1.12.2014

Be Still And Know...


The story goes like this:

A few weeks ago as I was in the shower and a little voice inside my head said "you should get a tattoo." I found this to be very odd because if there is one thing I said I would never do, it was get a tattoo. You know how we all just create those subconscious mental "never" lists? Getting ink'd up was definitely on that list. It's not that I had a problem with people who had tattoos, it's just that I am a giant wimp who avoids getting needles poked into my skin at all costs. Well, the thing with me is that when I often get an idea, I want to act on it. I ended up hopping out of the shower declaring to Shawn that I was in fact going to get a tattoo. A few weeks passed and no tattoo had occurred yet. And that's when Saturday happened. You see, I just purchased a new planner (oh my gosh obsessed) and I have this thing where I don't want the days to look lonely. Naturally I made the decision to write in "get a tattoo" for the weekend. If there is one thing that I absolutely hate doing, it is crossing something out of my planner that didn't happen, so well, it was going to happen. There was only problem with this, I wasn't 100% sure yet what I wanted. I hopped on Pinterest for a little while, but wasn't finding the exact thing I had in mind. That's when I turned to my best friend, PicMonkey, and went to town creating exactly what I wanted.

Here's the deal with why I created what I did..I wanted to get a tattoo of something that I am not. I wanted something that would serve a purpose for being there. I needed something that I could see, I could read, and it would impact me not just within the first week, but for forever. You may recall that one thing I struggle with from time to time is anxiety and panic attacks (read here and here). One of my favorite reminders during this time is Psalm 46:10: "Be still and know that I am God.." I love knowing that He has it all under control and that all I have to do is be still and He will take care of me. So often the last thing that I am is still. I forget this fact and instead of being still, I think I have to act. Do the next thing, figure it all out, create a plan, etc. By looking down I will now be reminded to look up.

I am not an advocate for tattoos, I am an advocate of having the balls to do what you want, to not always be logical but true to yourself, and trust that what you are doing is what you should be doing. It's about not second guessing every decision you make, to act on impulse when you feel it's right, and to remind yourself that you are more than some ink on your skin. Someday I may look down at my wrist and wish that I didn't have this tattoo there, however I will remember that when I was 27 I had the courage, belief, and strength to do something that I thought I would never do. That reminder and the feelings associated with it is not a trend, but rather a lifestyle that I hope to continue to grow into.

Come back Wednesday for more behind the scenes of the tattoo process and how it all actually went down. I'm more than to happy answer any questions you may have on tattoos at that time as well so feel free to ask your questions below! 
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69 comments:

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  2. I love, love, love this! As we've traveled through the infertility rollercoaster, that verse has been one of the ones that I've repeated over and over. The tattoo is gorgeous! You picked well.

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  3. I always had the thought that I would never get a tattoo as well because of the needle thing. Lately though I have been thinking I want something to represent having a stroke and almost dying at 25. So I think might get one. I want to celebrate surviving. I'm still scared though

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  4. This is so exciting! It looks great on you my dear!

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  5. I love this and I love how you came up with it. I have a few tattoos and the first two don't mean much (I blame it on being young and just wanting a tattoo)... my third one is also a wrist tattoo and has the initials of my immediate family with three hearts for each of us kids underneath. It's a daily reminder of who's important in my life... and is one of my favs. Plus, they're always great conversation starters! :)

    Cammi
    http://nearlytonewly.wordpress.com

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  6. I love it, and I like the attitude behind it — that it's okay if things change in the future.

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  7. I love your line about how looking down will now remind you to look up. What a great message! I am a "never a tattoo" kind of person, but this looks beautiful on you :)

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  8. So my thing with tattoos is that so many people get them just to "be cool" or it was something to do on a trip. They mean nothing. Yours is the exact opposite. I love your story behind it and what a great meaning! Congrats!

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  9. Congrats :) I have a tiny little tattoo as well I don't often share. But ten years later I still like it and know its purpose for being there.

