This is the sixth attempt to start this article and I’ve decided to not overthink things too much anymore and just go with the flow.
So, it’s been five years. Five full years since I’ve updated No More Waffles. On the one hand, that sounds and feels like an eternity. It’s about 1/6th of my life so far. But on the other hand, it feels like I’ve never been gone. This blog has been on my mind regularly, like a little devil prodding its miniature pitchfork in the back of my brain somewhere: “Hey, get to writing! You enjoy writing. People think you have valuable information to share.”
On top of that, my financial independence goals haven’t changed one bit. I am still pursuing the goals I have set for myself in 2014, when I took my first job and started this blog shortly after. I continue saving as much as I can and invest those savings into assets that generate a reliable income stream, mostly dividend growth stocks.
A lot has changed over the past years too though. I don’t really know where to start, but suffice it to say, I have experienced immense growth as a person. Even though my overall goals of becoming financially independent remain the same, new relationships and my experiences as a young adult have given my objectives more depth and a new-found meaning. (Am I still young – when does one stop being a young adult?!)
Over the past months I have felt the urge to discover that meaning more profoundly, to make it more explicit for myself. But I also feel an inner drive to share my insights with others again, to inspire anyone willing to read, and to learn from anyone willing to engage. So here we are, writing once more.
I’ll have to tackle things differently from last time though. My memory of my final blogging weeks and months is quite foggy, but I very distinctly remember feeling burned out. Writing felt like an obligation rather than a joyous effort. I didn’t enjoy breaking down the monthy dividend income reports and net worth updates anymore. They became a slog even though it’s what the majority of you looked forward to reading the most. In turn, that feeling left very little energy for what I enjoyed most: going in-depth in finance and its related topics.
A solution is needed then. I’ll get back to you all about that. In the mean time, if anyone is still out there, subscribed to my e-mail list or following the No More Waffles Twitter, I’d love to hear from you! A lot of my five-year old contacts link to dead or abandoned blogs, so it would be nice to know I’m not just shouting in an empty desert.
Oh, for everyone who wondered in the comments over the past years: high savings plus compounding equals bonkers wealth gains! On that more in a future post.
Thank you for reading! I hope to hear from you.