Five Things Friday: April 26th, 2019

Hi Friends!

I am back! If you haven’t checked in with me on YouTube or Instagram, I was away in Joshua Tree at a meditation retreat for 11 days – it was incredible! ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโœจ More on the experience below:

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Vipassana

Vipassana was an incredible experience for me. The 10 days I spent away in silence was truly life-changing in the most positive way. If you haven’t caught my latest YouTube video I talk more about what the experience brought me in terms of self-awareness. I am grateful to have attended in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, Joshua Tree (Southern California) ๐ŸŒตโ˜€๏ธ Waking up each day in the desert amongst the bloom was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had with nature ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒฟ I am so grateful for the gift of my life and how many beautiful experiences I have had so far. I left beaming (and still am) with excitement of what the future holds…

 

Coffee Shops & Cuddles

This is Roba. I fell in love with her at a coffee shop in San Diego this past week โค๏ธ She is actually a rescue! Gabby and I spent this morning at Hawthorn Coffee working away. There’s just something about coffee shops with good vibes and good company that make for a perfect day… Simplicity is bliss.

 

Hiking Blooming Canyons

How beautiful is the Spring bloom? โ˜€๏ธ I am so lucky to have experiences it in both San Diego and the desert ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒต Our world is such a beautiful place. Consider this is your reminder to get outside in nature this week (if you can!) and if not, at least find a good park to eat lunch in or go for a gratitude walk. It will do wonders for you!

 

Sunshine Sister

It was sad to say goodbye to Gabby and her roommates this week ๐Ÿ˜” I always have the greatest times with all of them! ๐Ÿ’› If I hadn’t signed a lease in Toronto I probably would have missed my flight and moved in with them… Seriously. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends from all over the world. Here’s to more adventures together all over the globe!

 

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Next Chapter

And so it begins… My next chapter in Toronto. Where will it lead? To ABUNDANCE of course!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I am feeling very optimistic and excited to share my life with you as it unfolds. Any predictions?

xx Zo

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Five Things Friday: March 29th, 2019

Hi Friends!

I am so grateful to tell you it has truly been a life-changing weekย  โค๏ธ Let’s get started:

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Life Coaching Weekend

As I mentioned last week I began my life coaching certification program on Friday. After completing the 30 hour weekend I feel like a new person ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ I can’t wait to work with more and more people to change their lives. If you are interested in life-coaching I am currently taking on new clients and would love to hear from you! For serious inquiries on stepping up to the plate for a radical life change send me an email: Zoey.Arielle.Vlogs@gmail.com.

 

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I landed my DREAM Apartment

I have been riding on a serious high. I am beyond thrilled to tell you I managed to manifest my dream apartment in Toronto ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ I can’t wait to show it to you and of course film tons of amazing content there! Everything is falling into place so beautifully.

IMG_2999Ignite Your Light

This past week I was featured on my amazing friend Riley’s Podcast “Ignite Your Light.” This was a wonderful interview and I am so grateful to have been featured on her platform ๐Ÿ˜Š The interview was on the topics of organically growing your audience, staying authentic and landing and managing sponsorships ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป Click here to check it out on iTunes or Spotify.

 

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Five Crowns & Coffee

I spent a couple days of quality time with the family this week. I had some great times with my Bedstemor playing our favourite card game Five Crowns and enjoying morning coffee together ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

 

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Sister Time with Jenn!

I had some short, but always so sweet time with Jenn this week. You guys have definitely met her before ๐Ÿ˜Š (and you will again soon in an upcoming episode of Zoey’s Diary). Jenn is sunshine in the human form and we always have the best of times talking about life and being silly together ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ Can’t wait to see her again soon!

xx Zoย 

Five Things Friday: February 22nd, 2019

Hi Friends!

I hope you have all had an amazing week ๐Ÿ˜Š Here are my highlights from Lazio โ˜€๏ธ

Back on my Blades!

Sunshine in the city meant perfect weather for rollar-blading โ˜€๏ธ The lungotevere had been cleared of the mud that was left behind after the rain flooded the paths, so I was happy to be back down there beside the water, blading around freely ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

 

Winter Light in Rome

The Winter light in Rome, I believe, is perhaps the most beautiful. It is light and airy-looking and makes for the most beautiful photos ๐Ÿ“ธ We’ve been blessed with warm sunshine this week, which has the city feeling more like Spring, but Winter is still here saying her last good-byes.