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  10. I love this so much!! And even more your reasoning behind it! I am in the process of designing a tattoo that both Chris and I are going to get (not necessarily in the same place) but I've been stalling because I don't want to be the one responsible for getting something permanent that we might wish we would have done differently. I think it's just that I haven't figured out exactly what I want, yet. Maybe I just need to write "get a tattoo" in my calendar somewhere so I get back on the ball of designing it!
    Eva

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  11. Big, bold step! Good for you! A reminder of your convictions, and a statement of power and peace! I love it and its placement.

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  12. I love it! I've been wanting to get something in memory of my little brother who passed away almost 2 years ago but like you, I'm scared of the needle. I love the message you chose as well! So powerful.

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  13. I love this! I am 33 (almost 34) and don't have any tattoos, but want to get one in memory of my dad that passed away last year. I always said I would only get one that had a lot of meaning to me. The loss of my dad was the hardest thing I ever had to go through. My dad had a beautiful tattoo with mine and my sister's name, and now I will have a tattoo in memory of him. :-)

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  14. Oh those words are good for me too! It looks great!
    I'm actually opposite, I'd really like to get a tattoo, just a small one. I don't, because of my faith.
    BUT, I'm a little envious of yours, love it!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/

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  15. Well, I think your tattoo is beautiful! I want to figure out a tattoo that means a ton to me to get done. I wanted to get one related to nursing school since I feel like that's a huge accomplishment but we will see!

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  16. I love your tattoo & the meaning behind it for you! Can't wait to read more about your experience then! My only question would be, what did Sean think when you told him you wanted a tattoo? & What did he think when you actually got it? (Ok, that's 2 questions...) :)

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  17. I'm definitely under your mentality. I don't expect to ever get a tattoo. It's not that I'm against them, I have friends who have multiple, I just don't think they're for me and I do see myself ever getting one. I'm proud of you though for doing something you were afraid to do! I still think I'd end up chickening out haha. It's a beautiful tattoo and a beautiful reminder. I have thought that MAYBE... if I EVER got a tattoo... it would be if I moved away from Mississippi. I love Mississippi (I assume you don't understand that because not many people do who aren't from here, in fact, not many people do who are haha), but I love Mississippi and it's home to my heart. If I ever moved, I'd like to get a very small outline of Mississippi in a place that you don't see very often (behind my ear, on my ankle, on the side of my wrist... something like that. Very delicate place. Anyways, Love your tattoo, congrats on being ballsy, and I can't wait to get the DL on the whole experience!

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  18. If I could get a wrist tattoo in my profession I'd be begging permission to copy you. It is absolutely gorgeous and I love the reasoning behind it. Good job facing your fear and being true to yourself!

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  19. I love your tattoo and the meaning behind it! I have 12 tattoos, and plans for more, be careful you may get addicted!!!

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  20. Great new tattoo and the meaning behind it is awesome! I've got 16 tats and one is covered. There is a meaning behind all of mine that I got once I was in my 20's. My favorite tattoo is the one of my son's actual footprint. It is in memory of him and I love when someone mentions it! Oh and tats are addictive, ps!

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  21. GOOD FOR YOU!!! I have never tatted anything. But, I want to. I know when the time is right I will. Something small, like you have. I miss these kinds of posts from you. This is the LIY I love.

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  22. I'm not an "ink" girl either..yet I have two very small tattoos. I love your reason. Mine reasons were different yet the same. Mine represent who I was when I got them and so far still am-- 9 and 7 years later….I hope that if nothing else I will look in the mirror when I'm 80 years old and smile..remembering who that young girl was way back when and possibly have some of that spunk come back to surface.
    You go girl!

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  23. I absolutely love your tattoo!! I completely believe in having tattoos that really mean something and yours does!! :)

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  24. Does Shawn have a tattoo? What did he think about yours? I wouldn't mind getting a tattoo but I haven't found the perfect thing just yet.

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  25. It's gorgeous, doll! And I love the meaning behind it for you. That should be the purpose of all tattoos rather than just a trend.

