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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

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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

*Special thanks to Blinkist for Sponsoring this #FiveThingsFriday

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.

Five Things Friday : Aug 10

Hi Friends!

From Italia to Croazia here are the highlights ๐Ÿ˜Š

Conquering Fears with Friends!

On Monday Elyssa and I went paragliding (which you’re about to see). For as long as I can remember heights have been one of my biggest fears, however being with one of your friends makes it easier ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ You can see more of the experience on our Instagram highlights (@zoeyarielle & @romewise). Can’t wait for future day trips with Elyssa! ๐Ÿ’›

 

I ran off a Mountain!

Yessss! ๐Ÿคฉ This is me and my Pilot at Cloud Hunters named Stefano. Cloud Hunters is a paragliding business in Lazio, just outside of the city of Roma, but close enough to get there by public transportation. This was my first time paragliding and definitely not the last ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ The views were incredible! We ran off the Terminillo mountain range, and more specifically Monte Rosato, which translates to Mount Rose ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’•

 

Labro

After paragliding our new friends from Cloud Hunters took us to explore the medieval town of Labro. The walls, walkways, gardens and castle have been so well-preserved ๐Ÿฐ The small town is located on top of a hill in the Lazio region bordering Umbria. This allowed for stunning views in every direction ๐ŸŒ„

 

Sunsets that Steal Hearts

On Thursday afternoon I arrived in Dubrovnik, Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท that’s right, I am back! This time for a week of adventure in Dubrovnik โ˜€๏ธ I’m so excited to share the adventures with you. This was the sunset from last night ๐Ÿงก

 

Dubrovnik Walls

This morning we toured the Dubrovnik walls! I’ve never felt more like I was walking through a fairytale! The sea, the ships, the castles, the ocean!! ๐Ÿ˜ What magic! Dubrovnik has quickly become one of my top 5 cities in Europe! More on this next week ๐Ÿ˜‰

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: August 3

Hi Friends!

From a beautiful weekend in Veneto all the way back to Lazio, here are the highlights:

#GrandeGoesVenice

How beautiful are these ladies? I am so grateful to have spent the weekend in Venice with such inspiring minds. Each one of us met online (on YouTube) and have now become such good friends โค๏ธ I’m so grateful for the abundance that has not only come out of this special weekend, but from each and every friendship I have with each of these girls.

 

Kia

I can’t believe how I manifested a friend like Kia into my life. Here goes a long-story-short: We became YouTube friends back in the days of 100 subs, we bonded over being vegan, then bonded even further about being girls with BIG dreams… We began Snapchatting each other to talk over seas and before I knew it Kia was here in Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 3 years later we have met up in Italy, Germany and Portugal ๐ŸŒŽ I am so blessed. Her entrepreneurship, authenticity, kindness and drive is some of the most inspirational I have ever come across in my lifetime. Thank you for being YOU, beautiful Kia ๐Ÿงก You can find here on Instagram here & on YouTube here.

 

Bellissimo Burano

Burano is #InstaHeaven ๐Ÿ“ธ full of canals and vibrant fishing houses. If you have plans to visit Venice, Burano is only 45 minutes away by Vaporetto (the boat/metro of Venice) and is TOTALLY worth it! ๐Ÿšค The vibes were calm and cool – a whole other world ๐Ÿค—โ˜€๏ธ

 

Green Juice & Rollarblades

I made two purchases this week for self-improvement and these were a Centrifuga and Rollarblades!! ๐Ÿ˜œ I’ve been feeling vibrant and energized thanks to the both of them. I feel like a kid, really and truly, it is so important to do FUN things! ๐Ÿคฉ To me rollerblading is so fun (and FUNNY!) and juicing allows me to feel creative each morning in a new way. You can find more highlights on both of these on my Instagram ๐Ÿ˜˜

 

Zoey’s Diary

Zoey’s Diary is back tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited about it! ๐Ÿคฉ ๐Ÿ“บ I’ve been laughing harder and smiling more than I ever have, so I am ready to start documenting more of it – starting tomorrow with my beautiful sister Nanuchka (Anastasiya)Stay tuned ๐Ÿ˜

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: July 27

Hi Friends!

I hope you’re having a great week so far ๐Ÿ˜Š This week has been eventful from Roma to Toscana ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Here are the highlights:

Returning to Rome

Returning to Rome is one of my favourite experiences, but this time after returning from two full weeks in Croatia, it was different. This time when I returned, of course it felt like I was coming home, but it felt a little more solid (and exciting!) because I have a Permesso to stay… and I don’t plan on leaving, ever ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t describe this intense love I feel each time I get off the plane or the train, but it truly is one of the best emotions I have ever experienced. It feels like falling in love (I think?) I always look forward to re-experiencing it. Have you ever felt this way about a city? If you have, I hope it’s the one you call home ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Learning About Love

Have you ever read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman? ๐Ÿ“˜ I recently read this book on my favourite self-improvement app – Blinkist! ๐Ÿคฉ Gary discusses the feeling of love and his theories on the different languages in which people feel the love from their significant other. For me my love language (the way I most feel the affection and “love” of others) is when someone spends quality time with me ๐Ÿ’‘ I have always been a person who thrives off of meaningful conversations and experiences shared together so to me this makes sense! The other love languages include: Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation and Gifts. Understanding your own love language and your partner’s love language can benefit your relationship in numerous ways as you truly will be able to communicate better on a different level ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ Which Love Language are you? If you have not yet read this book you can download it for free on a 7-day trial from Blinkist! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Click here to get it now!

 

Moonlight

Roma by moonlight is magic ๐ŸŒ• โœจ On Sunday night I joined friends for an amazing dinner and after walked around the eternal city ๐Ÿ› The beauty of this city so often stops me and I find myself gaping in awe and wonder – How beautiful, mysterious and enchanting is the Pantheon by night? I am still stunned even after two years and I’m sure I will be for the rest of this lifetime.

 

Piscine Termali Theia

Did you know Tuscany has natural spas? ๐Ÿ’ฆ On Thursday Anastasiya and I spent the day at Piscine Termali Theia – soaking up the sun โ˜€๏ธ and soaking in the Silene Spring water. The views were stunning and green and the air smelled of lavender as it was planted all around ๐ŸŒฟ This spa visit was the perfect combination of relaxing, rejuvenating and even historical as the Etruscans used to use this natural spring water to heal the body. These waters are rich in carbon dioxide and calcium carbonate which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the musculoskeletal system and are quite beneficial on the skin… and let me tell you, I felt it! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

 

Terme Sensoriali

This morning started out like a dream โœจ I woke up in beautiful, scenic Tuscany ๐ŸŒป and got to spend the morning relaxing and energizing at Terme Sensoriali ๐Ÿคฉ (Sometimes I still need to pinch myself from this life I have created for myself… I am so grateful ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ ) This spa was especially unique because it wasn’t just a spa where you can have treatments ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ – it was a spa with multiple treatment and experiential rooms! The sensory spa (in English) represents the perfect mix among the thermal experience, naturopathy and the enchanting Tuscan countryside. Some of my favourite experiences include an aromatherapy room, a shower of essential oils, a “river” where you can massage your feet on natural pebbles… it felt like an absolute dream and I can’t wait to share my travel diary with you and plan my next trip! ๐Ÿ˜‰

xx Zo

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Five Things Friday: July 20

Hi Friends!

It’s been another beautiful week in Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Here are the highlights ๐Ÿค—

GO CROAZIAAAA!

This is my beautiful friend Michelle and her daughter Iva! Finally we got to meet up in Europe after years of talking about it (even before I made the move over here myself ๐Ÿ˜‹). We had great times together relaxing in Croatia and of course watching the game! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ What an experience!

 

Drone Pilots ๐Ÿš

This is my little drone pilot Livija ๐Ÿ’› She is definitely one of the highlights of my week! Sometimes we all need to be a kid again and as I mentioned last week this was also a theme. After the devastating loss of my friends just prior to leaving for Croatia I told myself this trip is going to be all about living in the moment, exploring and finding imagination, creativity and play again. Thank you to little Livija for really reminding me what it means to be a kid again ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Brinje

Brinje is a beautiful town about half hour in from the Coast in Northern Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท It was a long bus ride up the coast and inland after getting off the MedSailors boat in Split, but so worth it! The nature, the tranquility and of course the quality time spent with amazing people made this a highlight of my trip and overall time in Croatia ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงก If you’re looking for a relaxing place to be in nature, Brinje is it! I slept better here than I have in months ๐ŸŒฟโ˜€๏ธ

 

World Cup Celebrations

I returned to Split from Brinje late afternoon on Tuesday and these were the sights! ๐Ÿ’ฅ The city was still in high spirits celebrating Croatia’s second placement in the World Cup! โšฝ๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰ You can see there is so much pride in this photo – the atmosphere was incredible. I am happy I got to experience this accomplishment for the Croatia and take in the sights, sounds and energy. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

 

Two Nights in Split

I spent two nights in Split by myself this week before boarding my flight back to Rome ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น (yesterday evening). This was just what I needed ๐Ÿ˜Š As you know I am very comfortable with solo travel. I find it very rewarding, reflective and relaxing. If you have not yet visited Split it is a very special place built up and around an ancient Roman Palace – you feel transported in time ๐Ÿฐ I can’t wait to share my travel diaries with you from my trip โ˜€๏ธ I am excited to dive into inspiring editing mode this weekend ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ More YouTube content from me very soon!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: July 13th

Happy Friday the 13th Friends!

Don’t fear – We have a cheerful post ahead ๐Ÿ˜Š A week filled with sunshine, sea and smiles in Croazia!

REUNITED

Reunited with my GRANDE crew! ๐Ÿคฉ The last time Cheryl, Sofie an I were all together was in Amsterdam for VidCon. Each time we reunite it is like we have never spent any time apart. I am always so thankful the Universe brought me these Euro-YouTube Life-Genuine-GRANDE-friendships. ๐Ÿงก

 

Au Naturale

Even a year ago when I spent the summer backpacking Europe I felt very self-conscious about not wearing any makeup.