 

Santa Marinella

On Thursday Elyssa and I took one of famous day trips, this time to Santa Marinella ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ Santa Marinella is a small beach town an hour by train from Rome – I just love this little seaside town! I first visited SM in my first couple of weeks of moving to Rome. I went for a beach day in September with my first friends in Rome who were American students studying architecture. I remember laying on the beach looking up at the palm trees, swimming the sea, eating peaches from the market and just knowing this was about to be the most incredible chapter of my life…ย And so it was.

 

Adventures with Elyssa!

Elyssa and I always seem to manifest the most perfect days together – I believe this is because we never make a serious plan and we just go with the flow. I am so grateful for her. Stay tuned for upcoming videos on her channel as well as mine! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

 

Freedom, Bliss, Peace & Excitement

I’m going through the motions… You’ll know why very soon. Overall these days my heart has been filled with so much gratitude it could burst. I have never been at such a beautiful peace within myself… I don’t really know what else to really say about this, but I guess the word is alignment. I feel aligned with my path more than I ever have before. It’s a beautiful thing ๐Ÿ˜Š

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: December 7

Hi Friends,

It’s been a beautiful week in British Columbia ๐Ÿ˜Šfrom my home of Vancouver Island ๐Ÿž to the city of Vancouver ๐Ÿ™ here are the highlights:

Van Isle

It felt so good to be home. Vancouver Island is such a special place, fresh air, ocean, mountains, so much nature ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฒ I definitely appreciate the island more and more as I get older. I am so blessed to have grown up in one of the most beautiful places in the world. ๐ŸŒŽ Have you ever been?

 

Spa Day at Tigh Na Mara

On Saturday Mikaela, Jenn and I had a girls spa day at Tigh Na Mara in Parksville ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ it was just what we all needed: quality time to catch up and pure relaxation ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ We decided to do this because all of our birthdays fall across this quarter of the year and because we won’t all be in the same place to celebrate we thought why not plan a spa day!? ๐ŸŽ‰ I treated myself to an illuminating facial and it was one of the best I have ever had! ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ

 

My Sister Jenn!

Jenn and I first became friends when I was 20. I was coming back from my solo Eurotrip and was without a roommate, luckily a little workplace called Cactus Club Cafe brought us together! We quickly grew into sisters through the year and have been just as close ever since! I’m so grateful to have spent quality time with her this week ๐Ÿ˜Š We did some winter clothes shopping, had some delicious lunches and chilled out in our PJs drinking tea and watching Gossip Girl ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ You can follow along on Jenn’s adventures through her blog and Instagram.

 

VanCity Adventures

So I’m back in Vancouver and I couldn’t be happier about it! The sun is out and so is the Christmas spirit ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ„ I’m so excited to spend my birthday weekend here with these amazing girls!

 

WeWork

WeWork has definitely been one of my highlights from North America – I know they have them all over, but I just haven’t had the chance to visit one yet! My amazing friend Julie has brought me along to WeWork with her for a few days now and it has proven to be so productive and inspiring for me. For those of you who don’t know WeWork is a co-working office, so it has everything from free almond milk lattes to great new friends! โ˜•๏ธ

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: November 16

Hola Amigos!

It’s been an incredible week in the Caribbean reuniting with my family after being apart for almost a year ๐Ÿ’› Here are the highlights:

PUNTA CANA!

I am definitely a merchild ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ I’ve been having such a great time at the beach in Punta Cana. The sand and water combination is perfection ๐Ÿ˜ there truly is no place like the Caribbean! ๐ŸŒด

 

The Go Travel Dress

This beautiful dress was gifted to me last week by my amazing friends at Kosan Travel. It was so great to meet with them in person and learn more about their company vision. Their vision is something I whole-heartedly align with: Functional, good-looking, comfortable travel clothing! You can currently check them out further and pledge on Kickstarter to get your Kosan Go Travel Dress by clicking here. ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

