5 Times Under The Needle, And I Finally Have 5 Meaningful Stories Written On My Body

5 Times Under The Needle, And I Finally Have 5 Meaningful Stories Written On My Body

Easily my most impulsive tattoos are the arrows on my ribs.


The pieces of art that I have put on my body have cost me an arm and a leg to have done. The hours that I spent inside a tattoo shop were grueling and some of the most painful experiences I've ever had. But honestly, I wouldn't trade any those hours for anything.

Five times, I allowed the artist to create the piece on my skin and literally cause me to bleed. It was worth it to have a significant part of my life put on my body forever. Five times over and I finally want to share these deeper meanings that are incredibly important to my life.

My first and second tattoos reside on my chest and my left wrist. The chest was way more painful honestly, I know, judge me later. On my chest is the word blessed and on my wrist are the words God is greater than the highs and lows. These two hold the same thing, they symbolize my undying and unfailing love for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I'm not a perfect person by any means, but when the times get down and the world seems to swallow me whole I look at these and realize my life is in God's hands. He is greater than anything on this earth and I feel blessed to be his child and walk through life with him by my side always.

I have an owl on my back, owls aren't even my favorite animal. Hear me out, this was a very intricate piece and the artist took his time and did an amazing job. The reason for the owl was something not very many people know, but the owl is a symbol for wisdom.

I got this at a time when I was not taking my studies very seriously and really thought college wasn't for me. But, this bird is here now and I won't say it is the reason why I finally got my foolishness together, but hey it was definitely part of it. So, thank you owl for making me feel a little wiser when I'm studying.

Easily my most impulsive tattoos are the arrows on my ribs. This was impulsive, I cannot lie. I thought the look was nice, but I did my research behind it. These four arrows are symbolic of strength. Four arrows are very difficult to break all at once and the power behind it makes me feel like I can go through any wall, tackle things head on, and know that I'm tougher than that you can do it. Was it impulsive? Yes, maybe so but I came to understand the hard lesson of strength and I keep the mindset, no one can break me easily.

I hate to bring the emotion down, but my fifth is one that I have not shared the deeper connection with. When I was a kid my mom got a tattoo on her upper ankle of a rose with my brothers and my initials on the stem. It was amazing to see that my mom would go through the pain to get those letters on her.

As you can probably guess, I also decided to get a rose tattoo. Right on my hip, it was pretty painful but it was amazing to have it. One day I want to get my mom, dad, and brother initials put within the flower. My mom inspired this personal and meaningful artwork. My roses are for my family. Also thank you, mom, for making me remember to keep your family and loved ones close to you.

Do you any of you have tattoos that mean a lot to you? I would love to hear your stories! We can also trade stories about the pain that goes into it as well and what your favorite pieces are.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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12 Tips Before Getting Your First Eyelash Extensions

I know you are in the middle of making your appointment, but here are a few pointers.


If you are like me, you are super hesitant about trying new things in the beauty realm. I have finally tried lash extensions and can easily say I am obsessed. 10/10 recommend! If you are considering getting yours done, here are a few pointers!

1. Shower before your appointment.

This seems logical, but I wasn't aware. Luckily, I did shower before my appointment and wasn't shocked when my lash tech said, "don't get them wet for 24 hours."

2. Not all extensions are over the top. There are lash extensions for EVERYONE. 

I was super worried my lashes were going to be crazy over the top and I would look crazy during my runs. I asked my lash tech and she gave me a set of natural lashes. You get to pick the style of lashes you want! You can get them for fuller volume or just a natural look. There is a style of lashes for everyone!

3. Yes, they are SO much better than mascara and strip lashes.

I was already a firm hater of mascara, so lash extensions didn't have to work hard to win me over. As for strip lashes, I use to love putting them on for a night out or date night. It seemed as if a makeup look was not complete without them. Now, I wear less makeup on a night out because I feel as if my lashes really just pull the simplest of looks together.

4. Not all lash techs will charge you an arm and a leg.

One of my favorite nail salons offers lash extensions, STARTING at $100. Luckily, if you live near a college campus, the chances are high that a student is certified to do them and charges well under $100. I get mine done for $60 and leave happy with the work done every time.

5. You can go bare-faced and still feel flawless.

I have never woken up and felt so gorgeous right after stumbling out of bed. Lash extensions really give you an extra boost of confidence in feeling like you don't even want to bother with putting on makeup for the day.

6. You will need to wash your face in the sink, not the shower. 

You can get your lashes wet, but water coming forcefully out of a showerhead directly onto your lashes is not good for them. Makeup wipes and a careful face cleaning in the sink will take care of all your facial needs while avoiding causing damage to your lashes. I still use face masks when I have mine done!

7. Check the ingredients in your makeup removing products. 

To remove makeup, I LOVE using coconut oil. If you have lash extensions you should NOT use coconut oil. In fact, when your down to the last few lashes and are ready for them to come off, use coconut oil on a cotton ball and gently rub it along your lash line. Certain oils breakdown the glue used for lash extensions, so be aware of them before using them on your eye makeup.

8. Some people will truly believe they are your natural lashes. 

Here are some responses for their inquiries:

"I wish."

"Lash extensions, 10/10 recommend."

"I woke up like this."

9. You will need to sleep pretty. 

I have a tendency to sleep on my face. A tendency which I soon broke after getting lash extensions. You will have to learn to stay on your side or lay on your back so you don't rub all of your extensions out in the night.

WARNING: Be extra cautious on a night out where adult beverages were consumed. Ruining your lashes by drunkenly rubbing or sleeping on your face may cause heavy lash-loss.

10. They last about two to three weeks.

I have found that mine stay in pretty thick up until about 2.5 weeks. If you are careful, they could definitely still look flawless pushing week three.

11. They aren't damaging to your real lashes.

As long as you go to a licensed lash tech and aren't rubbing your face or pulling your lashes out, your natural lashes are safe and sound!

12. Once you get them done, you'll be going back for more.

It's not an addiction. And if it is, I don't think there is an issue to being addicted to feeling great about your lashes!

Making your lash appointment now? I figured.

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