I am going on an adventure, sailing off in my pirate ship. Pinterest pin. 


Wow, what a week I’ve had!

So, Friday was my birthday and I am very proud of myself

for managing to get no less than four of these cabins, plus the Quarterdeck,

shipshape. Or at least presentable enough for me to officially leave the

gangplank out and let people come and go as they please henceforth.

I’ve loved every minute of my secret work here, but I must admit that

I’m rather excited at the thought of company and people to talk to now.

Happy birthday to me! And happy adventure times to us all! 

I am officially a year older, my building site is now officially introduced to the world, and two more blogs have officially been brought into this world.  The two newborns are my personal blogs, All of Me, in English and Hello, Kära Gamla Sverige, in Swedish. It felt right for those two to be brought into the light on my birthday. After all, they are the keepers of my personal chronicles so it makes sense for us to have a joint birthday.

If you’ve been spying on me through my months of secret toil and trouble, you may already have seen my firstborn, disability niche blog The Spoonieverse that went live six months ago.

There was, obviously, no way I could have known the pandemic of the century was coming when I made the New Year’s resolution that lead us here. But let me tell you, I am ever so grateful that I did. Right now, I can lose myself into the daily grind on the Resilience and, in doing so, shut out the worst of the noise from the outside world. 

Every time I stick my head over the barricades, the horror of our current situation hits me hard. Conversations with fellow spoonies are gut-wrenching. The anxiety in our ranks is palpable as people try to come to terms with the fact there won’t be any hospital beds for the likes of us. If we want to survive this, it seems we better stay behind our locked doors and pray that our food and medical supply chains will hold. And that we won’t be needing any emergency care.


“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”  ~Rikki Rogers

But enough of that, you can learn more about my feelings about the pandemic in my Welcome to the Spooneverse log here on the Quarterdeck and on the Spoonieverse site. Let’s focus on why we are here, instead.

If you’ve been here before, you may have figured out by now that the Quarterdeck is the meet-and-greet area of this pirate ship that houses my blog world. This is where I keep the Ship’s Log where I note down everything worth mentioning or remembering that takes place on my ship. An that is exactly what I am supposed to be doing right now.

So, here we are. Today, I can note that we now have three blogs that are live and have been introduced to the world. My two personal blogs and The Spoonieverse are the ones I will put most of my effort in between now and the end of the year.

You may also have noted that there are two more blogs listed in the M/S Resilience Floor Plan at the bottom of the right hand side menu bar. These two blogs, Växthuset (in Swedish) and The Coaching Couch are my two coaching sites where I write about coaching and personal/professional growth and development in general. Specifically, I have worked with holistic business, education, life, parental, relationship, success and writing coaching over the years and I have a lot of thoughts and material to share in those areas.

And I have one main take away from having worked with thousands of people: You are stronger than you think.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, however, and I work slower than a snail. My professional blogs will have articles added to them too, they just won’t be my main priority over the next three months. What happens in January remains to be seen, but this is what I know for a fact at this point in time.

From now on, I will not be popping in here to log every single article posted on the three main sites. Instead, in the raft that will eventually turn into one of our lifeboats, I will begin my monthly missives in October. From January onwards, I hope I will be ready to roll out the monthly newsletter, but until then I will be making a monthly log entry here noting all that has happened on the three main sites. 

If and when something happens that is not related to any of the main three, I will still be popping in to make special entries about that.

Right, this turned into quite a ramble, which is not what I had in mind. In my defence, I am knackered after all the excitement over the last two weeks (three birthdays and two new blogs!) and I really need a good long rest now.  This means the time has come for me to love you and leave you for this time.

You have the links you need to check out the posts on the other sites and hopefully, you will be able to find something you like even though I don’t have an awful lot of posts to offer just yet. Don’t give up on me though, I am going on an adventure and I would love to have you come with me. I have loads of stuff lined up for us to do over the weeks to come, so I hope to see you there..

