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How I Motivate Myself Through My Tattoos

Personally, I love tattoos. I think they are a great way to express yourself. So far I have three small tattoos, two of which are semi-hidden and one on my wrist. I also already know what I want for my fourth one! Each of my tattoos mean so much to me and they really do motivate me to stay focused on the positives and just keep on going!

I got my first tattoo when I was 20, I think. Out of all 3, this one means the most to me.

Okay, I know it’s a little messed up *eye rolls* but let’s not talk about that, okay?

My dad has been saying this to me since I was little. He would say it if I got hurt (I played softball for most of my life), when I was sick, or when I was just having a tough time in life. Mind Over Matter. I knew I wanted this tattooed on me for a really long time so when the opportunity came I took it. I also knew I wanted it on the ribs because I can still see it but can cover it up 99.9% of the time. This tattoo, this saying, has gotten me through a lot. It helps me mentally and physically. Literally every workout I do, this saying is playing in the back of my head… Mind Over Matter.

I got my second tattoo on my 21st birthday. I’m not a huge drinker, so this is how I decided to celebrate!

To be honest, it was a complete spontaneous decision. I didn’t plan it, I didn’t really put much thought into it, and I really didn’t research shops (mine turned out fine and great but I wouldn’t recommend no research). This is a little paw print on my ankle, it’s one of the logos for my university. I knew I wanted something to represent my university sooner or later - because I love this school and town so much - so I did think about it a little bit. I absolutely love this tattoo and I love the whole background story. It was so much fun to just spontaneously get this, but the meaning is also significant. Story time! My freshman year was really rough for me mentally, I just wasn’t in a good place. It got better throughout the school years, but the idea of school was just not making sense to me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I saw no point to even go to school, let alone graduating. Thankfully, I stuck with it! I got this tattoo 3 years into my college career to give me the goal of graduating from Ohio University. I know, that sounds silly, but it really has helped me. And here I am, a 5th year about to graduate in less than a month!

My third I love this one.

Love Yours. Now, I wish I could take credit for this but I cannot. You may have heard of the rapper J. Cole - he’s definitely a top 5 artist for me. Anyways, I’ve always loved the song Love Yourz because the message is just so amazing and relevant to me. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and this song is what I listen to to calm myself down and just remind myself that I have to focus on the positives and just love the life I live. I always loved the song and the meaning, like I said, but I didn’t feel the need to get it tattooed on me until I saw J. Cole in concert - the 4 Your Eyez Only tour - the summer of 2017. His albums always moved me, but seeing him live was a whole other experience. When he performed this song I turned to my friend and said “I’m going to get that tattooed on me”. This tattoo just reminds me everyday to love the life I live and love myself. It’s cheesy, I know, but it means so much to me.

And now for my future fourth tattoo! I am planning to get a small Mickey and Minnie classic head outline - I honestly have no idea where I want to put it. This one is mainly a fun one, but I have been a huge Disney fan all my life and I always will be!

Well, there you have it! Tattoos are something that I use to express and motivate myself. I know they can be a little controversial, especially in the business world. But regardless, I think they can be great! Now that you have learned a little about me, I would love to learn about you! How do you express yourself? How do you stay motivated? Do you have any tattoos? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading:)


  1. These are so amazing! I have one tattoo and am going to go for my second once I get back from my trip to Europe. I want to get "awake + unafraid", a line from my favourite song. :)

  2. I love that your tattoos are meaningful! And mind/matter is something that I always tell my boys. Great post!

  3. I love your tattoos! I have a 11 myself and most recently did one on my ribs. They all mean a lot.

  4. Thank you for sharing! I love learning the meaning of people's tattoos.

  5. Being from Ohio (Akron) originally, I totally recognized your OU tattoo - nice! I've always wanted a tattoo, but I'm always changing my mind about what and where! I suppose when I know, I'll know!

    1. Oh that’s awesome! And do not rush it, you will absolutely know when it’s the right one :)

  6. I have 6 tattoos right now (and plans to get many, many more haha) and they all have meaning behind them. I love tattoos that reflect who you are as a person and that have a special place in your heart. Cute post, girl. :) x

    1. Thank you! Tattoos are too addicting lol!

  7. I loved reading the stories behind your tattoos. I love tattoos too and have three of my own with plans for another as well. They're such a great way to express yourself. I wrote about the stories behind my tattoos as well if you'd like to check it out :)

  8. I love this! I should do a post on my tattoos - I have 10 and just started my half sleeve - I'm with you, they really are motivational. I struggled with self-harm, depression, and anxiety for years and when I hit a huge goal from being clean from self-harm, I got a tattoo to remind me that I'm strong and don't need that.


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