I recently got my first tattoo. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but have been too afraid. Not so much afraid of the pain (it hurt a little, but was over in a few minutes), but afraid of the judgement, afraid of the stigma, afraid of the disapproval.

I was also still trying to work out what I wanted to have on my body forever. Then, when the time came, I was too shy to ring a tattooist and ask for such a tiny tattoo. I shouldn’t have been. As it turned out she was super cool about it. I am so glad I asked¬†Simone from Progression Tattoo. She was the real deal – a creative woman, excelling in her field. It was such an amazing experience. Now, I can’t help feel this tattoo won’t be my last.

Why the heart on my right wrist? Well, I wanted to remind myself to always write from the heart. To wear my heart on my sleeve. To remember that all I really need is love. My little heart connects me to my girls and my husband. They are my heart.

And you know what, it reminds me to not give a shit what others may think of me. To always follow my heart without fear of judgement. And it does make me feel a little cool.

This is me being all rockstar.

The truth is, I got up in the morning and had to do a self portrait for the #febphotoaday challenge. My bed hair looked rockstar so I thought I’d go with it. Rock it out! I love this photo. I love my tattoo. I love feeling a little freer of my own worries about what others think of me. Just. Fucking. Do. It.

What have you done lately to challenge yourself? What have you done lately to rock out? What have you done lately to feel more alive?

bigwords xx