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  26. great tattoo and love the message of it!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  27. Getting tattoos are scary at first, but addicting! Just wait, you will be craving ore.

    xo. Kailagh

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  28. Absolutely love it!! I felt really nervous when I got mine but after a while, you just love that it's there and that you got the courage to do it :) Congrats! Welcome to the club :p

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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  29. I have similar feelings as you do towards tattoos but I love the one that you got. My theme for this year is to be more peaceful and so the idea of that tattoo is something that really resonates with me. Good job for being brave!

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  30. That is so exciting, I love it! I have heard that area is really painful - is it true?

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  31. I love it!!!! I have been thinking it's time for some new ink lately (be careful they are somewhat addicting) but I don't just put anything on my body. I want it to have a deep meaning to me. Yours is great! Can't wait to see the inside story.
    Life is Peaches

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  32. I think it looks great & the story behind it is fantastic. I used to want a tattoo, but since I could never decide on one set idea I decided not to go for it because I wasn't "sure". But when my best friend passed away last year, I knew that I had an idea that I'd never regret. I got a heart with her initials on my wrist & now I always have a reminder of her with me!

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  33. Love this tattoo! The verse is one of my all time favorites, and your story seems too perfect :) Bravo!

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  34. I am way too afraid of needles to ever get a tattoo, but I think this is a beautiful message, and one I needed to hear tonight. I have struggled with depression and anxiety since 2007, and I often think of that scripture and remind myself that He is God and He will help me. Thank you for sharing!

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  35. I love it Erin! It reminds me of this song that I sang in church a long time ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV9WAbhMDz8

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  36. I loooove it. I want a similar tattoo on my wrist, actually, and have wanted it for years. I want it to say "here we are" but it's hard to convince my husband... he's not such a fan of tattoos, and I already have two ;)

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  37. I love this and I love your reasoning behind it. And I am sucker for a good wrist tattoo.

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  38. LOVE THIS! I got a tattoo last July on my wrist, and I, like you, wanted something that had a meaning. "By looking down I will now be reminded to look up." just makes my heart feel at peace. Thank you for sharing this :)

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  39. This is my favorite verse as well. I always have to remind myself that I'm not in control!! Love this tattoo! :)

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  40. I know a bunch of people that have "Faith" on their wrist or "Believe" but I LOVE "Be still"! There's a song by Rebecca St. James (Be still and know) and it pops into my head any time I read/hear/see "be still". I love her albums and a must to check out!! I have one tattoo and it's my daughter's baby feet from the hospital and her name and birthday. She giggles every time she sees it on my lower back/hip (she's now 3.5). Be still might be one that needs done when I get baby two's feet on my body...when I finally get pregnant again haha

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  41. Ive been in your boat now for oh, 5 years. I want one, just can't bring myself to get one. I love the one you chose- very pretty. I have some questions. Did it hurt? Did you have any regret right after? Are you addicted now and want another one?

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  42. YAY! You got it! Can't wait to finally get mine.

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  43. I love it! I have three tattoos and every single one of them is important to me in some way. They're daily reminders, and I'm so happy that you're experiencing that magic as well.

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  44. Wow beautiful tatoo. I absolutely love the meaning behind :)

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  45. Love it! I want to get "faith" written on my wrist so every time I look at it, I can remind myself to have faith and all will be good.

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  46. This is a perspective on tattoos that I've never heard before! I like it, I love it, I want some more of it! ;) But I found myself nodding my head on each of your points. I've wanted a tattoo for awhile, but really want to figure out what it is I'd like to get. Something permanently meaningful, of course!

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  47. I love this! I actually got my first two at the same time a few weeks ago. (It's all on the blog somewhere...) and I love them both. Even as I was getting up on the table I was all "Am I actually going to go through with this?" but I'm so happy I did. Although there are times I look down at my arm and I"m like "OMG WHAT IS THAT?"

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  48. What a lovely tattoo especially for your reasoning.

    Both of mine are "memorial" in nature. A reminder of who they were and what they meant to me, way to keep them close if you will. Both start conversations and I get to share what a wonderful person they represent.

