them for food. Or by bringing them the most superfood nutrient dense foods when they are sick. Or making them coffees or smoothies when they come over! • Even though I dont personally celebrate Valentines day in my relationship; maybe you do, and thats fabulous! I support anyone taking the time any day to show their most important people a little extra love and gratitude. • Do any of you show love with food too!? If so these Cacao Hemp Crispy Treats by @mynewroots are the perfect tasty (yet freaking nutritious) snack to make for your loved ones! • Chocolate ✔️ Raspberries ✔️ Full of love ✔️ • Or make them for your ladies coming over for Galentines tonight! Pairs well with red wine 😊 • Or honestly. Make them for yourself and ENJOY the hell out of them! • • • • • #EatLikeAnOlympian #inspirehealth #feedfeed #buzzfeast #Foods4Thought #organicmoments

Most things that we spend time trying to learn serve a purpose. It's definitely true for me. • All my courses at culinary school helped me learn specific skills to execute dishes. Spending time in the gym lifting weights was to be faster and stronger on my luge sled. • I randomly decided I wanted to learn how to do handstands. Like not for 1.3 seconds! But actually hold a handstand. Why? NO CLUE. This serves NO purpose. Besides making me happy practicing handstands. And making me not as happy falling flat on my back 🤦‍♀️ or falling "ass over teakettle" as my mom @johannagouw would say. Side note where on earth does that saying even come from!?! 😂 • Is there anything is your life you're trying to learn JUST BECAUSE? Just because you felt like it? Or felt called to it? Or for fun? • • • • • #TheJonesLife #inspireadventure #wanderingdiary #stayandwander #livewild #goodtimesoutside #glipseofhawaii #islandlife #venturehawaii #alohaoutdoors

Guilt Free, Real Food SNICKERS BARS. Here they are! Everyones been asking me for the recipe. Yupp they are Vegan/GF/Refined Sugar free and DELICIOUS! 😲 ENJOY! I can't wait to hear how they go! Caramel Layer 2 1/2 (packed) cups Medjool Dates (pitted) 1/4 cup Peanut Butter 2 tsp Vanilla Extract 2 tsp Maca Powder (Optional) 1/2 tsp Salt • Nougat Layer 1 1/3 cup Oat Flour* 1/2 cup Date Caramel, above • Other 2/3 cup Roasted Salted Peanuts 8 oz Dairy Free Chocolate • Transfer the Dates to a larger bowl and cover with hot water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside any excess liquid off of the Medjool Dates and add them to a food processor or high speed blender with peanut butter, vanilla, maca and salt. Process until thick and smooth. If needed, add 1-2 Tablespoons of the date liquid to help blend into a smooth caramel. • Remove the Date Caramel from the food processor and set aside. Add the Oat Flour to the food processor (no need to rinse) with ¼ cup of the Date Caramel and process until well incorporated. This should form a slightly sticky “dough” that will hold together when you pinch it. Firmly and evenly press the Oat Flour Nougat into an 8x8 container. TIP: use a spatula dipped in water to help smooth it out. • Spread the remaining Date Caramel evenly over the Nougat, then sprinkle the Peanut on top. Use your fingers to gently press the Peanuts into the Caramel layer, so they stick. • Place this in the freezer for 60-90 minutes, until firm. Remove the frozen “filling” from it’s container, then use a sharp knife to cut it into bar-sized pieces. Return these to the freezer while you melt your chocolate. • Melt your Chocolate using a double boiler. • Moving quickly, place 1 candy bar into the bowl of melted Chocolate. Use two forks to “flip” the bar, until it is coated in chocolate on all sides. Remove the bar from the melted Chocolate, letting any excess chocolate drip off. Then, place it onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Repeat. • Place the bars in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, to allow the Chocolate to harden. ENJOY!! • • • • • #EatLikeAnOlympian #thejoneslife #inspirehealth #feedfeed #buzzfeast #organicmoments

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea • • • • • #Strongisbeautiful #aloha #hawaiinstagram #thehappinessproject #hilife #nakes hawaii #glipseofhawaii

If you’re looking for me in the next month, you can find me here, slowing down, playing in the waves, collecting treasures from the sea. If you need me, give me a call on my shellphone. 🐚😂⠀ ⠀ 📸: @davidkarp

Happy birthday to my best friend, my love, my favourite human! ⠀ •⠀ Jeff is my yes man. Any adventure I suggest, anywhere I want to go try and eat, anywhere I want to snuggle, any dream I want to pursue he says YES. He may be making pro/con lists or spreadsheets in his head about it, but it’s always a yes to me. ☺️⠀ •⠀ Pretty happy I got to say yes to his question 💍 and agree to spend our whole life chasing adventures and encouraging and supporting each other to be our very best selves! ⠀ •⠀ So send @christieluge the best vibes today okay? Because he is a salt of the earth man, one of the kindest humans you’ll find and definitely deserves it! ⠀ •⠀ I can’t wait for another year together, to see what life has in store for us. ⠀ •⠀ Now it’s time for some birthday beach scotch... for him, I’ll stick to the sunset beach beer thanks! ⠀

‘If happiness is the goal, and it should be. Then adventures should be the priority.’ -Richard Branson ⠀ •⠀ I’m going to be living in Hawaii for the month of February, where my number one priority is adventures, playing, body healing and reflecting. ⠀ •⠀ I recently realized that I never really took a break after retiring from sport. My goal driven mind went straight to nutrition school studying like a madwoman, to korea for the OLY and then I moved to NYC to throw myself right into the madness of culinary school once again. ⠀ •⠀ I realized I needed a hot sec to breathe. To pause. To play. To reset. And for me personally it needed to happen at the beach, watching the waves roll in. ⠀ •⠀ This month didn’t happen by accident. For the last 7 months I’ve been brainstorming how to make it happen and been working my butt off to be able to bring it to life. ⠀ •⠀ Here we are. Adventure awaits. ⠀ ⠀

Winter mountains, I adore you and you are my heart happiness place! But I’m trading you in for my other happy place... ⠀ ⠀ Salty hair, sandy everything, playing in waves for days. Off to the land of pineapples. ⠀ ⠀ ✈️🍍☀️⠀ ⠀ 📸 @au5um