My SITS Day Greetings From Down Under

Few days ago, while still in the midst of bloggy hiatus, I got an email from SITS that made me squeal like a little girl. Finally, my SITS day is coming and how can I say no to such a grand opportunity!

Yup, woot woot…my SITS day is today! Happy dance!


First of, welcome…welcome…welcome fellow SITStahs! If you’re not familiar with SITS, let me introduce you to the most awesome community of women blogger in the blogosphere! And I have learn oh so much from joining SITS, have ‘met’ lots of really wonderful bloggers who later became friends.

G’day, Ladies!

While you are reading this, clicking through my blog – hey, I can hope right? –  I will be somewhere in Melbourne, Australia. I should be there  with my special someone enjoying wonderful times together.

Yes, yes… I am having a mini getaway with the boyfriend in his hometown and knowing that the day I will be in his arms is also my SITS Day just tripled my happiness and made September even more amazing!

My name is Maureen;

I’m a single mom to a first grader, blogging to you all the way from JakartaIndonesia. Some of you might remember my old blog, Tatter Scoops that chronicled my life going through divorce. This baby right here…Scoops of Joy was born out of sheer need to start something new, something fresh, something hopeful and full of joy.  I’m also a contributor on World Moms Blog – awesome website – do check it out!

So here I am today, a brand new person, a much happier woman on a quest to find joy in life through my writing, through being a mother to my awesome little man, through working out albeit my herniated discs, through healthy living also through loving myself completely and just about everything really.

My working out thing, it started as a way to get fit and to lose weights ended up allowing me to work on my inside. So not only I dropped the weight, I adopted a whole different outlook on life, on love. Here’s a little before & current photo for your enjoyment.

Before & Current

Joy comes from within us and the more I harvest it from the inside, the more I am able to recognize it from outside of me.

Can’t thank you enough for stopping by and say hello. Really, it means a lot! Please understand as I am traveling I may not reply right away but I will be back soon. In the mean time, why don’t you stalk me as I share my pictures and snippets of the journey to the land down under either through twitter or my Facebook Page.

Much love and joy for you, friends!



  1. September 24, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    You will love Melbourne. Try to visit Apollo Bay. Quaint little beach town off the Great Ocean road. I spent almost a year there in 2000. I am a bit of a Nomad too. Love your humor and your writing. Happy SITS day!!

    • Maureen
      September 30, 2013 / 2:21 pm

      Awww thank you Lara, unfortunately we couldn’t make it to Apollo Bay but yes my boyfriend said one day we will go there. We absolutely love Great Ocean Road and the surrounding areas. Too bad I couldn’t stay longer 🙂

  2. September 24, 2013 / 6:12 pm

    Happy SITS Day! I wish you all the best and have a wonderful vacation!

    • Maureen
      September 30, 2013 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you Pary, love your name 🙂

  3. September 24, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    Congratulations on healing and becoming healthy. Have a great time on your trip.

    And congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a fabulous day for you.

    • Maureen
      September 30, 2013 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you Miss Robin, I had a fabulous mini vacation and the best SITS day 🙂

  4. September 24, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    Congrats on the new, healthier you! My mom’s getting ready to have surgery on her bulging discs. Seeing that you’re able to still workout with herniated discs give me hope for her!

    • Maureen
      September 30, 2013 / 3:14 pm

      Aww I wish your mom a speedy recovery, Cassi and may she will feel better soon. Thank you for your kind comment 🙂

  5. September 24, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    Happy SITS day. Have a great holiday too!

    • Maureen
      October 1, 2013 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you Aruna, I had the best holiday ever 🙂

  6. September 24, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    Have a lovely trip, and enjoy your SITS day! Very happy to be exploring your blog this morning.

    • Maureen
      October 1, 2013 / 2:52 pm

      Thank you Pam and thank you for exploring 🙂 I will be on my way to your blog too.

  7. September 24, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    Wow! You are an inspiration. I can’t imagine being a single Mom and keeping it together like you have! Congrats on your SITS day!

    • Maureen
      October 1, 2013 / 2:54 pm

      Aww, thank you Tammy 🙂 It’s been quite a journey. May not always be smooth sailing but I wouldn’t change anything.

  8. September 24, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    Hey Maureen! Happy SITS Day!!! Looks like you’ve discovered the secret to happiness – to focus on the GOOD instead of the challenges 🙂 Kudos to you! Hugs 🙂

    • Maureen
      October 1, 2013 / 2:56 pm

      Thank you and big hugs back to you Mona 🙂

    • Maureen
      October 1, 2013 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you so much Julia! 🙂 Will be on my way to your blog too.

  9. September 24, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    Hello Maureen! I haven’t been to Indonesia or Australia yet, but as a lover of travel, they are on my list. I am interested in reading more about your journey to happiness. I too believe happiness comes from within and we need to find it at all costs. Looking forward to staying connected. I am heading to your Facebook now!

