When I was 19 I went to Ibiza on my first ever girls holiday and on the first day we all decided to get Henna Tattoo's. I got a chinese symbol for Love on my lower back and I absolutely loved it, so much so that when I got home and it faded away, I was determined to get it tattooed on me permanently. When the time came to book the appointment, my nerves got the better of me and I never ended up doing it. Story. Of. My. Life.
I had recently saw that Sarah Ashcroft and Yasmine Chanel (who I absolutely love!) got the word 'serendipity' tattooed on their ribs and it looked absolutely gorgeous! I have always been a massive fan of rib tattoo's and after going off the lower back idea a long long time ago, I have known for years that this was where I wanted mine. Seeing how pretty theirs looked only made me more determined to get going with my own.
So fast forward 11 years and here I am, 30 years old and the proud owner of my first ever tattoo. It's not the chinese symbol I wanted all those years ago but it is something that I thought long and hard about and absolutely fell in love with. I knew I wanted something simple and feminine and a meaningful word that I connected with and I felt had a lot of meaning to my life right now so I sat and trawled tumblr, google and pinterest for ideas. I was thinking all kinds of words and quotes but nothing really hit me straight away or stuck in mind for long, and then I finally found what I had been looking for. It's a word that stood out to me the second I saw it, I loved the word itself and the meaning really connected with me. The Greek word "Eunoia".
Eunoia translates to Beautiful Thinking or A Well Mind. It is often associated with Positivity Speakers and Goodwill Speakers who use it when giving their talks.
Anyone who knows me knows that I try and stay positive at all times and see the good in everything. At the minute though, my life seems to be falling down around me and I am struggling to stay positive with a lot of things in my personal life going wrong or making me feel really down. It's not something I will go into, but every aspect of my life this year has been hit hard by the shit stick. Don't get me wrong, I have been to some gorgeous places and had some amazing times and experiences this year, but overall, 2016 has well and truly been the worst year of my life. I felt like I needed something to remind me that no matter how tough life gets sometimes, or how bad thing seem to be getting, that things will get better and I felt that a tattoo was the perfect way to do that. I got this word to remind myself that no matter what life throws at you, to always focus on the positives and keep your mind full of "beautiful thoughts" rather than focusing on the negatives.
Please excuse the slightly messy photo's, this was literally an hour after I had had it done haha. One of the first things people said to me when I told them I was getting a tattoo on my ribs was "your ribs for your first tattoo?! You're brave!" and that just set my nerves off even more. But I had sat through ear piercing and a belly button piercing and if I could sit through getting a ring shot through my stomach a little tattoo wouldn't be that bad surely. To be honest, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Considering how painful people were telling me the ribs would be it was quite a relief at how OK I found it to be honest. I mean don't get me wrong, it hurt. It really hurt. There was a few points where I felt like he was actually cutting my side open with a knife haha. But it only took 10 minutes and on the most part it wasn't that bad. I got it done in a little tattoo parlour in the Walton Vale area of Liverpool called The Watchtower and they were brilliant!
I am so so happy with it, it's mad though because sometimes I will be getting changed and see it in the mirror out of the corner of my eye and it will be like I am just seeing it for the first time again. I will literally just stand there and stare at it. I can't believe after so long I finally have a tattoo and my biggest fear didn't come true. I feared so much that I would get it and then regret it and be stuck with it forever but that hasn't happened, I absolutely love it and I am so glad I got it.
It's now been 6 weeks since I got my tattoo and the above picture is how it's healed. It has healed so well and I hardly experienced any itching or pain afterwards. It was a bit annoying having to put cream on it 6 times a day for a few weeks but I'm glad I did as it helped so much with the healing process! I am so so happy with it! <3
To whoever is reading this, I hope your day is filled with beautiful thoughts :)