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I love to travel and visit places. I don’t think there’s a single place I have travelled to that I didn’t like. I’ve been really blessed and fortunate to have been able to travel all over the world and as I was going over the places I’ve been to, I realized how I haven’t really explored the places close to me.

I’ve passed through and visited Toronto hundreds of times but I had never truly explored the city which seemed a bit ridiculous to me. I don’t live far from Toronto so I figured I would make it my mission to go an explore the city so many people rave about.

My sister works near Toronto so I asked her if she could drop me off early in the morning and pick me up on her way home. At first I was kind of scared to go on my own because it was technically a new city for me. I had never taken a bus or a subway before and I didn’t want to get lost.

The night before, I decided to write out an itinerary and some rough directions to all the places I wanted to visit. When Wednesday morning came around and I finally got to Union Station I was feeling confident and prepared to explore.

The first place I visited was Maman. A cute cafe located inside First Canadian Place. I loved it so much. It’s such a cute and rustic place. The staff are all really nice, the coffee was really good (so was the cookie) and I would definitely visit it again.

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I then decided to walk around Bay St. and do a little bit of exploring. After visiting Toronto and walking around the financial district it really motivated me to work harder and set realistic goals that I can achieve in the future.

I then headed to the Art Gallery of Ontario. I love art and I knew the once place I wanted to visit for sure was the AGO.

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Visiting the AGO was amazing because it inspired me to create and believe in my art and what I make. Even if somebody doesn’t like your art what matters most is that you like it and stand by it.

After my visit to the AGO I walked around downtown a bit and had a late lunch at Burger Factory.

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After lunch I did a bit more exploring and headed back to the financial district. I think my favourite part about my trip was this moment. I made my way to the closest Starbucks got a coffee, sat outside and read my book. It was calm yet busy at the same time. I think I got quite lucky with the weather because it was beautiful and I got to do a lot of exploring.

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Leaving the financial district was a bittersweet moment. I loved it so much and I know this is somewhere I want to come back to in the future (hopefully for work). Afterwards I took the subway to Yorkdale, did a little bit of shopping, met up with my sister and headed home.

I really hope I get to go back soon and visit even more places.

I made a video diary of my visit so if you all want to watch it click here. It was my first time editing a video so please don’t judge too hard if it’s bad. I also haven’t figured out the whole creative commons thing and music licensing. So I’m sorry if you don’t enjoy the music. But there are a lot more clips in the video which show the places I went to and explored.

Lots of love,

Zo. xx

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I love learning. Whether it’s learning new things or re-learning old things, I (almost) always enjoy it. So when I got a text message from a friend saying, Udemy, a site I’d never heard of before, was having a promotion for the online courses, I was over the moon!

Udemy, is an online learning platform where people can learn new skills or enhance the ones they already have. If you’ve always wanted to learn a little more about photography, drawing or even personal finance, this is the right website for you!

Udemy offers a plethora of courses that are taught by real professionals! You learn at your own pace and can choose courses you will actually enjoy. Plus, they’re much cheaper than taking a college class, especially if you just want to learn a new skill. The reason I mention this is because I was planning on taking a web-development elective next semester, but instead I’m taking one on Udemy for only $15! (Now I can use my elective for something more specific and unique to my university.)

I really wanted to write this blog post, because I feel like a lot of people may benefit from this! Udemy, is having a promotion until the end of April where almost all of their courses are $15. The amount of money I’ve saved on the 4 courses I’ve signed up for is amazing!

I really do recommend you all check out their site and do a bit of browsing. There’s something for everyone!

(This blog post is not sponsored. I’m really passionate about learning and I wanted to share this amazing opportunity with everyone!)

Talk soon,

Zo. xx

succulents.

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My second round of midterms are officially over, but unfortunately that means finals will be starting soon.

As a way to relieve some stress, me and my sisters got together and de-potted some succulents to put in our rooms.

It was a very fun activity and hopefully it inspires some of you this spring season!

First and foremost, you’re going to need some succulents. We got these from our local sporting goods store (which you wouldn’t expect, but they had a big variety and were very cheap!).

Second, you’re going to need some type of soil to place your succulents into. I would just like to insert a disclaimer here and say that I know next to nothing about plants, all the information I got, was off of the internet. I have seen some people use plain old sand depending on the succulent, so before you go about doing this, do a little bit of research.

 

Lastly, you’re going to need something to put your succulents into. We used little class jars from candles we used up. It’s totally up to you! Be careful though because if your succulents require a lot of water then you may want a pot with holes at the bottom. Since our succulents require very little water, we used glass jars but put rocks at the bottom to help the water drain.

 

The steps are pretty simple so here they are:

  1. Place gravel or rocks at the bottom of your pot
  2. Add a tiny bit of soil or sand so the gravel is covered
  3. SAFELY remove succulents from their current container and remove any excess soil it is surrounded by, be sure not to ruin its roots
  4. Place the succulent in the pot on top of the soil and gravel
  5. Use your new soil to cover the roots of the succulent, until you reach its base
  6. Voila, and now you have a cute, de-plotted succulent you can put wherever you like

(Don’t forget to read up on the type of succulent you have, some require more sunlight than others and more water than others)

The succulents turned out awesome and it was such a fun activity! I can’t wait to get more and put them all around our house.

I hope you are all inspired and try this out too!

Talk soon,

Zo. xx