    • Maureen
      October 1, 2013 / 3:05 pm

      Nice to meet you Carla.Thank you for your kind words.
      It’s wonderful to get to know you here. I so love the name of your blog, Life Without Borders. Such a beautiful name. Can’t wait to get to know you and to read more.

  10. September 24, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    Congratulations and happy SITS Day to you! I hope it’s a great one! Enjoy your trip!

    • Maureen
      October 1, 2013 / 3:17 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle 🙂

  11. September 24, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    Happy SITS day! Was so excited to see it was your special day! :)-Ashley

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 10:15 am

      Thank you Ashley! I’ve missed The Dose of Reality during my hiatus 😀 So good to be back.

  12. September 24, 2013 / 10:38 pm

    Happy SITS Day! I hope you are enjoying your trip. I didn’t know your old blog, I only discovered you as Scoops of Joy. And I’m all about joy. So glad to see you come out of hiatus to let us celebrate you on your featured day!

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 10:18 am

      Thank you Stevie for your kind words 🙂
      What a perfect day to come back to blogging again after a little break. So thankful for SITS and the amazing women I got to meet online though SITS such as your self.

  13. September 24, 2013 / 11:02 pm

    Hi Maureen, I love your attitude about finding the good inside of you and bringing it out into the world. When you love yourself, everything falls into place. It’s important to have joy in your life. I think I am a very joyful person. Enjoy your SITS day and have a blessed day!

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:07 am

      Thank you Vicki, it took me awhile to finally come to that realization that happiness should always and must comes from the inside of us and you are right once I found myself centered, loving towards my own being and being happy…things just falls into place. Bless you!

  14. September 25, 2013 / 12:02 am

    I hope that you have a wonderful SITS Day.

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:07 am

      Thank you so much Rachel, I had a fantastic time 🙂

  15. September 25, 2013 / 12:55 am

    Hopping over from SITS. I hope you are having an amazing SITS Day! 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:08 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Julie! 🙂

  16. September 25, 2013 / 2:02 am

    Congrats on being the featured blogger. Totally jealous that not only are you living in Indonesia, but you’re visiting Australia!

    And girl, your after picture looks awesome! I’m just now starting my journey in losing the baby weight. Keep it up!

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:10 am

      Hello Ashlee and thank you for the visit 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words, it’s been quite a journey for me but if I could do this…anyone else can too 🙂 I will be heading to your blog soon.

  17. September 25, 2013 / 2:29 am

    Happy SITS Day! I hope you’re having a fantastic time in Australia. That’s one place that’s on the top of my must visit list because it looks like it’s so beautiful there. I hope you have a wonderful day and an ever better vacation.

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:12 am

      Thank you so much, Kristen 🙂
      It was so beautiful in Australia, so wide…big and open and just gorgeous. I wish I could’ve stay longer to explore more so I will have to come back there soon.

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:19 am

      Thank you for the warm welcome, Rebecca. I love your blog’s name 🙂

  18. September 25, 2013 / 3:59 am

    Congratulations on your SITS Day! I’m jealous of your little trip to Melbourne, it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time now 🙂 I hope you are enjoying your little holiday!

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:24 am

      Aww I hope one day you will get to visit and explore Australia. Thank you, Margarita 🙂

  19. September 25, 2013 / 7:14 am

    Happy SITS Day!!!! Hope your are enjoying your mini vacation to Australia. I have enjoyed clicking through your blog.

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:25 am

      Thank you Heather for your kind words and for visiting 🙂

  20. September 25, 2013 / 8:02 am

    Happy Feature Day! Going to look around your blog. 🙂

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:30 am

      Thank you Roberta 🙂

  21. September 25, 2013 / 9:26 am

    Hope you’re having a fantastic time down under! I’ve always wanted to visit there. Happy SITS day 🙂

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:32 am

      Thank you so much Raina.
      I had a fantastic time there 🙂

  22. September 25, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    I like your blog… you seem like such a bright and positive spirited person! I can’t wait to read more!

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:35 am

      Thank you, Angel for such kind words 🙂

  23. September 25, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    Yay for your SITS Day, and yay for your getaway!
    Ah, Australia – my soon-to-be-home 🙂
    Aren’t Aussies awesome? Have fun!

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:27 am

      Awww Aussies are so awesome, Alison! I’ve worked and grew up among them but it’s a totally wonderful experience to actually be there and to take it all in. Wonderful!
      Thank you, my friend.
      You’re moving to Oz soon? 😀

  24. September 26, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    So glad to have “met you” today via your SITS Day! Safe travels!

    • Maureen
      October 2, 2013 / 11:44 am

      Nice to met you here too, Mo! 😀 Thank you for your kind words and for your comments. Really appreciate them.

  25. October 12, 2013 / 12:46 am

    Happy SITs day to you! I love your intro and am so happy for you for what you’ve accomplished. Your joy is inspiring!

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