Sunday, November 30, 2014

Day 3 - Maintain + Coffee Shop Sundays

Good morning friends.

I woke up this morning and went to a delicious brunch with a good friend. If you are friends with me or follow me at all on Instagram, you know that I love brunch and coffee. If those two words are involved, I will be there...and be there often. I'm ok with that, and I've accepted it. No shame.

On that note, I've actually decided to start a little something called "Coffee Shop Sundays" on here. Whenever I happen to be at a coffee shop on a Sunday, such as today, I'll write about it. A combination review of sorts plus thoughts on life. But let it be known: I am no coffee connoisseur. I just know what tastes good to me and what doesn't, and sometimes I can describe it and sometimes I can't. Am I selling it yet? :) Enjoy.

Location: 1476 South Pearl St, Denver CO 80210
Roaster: Pablo's Coffee
Drink of choice: Soy vanilla latte 

If you know me, you know that one of my absolute favorite coffee shops is Stella's. It's likely that I've already either brought you here or recommended it to you multiple times (you still haven't gone?! You're missing out).

Anyways, it only makes sense that I would start here. This place feels like a home of sorts; maybe because it is a house-turned coffee shop. Or maybe because I was here at least 4 times a week when I lived in Wash Park. Either way, it's a haven for college students, 9-5ers, and every day visitors alike. Each room is unique, with cool local artwork on the walls and books you can read on the shelves. Not to mention an awesome patio. They have italian sodas, pastries, a wide variety of teas, and of course coffee.

And the coffee. Man, so good. Like a hug in a mug. And there's just something awesome about settling in at one of their tables with one of their unique mismatched mugs cradled in your hands. My brain somehow feels more free here, lighter, with more clarity to my thoughts. In these times, while sitting quietly and gazing off with my cup in hand, I get that inexplicable feeling of joy that bubbles up...the feeling that life is grand and anything is possible. I hope you know the feeling. Problems I'm dealing with now? They will pass, they will resolve. Confusion? It will clear. I can see love easier...on the face of a dog as he looks up at his owner, in the eyes of the parent handing their child a cup of hot chocolate, in the smile of the barista. If only I could just sit here forever. Sometimes I try.

Today's resolution is to maintain. From both the surface meaning; maintaining cleanliness in my apartment, maintaining clean clothes, maintaining this blog, and the deeper meaning; maintaining an attitude of looking for the best in everything, maintaining the idea of sufficiency that there is enough and we are enough, and maintaining my sanity as we head into the work week again.

Yesterday was a great day of sitting on the couch, knitting, and working on my blog. Then I emerged in the evening to get drinks and some fresh air. If you didn't notice, I changed my blog layout! I'm excited about tweaking this a bit, and writing more. We'll see how this idea of daily resolutions work with an actual work week...till tomorrow!

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