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 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…


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.



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.



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 ( 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