Hope ~ Positivity ~ Perseverance

About a month ago, I shared a piece I wrote about getting my first tattoo in September 2014. Many people liked and shared it, and a lot of the comments that followed were about wanting to see the actual tattoo.

If you haven't read it yet, read it here and then catch back up with us after...

Mid-Life Clarity

"I'm getting a tattoo."

When I made this declaration to a friend some months ago, she quickly decided that there could be no other explanation for this insane notion than that I must be going through a mid-life crisis.

Huh. Wasn't expecting that reaction.

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When I wrote MId-Life Clarity, I never thought of sharing the actual tattoo image, as the photo above of me getting inked was all I posted. It was so personal to me at the time that I didn’t want or feel the need to share the specifics. However, since then, many people have connected with the message and have asked to see the tattoo that inspired it.


Running at Zuma Beach on a crisp, clear and quiet morning is one of my favorite things to do. I like the clear sky, sparkling water, and empty beach in front of me, on days in the off-season, when there is hardly anyone there. I have the long boardwalk to myself then, except for a few dog walkers and a couple surfers heading to the water.

Running is definitely my therapy those days when I need it most; and it helps me channel the calm and patient parent I strive to be when I pick up my kids from school each day.

The last time I went for a run, I took a photo of my tattoo to share here. It is three symbols - an anchor, plus sign, and seed of the wawa tree - and they stand for Hope, Positivity and Perseverance respectively.

Together, the three represent the things I believe are the most essential elements to live a meaningful and joyful life. They are the H.P.P. of H.A.P.P.Y. Along the 'Bu.

Read WHAT'S HA.P.P.Y.? for the full meaning.