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! 🧘🏼♀️✨ More on the experience below:
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) 🌵☀️ Waking up each day in the desert amongst the bloom was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had with nature 🙏🏼🌿 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 ❤️ 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? ☀️ I am so lucky to have experiences it in both San Diego and the desert 🌼🌵 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!
It was sad to say goodbye to Gabby and her roommates this week 😔 I always have the greatest times with all of them! 💛 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!
And so it begins… My next chapter in Toronto. Where will it lead? To ABUNDANCE of course!!! 😃 I am feeling very optimistic and excited to share my life with you as it unfolds. Any predictions?
I am so grateful to tell you it has truly been a life-changing week ❤️ Let’s get started:
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 😊🙏🏼 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.
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 😊✨ 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.
Ignite 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 😊 The interview was on the topics of organically growing your audience, staying authentic and landing and managing sponsorships 👩🏼💻 Click here to check it out on iTunes or Spotify.
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 👵🏻👱🏼♀️☕️
Sister Time with Jenn!
I had some short, but always so sweet time with Jenn this week. You guys have definitely met her before 😊 (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 👯♀️ Can’t wait to see her again soon!
I hope you have all had an amazing week 😊 Here are my highlights from Lazio ☀️
Back on my Blades!
Sunshine in the city meant perfect weather for rollar-blading ☀️ 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 🙌🏼
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 📸 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.
On Thursday Elyssa and I took one of famous day trips, this time to Santa Marinella 🌴☀️ 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… 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! 😊👌🏼
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 😊
It’s been a beautiful week in British Columbia 😊from my home of Vancouver Island 🏞 to the city of Vancouver 🏙 here are the highlights:
It felt so good to be home. Vancouver Island is such a special place, fresh air, ocean, mountains, so much nature 🌿🌲 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. 🌎 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 🧖🏼♀️ it was just what we all needed: quality time to catch up and pure relaxation 💆🏼♀️ 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!? 🎉 I treated myself to an illuminating facial and it was one of the best I have ever had! 😊✨
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 😊 We did some winter clothes shopping, had some delicious lunches and chilled out in our PJs drinking tea and watching Gossip Girl 😋🙌🏽 You can follow along on Jenn’s adventures through her blog and Instagram.
So I’m back in Vancouver and I couldn’t be happier about it! The sun is out and so is the Christmas spirit 😍🎄 I’m so excited to spend my birthday weekend here with these amazing girls!
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! ☕️
It’s been an incredible week in the Caribbean reuniting with my family after being apart for almost a year 💛 Here are the highlights:
I am definitely a merchild 🧜🏽♀️ I’ve been having such a great time at the beach in Punta Cana. The sand and water combination is perfection 😍 there truly is no place like the Caribbean! 🌴
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. 😊
My Favourite Breakfast
Being in the tropics means my favourite breakfast in the world always comes fresh! 🌴The heavenly combination is: watermelon, lime juice and passion fruit 😍 Don’t knock it til you try it 🍉 pro-tip is to use the actual watermelon as a bowl 😋
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 😊
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 🧡🏡💛🏠💚🏡💙 It brings a smile to my face seeing this. Let there be colour! 🌈 Also everyone here is so happy, kind and joyful this makes me smile too 😊
Hola Amigos 😊
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 🌴
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.” ☀️ I think it is so beautiful as it represents the country so well. I am feeling so fulfilled and rejuvenated 🌿💛
SEE Turtles 🐢
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 🐢❤️🌴
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 😮 how incredible! And cute 😊 Costa Rica is full of animals and it will be a miracle if I don’t return home with one… 😋
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 🌎 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. ❤️
#ZOVEMBER is here!
This week on November 1st, 2018 the second annual #Zovember series has started on my YouTube channel! 😄 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!
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 🐢 ❤️ Click here for more information on how you can contribute.
I feel like I’ve been all over the world this week and it has been so wonderful 😊 Here are the highlights:
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 😍 I don’t look excited at all! We even ate outside because the weather was still warm enough 🌴☀️
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 ✨ 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 ❤️ I’m so grateful for this spontaneous gift of a trip, and to my amazing friend Cheryl for spending it with me! 😊
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 😊
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 ❤️
Nicole and I met almost 6 years ago studying abroad in Cuba 🌴 Who would have thought 6 years later we would still be having tons of fun, laughter and smiles in the city of Toronto? 😊 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 💕🤗 Love you Nic!
Hello my beautiful friends!
I hope you have had a lovely week so far 😊 Here are the highlights of mine:
For the month of October I am partaking in a healthy challenge: #SoberOctober 🎃 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 😊 It has me feeling refreshed and I have been sleeping deeper than I have in a very long time 😴✨
Sh!t The Moon Said
This week I finished the physical book “Sh!t The Moon Said,” by Gerard Armond Powell 📓 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 life 🙏🏼 Packed full of wisdom, authenticity and change, I highly recommend this book🌚
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! 😍🌴 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 ✨
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! ✨ My favourite fragrances from Jo Malone is Mimosa & Cardamon and Lime, Basil & Mandarin 🧖🏼♀️ If you have never checked out Jo Malone London, I highly recommend it 😍👌🏽
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.
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 😄 Lorenzo took me to “Cantina Gattavecchi” which was hands down one of the best meals of my life 🍝 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 🇨🇭✨
Fun in Tuscany!
Every time I visit Tuscany I always have the greatest adventures with my Fun in Tuscany family ❤️ 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. 🙏🏼 You can find some of our adventures here ☀️
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 ✨ 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 🇮🇹
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 📒 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 📲 Could you use some inspiration this weekend or in the week ahead? 🤔 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 😊 Get your FREE 7 day trial from Blinkist here.
“Remember the days you wished for the things you have now.” 💛 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 🌗 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. ☀️
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It’s been a beautiful week in Spain and back to Rome again ❤️ 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 ✨ 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. 💛 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 ☀️ 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 💛 This week I officially got my hard-copy Permesso – Italy, I got you babe, for another year 😉🇮🇹
If you know me well you know that Kygo is my favourite DJ 😄 I have always wanted to see him at Ushuaia as this is where he has residency over the Summer ☀️ I have officially tiked this off of my bucket list 🙌🏽 The night was incredible – so full of energy! Check out the highlights from this night on my Instagram Highlights 🤩
I already miss my little sis Gaby 💛 I always learn so much about life from her. She is truly sunshine in the human form ☀️ We definitely did it up #Grande for the last hoo-rah of Summer 🤩🎉 I already can’t wait for all of the future adventures! We have made plans for our next meet-up! Any guesses where? 🌴
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 ❤️ Paulo Coelho actually wrote The Alchemist in only 2 weeks! 📚 Can you believe it!? Come get inspired with us, join my community here!