For those of you who are interested, James sent me the designer’s name for the Tattly I talked about yesterday.  James asked him on Twitter what his inspiration was behind the 18 rings and he replied, “I’ve never counted them before!…the drawing was originally made as a quick, frantic reminder to myself to focus on what’s important.”  Awesome answer.

I get a lot of inspiration from the things I look at everyday, which makes me think that maybe I should pay more attention to what I have around me.  Even though I don’t have any, a tattoo is a great opportunity to give yourself a daily message.  A constant visual of what you want, aspire to, or dream of achieving should never be out of reach.  I’ve mentioned it before, but I keep a little list of wants in my purse at all times.  When I need to be reminded of my direction or purpose, I just pull it out and give it a quick scan.  How powerful is a dream or idea?  Depends on how much you invest in it.  I truly believe that our existence here is made up of energy – whether positive or negative, abundant or scarce.  Love is energy, hate is energy…everything is energy.  Some things and thoughts take it away, others add to it.  The trick is to figure out how to get, and keep, positive momentum.  That’s why cutting down on things that stress you out or make you sad adds to the overall balance of your spirit.  I have certain practices that I do on a daily basis, like turning my cell phone on silent (any kind of sound alert drives me nuts) and setting my alarm earlier than needed so I can lie in bed a few extra minutes.  These small things have proven to help in my overall well-being.  If something is bothering me, I try to eliminate it.  If something makes me happy, I try to do it as often as I can.  Running makes me happy, being around people who I enjoy makes me happy, rest makes me happy, so on and so on.  The tricky part is avoiding actions that only make me happy temporarily, which eventually leads to regret.  Actions that have long-term positive effects are what I ultimately seek.  Being kind to others, sharing, helping, accomplishing goals, laughing, smiling, just being…. these are the experiences that make life fulfilling.