Makeup been a ritual every morning for me since I began experimenting with it as a teenager (Yup, experimenting is the right word – you bet I wore thick, black eyeliner on the bottom lid). Because I wore makeup more often than not – through school, corporate life, travel life – I don’t think I fully knew what I looked like without it, nor was I entirely comfortable without it.

When I moved back to Rome at the end of January (this year) I began to practice not wearing makeup every day. This sparked from being so relieved to have my Visa in hand and feeling grateful for the Universe working it all out in my favour that I took a big, long, reflective look in the mirror… and noticed that I looked absolutely exhausted.

It was a long trek back to Rome after living out of a suitcase for 8 Months – being fog-locked, having flights cancelled, snow storms – I saw it all – I suppose you could say it was the storm before the calm.

In that reflective moment in the mirror I decided it was time to give my skin a break, my face a break, myself a serious break. I needed to see my glow come back (I was in my favourite city after all! โ˜€๏ธ) From then on and in present times I only wear makeup when I have a special occasion or genuinely feel like being creative with my appearance. It has allowed for a new respect for myself to blossom. Every day I am more comfortable with me because on a visual level I see me more. Makeup might sound silly to some of you, but for me letting go of it more regularly has allowed for a lot more clarity, not only in my skin, but for me too.

 

Spritzin’ with Penelope!

This week was full of laughter and Penelope was definitely responsible for some good bursts of it! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿฆ„ I think we all need to be a kid now and again. I’m happy I was able to let go of responsibilities and worries on this trip (for the most part) and live in the moment… I felt like a kid again and it was special because I realize it’s been far too long. I’m sorry for not posting on YouTube this week – I will be back again soon โค๏ธ

 

Hula Hula in HVAR

This. Is. Us. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜„ More and more laughter here in Hvar ๐Ÿ“ธ We had a grande night out – dancing by the sea, sharing a giant mojito and enjoying one of the best sunsets I have ever seen ๐ŸŒžThese moments will live in my memories forever. Thanks for making this trip so grande Amores!

 

Thank-you MedSailors!

Thank you so much to MedSailors for the amazing week at sea ๐Ÿ˜Š A week exploring Croatia with our Captain Jo and the MedSailors crew was the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation, touring and fun! โ˜€๏ธ I can’t wait to share my Travel Diaries with you. Croatia has so much natural beauty, I know you’re going to love it! For anyone wanting to explore the beautiful parts of this world by the sea MedSailors offers tours in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Caribbean! ๐Ÿคฉ I can’t wait to see more of this world by boat! โ›ต๏ธ

*Special thanks again to MedSailors for sponsoring this holiday & post.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: July 6

Buongiorno Amici,

I hope you have all had a wonderful week. Here are some reflections from mine ๐Ÿ’›

Gabbbyyyyy!

On Friday night I had a catch up with Gaby! It was recently our Friendsaversary (yes this is a thing! ๐ŸŽ‰) so I want to express my gratitude for this very special friendship. Gaby and I met on a little island called Ibiza ๐ŸŒด- have you heard of it? ๐Ÿ˜œ I was so close to not going to Ibiza… the day of my flight I found myself running down the streets of Barcelona; sweaty, hungover and stressed-the-eff-out. However, somehow I got my messy self to the airport an hour before my flight and thank goodness I did! Gaby and I clicked the first day we met, but over the past year she has turned from a friend to a sister. From bottomless inspirational life chats to boochcraft in California to #Grande adventures in Roma this girl had become family โค๏ธ thank you for blessing my life sunshine!ย ๐Ÿค—โ˜€๏ธ

 

A GRANDE Victory!

Friends!!!! You see this above!? ๐Ÿ˜„ This is my permesso (a temporary one until I pick up the real deal in a few weeks, but still a PERMESSO) this means I AM ALLOWED TO STAY IN ITALY. If you’ve been following me for a while you know how much this means to me. Italy is my dream, the place in the world where I feel the most myself and the place which grants me infinite inspiration ๐Ÿ’› I am so grateful. Here’s to a lifetime (because I’m Manifesting it) in my home, Rome! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

 

SPA Time Celebrations!

This special date at the spa with Sofie was to celebrate her upcoming wedding (yay Sof! ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป) and to thank her for all of her generosity in the process of staying in Italy. I truly would not have been able to stay in Italy if it wasn’t for my beautiful friend and her kindness. Grazie mille Sofie, you have changed my life, not only by this, but by being a true friendย ๐Ÿ’›

 

Parco dei Principi

Although it was hard to smile and be present this evening (you will find out in my next mention ๐Ÿ˜”) I was captivated by Rome’s eternal beauty. I had the pleasure to attend the Summer Party at Parco dei Principi. As you can see here or on my Instagram highlights it was a stunning event and I am so grateful to have been in attendance. Roma, I can’t wait to continue to fall in love with you for the rest of my life! Thank you for giving me inspiration, love, abundance and most of all a life truly lived.

 

Not a Highlight

All of the the #FiveThingsFriday are always highlights and/or positive reflections I have had through my week, however I have something to mention today that isn’t a positive. The world lost 3 incredibly bright lights this past week in Canada. Rest in Peace Ryker, Alexey and Mindy. I am still in shock over the loss, trying to process why this had to happen, but there are many things in this life we will never be able to make sense of. This will be another on that list…

My darkest, yet most transformational year was the year I wrote about in Beauty in the Breakdown. If you haven’t read it, it showcases a year of my life from getting out of an abusive, toxic relationship to finally pursuing my life-long dream of moving to Rome, Italy. Both Ryker and Alexey played a huge roll in this dream of mine becoming a reality. Through their channel and their kindness I was able to paint a new road ahead of myself… One with travel, insatiable curiosity and an extreme lust for life. Times were dark and uncertain and they sparked a new light. When I put in my two weeks notice at my corporate job they were the first people I wrote. I know that if they had this type of impact on my life there are so many more deeply affected by what has happened. My thoughts and my prayers go out to all of you โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Rest In Peace Ryker, Alexey and Mindy.

Thank you for living your lives to the fullest as a beautiful reminder for all of us to do the same. May no day ever be taken for granted.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: June 29

Hi Friends!

I hope you’ve had an amazing week so far ๐Ÿ˜„ From the Eternal City, I bring you my highlights:

Always Self-Improving

“A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.” ๐Ÿ˜Š It’s been a whirlwind of fun and adventurous times having my friends from Canada here for the past month so on Sunday I took a little “me-Day” to focus on relaxing and self-Improvement. I decided to listen to the book “Off The Clock” after I saw it quoted on Blinkist’s Instagram page. It turns out it was exactly what I needed to listen to to allow myself to feel motivated and inspired to live my best life even when I feel the “busyness” up ahead of me overwhelming. Special thanks to Blinkist for sponsoring this post and allowing all of my friends to receive a 7-day free trial from the app! (click here to get it) If you didn’t already know Blinkist allows you to read or listen to the titles of over 2,000 books in 15 minutes or less. Consider treating your brain to some knowledge this weekend ๐Ÿ˜„ I recommend “Off The Clock.”

 

Rooftops with my Romafam

Sometimes all you need is a night on a rooftop with your girls, or in this case my “RomaFam.” Anastasiya and Elyssa both feel like my family and I am so grateful to have them in my life. They’re the type of people you feel like you have known forever because sometimes they know you better than you even know yourself โค๏ธ I am so lucky!

 

Wadi Rum Memories

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel you know this week I have been pumping out the content from my life-changing trip to Jordan. This week I published Wadi Rum, Petra and The Dead Sea – have you checked them out yet?ย ๐Ÿ˜„ย I personally think Wadi Rum is one of my favourite videos I have ever made.

 

Thinking about the future…

I’ve been in solid reflection mode for about a week now – maybe it’s the new moon? ๐ŸŒ I’ve been thinking a lot about my life so far, the path I have carved out for myself, what I have learnt and what is next for me… I feel excited and ambitious. Yesterday evening I had a call with my life coach and I think I have finally begun to push away a large block when it comes to trust and relationships. Here’s to a #GrandeFuturo ๐Ÿฅ‚โค๏ธ

 

WE HAVE CONNECTION!

if you’ve followed along on my journey (especially my Zoey’s Diary series or if you are part of my Patreon community) you know that wifi is a serious issue here in Rome. The reason is because the centre of Rome is so old they have not yet placed a fibre underground which grants the city good wifi – I know, first world problems ๐Ÿ™ˆ – but when you work online this is a BIG problem! Normally it takes anywhere from 6-12 hours for me to upload a YouTube video… just to give you an idea. But finally, after months of searching for a cafe with good wifi, EX-CIRCUS (formerly Circus) has opened back up! Can you hear the angels!? I was finally able to conduct a clear stable livestream with my Patreon audience! Woohoo and thank you to all of you who tuned in ๐Ÿ˜Š

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: June 22

Ciao Amici!

I hope you’ve had a magical week ๐Ÿ˜Š From Tuscany to Corfu back to Lazio, here are the highlights:

FUN IN TUSCANY FAMILY

Last Summer I had the pleasure of collaborating with Fun in Tuscany on a Tuscany Travel Diary (wine tour) which was the time of my life! Little did I know I would meet some of the best people this life has to offer! The entire team at Fun in Tuscany are full of positive energy and inspirationย ๐Ÿ˜Šย A day spent with them is a day spent in pure sunshineย โ˜€๏ธ

 

Grazie Toscana

Tuscany is a magical place – if you’ve ever visited you will know. The rolling green hills, the beautifully painted landscapes and skies… I could go on. This day in Tuscany provoked a lot of reflection for me – how far I have come in a year, what next steps towards my goals will entail, etc. I am excited for the future and all of the gifts I know it will bring. Grazie Toscana ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜€๏ธ

 

Back to Corfu

Last year while Jenn was visiting from Canada we visited the Greek Island of Corfu. Corfu is a popular tourist destination in Greece because of its beautiful green mountains and sandy beaches (if you’re a young adult it’s also known as a party island ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜œ). Jenn and I had a great time last year relaxing on the beach with Mythos and Greek snacks. When we visited One Fire beach on the Amalfi Coast Jenn and I were feeling extra-spontaneous so we decided to check out the Skyscanner app to see where we could go in Greece for the least amount of money. We ended up booking a trip to Corfu right then and there (flights & accommodation) for only 120 Euros ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ Adventures don’t have to be expensive. Here are my tips for booking a Eurotrip.

