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?

What April Taught Me

Another month is over! Wow that went by fast – even though some days it felt like time had slowed down. There are a bunch of highlights – we got a play set for my step son, his swimming classes also started (which he was asking for since Feb) plus i got a Cricut Explore Air 2. It’s really amazing what this machine can do – being a paper and stationery lover – I have to say that this was an unexpected, exorbitant and satisfying purchase.

This is no spring - play set covered in snow - second winter for Edmonton!
This is no spring – play set covered in snow – second winter for Edmonton!

Mothers day card using cricut
My first Cricut project: A mothers day card. I didn’t have the scoring tool so messed up a bit while turning. Gluing could use some refinement 🙂 but overall really impressive cutting.

Five Things April Taught Me:

  1. Make time for activities that truly refresh your soul || This month I played a bit more with stamping, watercolor and paper craft. It truly is freeing to express ourselves with blobs of paint. This also imprinted on me that how “set” I had become in my routine and life that coloring outside the lines was preposterous to me. Blank pages are not always inviting but a little scribble here, a little stamping there and feels like acceptance of all that goes around.
  2. Not to worry about things that are out of my circle of influence || I have tendency to get stressed over stuff that’s out of my reach of action.Things that i cannot do anything about. This would remain a work in progress!
  3. Giving is always better than receiving || Always. Always. Doesn’t matter if we have too little or too much. Making a different in someone’s life can be a smile, encouraging words or just a cup of coffee.
  4. Enjoy the slow-days as much as fast-calendar-full days || We all have different days depending on the activities but I tend to freak-out quickly when I have stuff to do back to back. Reality is that even if things-on-the-todo-list don’t get done, it’s fine. The sun would still shine (or snow would still come lol)
  5. Workout is not just for the gym || There are other ways to moving the body. Husband had to stop going to the gym because of pressed-disc; since we both go to the gym together this affected my motivation/desire to workout. I just wanted to take time off too. What I noticed last month was that everything helps: gardening, cleaning, dancing, jumping jacks every couple of hours! Just move more than you usually move.

Overall, it was creative month. How did your month go? Tell me all about it!

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