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One year, ten months, eleven days

November 26, 2016.Oliver.1 Like.4 Comments

1, 10, 11 … I keep looking at these numbers in disbelief. It seems almost incredible that it took me 681 days to hit the publish button again. Ironically enough the last post was called “internal monologue“. Did those lines indicate a clandestine farewell already? On the contrary! Back then it was my attempt to spark the inner fire again. An attempt that in hindsight proved futile. So why even bother to try again this time?

Can you pick up a journal and just continue writing after such a long time? Whenever I returned to the journal and leafed through the pages during those months of absence the answer was yes. The answer is yes.

I was keen to keep this blog alive —
even though I couldn’t fill it with life.

As long as I remember, writing has been part of my life. I always loved the idea of making those silent monologues visible. I tried to listen carefully, learning to let the mind shape words and allowing them to shape new thoughts.

It has been similar with blogging. I started to appreciate the abundance of creativity and intriguing minds out there. I have been an inspiration seeker, and I found it in so many places and people. There are still countless of sparks around, I just need to adjust my “curiosity compass” again. Making time instead of finding time.

More happiness, less “busyness”

A while ago I wrote about the search of flow. This time it was more about the rediscovery of glow. During these months of silence, I encountered moments of enthusiasm when it came to the idea of reviving the site. However, I wanted to see some change; and I wanted to make it visible.

Coffee-Stained Journal got a new design earlier this year. I tweaked the logo in order to make it more minimalistic and also revised some other blog elements. The idea was to simplify things. Still, I failed to take the next step. Until now…

I refrain from setting expectations. I simply want to get things going again. Strolls of the mind like this one, poetry and quotes, ideas and finds, acoustic and visual inspiration — the fact that I stopped sharing doesn’t mean I stopped gathering! One thing is for sure: It won’t take another 681 days until I hit publish again…

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Comments (4)

  • Britt . November 27, 2016 . Reply

    Welcome back! More happiness and less busyness is a big one for me these days. Learning to let go, which means incorporating more down time in my life. Definitely good for the soul! 😉

    • (Author) Oliver . November 29, 2016 . Reply

      Britt, so good to read your welcome message! I think we all need some downtime in order to reconnect properly with our inner self and the marvels around us. Curious to see where your happiness compass leads you… 🙂

  • Allysse Riordan . November 28, 2016 . Reply

    Welcome back on the blogging scene 😀
    I can’t tell you how happy I was to see the name of your blog in my feed again ^^

    Your posts have always been challenging, encouraging me to pause and think about them. I can’t wait to have a dose of inspiration from you again.

    PS: the new layout is really pretty 🙂

    • (Author) Oliver . November 29, 2016 . Reply

      Many thanks for your wonderful welcome message Allysse! Believe it or not, but while writing the post I considered putting a wee secret message in there for the person that got in touch during my radio silence in order to find out what’s going on… 😉
      Your feedback means a lot, seriously! A huuuge motivation boost for me and hopefully a few more sparks of inspiration in the future.
      Btw, I really like your nature sound project! 🙂

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