My Favourite Breakfast

Being in the tropics means my favourite breakfast in the world always comes fresh! ๐ŸŒดThe heavenly combination is: watermelon, lime juice and passion fruit ๐Ÿ˜ Don’t knock it til you try it ๐Ÿ‰ pro-tip is to use the actual watermelon as a bowl ๐Ÿ˜‹

 

Santo Domingo

We took a little holiday away from our holiday to explore the capital of the Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo. This was such a beautiful city. I always love to explore away from the resort territory (when taking a beach holiday) because you have the opportunity to see so much more and learn much more about the history of the city and/or country you are visiting ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Happy Colours & Happy People

It isn’t often in North America you see people painting their houses bright greens, pinks, purples, oranges, etc. In the Caribbean this is a beautiful trend ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿก๐Ÿ’™ It brings a smile to my face seeing this. Let there be colour! ๐ŸŒˆ Also everyone here is so happy, kind and joyful this makes me smile too ๐Ÿ˜Š

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: November 2

Hola Amigos ๐Ÿ˜Š

Today I am writing you from sunny Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica. I have had an incredible week volunteering with Latin America Sea Turtles / SEE Turtles and I can’t wait to share it with you! Here are the highlights:

Pura Vida ๐ŸŒด

Costa Rica is full of some of the kindest people I have ever met while travelling. Costa Ricans use the phrase “Pura Vida” to greet each other and say everything’s great in life. The translation directly means “pure life” or “simple life.” โ˜€๏ธ I think it is so beautiful as it represents the country so well. I am feeling so fulfilled and rejuvenated ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›

 

SEE Turtles ๐Ÿข

I am so happy to have fulfilled one of my 2018 goals this past week and that was to volunteer with sea turtles. I not only wanted to raise money for the cause (which you can help by clicking here), but I wanted to give back through my own time an energy. In turn this trip has been one of the most rewarding I have ever taken. I only wish I had taken the time to explore volunteer trips sooner! If you are interested in volunteering with sea turtles then check out SEE Turtles – they offer rewarding trips in stunning locations all over the world ๐Ÿขโค๏ธ๐ŸŒด

 

We spotted a SLOTH!

Turtles aren’t the only wildlife I have been hanging out with this week, we actually spotted a sloth in the wild ๐Ÿ˜ฎ how incredible! And cute ๐Ÿ˜Š Costa Rica is full of animals and it will be a miracle if I don’t return home with one… ๐Ÿ˜‹

 

A Plastic Ocean

As part of the volunteer program this week we watched the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” which was extremely well-done. Through this documentary I have been inspired even more to take care of our beaches, water and to eliminate my plastic waste as a human, and of course continue a vegan diet. I highly recommend watching this documentary to anyone any everyone. It is so powerful when we open our eyes to the problems our behaviours have caused in this world ๐ŸŒŽ in this way and this way only can we be inspired to make positive change. I am happy to report part of the volunteer duties this week has been beach-cleans. I know this is something I will partake in even if I am not on a volunteer project. โค๏ธ

 

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#ZOVEMBER is here!

This week on November 1st, 2018 the second annual #Zovember series has started on my YouTube channel! ๐Ÿ˜„ This is my yearly challenge of posting 1 video per day for 30 days. This year’s theme can be found in my Welcome to #Zovember video – check it out here!

xx Zo

 

PS I am raising money for SEE Turtle’s Billion Baby Turtles Campaign. My goal is to raise $2,500 by the end of 2018. Every little bit counts as $1 can save up to 5 turtle hatchlings ๐Ÿข โค๏ธ Click here for more information on how you can contribute.

Five Things Friday: October 19

Hi Friends,

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

Pizzeria Ostiense

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

 

Unplanned Trip to Paris

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

 

TORONTO ๐Ÿ’™

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

 

I feel Home

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

 

Nicole!

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

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: October 5

Hello my beautiful friends!

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

Tea, please!

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

 

Sh!t The Moon Said

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

 

Sunshine in a Mediterranean Garden

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

 

Jo Malone London Event

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

 

Reflection

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

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: September 28

Buongiorno Amici!

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

Flavours & Friendship!

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

 

Fun in Tuscany!

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

 

Solo in Firenze

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

 

You Are A Badass

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

 

Remember…

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

xx Zo

 

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Five Things Friday: September 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