I got my first tattoo when I was 17 years old.
Fresh out of high school. I wanted to do something rebellious and something I would remember for the rest of my life. Well, I accomplished that. I also ended up regretting the tattoo 8 years later. Over the years I got three more tattoos [one that I love and two that I also grew to regret] and this past weekend I got my final tattoo. I told myself I wouldn't get anymore. It has been five long years since I went under the needle and as much as I forget that I have any tattoos to begin with, I realized enough was enough -- until this past Saturday. Over the past two years I have followed my dreams and I never in a million years thought I would be where I am today. Nearly two years ago I shed one hundred pounds, the natural way and I have managed to keep it off. I gave up meat in February of 2014 and was a vegetarian until February 2015 when I decided I would incorporate fish back into my diet. I landed an amazing position doing what I love most and I even moved to the city of my dreams. Ask me how I did it? I honestly can't tell you too much. I just constantly prayed and that's the only reason I can truly say I am where I am today. I've done more than I thought I would ever do at the age of 25 years old and I can truly say I'm extremely blessed.
If you would've asked me two years ago if I had any regrets, I would've told you yes with the quickness. If you were to ask me that same question today, I would easily tell you no. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for all I've been through. That brings me to my newest and final tattoo. I decided to get a paper clip. You're probably wondering, what in the world is the significance of a paper clip? Well, allow me to explain -- it's fairly simple. When you first think of a paper clip tattoo, you're probably thinking -- "oh, she's a writer". Well, yes. That happens to be the obvious answer. The not so obvious reasoning behind the tattoo is: as we all know a paper clip holds paper together. I look at my life as a paper clip in a sense. Although I don't have it all together and I am nowhere near perfect, I am still managing to hold things together the same way a paper clip manages to hold mounds of paper together. I figured I would get it on my wrist as a little reminder. Most people will probably ask about the placement. We all go through things and although my life is going great at the moment, I still fall and go through situations. Instead of giving up when times get rough, I can just look down at my wrist and remind myself to hold it together. It may sound silly to you, but I have absolutely no regrets. I love this tattoo and it will constantly remind me that my pile [life] might be heavy, but it can still be held together.