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

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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: 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 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 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