February 23, 2011

Advice to myself

In September, I asked for help in whittling down options of phrases in different type faces. I was purposefully cryptic when talking about why I was asking for your help, but that's because the project wasn't finalized.

Some of you who I know in real life knew why I was asking for help, and I am finally getting around to telling everyone, both online friends and off. I should have done this a while ago, but, as you'll see, it was a bit difficult to get a good photo of said project.

Yay tattoos! The phrases and the typefaces I was asking you about have since been finalized and permanently etched onto my wrists. (I'm sorry the photos aren't that great!)

The phrases themselves are quotes from two ladies I admire. I think of them as my advice tattoos; I can look down each day and get an affirmation that "this too shall pass" and that I have the strength to make my life what I want it to be.

The first quote, "Do one thing each day that scares you." comes from my beloved FDR's wife, Eleanor.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (Oct. 11, 1884–Nov. 7, 1962) was First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 and wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an international author, speaker, politician and activist for the New Deal coalition. She was one of the co-founders of Freedom House, supported the formation of the United Nations, was a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945 to 1952, during which she chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The second comes from a write I've heard of, but never actually read, George Eliot.
Mary Anne Evans (Nov. 22, 1819–Dec. 22, 1880), was better known by her pen name George Eliot. Evans was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works were taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances. She is the author of seven novels, including The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, most of them set in provincial England and well known for their realism and psychological insight.
Neither of these women were perfect role models—Evans had a 20-year-long affair with a married man—but I like what they had to say. And everyone needs little reminders to be better, to do better from time to time.

In case you're interested, I got the tattoos done by Adam at Sideshow Tattoos here in Austin. He was really great. I didn't want the phrases to be stark black, so he mixed up a graphite/silver grey color and I'm super happy with the way it turned out. These are my second and third tattoos—I have a simple black star on the right side of my neck—and I already want more!


  1. They look wonderful! I love what they represent!

  2. those are rad tattoos! i love inspiring quotes and you chose two great ones :) i had a bracelet made with my fave henry david thoreau quote (go confidently in the direction of your dreams - live the life you've imagined), but a tattoo is a more permanent reminder. nice!

  3. Hiya Mandy! I love the tattoos and I'm actually thinking about getting my seventh (!) done very soon... and it's also a phrase! More later...

  4. Thank you, Danielle!

    Megan-That is also a fabulous quote. What kind of bracelet is it? I made one of Frost's "Birches" a while back out of alphabet beads. :)

    Jaza-Seven? I'm so jealous! ;)

  5. I'm a HUGE fan of getting tattooed! I LOVE IT !!!

    I'm always starting a new one or making plans for a new one.

    If you're interested, you can see my tattoos here -



  6. oh i would have agonized over type faces for YEARS! argh! but i like what you chose and it all looks awesome!

  7. I am in awe of your WW, Cuppy! SO gorgeous.

    DG-Yeah, I was pretty dead set on the NTL typeface (Phaeton, http://marketplace.veer.com/font/phaeton-umt0000447), but I had a TON of trouble with the script. (It's actually my mom's handwriting!)

  8. That's awesome!! I'm getting my third on Saturday. I can't wait. I love tattoos that actually MEAN something.

  9. Found you through the 30 Days of Lists!

    I absolutely love your tattoos. I have one on my wrist that reads "Hope dies last" and I have never regretted it. It's always held true to me.

  10. Liz, thanks! What are you getting?

    Hi, Ashley! Glad you stopped by. I really like that phrase, and it's cool to hear about others who have "permanent advice." :D