In my teens I thought they were cool. I got a butterfly inked onto my shoulder blade and I still remember everything about that day.
In my 20s I decorated my skin with flowers, owning my skin with every line and flourish. I wore my ink with pride. My boyfriend wasn’t a fan, but that didn’t stop me.
In my 30s I fell in love with a man whose lifestyle was as far from tattoos as you could yet. I wished I didn’t have them. I wished to be someone else.
Here in my 40s I own and inhabit every cell in my body. I don’t want to be anybody else, only me, with all the choices and mistakes and epiphanies that brings. My tattoos are infused with meaning and magic, sacred spells written on my skin.
Emma Watson and why the Artemis archetype makes for awesome heroines
[videos] Lena Dunham gives great advice
This plate | these stickers | these paintings are extraordinary
Still time to snap up our 72-hour super bundle! Sale ends at midnight PST tonight
The best 404 page EVER
Mary Oliver on the magic of punctuation
“Although introverts are wired at birth to prefer solitude over socializing, and listening over talking, they’re not—by any reasonable definition—deficient in the arts of self-expression or the power to influence others. Inherent in almost all of them is an “extroverted aptitude” altogether capable of charming and captivating those around them. As long as they have the knowledge, will, desire—and passion—to do so, introverts carry within them the same potential for charisma as do their more “out there” counterparts.” … from this post (thanks Anthony)
[video] Cloud magic
And finally, the autumn session of Photo Meditations starts on Monday! I’m obsessed with photography at the moment, thanks to the new book I’m shooting, so if you’ve ever wanted to take a photography class with me, now’s the time :) Read all the deets and sign up over here
Happy weekend, loves! xo