Much love, 

//Evalena x


    1. Have you seen that I have added a section of stuff to do and things to read here below? It’s obviously not an order, simply a number of suggestions in case you feel like hanging out with me a little longer. 
    2. Next week, my main Instagram account should be waking up again after a six-month corona hiatus.
Evalena Styf
M/S Resilience

After 25 years of anonymous blogging on a number of free platforms, Evalena Styf decided to go pro and put all of her writings on a private wall. In her personal blog, she primarily writes about personal and professional development; about living the dream; and about how to keep on living and loving when everything seems to be falling apart.

Using her knack for storytelling, Evalena dives into a sea of personal and professional experiences to bring a wide range of difficult and diverse topics to the surface. Get on board and let’s talk about funkophobia, social exclusion, chafing societal norms, mental & physical health issues, racism, poverty, identity, creativity, nerdiness, lusting for life and longing for death. 



Are you an adventurous person?

So, today, as I formally announced my Big Blogging Experiment to the world, I am really curious to hear whether you would consider yourself adventurous? For many years I would have claimed I wasn’t, but I’ve come to realise that I am. (In fact, I might have food for another blog post in that statement.) Let’s talk!

Remember, if you don’t want your name or your response to show up on the site, just start your message with the word ANONYMOUS and it will be our secret.


I talk a lot about myself and my life in this blog, but I’d love to get to know something about you too. If you have a minute, please slide into my comment sections and let me know something. Tell me what you thought of the article you just read, ask me anything, and let me know if there’s something else you’d like me to write about. If you don’t want your response to show up on the site, just start your message with the word ANONYMOUS and it will be our secret.

The number of people reading, following, liking, sharing and commenting is tracked by google and other search engines. The more engagement my blog creates the higher my chances of being promoted when people are looking for something online. And this is, of course, like the holy graal for professional bloggers.

If you’d like to give me a hand and help me grow my blog, I would greatly appreciate it if you could share (and like) my posts online. Use the buttons below to share this post and link back to my blog from pinterest, facebook, twitter, linkedin, whatsapp etc. If you tag me when you do, I’ll do my best to stop by and say thanks.

If you want to share posts or quote parts of them in other contexts, remember to add me as the source and make sure you include my name, the title of the article, where and when it was published. Here is an example of what this could look like:

Styf, Evalena. 2020. Article Title. Quarterdeck. [Blog] 1 januari. (Accessed YYYY-MM-DD).

Another way you can help me grow is to follow me online and like-share-comment whenever you see an update from me.  I have several accounts, as you can see in my linktree, but my main accounts in English are Evalena Styf on facebook, Evalena  Styf on instagram and Evalena Styf on twitter.

My pinterest account features a wide range of boards covering all sorts of topics from Arts & Crafts to Zoom calls. I will also be posting a new pin every time I upload a new post. You'll find it at Evalena Styf on pinterest.

My Monthly Missive, aka a newsletter, will be rolled out in 2021. Sign up now to make sure you won’t miss out and to secure your special gift that I’ll be sending out to each subscriber who signed up before the launch date. Signing up is lemon squeezy – all you need to do is to put your first name and email address into this form.

Would you like to read more blogs in English (or Swedish)? If that’s a yes you’re in for a treat! On top of the Ship's Log here on the Quarterdeck, I have two personal blogs (All of Me in English and Hello Kära Gamla Sverige in Swedish) and a number of special interest blogs you might like. I will keep moving them over here and add new links as they materialise. 


You can find links to the blogs that are currently available at the very bottom of the right hand side column. If you want to know more about them before you check tham out, you can have a look at this blog family tree.

I’ve been an amateur blogger for just over 25 years now and I have learned a lot (about a lot of things!) over the years. Like the fact that one of my most frequently asked questions is how you can support me and help keep my posts coming.

As I transition into professional blogging, I’ll happily accept any offer of help and support to get wind in my sails. Most of all, I need help growing this blog. I’m well aware of the difficulty getting blog portal readers to tag along to a private domain, but with your help we may be able to grow the numbers enough for google and the other search engines to recognise me. And that is something of a requirement for pro bloggers. It’s a “without google’s spotlight you don’t exist” kinda thing.

When you read, share, like, comment, follow and subscribe, you make me ridiculously happy and grateful. A frame of mind that makes me work harder, which in turn means I churn out more blog posts. Winner, winner chicken dinner! =)


When You Wish Upon A Star
And now the end is near
Happy New Year