Mikaela Harrod Fashion Design: Ever since I can remember I have been sketching designs, from...

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Ever since I can remember I have been sketching designs, from elaborate wedding dresses and gowns to casual everyday clothes. I have always wanted to be a fashion designer. This past summer I had an enlightening experience that gave me an insight into how I want my future to look. I spent the…

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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!

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!

that’s right. leaving for prague/amsterdam today for next 10 days. adventures ensuing and mayhem to be had.

that’s right. leaving for prague/amsterdam today for next 10 days. adventures ensuing and mayhem to be had.

zítra: do Prahy a Amsterdamu. tomorrow: to Prague and Amsterdam.
like the best partnership, travel brings out the best in me. selflessness. endless joy. uninhibited me. that’s why i love it. because it makes me feel alive. and travel to the czech republic…makes me feel at home too. time to move slowly…

zítra: do Prahy a Amsterdamu. 
tomorrow: to Prague and Amsterdam.

like the best partnership, travel brings out the best in me. selflessness. endless joy. uninhibited me. that’s why i love it. because it makes me feel alive. and travel to the czech republic…makes me feel at home too. time to move slowly…

When I lived in Prague, I met a lot of inspiring people.Tristan Miller was no exception. My good friend Lauren told me she’d met a guest at the hostel who was on a journey to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks and he deemed it ‘Run Like Crazy’. I first thought to myself, ‘what a freak’ and then I thought, ‘I need to meet this dude!’ And, dude he was. A great guy, with a great perspective on life, and a great story to tell. Learn more about Tristan and his story in this inspiring TEDx talk and consider buying his book.

Found this while sifting through pictures the other night. What a wonderful memory. At a wonderful place. With my wonderful ‘family’ in Prague. Sheer bliss + pure happiness.

Found this while sifting through pictures the other night. What a wonderful memory. At a wonderful place. With my wonderful ‘family’ in Prague. Sheer bliss + pure happiness.

Just did some digging in my vimeo account and found this beaut from a trip to Liberec with my brother while I lived in Prague. A great memory with my bro. What an awful-sounding laugh I have though. ha ha.