Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I came home from work Friday night, ate a big salad, and went and got a new tattoo (here's my first). What, that's not a totally normal sequence of events? I know ink isn't for everyone, and after looking at samples and the actual work on the artists themselves I can understand why it can be viewed in a more negative light. But I also think that carefully chosen pieces, done well, and with meaning behind them can be very nice. So here's my latest--

I didn't create the phrase, but it struck a chord within me when I first ran across it. I knew I wanted another tattoo, but I didn't know of what. I was going to do a rose. Then I was going to ask Aneela Hoey if she'd mind if I tattooed her girl on a swing (from the fabric) onto my leg. But neither one stuck. I woke up last weekend with this image in my head and thought "That's it." And it stayed that way. I figure that's how you know it's the one--no second-guessing or any of that. They say that butterflies are messengers from heaven...maybe that's where this came from. Ooo!! Maybe my friend Peg shot me this idea--it's how she dealt with her illness, and not a bad reminder of a good philosophy on life. I'm going with that :)


  1. It is pretty Bethany! Guess what....I have one too. I got it when I was in Hawaii, when I was 40. My mid life crisis. I am SO not a tattoo person, and yet...I did it. It is not ever visible though.....so you can guess where it is. It is a Hawaiian flower. I love it!

  2. It's beautiful! I love the saying!

  3. Love it! I think it's such a sweet way to remember your friend, as well as a reminder on how to get the good things in life.

  4. Lovely! I love butterflies and tattoo art. I used to incorporate them in my bags in 2009. But so much work! I can't read the words. Is it Choose Joy? Very brave of you. I can't have any ink on my body. I had a MRI in 2009 for my spine and the doc told me not to get any tattoos in future as the possibilities of metal in the ink will cause the imaging to be distorted. I guess the likelihood of future MRI is there.

  5. I love tasteful tattoos and have always wanted to have one. Preferably somewhere only I can see it LOLL but I'm not brave enough. I was in my 40's when I decided to have my ears pierced a second time. LOLL Been wanting to do that since I was a teenager but mum wouldn't let me. See how long it took for me to pluck up the courage. LOLLLL Maybe when I get to 70 I'll have enough courage then. LOLL



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