Tattoo Reveal

About a month ago, I shared a piece I wrote about getting my first tattoo. 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 it, I never thought of sharing the tattoo here, as the photo above of me getting inked was as much as I planned to reveal. I don't know why exactly; probably because it was all so personal to me at the time that I wrote it. However, since many people have connected with the message and have asked to see the tattoo that inspired it; I wanted to honor their requests.


So I took a shot of the tattoo while I was out running at Zuma Beach on a crisp, clear and quiet morning. This is one of my favorite things to do, as I enjoy 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 enjoy having the long boardwalk to myself, save a few dog walkers and a couple of 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 person/parent that I strive to be when I pick up my kids from school each day.

The tattoo is three symbols - an anchor, plus sign, and seed of the wawa tree - and they stand for Hope, Positivity and Perseverance respectively. Together, they represent the three things to be the most essential elements for me to live a meaningful and joyful life.

They are the H.P.P. of H.A.P.P.Y. Along the 'Bu.

For the full meaning of my H.A.P.P.Y. please see the WHAT'S HA.P.P.Y.? page.