Hi! My name is Zen. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’m a social sciences major by profession, a writer by obsession, and a tea sommelier in training, just for fun.
I caught the travel bug a few years ago. Before then, I had never been outside of North America. I had lived in the same city all my life. I was not a very adventurous person. At the end of 2013, I lost a close family member. It shifted something in me, and the following spring, I went to France. And then I just kept going.
Every time I went somewhere, I looked for new and interesting ways to document what I had learned. I didn’t really vibe with the idea of “catching up” to others’ experiences, or completing a bucket list. I wanted to find creative ways to make my experiences my own. I started using the hashtag #zenventuring on Instagram to share my adventures, which is where the name “Zenventures” came from.
This is the heart of the concept. It’s not about checking items off a list, or trying to see the whole world at once. It’s not about spending a lot of money. It’s about learning and growing from every experience, and stepping back to appreciate those moments.
I can’t be travelling all the time, but I try to make each day exciting here at home — which is what inspired the tagline, “Every day is a new adventure.” I blog about local events in Toronto, recommend places in & around the city, profile people and businesses with interesting stories, and reflect on the journey of #adulting. I love featuring unique people and places, and using this space to tell their stories.