To Infinity and Beyond: My First Tattoo

I had been thinking about getting a tattoo for so long. I knew exactly what I wanted in a meaning, just not what I wanted the tattoo to be.

I thought about all the things that represented who I am, my personality, my journey and then I decided on getting two tattoos with an interconnecting meaning.

This is the first tattoo which I got last Saturday on my right wrist.

infinity tattoo with mandala design
It was without a doubt that I wanted Elliott’s name and an infinity tattoo that represents our never ending bond. The mandala pattern comes from the second tattoo (below) which I am getting on my back in a months time.

mandala tattoo design
This mandala represents my journey of which Elliott is a huge part.

Over the almost three years since Elliott was born, I have faced some of the toughest challenges of my life.

I’ve conquered post natal depression that was diagnosed very late, I’ve had promises broken by an employer when I was due to return to work and we were running out of money. I started a business which I had to close due to my PND and I’ve endured the emotional pain of two miscarriages. But over those three years I have discovered more of myself than I had in the preceding 29 years. I’ve discovered my determination, I’ve discovered confidence I never knew I had and I’ve discovered my love of writing (and that fact that I actually can write). And the best discovery, the strongest love I’ve ever felt in my entire life, a love for my son which I was worried I didn’t have in the early stages of motherhood because  I was clouded by post natal depression.

The mandala tattoo is a lotus flower, a flower that grows up through muddy waters to become a beautiful bloom.  That is my journey.

I know people have their opinions about tattoos and that’s fair enough. I know people close to me that don’t like it, and that’s fine because I got my tattoo for my own reasons and no one elses.

My tattoos are an expression, something for me to appreciate, a reminder of who I am and how far I’ve come. My tattoos won’t change who I am, how I treat people or how I should be treated.  They won’t change my ability to write or do the things I’m good at. I’m still the same Eva, a loving mother and wife.

I never thought getting a tattoo could be such an enriching experience, I feel like I’ve delved into a new chapter of my life and it’s a great one.

 

Do you have a tattoo/s? What are they and what are the meanings behind them?

 

Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    October 14, 2014 / 9:36 am

    Well done for you Eva.
    I have heard all about the power of tattoos for the wearer but despite a pretty colourful journey through life to date, I will not be getting one ever. I was raised to avoid tattoos (My Father was in the English Navy and was the only one without a tattoo at a time when sailors and tattoos went hand in hand.)
    My Husband has one on his arm which I am not fond of but he loves. He did get it placed so that it would be on the opposite side of the bed to the one I lie on so that I don’t have to look at it all the time! LOL!
    I do think tattoos are beautiful when they are tasteful and yours is lovely – like a henna design. Enjoy it!

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks Jody. I’m enjoying it very much.

  2. October 14, 2014 / 10:55 am

    I love them! I’ve been thinking about a mandala design too. I like the religious/ spiritual connotations it has. And, also the link to the lifestyle that I am creating. We plant our vegetables in a mandala design. xS

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Really, that’s very creative, I would never have thought of that!

  3. AParentingLife
    October 14, 2014 / 11:29 am

    They are great. I do like it when people put lots of thoughts into their ink rather than just getting something for the sake of it

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks!

  4. The Plumbette
    October 14, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    I’m not a huge tattoo fan but if you’re gonna ink, think about why and what you are going to put on your body. I love the meaning of your tattoo Eva and in glad you got it despite what others think. Did it hurt much? I hear some areas are more sensitive than others. X

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks so much Bec. No, it didn’t hurt much at all, just a tad uncomfortable. I think my back one will hurt more.

  5. October 14, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    Your tattoo is beautiful. I have several. The one with the most meaning is a large buddha on my arm with”mum” as part of the design. When she died, my mum had over 100 buddha statues in her collection.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      I love buddha statues, I have a few, but not 100!

  6. October 14, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    Having a tattoo is normal in 2014. I don’t have any tattoos but have thought of getting one but the pain factor would be too much for me. Glad you have a strong meaning behind your tattoo.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      Even if it wasn’t normal, I’d still get one. The pain wasn’t too bad either.

