Making Room to Write

Motivational Board

It took me awhile to finally come to terms with the fact that writing and blogging really is my biggest passion. I left the corporate world last March and I knew I was not going back there again. I began to monetize my blog and learn more about what works and what’s not for me personally.

I began to use my full name instead of just Maureen. I even changed my LinkedIn profile position and put CEO of Scoops of Joy. I am taking things more seriously now so it only seems appropriate to value myself as such.

With 2015 being just around the corner, I am setting myself some new goals for Scoops of Joy. Real concrete plans that I will commit myself to.

So I began to write things down…making my list.

I prepared a new work area where I can sit properly and write. Just by doing this simple little thing, I am inspired to write and that’s how this post was born. By creating a new space and decorating it, making it mine.

New Writing Space

I also put this little gem on my desk:

A Beach Jar

The jar contains some pink sand and shells from my getaway with Dan to Lombok.

I even hung my chakra banner up that I got from Ubud, Bali and one color drew me in immediately.

Chakra Banner

The orange colored banner. Sacral Chakra.

“I Love all dimensions of Myself.

I delight in weaving the creative tapestry that is my life.”

That speaks to me on such a deep level.

The color orange has also become the main color for Scoops of Joy and Riz from Chasing Dreams beautifully captured my ideas in the design and layout.

Banishing Self Doubts

I no longer wish to write about day to day things and make Scoops of Joy looks like a typical mommy blog – nothing is wrong with mommy blog but it’s just not what I want to be – but I am beginning to feel like I am on a quest to find my purpose in the blogging world.

I am on a quest to find the true essence of Scoops of Joy.

There were moments where I struggled my talent to write. Sometimes I felt insecure and uneasy worrying that I will be judged for my poor grammar or punctuation since English is not my first language.

From the many encouraging comments I’ve received from friends and readers, I know this is what I want to do, to write. Reading these comments quickly brings back the confidence so thank you to everyone who believes in my writing.

Preparing for 2015

Trial and error lead me to where I am today, comfortable in my style of writing yet still having room  to learn more. I still feel the urge to learn how to become a better writer who writes high quality pieces beautifully. I began to really read all those articles I pinned about blogging and social media.

Follow Scoops of Joy’s board Blogging & Social Media Resources on Pinterest.

In doing so, I feel like I’m taking things more seriously and professionally. Committing myself to more writing, the skills only added value to the whole package of being Scoops of Joy. Turning our passion into a business. Isn’t that what is all about?

As I am preparing Scoops of Joy to welcome the New Year with clear and well planned strategies, I am curious to know if you have a New Year’s Resolution for your blog or your business? Do you have a special place as your ‘office’ to write? What inspires you to plan ahead? Please feel free to share in the comment box.




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.

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    • Maureen
      December 16, 2014 / 8:21 am

      YAY!!!! Let’s make 2015 the year for us mak!

  1. December 15, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    Comfortable place to write , Mom.
    I am still moved around , sometimes in bed or on the terrace although have their own corner to write .
    Cemunguuuud ^_^

    • Maureen
      December 16, 2014 / 8:21 am

      Thank you mbak Win 🙂 Moving around is fine too what matters most is keep on writing. Semangat ya!

  2. December 15, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    Haiii I really like this corner. Wishing you wonderful years ahead as a full time blogger. This will be one of my favorite blogs.
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    • Maureen
      December 16, 2014 / 8:20 am

      Awww amin amin. Thank you ya mak Lusi *sun sayang*

  3. December 16, 2014 / 8:38 am

    Suka selalu sama blog ini Mak… memberikan banyak pelajaran dan gambaran tentang kehidupan… sepertinya membawa aura blog ke tingkatan yang lebih tinggi kalau baca blog ini… Seperti banyak blog-blog bule lain yang saya suka…. “Hawa” nya beda Mak wkwkwk

    • Maureen
      December 19, 2014 / 12:53 pm

      Waaaa saya sampe terharu baca komennya Mak. Makasiiiih banget yah *cipika cipiki*.

  4. December 16, 2014 / 11:21 am

    I think it’s wonderful that you’re making a concerted effort to write and blog!
    I do have a desk but because of the twins, I am usually more of a nomad in the house now 🙂 Mostly, I spend it on the sofa. Good luck for 2015!
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    • Maureen
      December 19, 2014 / 12:56 pm

      And you still manage to blog and networking greatly, Alison! Seriously, you are one of my inspirations 😀

      Thank you, my friend!

  5. December 16, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    sudut yang nyaman mba, aku masih berkeliaran nih dalam rumah kalau ngetik, moga makin sukses yaa jadi full time writer..

    • Maureen
      December 19, 2014 / 12:56 pm

      Makasih mbak Dewi 🙂 Nggak papa juga sih berkeliaran yang penting nulis kan yah?

  6. December 30, 2014 / 7:08 am

    I’m loving the look and good on creating a great place to write 🙂

    • Maureen
      December 30, 2014 / 9:13 am

      Thanks, girl! I hope with time I could add more to my little corner 😀

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