Five Things Friday: October 19

Hi Friends,

I feel like I’ve been all over the world this week and it has been so wonderful ๐Ÿ˜Š Here are the highlights:

Pizzeria Ostiense

I couldn’t leave Italy without a stop at Pizzeria Ostiense. Sofie and I spent a beautiful day exploring Roma and catching up, and to top it off we had my favourite Pizza Romana ๐Ÿ˜ I don’t look excited at all! We even ate outside because the weather was still warm enough ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ

 

Unplanned Trip to Paris

I didn’t plan to be in Paris for long this week – originally my layover was 2 hours; however the Universe had a much different and perhaps more favourable plan for me โœจ The truth is – I could sit here and complain about the inconvenience of the airline of my overseas flight going bankrupt, cancelling all flights and having to fork over almost $1500 to get a new flight last minute – OR – I could take control of my situation, trust the Universe is working in my favour and enjoy a full day of LIVING in Paris – yoga by the canal, a picnic and a visit to the Eiffel Tower โค๏ธ I’m so grateful for this spontaneous gift of a trip, and to my amazing friend Cheryl for spending it with me! ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

TORONTO ๐Ÿ’™

I love this city and wow, it feels good to be back. So many memories of inspiration, love and finding myself. Although I was born and raised on Vancouver Island, I grew up in Toronto. This city will always feel the most comfortable for me. If you’re curious about my journey and have not yet read Beauty and the Breakdown (my first and favourite book) it is now available worldwide as a PDF download. You can check it out here ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

I feel Home

As mentioned above I feel the most comfortable in Toronto. I feel a bit of reverse culture shock happening since being away from Canada for almost a year… Upon stepping off the airplane and breathing in all that fresh air, spending the day running around Toronto and seeing familiar faces, I feel a huge sense of home and pride. Proud to be Canadian โค๏ธ

 

Nicole!

Nicole and I met almost 6 years ago studying abroad in Cuba ๐ŸŒด Who would have thought 6 years later we would still be having tons of fun, laughter and smiles in the city of Toronto? ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m so grateful we spontaneously met in the Caribbean, wound up living in the same city and even though I’ve been gone for almost 2 years are still such great friends today ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค— Love you Nic!

xx Zo

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Five Things Friday: October 12

Happy Friday Friends ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope it has been an amazing week for you! Here are my highlights from lovely Lazio:

Afternoon with Elyssa!

I spent Saturday afternoon with Elyssa! ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ We had a delicious vegan lunch at Cul de Sac near Piazza Navona and then checked out the piazza post-showers for some photography ๐Ÿ“ธ The puddles made for some beautiful captures which were visible on my InstaStory – Are you following along? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will miss you Roma

This was my last week in Roma for almost 2 months. Every time I am about to leave Rome starts to look even more beautiful (if that’s possible) and some “FOMO” starts to kick in ๐Ÿ˜œ I know amazing adventures await me on the other side though ๐Ÿ’› I can’t wait to see my family.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

The Garden of Ninfa

On Sunday I visited the beautiful Garden of Ninfa with my friend Diego. Diego is actually a Patreon of mine, so it was so great to finally meet in person and enjoy such a lovely day together! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒป The Garden of Ninfa is such a unique place; Its very special microclimate allows for EVERYTHING to grow ๐ŸŒฑ Throughout the Garden you can spot plants, flowers and trees from all over the world ๐ŸŒ They can also grow up to 3x their size! How magically incredible! For photos and facts from the Garden of Ninfa you can check out my Instagram Stories.

Rooftops with my Girls

What more could I ask for than an evening with these ladies watching the sunset over Rome? ๐Ÿงก Ci vediamo presto amores!

Good Vibrations!

As I mentioned last week, the Universe has been clearing out some energies and bringing some lessons to light for a while now, and I am finally feeling clear again. I know a new chapter is about to unfold and adventure is just around the corner – I couldn’t be more prepared or excited for it! ๐Ÿ˜„ Andiamo!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: October 5

Hello my beautiful friends!

I hope you have had a lovely week so far ๐Ÿ˜Š Here are the highlights of mine:

Tea, please!

