Come Back to the Moment

New York, United States

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About CiaoZen

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On Etsy since 2014

Keeping Balance via Creating & Nature

Hi!! It is so nice to meet you.

I am an author, a lover of art, nature and travel, but most importantly am an avid believer that only this current moment is our life - which is why I created Ciao Zen. These passing reflections, channeled through nature, writing and creating, help me find and maintain my balance. I would like Ciao Zen to lead as a source of encouragement to find solace in reflection and moving beyond self-imposed walls in our lives.

I grew up between the United States and Italy, traveling back and forth numerous times a year, splitting time between families, cultures, and friends. Since my stay in both places was never permanent, friend groups were harder to form, and long-lasting relationships were difficult to develop. This constant change and sense of misplacement forced me to be best friends with myself - to enjoy my own company so much, that the company of others would be an added plus, but never expected.

This sense of solitude that filled my days developed a curiosity towards the human condition of which I constantly sought answers. I would sit and watch people and how they interacted with one another. I tried to understand the hurt and pain that humans felt, and yearned to find similarities in the underlying cause of it all. Through this inward traveling, I concluded that there are common threads of human nature, independent of our sex, religion, race, or class, that link us in a way that dissipates loneliness. There is a magic in the interconnected nature of it all, and these commonalities connect us to people we have never met.

I'd like Ciao Zen to be a reminder that maybe the magic isn't in the big moments that we anticipate as life changing, but is actually in the small things - in the acts that we least expect have the ability to change us. I hope that my artwork and the words or images here move you to create something for yourself or help you feel less alone in what you think and feel.
Thank you for reading about me and Ciao Zen. I truly appreciate it very much! Please do reach out to me with absolutely any questions or suggestions - I would love to hear from you.

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  • monica bond


    Ciao! I created Ciao Zen to help melt away the fears and angsts that can cloud our perception of both our inner and outer worlds. I hope my hand drawn art helps you turn inwards, tune out the noise and connect to what matters. Thank you so much.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 13, 2020
Ciao Zen is about celebrating the resiliency within you. In today’s modern world, it’s sometimes hard to ignore the “other” voices that are trying to pave our life path for us. The government, society, and sometimes even our family and friends want to nudge us to follow the path they define as best- the path that will supposedly lead us to “happiness”. Sometimes these voices can teach us positive lessons, the strongest of which is learning to trust that voice within ourselves without reluctance. I would like these pieces to be a reminder of your courage- of your beauty and individuality- of your magic - and most importantly, of the power within yourself to create the life that you want.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I want you to be happy and enjoy the product that you have purchased! If you are not satisfied with your item, please contact me immediately and we will do our best to work something out.

All major credit cards are accepted. The order is shipped after the payment is received.
 Please be sure to select payment type and pay immediately so that there are no delays in shipping your order. We can't process your order until payment is received.

 For the items that are already listed as ready to be shipped, they will be sent once the payment is received.
All the items will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail within 1-3 days after payment has been received (generally takes two days to arrive once shipped). Custom orders may take longer- I will give you a time frame once the order is placed :-) All shipments will include a tracking number that will be e-mailed to you once the package has shipped.

All orders marked DELIVERED by the USPS tracking information that are lost or stolen are not refundable. Please make sure your mailing address is safe! 

Please note, after the package is shipped and leaves the our facility, I don't have any control over it. I can give you an approximate time frame, same as you see in USPS tracking website. It is not Ciao Zen's responsibility, if the package is been delayed by USPS or still in transit. In that case, there won't be any refund provided.



All items are shipped via USPS First Class International Mail. The Package usually arrives in within 1-4 weeks but please allow 6-10 weeks for your package to arrive as it can get stuck in customs.

 A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you along with a tracking number as soon as your package is shipped. 

If you have ordered your item using regular international shipping, you item will be shipped to you via USPS First Class International shipping and the item will be only trackable until it is United States. 

Insurance on the international packages is possible to make sure that your package arrives safely and is not lost in the transition. Contact me before ordering if you would like to purchase insurance on your package. There is no refund for a lost shipment on uninsured package. I can only refund on the packages that were insured, that is there was insurance purchased by you and necessary paperwork was filled BEFORE purchasing the item.

 Please note, all taxes, customs, duty fees will be the responsibility of the buyer. Please be aware of your country's customs and regulations before ordering. 

Please contact me to help you tracking down lost or delayed packages. However, all orders marked DELIVERED by the USPS tracking information that are lost or stolen are not refundable. Please make sure your mailing address is safe!
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are always gladly accepted! I also accept wholesale or corporate orders. Please contact me directly to discuss further.