  7. Lisa Berriman
    October 14, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Looks amazing. I actually like tattoos but don’t think I want to endure the pain. It is lovely that you have found something that has so much meaning. Elliot is blessed to have a mum who loves him so much xx

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks Lisa. xx

  8. October 14, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    What a lovely meaningful post and tattoo : )

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks so much. x

  9. October 14, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    I think it is beautiful, and to have so much meaning is wonderful. I’ve often thought of getting a tattoo but I don’t think I’d go through with the pain!

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you, it was a little more uncomfortable than painful. I was quite suprised actually.

  10. Denise Mooney
    October 14, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    What a beautiful story you have to tell about your tattoo:-) You are very brave getting it done. I’d love one but I don’t have the guts x

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks Denise. It actually wasn’t that bad in terms of the pain.

  11. Maria Sfirse
    October 14, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:48 pm

      My pleasure Maria. x

  12. October 14, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    Lovely Eva. I may just have a little tattoo in a discrete position which I’ve kept hidden from my parents since I got it ten years ago. I’m in my fifties and still afraid of what my mother will say!

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:48 pm

      Haha, you should tell her! What’s the worst she could do?

  13. TeganMC
    October 14, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    What a beautiful tattoo and I love that it has a meaning behind it, it’s not just something you picked out of a book at the tattoo parlour. I don’t have tattoos, it’s not really something I want for myself but I love looking at other peoples and hearing the story behind it.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks Tegan. It was so important to me that it had deep meaning.

  14. Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me
    October 15, 2014 / 6:06 am

    That is wonderful to hear, Eva. You will be able to look at that tattoo on your wrist and get a constant reminder of your beautiful bond and how far you’ve come. I can imagine what an amazing feeling it would be. Congrats on coming out the other side of some tough times xx

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:47 pm

      It’s been great Renee, I look at it lots of times a day!

  15. Grace
    October 15, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    The mandala pattern is beautiful, Eva. So lovely you’ve added Elliot’s name. I love how tattoos are a reflection of the past and what you’ve overcome.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks Grace

  16. Chantel
    October 15, 2014 / 11:17 pm

    That is gorgeous ink!!! I love tattoos that have meaning behind them. I have always wanted one, but have never found a design that has truly spoken to me 🙂 I love that Mandala!!!!

    Hello from #teamIBOT

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:46 pm

      Thanks Chantel!

  17. October 16, 2014 / 12:18 am

    I love it, it’s gorgeous!

    I have two tattoos. One on my shoulder that I got when I was 21, a couple of years after my Grandma dies. It’s a butterfly and it represents new beginnings and life, something which reminds me of my Grandmother and her belief in life after death. It’s nice to know I have her there on my shoulder.

    I got my second tattoo a month ago, and funnily enough it also incorporates the infinity symbol. It has the words My Life in it, which is the meanings of the girls named, (Mia= mine or my and Zoe=life). I got it on my wrist so that I can always see it, and it represents my infinite love for those girls and the fact that they really are my life.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:46 pm

      It seems the infinity symbol is quite popular. I just love the meaning behind it.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:46 pm

      That’ looks really cool. Mine was too big to have it that way across the wrist. I was originally going to get it that way, but they said no.

  18. October 16, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    I’ve got one on the nape of my neck. It’s an angel, with no real meaning behind it. I do like it.
    I love the way Elliot’s name is in the symbol. That’s really beautiful

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks Jess.

  19. Malinda
    October 17, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    That is exactly why you should get a tattoo, for your own personal reasons, not for anyone else.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:45 pm

      Sure is.

  20. October 21, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Very nice tattoo and even more nice is the meaning behind it. I do not have a tattoo but i do want to get one, i want to incorporate my three kids names in it so I’m still thinking about it.

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks Ros! Having kids names in them makes them even more special.

  21. October 29, 2014 / 10:19 am

    Beautiful thoughts behind your tattoo, I love it has so much meaning to you. It is gorgeous!

    • October 29, 2014 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you so much Ashlea. It makes me so happy looking at it multiple times a day, it reminds me of how lucky I am.

  22. August 23, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Hi, thanks for the post! I love that inks have their stories! I’ve been avoiding tattoos but when I got my custom made one I undestood it can look really awesome on your skin. I don’t understand how people can get a tattoo from a catalogue without knowing anything about meaning. What do you think about custom made tattoos? Thanks