For the month of October I am partaking in a healthy challenge: #SoberOctober ๐ŸŽƒ I have given up coffee and alcohol and will be off of it for the entire month. So far I have really enjoyed the challenge ๐Ÿ˜Š It has me feeling refreshed and I have been sleeping deeper than I have in a very long time ๐Ÿ˜ดโœจ

 

Sh!t The Moon Said

This week I finished the physical book Sh!t The Moon Said,” by Gerard Armond Powell ๐Ÿ““ This was a very inspiring true story about changing your life for the better. Powell explains how when you are open to life’s experiences and life’s magic, you have the ability to reconnect to your soul and live your greatest, most authentic lifeย ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผย Packed full of wisdom, authenticity and change, I highly recommend this book๐ŸŒš

 

Sunshine in a Mediterranean Garden

I spent Wednesday poolside at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria and what a dream it was. I swam, I read, I lounged… it was so peaceful and beautiful. The pool is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden filled with palm trees and umbrella pines – my favorites! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒด The parrots were chirping in the trees and the sun was hot. It was the perfect day to dream, set goals and visualize my next chapter โœจ

 

Jo Malone London Event

On Thursday evening I attended the private Jo Malone event in Roma. The party was beautiful and of course smelled like magic! โœจ My favourite fragrances from Jo Malone is Mimosa & Cardamon and Lime, Basil & Mandarinย ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ If you have never checked out Jo Malone London, I highly recommend it ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

 

Reflection

I’ve been reflecting a lot this week before I leave Rome for 7-8 weeks. I’ve noticed the Universe clearing many things out that have actually hindered my growth without me consciously realizing it. However, I am happy to report I have approached these changes with a positive, growth mindset and can see a greater, more abundant future for myself. It is always important we actually learn our lessons the Universe is sending us. That is how we move forward.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: September 28

Buongiorno Amici!

I hope you have all had a fantastic week. From Toscana back to Lazio, here are the highlights:

Flavours & Friendship!

On Friday I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful medieval tuscan town of Montepulciano with my friend Lorenzo ๐Ÿ˜„ Lorenzo took me to “Cantina Gattavecchi” which was hands down one of the best meals of my life ๐Ÿ I am so grateful to have shared such a great meal and day with someone so inspirational! Grazie Lorenzo and Buona Fortuna on your next chapter in Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญโœจ

 

Fun in Tuscany!

Every time I visit Tuscany I always have the greatest adventures with my Fun in Tuscany family โค๏ธ A day spent with them is a day spent full of smiles and sunshine. I have no words to describe how much fuller my heart feels after a day spend with them. SO much gratitude. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ You can find some of our adventures here โ˜€๏ธ

 

Solo in Firenze

I came to Florence solo and I couldn’t be happier that I did. This trip was spontaneous – and of course, just what I needed at the perfect time. If you have ever visited Firenze you know how magical it is – sunsets along the river, the glowing streets and the breathtaking Duomo โœจ Tuscany has always taught me to say yes to life’s adventures and life’s magic. Thank you for always guiding me towards my biggest dreams ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

 

You Are A Badass

When I’m in need for a serious kick in the booty to knock procrastination out of the way and move forward towards my goals I always revisit the book “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero ๐Ÿ“’ This book is the one that really helped me believe it would be possible to move to Rome… and look at me here now, over two years later: in the window of my dream apartment, legal to stay for another year, blessed by so, so many experiences, people and things. It’s knowledge and inspiration that help us to reach our next levels. In this day and age we are so incredibly lucky to have all of this accessible to us at our fingertips ๐Ÿ“ฒ Could you use some inspiration this weekend or in the week ahead? ๐Ÿค” I highly recommend tuning into Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass and/or You Are A Badass at Making Money on Blinkist! You can absorb each of these titles in 15 minutes or less ๐Ÿ˜Š Get your FREE 7 day trial from Blinkist here.

