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Coffee-Stained Journal

that’s a decent dose of inspiration, taken from life, places and people.

Oliver is a juggler of thoughts on a high wire of curiosity.

An avid traveller who loves the great outdoors, a passionate cyclist, coffee enthusiast, silence seeker and admirer of poetry, words and moments.

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I like my coffee the way I like my thoughts – short and strong.

FANCY AN EXTRA SHOT? READ ON!

“I have no special talents.
I am only passionately curious.”

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Embarking on this wee stroll of the mind with a quote? Above all without even mentioning the origin of these words?? It’s the ingenious simplicity of this aphorism which captivated me already a while ago. Without curiosity this little journal wouldn’t exist or simply would be a collection of blank pages. Without curiosity you probably wouldn’t even be here and leaf through them. Would we be at all??

 

Longing for the unknown

 

Imagine one guy sitting at a table, pen and paper in front of him. His gaze wandering about, through the window and into the street. One guy juggling thoughts on a high wire of time while being part of a vivid patchwork of situations. Me being part of this patchwork. Me trying to collect some of them and put them on paper. Writing like no one is reading…

 

Thoughts made visible

 

The aim of this virtual place is to capture mundane marvels. Me perceiving those fragments around and trying to shape them. This little journal should not only soak up inspiration and be in a way the canvas of my mind. It also should be the imaginary paper plane, sending the mind onto a journey — mine and yours alike. A decent dose of inspiration…

 

A vivid potpourri

 

Over time, the page(s) should fill with versatile creativity, covering a range of sources. Living like a sponge, constantly soaking up inspiration and squeezing it from time to time, releasing ideas in order to make way for new inspiration…

Some of the admirable enthusiasm and creativity of others define Inspiration: Travel & Adventure, ARTworks, Ideas & Finds, Inspiring Lives and a Mixtape including some of my favourite tunes. Stories represent celebrations of words penned in depth: mind strolls and IMAGinE words, experimental storytelling turning images into words. Thoughts lastly are the “espressos” among the inspirational words. Short messages on imaginary postcards, somewhere between quotes, poetry (in 160 characters) and other little reminders…

 

What’s in a name?

 

I like my coffee the same way I like thoughts: short and strong — a double Espresso with a dash of foam on top… Besides I do need paper and pen in order to be able to write. Everything with a keyboard involved results in typing. Coffee-Stained Journal is somewhere in between; writing with a tiny cup on the table. It is about pausing and savouring moments, about observing and smiles, about storytellers and listening, about wandering and inspiration, preserving and nourishing curiosity…

 

Kaleidoscopic views

 

Like reading a book in a sidewalk café and looking up from it every once in while — no sight will be like the other, you won’t see one moment twice. The wonderfully strange consistency of change… The perspective of this space can only be equally limited. It’s a fragment of the world as seen through my eyes, some impressions and influences from the patchwork I call life and a plethora of creative snippets which have an impact on me. Snippets which not only should fill pages, but rather fill them with life. And as long as there’s curiosity, there will be blank pages — waiting to soak up new inspiration…

 

Eyes of a child

 

Curiosity is nothing we need to learn, but rather something we run the risk of unlearning over time. Sustaining this thirst for knowledge can be a massive driving force for so many discoveries — on both a large and small scale. You know what sparked the interest of one of the greatest scientists of all times when he was little? A compass, gifted by his father at the age of five. His name: Albert Einstein, who said about himself “I have no special talents. …”

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