Since people have inquired about my tattoo and what exactly means, I thought I’d share my story. Here goes:
When I was 25 I experienced a quarter-life crisis. I think it’s pretty common for this to happen when you’ve been in the workplace for a few years and reality hits that the grass isn’t greener on the other side. I’m quite certain most of you have experienced this feeling.
I wasn’t happy or fulfilled working 80-hour work weeks at an agency doing something that I had no passion for, for a company that offered to give me more money to stay (which I vowed, early on, wouldn’t keep me somewhere), but couldn’t give me the one thing I had asked for: a global experience. After three global opportunities fell through, I decided it was time to do something for me. I’d leave the agency and move overseas. Then I met a guy. Best part is, he supported my dream. And then an opportunity in the Czech Republic happened upon me. It was very purposeful that this happened. It really was all very purposeful.
This tattoo is my story; a story about embracing change and ignoring the people in my life who doubted me…an unconventional story about patience and love and doing something for both me and for us.
What each component signifies:
Globe with heart on the States, and plane flying up into the exact copy (blown up) of my Prague passport entry stamp when I moved there: I left to pursue my dream. We stayed together.
Český Krumlov map coordinates: He proposed to me in my second home to Prague, Český Krumlov.
My favorite Czech word and the name of my travel blog: změna, meaning ‘change’
Rooftop over ‘změna’: signifies that ‘home’ is a relative term and not a stationary place
Prague changed me. The place is special and the people are what made it special. I’ll never forget it…especially now.
Thank you to the lovely Ashley Barlow for working with me to tell my story through her talented design skills.
If you’d like to see my tattoo in person or here my story, just ask. I’m more than happy to share. And I love me some coffee talk. Sharing is caring!
Český Krumlov | www.fb.com/KolemSv
Heading here, to Český Krumlov, (one of my absolute favorite places in the world) in August and I am so, so excited. Not only is it extremely beautiful, but it is also where Tom asked me to be his wife. For these reasons, as well as the fact that I know some pretty amazing people there (who own Krumlov House - which is where you should stay if you go), it became a second home to Prague when I lived in the Czech Republic. I am so, so excited to head there in August.
A reminder of Dobra Cajovna: my favorite teahouse in the Czech Republic. This picture recalls a memory for me…well, many memories…but the most immediate one that came to mind was during one of our many visits to the lovely Cesky Krumlov where Tom and I sat and chronicled all of our future travel to-dos, a list that ended up about 50+ destinations deep by the time we finished our grape shisha and desert dunes tea* in a beautiful haze. Sigh…
*side note: when you google desert dunes tea at dobra cajovna the first result is a blog post that I wrote. ha.