 

Remember…

“Remember the days you wished for the things you have now.” ๐Ÿ’› This quote is so powerful… You should know; I am not Little Miss Positive all the time, I have my dark sides too, as does everyone ๐ŸŒ— In times when I find myself frustrated, defeated, saddened, I always turn towards gratitude. Darkness cannot exist where there is light… bring forth the light. โ˜€๏ธ

xx Zo

 

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Five Things Friday: September 21

Ciao Amici ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. Today I write you from Firenze… it has been an amazing week from Lazio to Toscana. Here are the highlights:

Whenever one door closes…

Another one opens. This has proven to be a beautiful theme for my life this week. I snapped this photo on my way to a Shiatsu appointment. I love walking in Rome – no matter where you are going to always wind up pleasantly surprised wether it’s peering through an open door, spying on a lush terrazza or just people watching through the streets. Every corner of Roma is beautiful.โค๏ธ

 

Rome Bloggers

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the Rome Bloggers event at The Yellow on Wednesday! ๐Ÿ˜„ It was so great to meet you and hear all about your journeys and aspirations. Best of luck to you all ๐Ÿ€

 

Meeting Lorenzo!

On Thursday I finally got to meet Lorenzo! Lorenzo has been a subscriber and Patreon of mine for a long time now and soon he will be starting a new, inspirational chapter in Switzerland ๐Ÿ˜Š We had an amazing vegan lunch at Brac in Firenze to celebrate friendship and new beginnings! โœจ

 

Gusta Pizza

Of course, I couldn’t visit Firenze without having a Gusta Pizza – perhaps my favorite in all of Italy ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ I always get the Gusta, senza formaggio con basilico – and I highly, highly recommend it. โค๏ธ

 

Let your heart lead you…

My heart led me here back to Firenze. I have a “to see” list to he ground of places I still need to get to in Italy, however a special piece of me will always find comfort and inspiration in returning back to Tuscany. ๐Ÿ’› If you remember, the majority of my trips here have been solo and from each one of those adventures I’ve learned so much about myself. I have already done a lot of reflecting and *manifesting* โœจI’m looking forward to this weekend’s gifts. It’s so wonderful this thing called life โ˜€๏ธ

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: September 14

Ciao Amici!

I hope you have had an amazing week so far ๐Ÿ˜Š Here are my highlights from The Eternal City:

 

Autumn is Coming

Although we’ve consistently been in the high 20’s and even 30’s this week ๐Ÿ˜› the leaves are starting to change and I can’t help but to fall in love with Roma all over again! ๐Ÿ‚

 

Leftover Pasta in Campo

Monday afternoon after class I decided to enjoy pranzo (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น: lunch) in Campo de’ Fiori for a nice change. This piazza is always bustling and full of life. I plan to make more of an effort to enjoy my lunches outdoors – even if it means my pasta is cold ๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s totally worth it ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

 

Canadians of ROME!

On Tuesday night I attended the first event of the season for the Canadian Club of Rome ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ We enjoyed a lovely Aperitivo on the rooftop of Palazzo Montemartini. The sun set so beautifully and I was in attendance with two of my favourite people: Anastasiya & Elyssa! ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ I am so excited to have joined the club for the year, it’s going to be a great one. Eh!? ๐Ÿ˜›

 

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Nights out in September

This week NSP & DNG have been in town! We’ve had some amazing, inspiring conversations, however whenever that happens we always forget to take a selfie ๐Ÿ˜› So this beautiful shot will have to do to represent a wonderful evening of deep conversations and big ideas ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ To the #GrandeFuturo โœจ

 

I’ll be Speaking in Rome Next Week!

For those of you who follow along from The Eternal City I will be speaking at The Yellow Hostel on Wednesday, September 19th at 18:00 ๐Ÿ˜Š I am looking forward to meeting some of you and inspiring you along your journeys. Hope to see you there โค๏ธ Sign up for the event here!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: September 7

Ciao Amici,

It’s been a beautiful week in Spain and back to Rome again โค๏ธ Here are my highlights:

Arriving in Ibiza

Our first night in Ibiza will go down in the history books for one of the top nights of 2018 โœจ We spent the evening on the rooftop of our penthouse dancing to our favourite music, laughing uncontrollably and of course admiring the stunning views (like the sunset pictured above). It was one of those nights that felt so surreal. I couldn’t believe I returned to this island one year later with a completely different – but same, life. SO much has changed and I am so incredibly grateful. ๐Ÿ’› The Universe is always creating for you.

