I’ve probably heard this one song somewhere along the way before, it’s not like its new or anything. But for some reasons this song SPEAKS to me today.

I sat down and listen…

Really listen…

Eyes closed…

And let the words filled my mind, my heart, my soul…over and over again

These words grabbed my core and shook it hard as if giving it the much needed wake-up call.

Just a day or two after New Year’s Day I had a small conversation with one of my best friend. We talked about what we’re up to and she asked what my plans are for the brand spanking New Year.

I want to fall in love with me…

Even I shocked myself with the words I typed.

As it sinks in, I realize I’ve been such a bitch to my own self and enough is enough. I’m not as terrible as I think I am. No, I’m far from perfect – heck, no one is perfect! But if I keep beating myself up, keep talking myself down I will ended up believing all the bullshits I feed my soul.

So I’m claiming me this year.

It’s not easy.

But I’m trying…

I am breaking away from my old chains.

Fighting to break the old self destructions spells of “You are not worthy…” and the likes.


I’m linking up with Just Be Enough and Memories Captured (genius brainchild of Alison & Galit in-case you haven’t heard!) this week. Head over there to get inspired by words and pictures.

PS: This post was inspired by Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway. Watch the video on YouTube.




Lifestyle and travel blogger, founder of Single Moms Indonesia on a quest of finding joy in everyday life and living life to the fullest with kindness, compassion, grace and a bit of sass.



  1. January 16, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    I support you in your new love affair! Be gentle with yourself. Just like any habit, old self-talk habits do not go away quickly. But the great thing is, letting go makes room for new, positive messages. (As I am typing this, I am trying to convince myself to take my own advice 😉 ) Best to you.
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    • January 18, 2012 / 3:45 pm

      Love that, and it’s true. Just awhile back I wished I can update my status on Facebook to be in a relationship with myself hah! 😀 Thanks, lady!

    • January 18, 2012 / 3:46 pm

      Thank you dear friend. 🙂

    • January 18, 2012 / 3:46 pm

      You makes me smile so widely. Yes, I’m reclaiming me this 2012 😀 Thanks, Galit! You rock!

    • January 18, 2012 / 3:47 pm

      And thank you for inspiring me, Alison. You and Galit are too awesome 🙂

    • January 18, 2012 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you Elena, I think we sometimes can be way too hard on ourselves. Hope you are well my friend

    • January 18, 2012 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you so much Maija – love your name btw, so beautiful 🙂

    • January 18, 2012 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you Shell 🙂

  2. January 16, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    LOVE that song! What a great way to capture the essence of what you’re trying to do — Breakaway from the crap. Fly with freedom from the negative. And make a positive change in your own life. Hope this year is amazing for you!
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    • January 18, 2012 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks Kimberly, yes I’ve been trying so hard to move on and work on my baggage but then I realized I need to work on ME first before I can even get anywhere.

    • January 18, 2012 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks Missy, I’ve heard the song so many times before but it never really sinks in until I wrote about it 🙂

  3. January 17, 2012 / 12:25 am

    Very inspiring! This made me think about what I beat myself up for and what bull I feed myself that I need to break away from and change!
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  4. January 17, 2012 / 12:38 am

    It’s a great song that can make you think and you chose the perfect photo to go with the words.
    You chose the right way to go, to reclaim yourself because you are definitely worth it. This year is going to be your year.
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  5. January 17, 2012 / 4:43 am

    Thanks, Maureen. Really, why do we beat ourselves up? It’s not like the rest of the world cuts us a lot of slack. Hope you take yourself out for dinner and enjoy your new relationship!
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  6. January 17, 2012 / 4:47 am

    I LOVE this, Maureen! It’s amazing how harsh we can be to ourselves without even realizing it! It’s amazing how we can treat others with care, respect, and love and forget to give that same care, respect, and love back to ourselves. I love this goal of yours and wish you the best on this journey!
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  7. January 17, 2012 / 5:31 am

    Why is it we are the hardest on ourselves?? I found changing just some words used – or eliminating the negative ones like can’t and hate or stupid – whatever your common word is Great pic Maureen – you go!
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  8. January 17, 2012 / 5:43 am

    Yeaah! This year should be something about loving ourselves and spreading the love to positive and surround ourselves with the positive energy. Keep the spirit mbak Maureen! I am with you 🙂

    Btw, I just set up a new directory for Indonesia mom blogger. It’s
    Would love to have your blog in the directory. Thanks so much 🙂
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  9. January 17, 2012 / 9:38 pm

    Good for you! As women, I think we have an ongoing tough time putting ourselves first.
    Love that song.

  10. January 17, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    I think the most important line is “make a change”. I need to do that in a few areas of my life too. Lovely photo and words. 🙂

  11. January 18, 2012 / 12:40 am

    This is great! I’m not so nice to myself either, and I hate the fact that I’m so hard on myself sometimes. Maybe I just need to commit to making a change like you are 🙂
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  12. January 18, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    Love the song and your words and image capture it perfectly!
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  13. January 18, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    You made me tear up, I can so relate..
    The words are beautifully combined with that image, well done.
    Go get 2012, it’s yours!
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  14. January 20, 2012 / 8:42 am

    It’s such a wonderful song, at least for a Kelly Clarkson fan (which I am.) I hope that it remains inspiring as you go through this year, knowing that you ARE enough.

  15. January 21, 2012 / 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful thought: to fall in love with yourself. That is something I definitely need to work on.

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