Inked

Ink!!

Tattoos!

Body Art!

However you say it, it all means the same.

Before we go down this path, YES, I have tattoos.

With more and more of the population having tattoos and more of those being visible, it seems many conversations are shifting and tattoos are becoming more acceptable However, there are those that are still very judgmental.  I understand some corporate professions have dress codes in which  tattoos need to be covered.  Those rules are our responsibility to adhere to if we choose to work in these professions, however…..

Tattoos are an expression of you.  Criticizing tattoos isn’t just about the tattoo and the art isn’t your taste, it’s also about making a comment about the person who has the tattoos.  It’s almost like saying you don’t like fat people…. so for me…I’m a little overweight and I have tattoos…double whammy!  OUCH!

I have several tattoos…all but one of them have special meaning to me.  One is representative of me and my two sons, one is representative of my transformation through divorce and lupus, one is in memory of a dear friend and the other….well, let’s just say that one we won’t talk about right now.  Mr. G. has none as he HATES needles but supports my addiction.

My son, LG has many tattoos but the one difference, all of his and his new wife’s are religious themed.  Yet they are judged before anyone sees what any of the tattoos really are, they immediately look at them like they are disgusting people.  Really!

Unless you are specifically invited to do so, no one should comment on another person’s body.  We all should be able to express ourselves in our own way without being judged by other people.

The ugly truth is you will meet people who don’t like tattoos and then the ugliest truth is you will meet people who don’t like YOU just because of your ink.

My question – who gave anyone the right to judge?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we should never judge a book by its cover!

 

 

 

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The Color Purple

Purple 

I can think of so many things that are the color purple:  Eggplant, grapes, cabbage, plums.  Wait, why am I only thinking of food items!?!?

Let’s try this again….Lavender, lilac, purple heart, Grape Ape, the Cheshire Cat….oh and how about Barney (gosh I really hated that purple dinosaur).  You get my point here.  But for me this color represents so much more!

Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red and this color is often associated with ambition, luxury, power and royalty.  I promise you I am not any royal princess waiting to be discovered by her long lost family in a far away land but ambition, YES…I definitely have ambition!  Purple also represents meanings of devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence and magic!  If you ask Mr. G. he will tell you I am way too independent and sometimes a little too mysterious!

Purple personalities also are gentle and their feelings run deep. We can be very sensitive to hurtful comments from others although we never show it.

But still, the color of purple is much deeper for my family and I.  You see, this color represents strength, hope, fighting and surviving!  The color of purple represents a word that has changed my world, a word that has changed my life and my family’s life…..LUPUS!

The rollercoaster of a ride with Mr. G, my family, the numerous doctors, the crying, the fighting, the hospitals, everything this disease does to my body through joint replacements/issues, lung damage, brain bleeds, chronic migraines and medication side effects there is one thing that is constant….I am a fighter!  Tough times reveal the fighters – We are a family of fighters.

Fighter has taken on a new meaning for me over the last year as I have faced many challenges in my personal life and my professional life but thanks to some super plant based products I’m better than ever and showing the world who I am really determined to be!  Making moments into memories!!

Life is but an Adventure!

Do certain colors have special meanings for you?

Just Jump…..

WOW!  Happy Tuesday!  It’s hard to believe it’s May 10th already – World Lupus Day!  A cause very dear to mine and my family’s heart…but more about that later.

So, I decided to join the world of blogging…..as Steve Harvey has shared many times, you have to JUMP, take risks, put yourself out there, spread your wings.  We might get scraped up a little or sometimes a lot, but we will never know what life has in store for us if we don’t take a chance and JUMP!

There are many aspects in my life where I have jumped and there are many times I should have jumped.  I look forward to sharing my life, my passions, my business, our family, my heart, my struggles, and my sometimes all around crazy life.