Wednesday, January 29, 2014

-She Who Is Brave-

I told myself if I ever did get a tattoo it would mean something. Like truly mean something. For the last two or so years I've played with the thought back and forth of getting one but nothing ever stuck. I'm a fickle person you know. I grow out of things and am constantly evolving. 
Ok that word makes me sound so much deeper than I am... Basically, I change my mind a lot.  

Knowing this about myself, I never could commit to a tattoo. Until last year when God started speaking the word--FREE--to me. And yes I know I've written about it a lot already, but when I first started hearing it, I didn't really get it. Like, "yeah the word free--great word. But what does it mean?"
"What does it meeeeaaaan?"

But the more I heard it, the more I began to get what it meant for me. And the more I walked through life these last few months, the more I really got it.  I had planned on getting this tattoo right after my half marathon this past November, but then we found out I was pregnant, and then we lost the baby. I don't think I really knew what the word meant for my life until I had to truly surrender to it all over again. 

To live free is to live brave. To take steps, chances and risks. To act, and to do, but to be still at the same time. To not worry, or rush, or stress. To do the things I've always wanted to do, but was afraid to because of fear of others, or fear of failing. To letting go of the flesh, and saying yes to the spirit and to faith, confidence, hope, strength and boldness.  

I love that to read it what it says, I have to hold my arm out. It makes me think of my arms open in surrender. It's how I want to live my complete surrender to Him. Because that is truly only where freedom can be found. 

Dress: c/o  RiffRaff 
Get it Here

"Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom"
2 Corinthians 3:17 


  1. I love this... you are inspiring!

  2. I love your tattoo!! I love what it means to you. I have a dove tattoo and love everything about it.'s these good things that we should carry around with us daily.

  3. You're so beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for sharing your heart!

  4. Just found your blog via Pleated Poppy. Love your outfit and photos. The blog is beautiful!

  5. That dress is so cute. and those shoes <3
    come pay me a visit :)

  6. found your fun blog through the wiww link up and so glad i did! such a beautiful story behind the tatoo, so meaningful. and love that cute!

  7. I loved this post so much. And then I saw that Bible verse at the bottom and loved it even more! That is my most favorite bible verse. And I love the meaning of your tattoo. I love the image of you having to reach your arm out, like in surrender, to read it. That right there makes it all worth it and special to you! I've wrestled with the idea of getting a tattoo myself. Some days I'm just like, eh that totally isn't me. Then others, I'm just ready to go and do it! If I ever do, I want it to be meaningful and real like yours. Great insight and great post! :)

  8. Laura-
    I follow this blog, and her post totally reminded me of this one you just posted. p.s.- <3 the tattoo!

  9. Oh I love it! Inspirational and simple.

  10. i change my mind a lot too...i would never get a tattoo for that reason....but i love yours and the meaning behind it :)

  11. I just found your blog for the first time today and I'm so glad that I did! I took a peek at your archives and your Loss section ... I had my first loss about 10 months ago. I just wanted to write and THANK YOU for sharing your story. You are so brave :) I have a feeling you'll quickly become my favorite read. xoxo

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this! I took a huge risk and got my first tattoo about 8 years ago. When we lost my 15 year old sister, unexpectedly, I knew I needed her name as my first tattoo. I love is gorgeous and just perfect!


  13. I love this. Not only am I really excited to find a fellow San Antonio blogger, I love your take on freedom. It's something I've been thinking about a lot too... it's always a nice thought, this freedom, but it's a big change of perspective to think about what a life of true freedom really looks like. Most excited to start following your journey!

  14. This entire post -- from the words to the dress to the shoes -- was so lovely. Happy to have found your blog today! Looking forward to reading more of your story.

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