 

Being of the Mediterranean Sun

There’s just something about being on an island in the Mediterranean Sea โ˜€๏ธ I feel so inspired under the European sun and I hope one day still I will be able to call this continent home without a visa ๐Ÿ’› This week I officially got my hard-copy Permesso – Italy, I got you babe, for another year ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

 

KYGO!

If you know me well you know that Kygo is my favourite DJ ๐Ÿ˜„ I have always wanted to see him at Ushuaia as this is where he has residency over the Summer โ˜€๏ธ I have officially tiked this off of my bucket list ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝย The night was incredible – so full of energy! Check out the highlights from this night on my Instagram Highlights ๐Ÿคฉ

 

Sisterhood

I already miss my little sis Gaby ๐Ÿ’› I always learn so much about life from her. She is truly sunshine in the human form โ˜€๏ธ We definitely did it up #Grande for the last hoo-rah of Summer ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŽ‰ I already can’t wait for all of the future adventures! We have made plans for our next meet-up! Any guesses where? ๐ŸŒด

 

And when you want something…

“And, when you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

The beginning of September means the beginning of my Patreon book club! Each month we will be reading a new book in the self-improvement category. Because September always feels like a fresh start to me I wanted to read The Alchemist once again โค๏ธ Paulo Coelho actually wrote The Alchemist in only 2 weeks! ๐Ÿ“š Can you believe it!? Come get inspired with us, join my community here!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: Aug 31

Buongiorno Friends!

Can you believe it’s already the end of August! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Wow, wow, wow! Today I am off to Ibiza, Spain for Summer’s last hoorah with the girls ๐Ÿ˜Š Here’s what I’ve been up to this week in Rome:

Rollarblading!

Yes! As you guys may have already seen in this week’s episode of Zoey’s Diary, I have really been enjoying rollarblading. It reminds me so much of being a kid and it has proven to be an amazing outdoor workout ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜„ I hope I am still rollarblading over 80, just like our pal Franco! ๐Ÿ˜ย ย FUN FACT:ย one of our amazing friends, Irene, let me know Franco only started rollarblading when he was 59! Anything is possible my friends, anything.

 

Back to School

I didn’t mention it to you guys last week, but I am officially back to school in Rome! โ˜€๏ธ I am so excited about it because although it feels like it has been a long, slow journey of learning Italian it is a journey that I very much enjoy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น The pieces and rules of the language are connecting in my brain more and more every day – it’s a beautiful thing!

 

Gaby is hereeeee! ๐Ÿ˜„

I can’t believe I have only known this girl less than a year! Gaby and I actually met last year in Ibiza and have since then met up in San Diego, gone on a road trip to Tijuana and Ensenada and she’s come to visit me in Roma already once this year – at this rate we have infinite amounts of adventures in the future ๐Ÿ˜„โœˆ๏ธโ˜€๏ธ I am so grateful to have such an amazing friend and soul sister in my life ๐Ÿ’•

 

Roma by Night

I’m not sure if there’s anything more dreamy than Rome by night โœจ It’s been a while since I’d taken a good long walk in the evening to admire the beautifully lit buildings, monuments, live music and the exhibition along the Lungotevere. Gaby and I had a fun adventure down to Trastevere on Wednesday for a cocktail (or two) ๐Ÿน While the air is still warm and Summery I plan to do this more throughout September.

 

Being Girly Girls

Our house has been full of fun, fashion and laughter this week. Having Gaby here has added another sister to the mix so of course we have had so much fun exchanging clothes, dressing up and talking all about the Universe in our PJ’s. I can’t believe Summer is coming to an end, but what a special way to end it with my amazing girls ๐Ÿ’›โœจ

Off to Ibiza we go!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: Aug 24

Hi Friends!

I hope you all had an amazing week ๐Ÿ˜Š It’s been another beautiful one in Italy. Here are the highlights:

Helicopters & Khaled!