 

Kitten Cuddles

This is Gyro (pronounced yee-row). This is my little Corfu kitten ๐Ÿค—. On my last evening in Corfu I sat outside on the balcony stealing wifi to send some emails when this little angel came by to say hello. I named him Gyro (after my favourite beach snack ๐Ÿ˜‹) and played with him for the evening. The gentleman at the front desk came out to tell me that Gyro was actually disowned by his mother because he was the runt of the litter ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I instantly wanted to bring him back to Roma with me! The next morning I went out to the front balcony to see if he was still there and sure enough he was – charismatic as ever! (you can see in my Corfu Instagram Highlight ๐Ÿ˜ป). One of the women from the front desk came out when I was playing with him to tell me she was going to be adopting him and taking him home that evening ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ This is a reminder that we must always give love โค๏ธ To animals, to people, to nature. We never know what anyone’s story is so we should always choose to love.

 

It’s always sunny above the clouds

On my flight back to Rome from Corfu for the first time ever I had the very front seat of the plane, this meant LEG ROOM! And of course a clear, wing-less view outside of the window โ˜€๏ธ I had intended to work the entire flight; however the view captivated me so much I spent the entire flight in a kind of meditation – watching the clouds, reflecting on life… it was magic and just what I needed. I made the connection that it is always sunny above the clouds. It was clear that below us in the plane there were some dark clouds causing rain, however just above these clouds was the view above. This is how it is in life as well. We all must go through rain clouds at some points, but if we are strong enough and choose to rise above we will always be greeted with sunshine โ˜€๏ธ Wherever you are now don’t give up and remember to always seek the sunshine, it’s only ever just above your cloud.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: June 15

Ciao Amici,

I hope you all had an amazing week! From the Amalfi Coast back to Roma here are the highlights:

There’s no place more infinite

As I mentioned last week: there is no place I feel more infinite than the Amalfi Coast. There is such an energy here. One that leaves you feeling breathless, yet full of inspiration. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt in tune with my creativity, but now I am aligning. ๐ŸŒบ

 

One Fire

I am most definitely a being of the sun โ˜€๏ธย Give me sun and I have TOO much energy!ย ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ”ฅ On Friday the girls and I headed to One Fire Beach in Praiano to spend the day soaking up the Vitamin D and catching up on each other’s lives (My sister Jenn arrived by the way!) This was a perfect day on the Amalfi Coast and I am so grateful to have spent it with my girls from Canada.

 

The Amalfi Coast Tour with BlueStar Positano

On Saturday we had the most amazing day cruising along the Amalfi Coast with BlueStar Positano. If you haven’t seen my Italian travel diaries, last Summer when I took the day trip to Capri I also went along with the tour company BlueStar Positano, you can find that travel diary here. This time around we did the coastal tour and were able to see the entire Amalfi Coast by boat from Positano to Maiori. Seeing the coast by boat is pure magic and something I consider a must-do when you visit the Amalfi Coast. Of course, seeing the views from the terraces and rooftops is breathtaking, but to see the coast from the water gives you an enchanting view within. So many beautifully covered homes are painted along the mountain sides, there are medieval looking watch towers, hidden beaches, grottos and candy umbrellas decorating the shorelines… there is so much magic to be seen and I can’t wait to share it with you in my upcoming Praiano travel diary ๐Ÿ˜Š Stay tuned! PS: Don’t forget to ask for Hermes as your captain – he was fantastic!

 

Embrace Your Body

This is going to be a bit more vulnerable, but it is something I shared with my Patreon communityย this week and I am going to share it with you now. If it can help at least one person it is always worth it. Here it goes: An ex of mine once told me I didn’t look good in shorts so I shouldn’t wear them. A young Zo (me) internalized this and for over 5 years I haven’t owned or worn a pair of shorts that weren’t strictly for the gym. Sometimes our limiting beliefs or “complexes” (as my girls recognized it as) are in our blindspots. We don’t see or recognize them so we continue to live life with chosen truths. But these truths aren’t true they are simply just words spoken that we then turn into a story. It is us who choose to believe this “story” as a certain truth. I know it sounds silly – shorts? How scary can shorts be? But to me they were. This week I challenge you to ask a friend if they can sense any limiting beliefs or complexes that seem out of your consciousness. Choose to recognize them, embrace them and then take action to step out of your comfort zone. I borrowed Sofie‘s shorts for a night out in Napoli on Sunday (thank you Sof ๐Ÿค—) and on Wednesday I went out in Roma and purchased a pair of shorts to call my own. I like shorts now, I own a pair of shorts now and now I am wearing a pair of shorts while I write you… And that is my new truthย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป

 

An Evening in Roma

It is so often that the most spontaneous nights turn out to be the best of nights! ๐Ÿ’ซย After a rooftop Aperitivo at Rinascente the Canadian crew (above) headed to Hostaria Romana for a delicious Italian dinner! We laughed and chatted all evening long and winded up somehow taking large vodka shots? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‹ It was tons of fun and certainly a night to remember with some of my favourite people in my favourite city. Grazie mille amici!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: June 8

Hi Friends,

Today I am writing you from the Amalfi Coast in Italy! ๐Ÿ˜ One of my very favourite places in the world. It has been an amazing week in the eternal city and on the coast so here are the highlights:

Cruising into the Sunset

On Friday night Rodelio was in town! He manifested a beautiful luxury convertible and picked us up for dinner in it! ๐Ÿคฉ What an exciting surprise. We were all smiles and you can see more on my Instagram highlights. We cruised around Roma, up to Gianicolo and absorbed all of the golden light and views. After that was dinner at his restaurant “Me Geisha” – I’ve shown this stunning restaurant off in a previous video, you can check it out here. The night was full of conversations all about the greatest mystery and blessing of life. ๐Ÿ’ซ

 

New Views

Trust Romewise to take you to the most epic rooftops of Rome – Elyssa sure knows her stuff! When it comes to memorable last minute get-togethers this Aperitivo has bumped it’s way to the top of my list. This beautiful view of the city and the Pantheon can be found at the The Pantheon Iconic Hotel in Rome. I know I will return here for another Aperitivo (or two ๐Ÿ˜‹) this Summer โ˜€๏ธ

 

VICTORY

First of all, how scary is this building!? Thankfully my appointment for my Permesso and VISA extension wasn’t that scary thanks to Sof! ๐Ÿ˜Š Sofie took me to my appointment on Monday morning to help me with my documents and translation, I don’t know what I would have done without her and I am so grateful.ย  I am staying in Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย  I have paid tuition for the next year of Italian classes so I have been able to extend my student visa ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽ‰

 

BC’s Finest

LOOK WHO IT IS!!! On Wednesday I was so lucky to have Alicia and Mikaela arrive from British Columbia. These two girls have been my best friends since University times and they never cease to amaze me! Having them here feels like home isn’t so far away. Thank you for your amazing friendship that lasts through years and miles ๐Ÿ’› Can’t wait for all of the adventures that await us here in Italia!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Costiera Amalfitana

There is no place in the world I feel more infinite than the Amalfi Coast. There’s just something so magical about this special part of Italy… maybe it’s because this is where I fell in love with Italy to a whole new level last year, so much so – I decided to do whatever I could to stay. And this is what I have done. Italia ti amo e spero che tu ami anche me. โค๏ธ

xx Zo

PS: if you didn’t know last week I mentioned I launched a fundraising campaign to support BILLION BABY TURTLES. There is merchandise available in the form of shirts and totes and if merch isn’t your thing there is a GoFundMe page ๐Ÿค— $1 can save up to 5 hatchlings!๐Ÿข Get involved!

Five Things Friday: June 1

Hi Friends!

Happy Fri-yay! ๐Ÿคฉ This week’s Five Things Friday covers my trip to Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น and back to Roma! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Here are the highlights:

The Beach in Portugal

Even though the overall weather was cooler in Portugal (15-20 degrees) we had a beautiful couple of days at the beach. I love the sea so much ๐Ÿ˜Š We spent the days listening to good music, talking about life, playing on SUP boards, swimming and jumping in the waves. It was sunny, I was surrounded by some of the best people in my life and truly, there was nowhere I would have rather beenย โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

 

We met on YouTube

I met these beautiful souls on YouTube! ๐Ÿ’• Photographed is Cheryl from NonStopParis and Kia from Kia Charlotta (they’re kind of big deals). I still remember talking to these girls via YouTube comments when I was back in Toronto. Who would have ever thought we would become the greatest of friends? Thank you for brightening my life ladies ๐Ÿ’› I am so grateful.

 

La Grande Bellezza

You’re getting a lot of selfies from me this week! I suppose that is because we are all smiles in summertime ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜€๏ธ This is my best friend Aaron who is visiting from Canada! On Wednesday evening we went for aperitivo at La Grande Bellezza at Piazza Navona. This rooftop is stunning and grants you an amazing 360 view of Rome (you can find it in my Instagram highlights). We each tried a fun cocktail ๐Ÿน and had great conversation with the couple who sat beside us. You never know who you’re going to meet ๐Ÿ˜Š thank you for inspiring me!

 

Pinch me! Pincio!