    One matches the small pox vaccine scar my brother has and it's letters and numbers associated with a dear dear friend (how scarred I was for losing him and letters/numbers something few people understand - so representative of our friendship), the other is a "bracelet" on the back of my left wrist that was a pendant my grandmother used to wear.

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  49. I absolutely love the symbolism behind your tattoo, I think it's great to have a calming little reminded staring you in the face everyday.

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  50. If I ever got a tattoo, this is something I would get. Meaningful and classy at the same time. I love that you said when you look down it will remind you to look up. Amen! Thanks for the reminder of this scripture. And, lovely blog by the way.

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  51. I'm turning 40 this year and have been contemplating to do this exact thing. I got a tattoo when I was about 25 or 26 because of someone else, not really because I wanted to and it has no meaning at all. I want to get something and I think this will be the year to do it.

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  52. Love this - watch out...tattoos are addicting :) I have 2 already and already know what #3 and 4 will be :)

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  53. I love the tattoo and I love the message behind it even more. "Still" is actually the word I chose for my 2014 "resolution", for the same reasons you mentioned above!

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  54. I love it! I have this plan in my head to get a tattoo once I reach a big milestone in graduate school, I just don't know what that milestone is yet. I do have the tattoo picked out though :) good for you being brave enough to dive in to something!

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  55. Girrrrrl, you are speaking to me right now. You know I love me some tattoos, especially ones with deep meaning. This is so beautiful!!

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  56. Beautiful post. Reminds me I need to share of my tattoo (I have a wrist one as well!). Thanks for the prompt & encouragement to share!

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  57. Good for you! It looks great. I've been wanting a tattoo for a while in honor of our baby girl. I know what I want, just haven't gone yet.

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  58. I have this same tattoo on the forearm. High five for great minds that think alike!

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  59. Your tattoo made me think of the song Let's Be Still by the Head and the Heart. I have a feeling you would love it.

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  60. I almost did this on Tuesday and then I chickened out because I was worried about how much it would hurt!!! I want the word Redeemed on my write with a cross! Kudos to you for doing it!

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  61. LOVE it! My first tattoo (I was 28) is in the exact same spot but on my left wrist. No inspiration behind it though. Just an "A":) Something I have always wanted. Just so you know, it's kinda addictive. I got my second one on my foot this Summer:) Im constantly dreaming of ideas for my next..

    Cheers,
    Alyson

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  62. These are the great blogs; I assure you that I really enjoyed a lot in reading. lovely-tattoo

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  63. Your tattoo is adorable! I had the same 'ah-ha!' moment when I couldn't shake my depression, and realized I needed a constant reminder that life is precious. I have my niece's name on my forearm, and it keeps me sane and centered. Happy to hear the same worked for you!

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  64. I think the most important thing is that you chose something that means so much to you now and will continue to, for the rest of your life! something simple, beautiful and meaningful. I think the only time people regret tattoos (personal experience) is that they didn't put a ton of thought into it... or they jumped without thinking. I have 4 tattoos and while I don't hate any of them, I wish 3 of them had as much meaning and thought as my wrist tattoo. It's the words, "Given to Fly" in Eddie Vedder's (lead singer of Pearl Jam) handwriting - the song is about a man who never let awful things in life beat him down... "He just gives his love, he just gives it away... the love he received is the love that is saved. And sometimes you'll see a strange spot in the sky, a human being that was given to fly..." This song reminds me overwhelmingly of my brother-in-law who we lost this past year. It's a memorial to him, and to always remember to give love, even if it's not given to you in return. Others behavior can't always shape who you are, you must be stronger than all of your life's disappointments and strive to be a better person :) ox (the others I was 18, 20, 21 and young and just wanted ink... I'm 39 now, and thought a bit more about it - my husband got a matching one on his wrist as well - for the same reasons) ;)

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  65. I love this. I have my father's signature on my wrist (he passed away when I was young). I'm considering another, but haven't found the perfect "font" yet (not sure if I want someone's handwriting or a cursive font) -- what font is yours??

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)