Last weekend our amazing friend Khaled from Jordan came to visit. We took a helicopter tour above beautiful Lazio! (You can see the adventure on my Instagram highlights). This was especially cool because we got to see Tivoli from above, one of the most magical places I have ever been! Perfect for manifesting big dreams ๐Ÿคฉโœจ

 

Negroni Infused Watermelon

Yup, you read that right. Last weekend we dined at the Michelin โญ๏ธ restaurant All’Oro and WOW, this meal will go down in history, not only due to it’s food, but it’s powerful conversation and wonderful people. The whole tasting menu I had was vegan – how amazing there are such options nowadays ๐Ÿค— There are no words for how delicious this meal was ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒฟ

 

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Friends in the City

This week I was so fortunate to have so many amazing people in the city! In addition to Khaled there was Sarah, Rafa and Jo! ๐Ÿ˜Š I met Sarah earlier this year in Paris and we clicked right away, she is truly a truly wonderful person. Full of ambition and natural beauty inside and out – you can find her YouTube channel here. Rafa and Jo were visiting Roma all the way from Chile! ๐ŸŒŽ The last time I saw Rafa was when I was backpacking Europe at age 20 ๐ŸŽ’ We had the most incredible time in Corfu, Greece and now we have even more memories from along the Lungotevere in Roma ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ

 

For the Life-Curious

Those of you who know me personally or follow along on my Instagram KNOW I am a bit of a quote junkie ๐Ÿ˜œ this is why I LOVED listening to The Daily Stoic on Blinkist. Full of wisdom from Stoic Philosophers you can get so much knowledge from this title in a bite-size package ๐Ÿ“– Do you ever feel that sometimes books find you rather than you find them? ๐Ÿค” This is exactly how I felt soaking up these insights – all about how to handle this crazy, beautiful thing called life… I highly recommend this download and you can get it for FREE on a 7-day trial from Blinkist, get it by clicking here ๐Ÿ˜Š Be sure to write me and let me know what you think!

 

Unstoppable Sis

This week my sister Anastasiya was there for me (as per usual) but sometimes we lean on our friends more than other times ๐Ÿ’› whether it be from working through my Italian to making me lemon tea while I fight off a cold ๐Ÿคง I am so grateful I have such an unstoppable, inspiring sis who is family to me ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ

xx Zo

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Five Things Friday: Aug 17

Hi Friends,

It’s been a beautiful week in Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Here are the highlights ๐Ÿ˜Š:

Lokram

I found heaven on earth: it is called Lokram. This is an island just off of Dubrovnik which you can get to in only 10 minutes! โ›ต๏ธ This island is definitely the most magical island I have ever visited: castles, peacocks, bunnies, stunning views and so much nature! ๐ŸŒฟ You are only able to visit this island for the day as it is closed to the public by night. I definitely can’t wait to return as one day was simply not enough โœจ

Craft Beer & Canadians

On Saturday we visited Dubrovnik Beer Company! ๐Ÿป The week hovered around 35 degrees so there was nothing more refreshing than some delicious craft beer! ๐Ÿบ We ended up meeting some awesome Canadians from Vancouver who sat at the bar with us ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ I love meeting new friends!

Bungee Jumping!

On Sunday I faced my worst fear: heights/falling/BUNGEE JUMPING! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ You can watch my jump on Instagram. I never, ever, EVER thought I would bungee jump (and I’m pretty positive I have mentioned this is more than a few YouTube videos), but you know what!? I did it! Because as I have come to realize: fear is an illusion. It only has as much power as you decide to give it. So, as it goes, “Nothin to fear, but fear itself.” ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sunset Jetski

My favourite sunset in Croatia was this evening on the jet skis ๐Ÿงก It was an extremely adventurous day from off-reading to zip-lining to parasailing then to jet skiing, but this was by far the highlight of the day and the trip ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท The water was soft and so beautifully coloured, perfect for cruising and planting big dreams ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ There’s just something about the sea for me that makes me believe anything is possible โœจ

Sea Kayaking Along Castle Walls

On our last evening in Croatia Anastasiya and I went on a sunset kayak tour ๐ŸŒ… We kayaked around the old castle walls ๐Ÿฐ and along our favourite island Lokram! ๐ŸŒฟ Dubrovnik has quickly made it’s way to my Top 5 Cities list! What are yours? ๐Ÿ˜Š

xx Zo

* this recent trip to Croatia was paid for by Dubrovnik Secrets.