Can you spot San Pietro? Yesterday evening I went for a run up at Pincio in Villa Borghese. If you have never been you must put this on your list for your next trip to Roma! Pincio grants you a sweeping view over Rome and watching the sunset here will make you fall all the more in love with the eternal city. ๐Ÿ’ซ

 

Ciampini Thursday

Anastasiya and I have been planning to go to Ciampini on a Thursday for MONTHS! Something has always come up wether it was work or weather, but finally we got a golden hour at our favourite place! ๐Ÿ’ซ It was a grande evening of manifestation and law of attraction talks. It’s never a dull moment with my sister. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

xx Zo

PS: if you didn’t know last week I mentioned I launched a fundraising campaign to support BILLION BABY TURTLES. There is merchandise available in the form of shirts and totes and if merch isn’t your thing there is a GoFundMe page ๐Ÿค— $1 can save up to 5 hatchlings!๐Ÿข Get involved!

Five Things Friday: May 25

Hi Friends!

Today I am writing you from Porto, Portugal! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น I have just arrived so you will have to wait for pictures until next week ๐Ÿ˜‰ but here are some highlights from the eternal city:

 

I took myself out

On Sunday I took myself out. As you know I have been making more and more of a conscious effort to live in the now and of course be what I wish to attract in this world โ˜€๏ธ I had no place to be, but instead of starting off the day with work I decided to put myself together and take myself out for a frappรจ at Sant Eustacchio il Caffe. After that I took a beautiful walk around the city ๐ŸŒธ Actively taking the time to pursue living in the now can do wonders for your productivity ๐Ÿ“ˆ

 

Rising & Shining

Since being back from my amazing trip to Jordan as mentioned last week it’s been petal to the metal with time management and projects ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป As you may know if you checked out my recent Morning Routineย video on YouTube I normally start my day between 5-6 AM. I have been plugging into Blinkist to help motivate me to be productive and make positive choices throughout the day and one book I want to take the time to recommend to you is The Miracle Morning. In less than 15 minutes I promise you will be inspired to start your day early and excited about it! Don’t believe me? Blinkist is offering my friends a 7-day free trial, try it out here:ย https://bit.ly/2G4vf5X *Special thanks to Blinkist for sponsoring today’s post.

 

Castel Sant’Angelo

Did you know Rome has a castle? ๐Ÿฐ On Tuesday my amazing friend Elyssa (from Romewise) invited me to check out Castel Sant’Angelo. This was my first time visiting the castle and I already can’t wait to go back. Castel Sant’Angelo is also known as Hadrian’s Mausoleum and was constructed in 135 AD! Always, always, always my mind is continually blown by the history of the Roman Empire. Inside is beautiful and if you wish to see more you can check out my Instagram highlights ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿผ This photo above was taken by Elyssa in the castle bar where I highly recommend you stop for an Aperitivo after your tour. ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Billion Baby Turtles

This week I launched my first fundraising campaign for baby sea turtle hatchlings ๐Ÿข 6 out of 7 species of sea turtles are endangered and only 1/10 hatchlings survive โ—๏ธ These facts are both shocking and upsetting, which is why I have partnered with SEE Turtles to raise money for their Billion Baby Turtles project. For every dollar raised up to 5 hatchlings can be saved. I have created tee shirts, tank tops and tote bags where all of the proceeds will go towards Billion Baby Turtles. If merchandise isn’t your thing you can also donate to the cause via GoFundMe. Please consider taking the time to donate in some way or become more aware ๐Ÿ‘ For additional information you can check out my YouTube video.

 

Salute Summer

As I mentioned last week Summer has arrived here in Rome, regardless of what the calendar says ๐Ÿ“† The sun is out and the adventures have begun! โ˜€๏ธ This week my best friend Aaron arrived from Canada and I am currently writing you from Porto, Portugal with a fun group of friends! ๐Ÿค— Although the sun isn’t out in Porto at the moment I feel like I am surrounded by it anyways. Good people = good vibes ๐Ÿ’›

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: May 18

Ciao Amici!

I hope you all had a lovely week ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s what stands out to me from this past week:

Satur-yay!

I had the most amazing Saturday with these ladies above: Brigitte & Elyssa. We had a total girls day which was much needed and talked all about life and our future plans. It was so refreshing ๐Ÿ˜Š I am so grateful for all of the friendships that have come into my life since moving to Rome. I see these special friendships as a type of validation I am on the right path, “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” I have the best tribe ๐Ÿ’›

 

Don’t you forget it

How beautiful is this view? Although the photo does it zero justice you are looking right at the dome of the Pantheon. I am still so in love with this city and every time I visit a rooftop and witness the breathtaking views I can’t help but always think back on how once upon a time this was all just a dream. May you never forget the dreams you once had that you made come true for yourself – the thoughts and ideas you turned into manifestations. There is so much power in that ๐Ÿ˜Š Be proud of yourself, I am proud of you.

 

A Sunset I Needed

A sunset is a beautiful thing – there is no denying that; however there is one aspect of a sunset I want to bring to your attention: it forces you to be present. I sat up here at Pincio with my journal to get some much needed thoughts onto my pages. I stopped and paused multiple times to admire Roma and all of her beauty. Rome is always so cinematic. In each direction I was granted the gift to watch the precious moments of others; walking through Villa Borghese, cuddling while the sun sets, playing with their dogs and in their case perhaps noticing me cozily sitting on the park bench scribbling into my journal… One day I will have all of that.ย ๐Ÿงก

 

I got my ish together (well, I’m trying)

It has been pedal to the metal in regards to work since I’ve returned from Jordan ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ปย  So some things have hit the back burner like my diet and my appearance… It’s not like I have let myself go, but I haven’t taken a conscious effort to 1) Eat meals at the proper times. 2) Include dark greens (which is necessary for my issues with iron). 3) Eat presently rather than beside my computer screen. And in regards to my appearance – yes I can look nice when I want to, but when I know my day consists of work – school – gym – work – sleep I have felt extra comfortable lately in my LuLu Lemon attire… The sun has decided to shine in Rome and I want to shine with it. I need to exude what I wish to attract into my life. โœจ Funny how we so easily slip in and out of patterns trying to find a balance… ๐Ÿ˜œ Here’s to everyone getting their ish together! ๐ŸŒถ Spice it up for Summer!

 

Summer is Here!

Yes, spice it up for Summer! ๐ŸŒถ Summer is here! ๐ŸŒด I know the first day of Summer isn’t actually until next month, but for some reason I feel like we haven’t had consistent sunshine in Rome since the Fall – SO to finally look at the weather forecast and see straight sun, WOW! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโ˜€๏ธ So grateful, joyed and excited! Summer is my favourite time of year. What about you? Any special plans for the next couple of months? ๐Ÿ’ซ

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: May 11

Happy Friday Friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

From Jordan to Italy it’s been an amazing week. Here are my highlights:

 

A Magical Day with New Friends

My last full day in Amman, Jordan was pure magic (I mean the whole trip was magic, but it’s like the Universe didn’t want me to forget it!). Photographed above is Khaled, Hiba, myself and Anastasiya, we had an unforgettable breakfast at Shams el Balad. The kindness of everyone I met in Jordan will stay with me forever and I can’t wait to go back and visit. After breakfast we visited our friends at Travel One and then went to Hana Hassan’s home for a wonderful and very magical surprise – BUT you’ll have to wait for my travel diaries to find out more ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Downtown Amman

Amman has a vibe and a #grande one ๐Ÿคฉ I love everything about this city – the ancient ruins, the people, the white houses, the call to prayer, the markets, the fresh sugar cane juice, the palm trees, the spices, the smells – I could go on, but I think you get the point! โ˜บ๏ธ I am so grateful to have been able to be in a place where I consistently found myself immersed in the now. Nowhere else, but right there wandering through the streets with my friends in downtown Amman. What is this life ๐Ÿ˜ฎ? Something truly wonderful. ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ

 

Blinkist Book of the Month: Daring Greatly

What does vulnerability mean to you? To me vulnerability has given me confidence, meaningful friendships and the ability to connect with my audience. In the past however, vulnerability was terrifying (although, at times it still is)… it’s sort of like jumping out of a plane (even though I haven’t done that yet ๐Ÿ˜‹). I see working up to the jump like figuring out the words you need to speak to be set free, jumping is being brave enough to take action and the free-falling is the relief you feel from speaking your truth and setting yourself free…

I have chosen to highlight this book because as we are about to break into the new season of Summer next month I think everyone could benefit a little by taking more responsibility for their lives. Some ways to do this include: speaking your truth, striving for authenticity and sharing your thoughts in moments you may normally find yourself shy. Brene’s book has inspired me to do this. Set yourself free from whatever holds you back; it’s empowering. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Have you read or listened to Daring Greatly? I think you should. ๐Ÿ“š

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Buon Compleanno Anastasiya!

On Monday, May 7th we celebrated my beautiful soul sister Anastasiya’s birthday at Hotel de Russie. We had a wonderful lunch in the garden full of great conversations with great people ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ What more could you want from life?

 

New Hair!

I’ve had this specific change on my mind for a long time… but if you’ve been following me you know I have trust issues when it comes to my hair! Luckily the famous Massimo from Noi here in Roma came highly recommend. He chopped off a lot more than planned, but I think he’s earned my trust! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ What do you think? ๐Ÿ˜‹

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: May 4

Ciao Friends!

Hello from Jordan this Friday. It has been an amazing week exploring this beautiful country. Here are my highlights:

Discovering Ancient Roman Ruins in Jerash

I love it when I can find little pieces of Rome scattered amongst the world – wether it be in Verona, Umm Qays or here in Jerash I never get tired of seeing what the Romans were capable of so long ago. It feels as if I am putting together pieces of their exciting, yet mysterious lives… Personally, I think they had the help of aliens ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘ฝ… But regardless, they were so incredibly intelligent. What are your favourite Roman ruins? Is there somewhere else I need to visit?

 

A Night on Mars

On Sunday night we stayed in the Martian tents in the Wadi Rum Desert. This was such an amazing experience – from the sights –ย  to the vibes – to the kindness of the people, this was an unforgettable experience. We spent the afternoon and evening 4x4ing through the desert, then finding a place to watch the sunset. In the evening we had a Zarp feast which means that the food cooked on a rack in the ground for 4 hours (these were the best potatoes and carrots of my life, but don’t tell my Dad). Once the stars began to come out we stargazed through a giant telescope and were able to see the moon (much more clearly of course), Jupiter, Polaris and some clusters of stars. It was incredible.

