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It is not a tattoo

It is not a tattoo

Susan Henderson

It is not a tattoo.

I say this when people agonize over what they want to letter press on their pendant.

What do you want more of in your life today? It won’t be the same thing in a few years from now.

A lovely tall blond woman walked into the shop a few weeks ago. She wanted me to hand-stamp so many words. She had a number of ideas about what she wanted to invite into her life and some goals seemed in conflict with others.

What do you want most TODAY? I asked.

It is not a tattoo.

“A man,” she said. “Not a boy” (we’ve all dated those). I smiled.

So, I placed the sterling silver pendant on my steel anvil, grabbed my brass hammer and hand stamped LOVE.

Bang - L! Bang - O! Bang-V! Bang-E!

It seems appropriate that the hammer makes such a satisfying sound as we commit to a goal.

But, it is not a tattoo.

And as you change and do more, you can keep asking and changing what you want.

I’ve discovered that when we push outside our comfort zone (hello retail store!), magic happens.

When we go for our dreams, fear can also happen - fear of being not liked. Fear of failing, flopping, falling down… publicly. ugh. Fear of not measuring up. Fear that no one will care.

Fear that everyone will care and you will completely suck. I know about fear.

Whatever has you stuck right now, whatever place you are in that feels terrible and yuck…

That’s also not a tattoo.

That does not have to be your forever thing.

What are your goals for October? What do you want (more of) in your life? Can you be bold and brave? Can you be heard?

In what way do you need to push out of your comfort zone?

We would be honoured to hand stamp your soul goal in the light-filled shop window of our new studio. You can shop our personalized pendant here. Better yet? Come by our new Toronto shop, introduce yourself, and let us help you choose a word.

It is not a tattoo.

Love Create Shine,



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