Yes, I got a tattoo.

It took several months before I worked up the nerve to do it.  It was the first item on my list that I started researching right away.   I must have read a dozen articles on tattoos.  I asked friends who have body art to make suggestions for an artist. I visited a local artist named Carrie Black.  She was patient and informative with all my questions and you know I had many.  I scheduled my appointment with her a month in advance. 

Yes, it was painful.  But it was not as bad as I thought it would be.  I would equate the discomfort to scratching a sunburn.  It was more irritating than deeply painful. The redness in the photograph went away in about a half hour.

Before I decided on the artwork I would use, I spent some time with my Sharpie collection and drew in different colors and with different artwork to decide on location of the tattoo, which artwork and color of the ink.   I did not go into this lightly.  I knew all along it was going to be something that symbolized my love for my girls.

It was over in a few minutes.  The image I selected depicts my three daughters in my heart. 

The List…

  • Write a monthly thank you to someone who has had a big impact on my life
  • Give blood
  • Spend an entire day completing random acts of kindness
  • Grant a wish from my mom’s bucket list
  • Get real with money
  • Say no and mean it and feel no guilt
  • Ask for help with no guilt or delay
  • Allow myself to be photographed more often
  • Spend a weekend at the monastery
  • Learn about other religions
  • Join my church as a member
  • Lose 20 pounds
  • Belly Dancing Class
  • Pole Dancing Class
  • Body Cleanse and Detox
  • Reflexology
  • Acupuncture
  • Tai Chi
  • Learn to Bartend
  • Learn to Grill
  • Take an Improv Class
  • Ziplining
  • Rock Climbing
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Disc Golf
  • Laser Tag
  • Paint Ball
  • Big Repairs on the house this year
  • Get a tattoo
  • Have a reading by psychic
  • Go to the rodeo
  • Grape Stomping–yes like the time Lucy and Ethel made wine
  • Tandem biking
  • Compete in an event at the State Fair
  • Drive a convertible
  • Work for a flower shop and deliver flowers for a day
  • Write a blog
  • Read a new book each week
  • Read all the books that my book club selects
  • Film Festival
  • Music Festival
  • Get a passport–the plan to travel out of the country begins..
  • Road Trip alone…Thelma and Louise with no Louise…
  • Train Trip
  • Stephen Colbert Show
  • Independent Bookstore Tour around the Midwest
  • Facial
  • Visit with a cosmetologist for a makeup makeover
  • Join AARP
  • Have a colonoscopy

The items that have been marked through are completed items








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