 

Petra

The week started off great exploring Petra. The photo above gives you a glimpse through The Siq at The Treasury. Seeing The Treasury in person was truly stunning – it glowed just as you can see in the picture. I cannot wait to share this travel diary with you. For more from Petra and my time in Jordan so far, don’t miss out on my Instagram Highlights!

 

Rest & Relaxation at The Dead Sea

Now THIS is the order you need to plan your trip to Jordan – Dead Sea POST Petra because let me tell you how much walking, hiking and climbing (24KM) around Petra takes a toll on you (even for someone who visits the gym regularity) ๐Ÿ˜œ On another note, this trip has allowed for a lot of time living in the now. Being able to spend some time resting and relaxing has allowed me to reflect on my life and what I wish to change about myself and my life moving forward. Every day grants us a new beginning so it is important for us to allow ourselves to grow and reach new levels each day ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

 

Tea in a Bedouin Tent

There is so much happiness in the simplicity. This morning I was lucky enough to experience tea with a local-to-Feynan Bedouin family in their tent ๐ŸŒฟ The family has been living this way for over 100 years; in a tent within the mountains of Wadi Feynan. We were welcomed so warm-heartedly on our walk-by ๐Ÿ’› We spent the morning drinking tea with them and learning (as best as we could) about their lifestyle. These are the kind of moments that bring so much joy to my heart I felt and still feel as though it could burst. I will treat you to a couple extra photos this week just because these moments were so special to me:

 

Ali, my new friend and behind us, his grandmother

 

Ali’s toy car, made out of a sardine can, nails and bottle caps

 

The view from their home

 

I hope you find beauty and happiness within “the simple things” this week.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: April 27

Ciao Friends!

I hope your week has been abundant ๐Ÿ˜Š From Italia to Jordan, here are my highlights:

The Perfect Day

On April 21st Roma celebrated her 2,771st Birthday! The city was alive and the sun was extra vibrant. It was one of those days you wish could never end because life feels better than a dream. Everyone was out and about in the streets absorbing all of that Vitamin D and celebrating the birthday of our beloved Roma! She offers us so much love each day she deserves the best birthday. I hope I look as good as her at 2,771 ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Ladies Night!

The Perfect Day continued as us blondies ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ spent the evening admiring Roma from above at the Sofitel Hotel. This was my first time visiting this rooftop and now I can understand why this is one of Elyssa’s favourites! ๐Ÿงก If you didn’t know Elyssa is the inspiration and wisdom behind “Romewise” – a website with anything and everything you could ever want to know about Rome and visiting this beautiful city. ๐Ÿ“ We spent the evening admiring the golden sunset painting the city of Roma and we talked all about life and our hopes and future adventures โœจ Salute to big dreams and the best of friendships! ๐Ÿ’›

 

Flying to Jordan

Just hours before heading to the airport Anastasiya and I were upgraded to Business Class for our flight to Jordan โœˆ๏ธ The morning started off busy as most mornings before a flight are (for me anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰) and Anastasiya said, “Zo, I think we’re going to be flying first class. Are you sure we’re economy?” I responded with yes, after checking the tickets again. Shortly after that we received a kind message saying we had been upgraded. Coincidence? I think not. This is just a little story of how friends can co-manifest ๐Ÿ˜‹ What are you and your friends hoping to upgrade soon? Dream big!

 

A Magical Day

Yesterday I was blessed to visit The Baptism Site, The Jordan River, Mount Nebu and Madaba. The photo above is the Jordan River and Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ The energy in this area was so calming and peaceful ๐Ÿ’› I am so grateful to be here. I can’t exactly find the words to explain, but my heart feels so full. ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Meeting the Duke & Duchess

I had the most incredible evening on Thursday night here in Amman, Jordan. We were invited to the house of the Duke and Duchess for a dinner party. This was the most magical dinner I have ever attended. There were endless conversations from the heart about Jordan, life paths, adventure, intuition, and more. One of those evenings that has a lasting inspiration and affect on your life. I am so incredibly grateful for the kindness of the Jordanian people and to the Duke and the Duchess for inviting us into their home on only our second day in the country. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: April 20

Ciao Friends!

Today I am writing you from Bellissima Roma! The sun is out and expected to hit 27 degrees today โ˜€๏ธ I couldn’t be happier about it! Here’s how this past week has gone:

Bravissima!

Do you guys SEE that!? BRAVISSIMA! So many of you have been asking how school is going and that pretty much sums it up. I am having the best time learning Italian, it is a sparkling highlight in each dayย ๐Ÿ˜Š I have an amazing teacher who I have been practicing one-on-one with three times per week. Piano, piano… soon I will be where I want to be, but as you know we must all enjoy the journey ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

 

Parco degli Acquedotti

On Friday evening I had the pleasure of watching the sun go down at Parco degli Aquedotti (Aqueduct Park) ๐ŸŒ This park is part of the Appian Way and it is absolutely beautiful. My mind is consistently blown with what the Romans were able to accomplish. As you can see primavera is most definitely here! The greenery is so lush – I remember looking at it and thinking it was so vibrant it didn’t even look real. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒฟ

 

Shooting with Gioielli Dop

This Monday Sof and I had a #Grande time shooting for Gioielli Dop Jewelry here in Roma! โค๏ธ I am so excited to share the finished photos with you all because they were so much fun to create! ๐Ÿ˜„ We shot in some of my favourite places around Rome, including La Casetta di Monti, which is a cafe covered in green ivy. You can find more behind the scenes images and videos on my Instagram highlights.

The Glow of Possibilities

It was supposed to rain all week, but Mother Nature or Mama Roma changed her mind… there is nothing more beautiful than the glow of the Roman sun. If you know me well then you know I am a being of the sun – When the sun is out I have endless energy to share ๐Ÿ˜Š This has been the case this week and it has attracted multiple opportunities to me, opening up my realm of possibilities โœจ The future is unclear, but it is unclear because I have a lot of bubbles surrounding me… ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

I Have Been Learning A Lot

As I have been expressing to you over the past few weeks I have been facing consistent challenges (which I am incredibly grateful for) ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Never in my life thus far have I ever found myself transforming so rapidly and learning more and more each day. I can’t say it’s “easy” or necessarily “preferable” but in hindsight these bumps in the road are allowing me to become stronger each day. It feels like I am a butterfly in a cocoon or a handful of clay on a pottery wheel. The Universe is preparing me for something… Things are spinning and changing so rapidly I have no choice but to keep up. There’s no quitting here, there’s no backing down there is only perseverance. I am forever grateful.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: April 13

Happy Friday the 13th Friends!

There’s nothing to fear, the weekend is here! Below are some of my highlights from the beautiful land of Italy. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

AS ROMA

There’s nothing like the atmosphere at a Roma game at Stadio Olimpico ๐ŸŒŸ If you have an upcoming visit to Rome I highly suggest fitting a game into your itinerary. First of all the stadium is incredible – surrounded by umbrella pines and passionate fans – immediately you are transported (and certainly right onto the bandwagon โšฝ๏ธ). The singing and chanting within the stadium warms your heart and gets you feeling alive! ๐Ÿ’ฅ It is truly such a different experience than a North American sports game, it feels much more cultural, and with that much more special. Thank you to my amazing friend Shaguna for taking me ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงก and a HUGE congrats to AS ROMA! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ

 

A Day in Firenze

Who else loves Florence? This was my first ever “day trip” to the Tuscany region. Normally when I visit it is for at least a weekend, but this little getaway was just what I needed! I spent it with Manesha, Shaguna and little Aahana, the day was so special! The weather was warm, the gelato was cold and the city was glowing. I really love Firenze ๐Ÿ˜Š so calm, cool and quaint – a nice change of pace from the chaos that has been occurring in Roma ๐Ÿ˜œ (more of that on Patreon). Is Florence on your list? PS. “Firenze” is the Italian name for “Florence” if you didn’t know ๐Ÿงก

 

Getting my Grove Back

As I touched on last week’s blog entry I had found myself in a little bit of a funk, but it’s funny how quickly the contrast can pull back. This week I got my groove back, the sun came out, I’ve had a touch of romance and the future feels more infinite and abundant than ever. โœจ If you are finding yourself in a funk at all right now – first, understand Mercury retrograde is here and peacing-out on April 15th ๐Ÿ˜œ (thank goodness!!!) and the Universe has just been trying to present certain lessons to you so accept the challenges and affirm ease and abundance in your future. Things are about to get really, really great ๐Ÿ˜„

 

Grateful for my Sister

There’s been so many times over the past couple of months I don’t know how I would have gotten through without Anastasiya. I am so grateful for her friendship ๐Ÿ’› More and more every day I can see the better person I am becoming because of WHO I am choosing to surround myself with. I have found it is so rare to find women who 110% support each other – wether it be friends, business women, etc. Authenticity can be so hard to find these days, but luckily the core group of people I have in my life right now are the absolute best. Anastasiya recently launched her Patreon this week! She is offering life-changing advice and motivation, you can check her page out here. ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Colazione con Sof

As mentioned last week “spontaneous breakfasts” have been a new thing and now it is a tradition with my girl Sof! I only metย Sofie last May here in Rome and I feel like I have known her forever! (So forever you are stuck with me ๐Ÿ˜œ) We actually met through social media, which is quite common in my core friends group. It’s amazing how the world can bring like-minded people together so much more conveniently now ๐Ÿ˜‰ Is there someone you could reach out to this week? You never know what could come of it! I am so grateful for our friendship and for our new #Grande way to start off the weekend! ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฅโ˜•๏ธ

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: April 6

Hi Friends!

