Forgiving and Loving

When life gets tough, do we pause and count our blessings?

When life gets rough, do we listen to the quiet voice of God?

When we feel lost, do we pause and recenter ourselves?

Maybe not….But we should.

We should forgive quickly and love abundantly. Choose grace over guilt.

See ourselves forgiven and renewed with the sacrifice of Christ. Take up our cross, follow and love Him with all of our being.


June: An Existence Check

Of all the things, we as humans granted the ability to look back and assess our strengths, weaknesses, our life trajectory (as much as possible) although it is unlikely that any of the plans we etch out end up taking us where we want to go. But often we do end up wondering if ALL that we do is even worth it. Lately, I’ve been arriving at the same question: Is the the pain and suffering of being human worth the happiness and joy we face during our lifetime?

After filing this away for a few months I came to an answer almost as if I knew it but never quite had the hold of the exact words. It’s not just the pain or joy we feel but the strand that gets woven; the intermingling of good and bad times, moments that remind us of our temporal existence – some more vehemently than the others.

It is better to be NOT born; hey we are here – as long as we have strength in our bones, we must LIVE mindfully; deliberately utilizing the resources on hand. Nurture and pour into the relationships as well as accept the love and grace bestowed on us. Let go of ever being “perfect” but always a Work-in-Progress striving towards one small thing better than our yesterday.

Coffee exploration in Calgary

It’s not often that we decide to just head to the big city for the weekend but I had been wanting to get a break from the usual flow of life.

Being a stationery geek I really wanted to visit Recess shop – a small stationery shop which came on my radar on IG and it kind of gave me an excuse to plan a trip around it! I’ll tell you what we ALWAYS end up doing at new places- other than seeing the usual popular places we always end up covering these:

  • Farmer’s Market
  • Local coffee shops
  • Stationery or craft shops

We didn’t visit the zoo or the Calgary Tower though these two are something you must see if it’s your first time in Calgary.

Our visit was more around exploring the local shops.

Coffee Shops:

There were 3 coffee places to try on my list, out of which we ended up going to two. Analog and Monogram.

Coconut Latte at Monogram

Analog is located in Calgary’s Farmer’s Market and Monogram right in the heart of downtown. If I had to choose one Analog hands down is the best! Maybe it has to do with my choice of Drink at Monogram (coconut latte) which was nice but I had expected more from a fancy coffee shop. Mind you the coconut syrup or whatever it was was also sitting at the bottom of the cup so I only tasted it until I was through with the latte. Overall ok. It’s a beautiful place and next time I would try their latte to do a better comparison.

Dessert Places:

We also ended up trying rolled ice cream at Scrollio! Delicious and must try!

Kulfi @ Scrollio

Very close to Scrollio is Made By Marcus which dare I say is much luxurious bath to the senses!

Ricotta and lemon 🍋 something (I forgot the name) at Made by Marcus

Overall a laid back trip where we rested, explored the city a little bit more (I know Calgary is a treasure trove for coffee creatives) and we will be back again for some more experiences!

Have you been to Calgary? What would you recommend?

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