I hope you’ve all had a great week. I have been in Rome and I can definitely say Spring is upon us! ๐ŸŒท Here are the highlights:

 

I Went Out

In day to day life I don’t get out much. Living in Italy these days has felt a lot more like “surviving” and I am also guilty of being a bit of a workaholic, especially when I get anxious (doesn’t make much sense does it ๐Ÿค”). However, because Gabby was in town I think she could tell I could use a night out so we met up with some of her friends and had a great time in Trastevere. From playing foosball at a Rumeria to dancing the night away to live music, it was just what I needed! Sometimes you just need to get out and dance it out! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

 

100,000 Subscribers!

100K happened this week on April 1st and it was no joke! ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽ‰ I am so incredibly grateful for every single one of you who have ever watched, liked, commented or subscribed to my YouTube channel โค๏ธ Your support means so much to me ๐Ÿ˜Š as a giveaway I have partnered with Gioielli DOP to pick out a unique gift for a very special subscriber. Have you entered? Watch my 100K video to find out how.

 

Special Visitors

The day Gabby left I was also gifted with more visitors! Manesha, Shaguna and Aahana ๐Ÿ˜Š it has been great to have such wonderful sisters here to chat about life and enjoy the city while the weather has been shining โ˜€๏ธ I love when I watch other people fall in love with Rome (it seems to have that effect on a lot of people ๐Ÿ˜‰) We have some awesome plans for the weekend too! Be sure to follow along on Instagram to watch the adventures unfold. ๐Ÿ“ธ

 

Spontaneous Colazione

I recently discovered this cute cafe on a side street near my apartment. They even have vegan cornetti! ๐Ÿฅ If you didn’t know the typical Italian breakfast consists of a spremuta (orange juice) ๐ŸŠ, a cappuccino โ˜•๏ธ and a cornetto (also known as a croissant) ๐Ÿฅ. It is so often people go out for dinner or drinks, but how about a breakfast? (If you can) I definitely recommend treating yourself to a spontaneous breakfast this week. Not a bagel from Tim Hortons or something from the Starbucks drive-thru, but a sit down, enjoy your surroundings breakfast. ๐ŸŠ Cheers!

 

Sometimes you just need a sunset…

As previously mentioned the theme these days in Rome has been surviving. If I were to tell you the things I’ve had to go through the past couple of months since returning I think a lot of you would question why I am still here or how I am still sane. However, I understand I am in a period of contrast in life and the brightness is just around the corner… I must persevere as the only way out is through. My blog and my channel is a place for positivity so I will not be going into much more detail (but just know, I go through difficult times too). I have already taken the time to vent about such issues with my closest friends (sorry guys! ๐Ÿ™ˆ) and have began to take more time for myself, read and repeat affirmations and organize my life to the best I can. Sometimes we just need a sunset, something to grant us a pure moment of beauty to understand why all of the chaos makes sense. Thank you Rome, for granting me the craziest of chaos, yet the most beautiful moments. ๐Ÿงก

Have a beautiful weekend friends โค๏ธ

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: March 30

Ciao Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful week. From Amsterdam to Rome, here are the highlights:

VidCon Amsterdam

Last weekend I attended my first ever VidCon ๐ŸŽ‰ It was a great time with both new friends and old and I left feeling very inspired to take my channel and content to the next level. I have uploaded one video on my main channel from Amsterdam (so far) and have 3 unlisted videos for Patrons only (PS. it’s never too late to join as you always have access to previous private content posted such as livestreams and private videos).

 

I Went Shopping!

Yes, the minimalist stops sometimes.. rarely, but when i do I prefer it to be inspiring and uplifting! It should be a celebration of a something meeting your vibrational level and thus being invited into your life (to understand more of my take on this you can read my book The Joy of Minimalism). Sofie, Mackenzie and I went for a little adventure one afternoon in Amsterdam and I cam across the beautiful dress pictured above in a shop called Sibine. The young woman who owned the shop, Simmie, was so incredibly kind to all of us and made our experience so fun! It was something out of a movie – all of us girls oogling over pretty dresses and trying them all on. I ended leaving with the stunning dress photographed above and another which will be perfect for my adventures this Summer! All of the pieces in Sibine are hand picked by Simmie, and you can tell, she prides her shop in quality.

 

Returning to Rome

This one has been on my favourites before… ๐Ÿ˜Š There’s just something about landing at Fiumicino Airport that always gets me feeling energetic and inspired. Rome is home and although I know the journey will not be a smooth one to live here, I am all-in (as everything in life should be).

The Sunshine has also returned to Rome and its really starting to feel like Primavera! ๐ŸŒธ I am anticipating the return of the jasmine blossoms ๐ŸŒผ – they create the most wonderful atmosphere throughout the city with their delicate, intriguing scent.

 

Gabby is HERE!

This past Summer in Ibiza little did I know I would meet one of my sisters in life! ๐Ÿ˜‹ I am so thrilled to report Gabby booked a spontaneous trip to Rome for 4 days from San Diego, California (as this is the only time she had off) and decided to spend it in Roma with me! ๐Ÿคฉ SO if you wanted that extra little bit of travel inspiration, well there it is! She is one of a kind and I am so grateful for her friendship ๐Ÿค—ย Check out one of our videos together here!

 

#GRANDEFUTURO Merchandise!

FINALLY! This has been so hard to keep a secret ๐Ÿคซ: Cheryl, Sofie, Mackenzie & I (all photographed above) launched our very own “Grande Futuro” merchandise. In this launch you will find both crew necks and unisex tee shirts. “Grande Futuro” means your “great future” a term we coined to always refer to living, dreaming, manifesting and working towards our greatest futures in life! They’reย available until April 12th so be sure to get yours here! ๐Ÿ˜Š

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: March 23

Hi Friends!

I hope you have all had a great week. From Rome to Amsterdam, here’s what I got up to:

Spa Day!

For my birthday in December Anastasiya gifted me with an Organic Facial Treatment from Hotel De Russie. Hotel De Russie is exquisite – “A tranquil 5-star oasis where modernity and heritage beautifully align.” Just walking through the front doors and noticing the seasonally-changing centrepiece you feel as if you are transported to a world of art and luxury (perfect for manifesting the “grande futuro.” ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ So! After finally getting settled back into Rome and landing our new flat, it was time for a belated birthday trip and a girl’s day at the spa! The treatment was amazing and still has my skin feeling soft and glowy โœจ You always forget how good spa treatments are until you get them and wonder why you don’t go more often ๐Ÿ˜ For more visuals on this trip don’t miss today’s episode of Zoey’s Diary!

I became a Raw Pastry Chef!

Yes, can you believe it!? I, Zoey Poulsen made that beautiful creation above… and the best part is it tasted absolutely delicious! ๐Ÿ˜ On Saturday I was invited to attend Grezzo’s Raw Pastry Class with Patrizia Romeo (@Patrizia_Rawmeo). Grezzo Raw Chocolate is my favourite place to satisfy my sweet tooth in Rome as everything is raw, vegan and made with top ingredients. This day was packed full of fun and chocolate! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿซ For more visuals on what I created you can find them on Instagram or in today’s episode of Zoey’s Diary!

A Visit to Fontana Di Trevi

Rome has been raining for almost 4 weeks straight โ˜”๏ธ It’s been quite sad to be honest… When it rains in Rome it pours, and makes it quite unbearable to go outside. Although I have left my home and had some great highlights in the past few weeks my craving for sun and warmer weather has left a slight feeling of lack ๐Ÿ˜” Fortunately one evening the rain stopped and the sky cleared; this was my time for a manifestation walk! ๐Ÿค— I took my journal to Fontana Di Trevi. I reminisced about the little girl who previously sat here scribbling into her journal, eating pistachio gelato (melting faster than she could manage), making wishes and dreaming of a future in Rome. That was me almost 6 years ago… Sometimes we can get so caught up in the journey; wether it be “too much rain,” the sink not draining, almond milk being overpriced, etc. We forget to feel gratitude for the world we have created for ourselves. Instantly after placing myself in the setting I once dreamed about and thought back on each of the times I had visited I was able to notice and feel the transformations I have endured as a young woman. I am grateful. When I picked up and left I was feeling as abundant as I would have if it had been a sunshine-filled summer in Rome! โ˜€๏ธ Don’t forget to remember your journey and feel gratitude for the person you have pushed yourself to become โค๏ธ Be proud of you.

Reunited in Amsterdam

This photo is from Wednesday, our first day in Amsterdam! We are here for VidCon Europe. It was so great to get reunited with my great friends from Paris: Cheryl, Jay & Farrah (not photographed). We all met for an Aperitivo at SkyLounge on top of the Double Tree Hotel. The view was stretching, granting us a stunning view of the city and the sunset – inspiring! That is my favourite way to enjoy the first evening in a new city, I believe it sets the tone for a #grande trip! I am so excited to see what the weekend holds. I will be posting daily videos for my Patreon community, you can join here ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here Comes The Sun!

It was originally supposed to rain, but yesterday we were granted with a beautiful day of sunshine in Amsterdam! I love this city. I feel like I could definitely, and would definitely want to spend an extended period of time here. Wether it be 6 Months or a year… or more. It’s on my list. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There’s something so charming about the canals, the bikes, the beautiful homes ๐ŸŒท… it’s one of those places you that instantly transport you. Have you ever visited Amsterdam? Did you feel the same way?

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: March 16

Ciao Amici!

Today I am writing you from bella Roma! I hope your week has been fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚ here are some of my highlights:

Blogger Lunch @ Clotilde

On Friday a few of us Blogger-gals were invited for a lunch at Clotilde. This was a very special Lunch because Saskia from Blog Ciao Tutti was in town from Amsterdam. It was so great to finally meet her because I had heard so many wonderful things! ๐Ÿ˜Š We all enjoyed a wonderful lunch filled with delicious food and deep glasses of red wine ๐Ÿท I just love getting together with like-minded people to discuss all things Italy! For more on this special lunch and last weekend you can check out my Zoey’s Diary 27: First Weekend in the New Apartment! โœจ

A Gatsby Night Out

On Monday night Anastasiya and I attended the launch of Zeglu (zero-gluten alternatives ๐Ÿ). Food is a very important subject here in Italy (as you can imagine ๐Ÿ˜‰) so of course this even was #Grande! The woman in the photo above was walking around on stilts and we had a wonderfully entertaining opera show! The whole event felt right out of The Great Gatsby (minus Leo, where was he??). The vlog will be up early next week so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for it ๐Ÿ‘€โœจ

 

New Offices

This week I was lucky enough to find not only one new coffee shop which suits my working needs, but TWO! ๐Ÿ˜ Both of which carry vegan treats! ๐Ÿฅ I feel like the luckiest girl in the world ๐Ÿ€. Even though I adore my new apartment, sometimes I need an alternative working space to keep things interesting and productive (not to mention the upload speed at my place is a little non-existent ๐Ÿ˜…).ย By the way, I have changed my YouTube upload schedule to: Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ 11:00 AM CET for Spring and Summer… with the occasional surprise upload on Sunday ๐Ÿ˜‰ hint hint!

 

Roman Sunshine

The SUN came out this week. Not just that, “Oh, it’s sunny,” it was that, “OMG-TODAY-FEELS-LIKE-SUMMER SUN!!!” โ˜€๏ธ Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but it definitely felt like primavera this week (which is “Spring” ๐ŸŒท in Italian). Anastasiya and I took full advantage by planning a fun golden hour photoshoot ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ

 

Manifestation Walks

This week I had a couple amazing manifestation walks – if you don’t know what I mean by that you can check out this video. I can’t wait to share the story of how we manifested our apartment with all of you, because it really feels like magic! โœจ I can’t believe I get to walk outside my door into my old desktop wallpapers each day ๐Ÿ˜ Sometimes when you’re feeling lack all it takes is a little stroll, a ray of sunshine and the sight of some fresh flowers (it’s all about the little things). No one knows what tomorrow brings, next week or even next year. All we have is right now.ย Take the time to feel grateful for all you have in this life, and all you have had the opportunity to experience. Bask in THAT abundance… ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’›

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: March 9

Ciao Amici!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week! Mine was quite eventful from London to Rome so here’s what happened:

London Calling

If you didn’t know from last week’s blog I spent 5 days in London for a self-improvement course over the weekend. This course was quite intensive (13 hours per day for the full 3 days). Because of the intensity I only really had the morning on my final day to explore the cosmopolitan city, you can find my Travel Diary here. I was lucky enough to manifest the perfect weather to top off a very transformative trip ๐Ÿ˜Š I can happily say life will never be the same! I sure love learning, especially in the self-improvement category.

 

We Moved in a Taxi

Yes, you got that right. If you’ve been following along on Anastasiya and I’s apartment hunting ventures, you would know it has been far from easy. However; in the end we ended up manifesting the perfect space (seriously we manifested every detail!). The lesson or key ๐Ÿ”‘ here is to learn to let go. When we finally began to relax about our house-hunt and let go of the dream flat we felt was out of our reach; it came back to us. Video on this all coming soon, including footage of us moving in a taxi ๐Ÿš• (you know you’re minimalist when ๐Ÿ˜).

 

Waking up in Rome

As much as I love seeing this world, nothing compares to waking up in Rome, the city of my heart โค๏ธ (this is the view from my new window). London was great, but I was happy to return to Rome just in time to spend an evening with Cheryl, Sarah and Matthias. We had great chats about the eternal city, life and future adventures ๐ŸŒŽ I am so grateful to have such amazing people in my life. Friends who are relatively “new,” but admirable, inspiring and authentic ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ In case you missed it, here is a Collab us girls did on Sarah’s channel!

 

International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day I worked for the entire day in my PJ’s (showered of course ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿšฟ) then spent a lovely evening celebrating with two of the most inspiring women in my life. Trust Elyssa from RomeWise.com to show us everything we need to know about our new “hood.” She took us to all the cutest places from a wine bar that looks like a library – to a fancy hotel with cute waiters – to another hotel bar with a secret garden where all of the locals hang out. I am so grateful for my “Roma Family,” these sisters have changed my life ๐Ÿ’› Every day the special women in our lives deserve to be celebrated!

 

Quiet Moments to Myself

I love living in Rome (did you know? ๐Ÿ˜‹), but really, this city grants me so many precious moments. This photo is from one moment that took my breath away. Sometimes in Rome, you feel you have the whole city to yourself because a stunning view stops you and you have no choice but to stop, admire, feel gratitude and of course snap a photo. Gratefulness comes so easily to me here as each day I am presented with the manifestation of a dream… I can’t believe 2 years ago I was sitting at a desk (unhappy and unfulfilled) staring at a desktop wallpaper of Rome each day and now I get to live it. Keep the faith ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Your dreams are manifesting.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: March 2

Ciao Amici!

I hope you all had a wonderful week. This morning I am writing you from snowy London, but before snowy London there was SNOWY ROME! For real…

ROMEOW!

On Saturday my amazing friend Elyssa (@RomeWise) and I went to Romeow Cat Bistrot. This is a vegan cat cafe/restaurant in Rome! The food as absolutely delicious and we of course spent the day surrounded by furry little ones, just like the one above! (I actually have a video up on my channel of my first visit here). After lunch we hung around for a few hours working on inspiring projects before heading out for Aperitivo. We’re always working, but always make sure we find the time to slow down and enjoy ourselves in la dolce vita.

 

Colosseo Rosso

Later on Saturday night something wonderful happened… The Colosseum was RED! If you know me you know I love the colour red. I had never seen anything like this before in my life so it was the cherry on top of the perfect day in my cittaย ๐Ÿ’ With Roma being so rainy lately there were a lot of puddles around to take some amazing photos… Even though I’m not the biggest fan, rain can sure make things even more beautiful.

 

Snow in Rome!

It’s true! It snowed in Rome this week. Many things have been uncertain in life this past month – my living situation, school, what’s next, etc. and I truly believe Roma snowed to remind us all to keep believing in the magic โ„๏ธโœจ You can see more footage of the snow on my YouTube channel.

 

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A Walk & A New Book

After the snow stopped falling from the sky, of course the Roman sun did not fail us. Around 16:30 on our snow day I ventured out for a little walk to see what was left of the cold, white stuff, and to pick myself up a book I have been wanting to read for a while: The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo. Although it was quite cold, the views were stunning making my trek so very worth it. It almost took a little toll on my brain too – my eyes could not comprehend I was looking at palm trees and umbrella pines covered in snow! If you’ve ever visited Rome in the Summer you most likely can’t even imagine how it could ever snow here! โ˜€๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

 

An Evening Out Before London

On Wednesday evening Anastasiya (@Anastasiya_Craze) and I visited a cute wine bar we just so happened to stumble upon in Monti, we followed this up by some pasta of course! This evening was to celebrate letting go of what no longer serves us and embarking on new beginnings. This evening was full of heartfelt stories and conversations about life. I am so blessed to have “family” here in Rome โ™ฅ๏ธ

PS. London, I’ve arrived! If you weren’t already aware I am in London for an intensive course on self-improvement. More on this next week๐Ÿ˜Š

Five Things Friday: February 23

Ciao Friends ๐Ÿ™‚

I spent this past week in Paris & Rome. Here are a few highlights:

Le Perchoir

Views inspire me. This view from Le Perchoir was pure magic. I get both speechless and emotional when I am met with a beautiful view as it always brings me into the now – especially when it is painted with a sunset. I remember specifically looking at this view and thinking, “I live my dream life. I am in the city of Paris at a rooftop bar surrounded by amazing and kind people.” Of course not everything is perfect – I have student debt, I can’t legally stay in Europe longer than September and I could definitely use a tan ๐Ÿ˜, but this is life! If we had it all laid out for us on a silver platter what fun would that be? There is wonder, mystery, suspense and fulfillment in the journey. Stop and look at the view from the where you’re at today… you’ve made it.

 

Sisterhood

I’ve met some of the best friends I have ever had in my life this past year. Friendships that are more like sisterhood. There is no competition, no jealousy, simply love and support to encourage each other to become their better, truest selves. For this I am eternally grateful. I would not continue to grow as a person at the rate I am without my sisters in life. Merci Beaucoup ๐Ÿ™‚

 

“I see.”

This week in Italian school my teacher explained she has begun to watch TV in English to learn it better. She said “I see,” is one of the most beautiful phrases she has ever heard. In Italian, the way you would say, “I see” in conversation would directly translate to “I understand.” She said to respond to someone with “I see,” when they are explaining their thoughts and feelings is so incredibly beautiful because you are expressing an understanding that reaches their soul through the eyes. I am not sure if I have ever looked at those two words pieced together that way, but from now on I will. Try to use “I see,” in a different way this week. After all,“Eyes are the window to the soul.”

 

The First Author

I received some amazing news from my publisher this week: I am the first Author to have an Amazon store in both Canada and the UK. There is already authors (like myself) with stores set up in the US, however your girl Zo is first to set up shop in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, next up is ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท and ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น! I will keep you posted on this journey ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Freshly Pressed Pomegranate

Sometimes it’s the little things… my school is near Campo Dei Fiori and often when I am finished studying for the day I will walk through the market to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables, or just simply admire my surroundings and absorb the energy of Rome. If you have ever visited Campo you know it contains a marvellous type of energy: chaotic, a little messy, yet beautiful and honest. Next time you visit I suggest getting something freshly pressed!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: February 16th

Ciao Friends!

Or should I say “Bonjour!” I am actually writing you from Paris today. This week has been amazing and eventful. Here’s what I got up to:

Ciao Colosseo!

I can never pass up an invitation to rediscover my favourite city! On Saturday my wonderful friend Elyssa (@Romewise) invited me to explore the Colosseum. This wasn’t my first time here (I do have a video of that if you would like to check it out!) but it never ceases to amaze me. The Romans are and always have been incredible people. I am always inspired when I think of the things they accomplished so long ago. Have you ever visited the Colosseum?

 

Content Day

On Sunday my amazing friend Sofie (@sofies.world) came over for one of our “Content Days.” These are days when we bust out multiple videos for YouTube! It’s always fun (and funny!). We already have a couple of videos up from our day including “10 Italian Foods That Don’t Exist in Italy” and “North Americans Try Italian Tongue Twisters!” These days are awesome because they remind me of one of the wonderful gifts youtube has given me: Friendship! It blows my mind I’ve only known Sof since June – it feels like I’ve known her forever!

 

Vatican Visit

This was a week of Roman history! All thanks to Elyssa ๐Ÿ˜Š On Monday I went from school, to the gym, to the Vatican (I can’t believe I can even say that!) Pinch me! Elyssa is definitely what I would consider an expert on the city of Rome (visiting or living). She has tons of fantastic information on her blog, especially on how to explore Rome best ( which is how we visited the Vatican with minimal lines!) Above is a photo of “The Nile.” Look at the details… There are no words, it is stunning. I think this is one of my favourite pieces of art in the Vatican.

 

Made it on TV!

No,ย not YouTube streamed on television, actual television! This photo is a Snapchat screenshot from one of my friends. Noah and Iย were featured on the Viralist on “The List” for our taste test video of 13 of Mexico’s HOTTEST Hot Sauces! You can find the article following up the show here ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m curious, did you see it in real-time?

 

Bonjour Kygo!

As mentioned above I am writing you from beautiful Paris, France! If you were following along with the 12 Days of Christmas on YouTube, my gift to Cheryl (@nonstopparis) was tickets to Kygo! We had the best “Galentine’s Day” EVER! Kygo played an amazing show and had multiple special guests. If you get the chance to see him on his “Kids In Love” Tour, I highly recommend it.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: February 9th

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a #GRANDE week! ๐Ÿ˜€ Despite having a pretty bad cold, I have some fun highlights to share:

 

Cena con Rodelio

On Friday evening I caught up with one of my amazing friends here in Rome, chef Rodelio, also known as The Food Buddha. This dinner was filled with amazing food and conversations all about life journeys and what we hope to accomplish in 2018. I am so grateful for all of my friends here in Rome, as I feel a sense of family now – family who all share the same love for Rome. Fun coincidence: Rodelio has taken the same self-improvement course I am enrolled in in London in a couple of weeks!

 

The Tangerine Lining

I had had been battling a cough and cold from back in Canada and this week it finally caught up with me. Unfortunately this put a few things in my life on hold, but on the positive side it is citrus season in Italy! I have enjoyed spoiling myself with nature’s candy ๐ŸŠ Have you ever tried an Italian orange? Or a glass of freshly squeezed Italian orange juice? If you haven’t yet, you MUST put it on your bucket list! Italian oranges taste like sunshine โ˜€๏ธ – that’s the only way I can give any kind of justice to their description. There is always a silver lining in every unpleasant situation, in this case it is tangerine in colour.

 

Back to School!

Back to school! I never thought I would ever say that… Life surprises you sometimes doesn’t it? I’ve actually been more excited to attend school this week than I ever have in my entire life. I am loving learning more about my favourite language. Italian is so beautiful it feels like I am studying art, I suppose I am. ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

The Universe’s Gym

I took a few days off of the gym because I was sick. When I was ready to go back I decided to attend a 15 minute spin class followed by a 15 minute stretching class to ease myself back into it… or so I thought. I raced to the gym from school on Wednesday to make it to spin on time. I was parched when I arrived, but thought I would be fine for 15 minutes. It turns out there was actually a typo on the class schedule and the 15 minute spin class (I thought I was in for) was actually a 55 minute INTENSIVE class! Here’s to jumping back in head first! ๐Ÿคฃ “The Universe always has a plan much greater than yours,” and in this case the Universe did not want me cutting corners on my goal of hitting a minimum of 3 classes per week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

My Italian Little Brothers

Yesterday evening I went to visit my Italian family! ๐Ÿ˜Š This is the family that I au-paired for when I first arrived in Roma. I brought my Italian little brothers these little Kinder Sorpresa (as they are their favourite) and they showed me all of their new toys from the holidays! We played Best Fiends and watched one of their favourite movies right now: The Emoji Movie ๐Ÿ˜‹ย …Oh to be a kid again! These trilingual little ones continue to inspire me, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with them while I am here. Hopefully soon, I will be able to speak Italian with them!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: February 2nd

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had an amazing week ๐Ÿ™‚ I am happy to say I am writing you from Roma today! Here are some of the highlights of the past week:

I Met One of You!

On Saturday I had a meet-up in Toronto with one of my amazing subscribers: Dayna! Dayna is such a wonderful and inspiring person and I’m so happy YouTube brought yet another amazing friend into my life (hint, hint for anyone out there thinking of starting a channel). We had lunch at The Hogtown Vegan on Bloor (highly recommend) followed by mani-pedis at one of favorite hidden gems of the city, Spring Nails and then coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ all-in-all it was a perfect day! Thank you Dayna, for making the trip to come visit me and for the memorable day.

For those of you wondering meets ups are something I only do with my Patreon community. There are a lot of perks! You can join here.

Arriving in Roma

My heart is so full. Rome truly is the city of my soul and I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, it feels as if my soul was always here and it was my body that had to catch up with it. The pursuit of a dream is so special. It is not easy, but it is so fulfilling. I can truly say I am feeling the most fulfilled and open to whatever life as to offer now that I have returned to my soul. Do you have any predictions for what this year may hold for me?

My Soul Sister!

This is my beautiful soul sister & best friend, Anastasiya! Many of you may already know her from social media or from our adventures on the Amalfi Coast and/or in Puglia. The day this photo was taken was my first full day back in Rome.

There is a funny story I want to tell you about this day: Ana and I are currently on the hunt for a flat and I truly believe we have manifested our dream space (We will find out soon so cross your fingers for us)! That morning we received rejections from all of the apartments we were inquiring about for the past week. One after another, after another the rejections rolled into our inboxes. Luckily, the owner of one space offered to meet us at 4PM. We realized to make it to the viewing on time we had to literally run down the street for about 10-15 minutes. Imagine us: boots and purses and coats, sprinting down Via Del Corso ๐Ÿคฃ Great times! We were laughing, but inside so nervous the gentlemen would leave, luckily he said he saw my red coat from a few hundred metres away and decided he would give us a chance because clearly, we were ambitious about it! Wish us luck ๐Ÿ˜‹

Strong like Colosseo If you have been following along with my 2018 Goals or “Goal Digger” series on YouTube, you would know one of my goals is to get into the BEST shape of my life for 2018. I am so grateful to report I have been getting slaughtered by an amazing gym here in Rome for the past 2 days. The classes I have attended have been the hardest workouts of my life, but also the most fun. I feel more motivated than ever! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

Take it Easy Last night Anastasiya gifted me with a session from our Life Coach. It has been a while since I had spoken to him as I have been flying by the seat of my pants for the past 3 months – my sister Jenn’s wedding in Mexico, sleeping on my friend’s couches and settling in at my parent’s house trying to plan out my “Grande Futuro” for the year ahead.

Mr. Coach reminded me to take it easy, to slow it down. Immediately he was able to pick up on my hyper energy and reminded me that life itself is the moments that are savoured.

I believe I have been on such a powerful momentum chasing the dream of returning back to Roma (which was somewhat needed), but now that I am here I need to take the time to relax into it. To feel present: Wake up slowly, make my morning espresso how I love to, gaze out the window at my Italian neighbours bustling in the streets, taking time to write my thoughts in my journal…. etc. Let this be your reminder to savour some special moments this weekend. Those moments after all, are your life.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: January 26th

Hi Friends!

I hope you all had a lovely week and are enjoying following along on my blogging adventures. Here are some of the highlights from my week:

Blue Mountain

Last weekend I headed up to Blue Mountain for a weekend away from the city with Steph, Dan & Effy. We had a great weekend full of laughs, snowboarding, hot-tubbing and relaxing. I hadn’t been snowboarding since my teens and I was surprised at how well I adapted and how the day went! The time away from the bustling city was just what I needed after the bouts of nervousness I faced in regards to my Visa application process; however…

My Italian VISA

Friends, I got it! ๐Ÿ˜€ Words can not express my gratitude and relief for this. My dream and goal of becoming fluent in Italian is one step closer! In just a few days I will be getting off of a plane in my favourite city in the world: Rome. Thank you to all of you for your kind wishes and motivation in this process. Next Friday I am excited to say I will be writing you from Italia.

Quiet Time in The Beaches

The Beaches is one of my very favourite neighbourhoods in Toronto (and the world). It is on the very East side of the city of Toronto and yes, it has beaches! My amazing friend Manesha and her beautiful family live here. I had the pleasure of staying with them for a few days this week. Our time was spent walking, exploring, cooking, laughing, drinking insanely-chocolatey hot chocolate and talking, talking, talking – all about life’s most wonderful experiences. So very grateful for this special time and for the meaningful friendships in my life.

My Red Plaid Pyjamas

I only own one pair of pyjamas. I own a few nighties, but only one pair of actual top-and-bottom pyjamas. I previously wore a black satin pair of button-up PJs I purchased from Oysho in Barcelona over the Summer, but late last week I tossed them into a warm wash by accident and they came out much smaller (whoops)! I gave them to my friend Manesha and I picked out a new pair of comfy Ralph Lauren PJ’s from The Bay, downtown Toronto. These were an amazing scoop! They are incredibly soft and comfortable and we’re marked down to only $30 – I LOVE them!

The Ability to Let Go

This week a very common theme was letting go. Letting go of how well my application was filled out for my Visa, the outcome of what would show up in my passport, what YouTube would think if showed my most vulnerable photos and took my makeup off in front of the camera, old, worn-out thoughts and limiting beliefs. The truth is they have no place here in 2018. This is the time of leaping out of comfort zones and letting go of outcomes. Worrying is only *trying* to Manifest poor outcomes – when you think of it like that, you’ll practice doing whatever it takes to let go of the thoughts that no longer serve you. Let go and be free.

xx Zo

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