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My Breathe Tattoo

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I must be the most distracted person I know. I’m like the dog from ‘Up‘ but in human form. I get easily distracted and random things catch my attention as I set my self on a task. Last time I checked my Bucket List I realized that not only did I already have a collection but I have also gotten a new tattoo!

Yup. I have two tattoos. But before I tell you about my new addition, let me share a little about my first tattoo.

I got my two heart tattoo back in May 1st, 2006 and I was supposed to get it with a friend. Long story short, she backed out of getting one herself (it was all her idea, btw), I got my heart tattoo, and almost made the great mistake of adding my [then boyfriend now] dear husband’s initials right along the outline. And yes, I did call it a mistake. It is said that if you tattoo your boyfriend’s name or initials the relationship will not end well…either way it looks better in simple black and tiny red heart.

I owe you the photo. But for the time being all I can say is that it is in a hidden spot (and covered in little spots thanks to my lovely friend Pityriasis Rosea). One of these days I’ll share my first with you; that is if I remember, of course!


My Breathe Tattoo

I got this new fellow back in Denver. I can’t remember the exact date but I do remember it was on a Thursday. After my first tattoo I knew I wanted a second one. Things changed. I got married, pregnant, became a mom, and the idea of getting another tattoo was set aside for another time.

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As years passed I learned new things about myself. Like, for example, I can get easily frustrated. I guess this is due to my ability of getting easily distracted. Once I am doing something it frustrates me when I am interrupted; getting back into my train of thought will take more time and patience.

This is how I came up with my tattoo idea. BreatheTake it slow, take a deep breath. Think before you speak. BreatheAfter I had the vision of my new tattoo the location was easily to decide on: my wrist. It is easy to see and is always at arms reach (tee hee, pun intended).


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It was after the vision and the location where set when the fun part began: the design. I looked on Google Images for countless hours. All I could find where tattoos reading Just Breathe or something similar; but all in cursive. I thought in writing breathe in other languages: latin, french, portuguese. But it did not feel right. It was just not me.

And like any good designer, it all came together the night before!


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I added my 4 little birds to represent every member in my family. Tyler, me, A., and J. Why birds? Well, that is our lastname: Byrd! It simply fit.

So now my tattoo reads Breathe. For your Byrds. All mine.


From PDX with Love //Breathe Tattoo

I still forget to breathe every now and then. I forget to take it easy. To forget about the small things. To realize that there is more out there than being distracted. That small things are all small.

But just like all things in life: step by step.


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Do you have one? Of what? Where?!

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About Sofia

Wife to a wonderful man and mother to 2 little boys. Loves chocolate, coffee and chips with hot sauce and lime. Pretend chef and aspiring photographer.
16th October 2012

Your Comments:

  1. October 16, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I love the simplicity and the meaning behind your tattoo.

  2. October 16, 2012 at 5:47 am

    cute! Im thinking of getting another! Visiting from alexa! Visit me back and click around like I did! (Plz?) XO!~

    • October 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      I am contemplating on a third one…!! Yikes!! And I will most definitely pay you a visit ;)

  3. October 16, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Love the tattoo but love the message behind it even more.

    • October 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      My first tattoo has not much meaning to it, but my second had to be special and meaningful…it simply had to

  4. October 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I really like that. And definitely something we all need reminded to do!

  5. October 16, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I am not a tatoo person at all but am glad you are pleased with your choice!

  6. October 16, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I also have a blackbird tattoo on my wrist, but it’s a memorial tattoo. And it scarred badly! :( I need to have it touched up soon. I love your tattoo!

    • October 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Ouch!! Mine is not done completely right, if you look very close you can see the outline, so I want to get that fixed too.

  7. October 16, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I love tattoos because they express who you are! I personally only have one.. it is on my hip and it is of curious george! Why not!? I love your tattoo thought, so simple and pretty!

    • October 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Hey, whoever says they don’t like Curious George they are lying!! I love George!!

  8. October 16, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I love tattoos, I’m just too chicken to get one. I’ve had this beautiful image bookmarked for 3 years. I’ve redesigned it to make it my own, but I just haven’t gotten the courage to go get one done. Your breathe tattoo is gorgeous! Simple and elegant.

    • October 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Like it is said, there’s always a time and place for everything. It took about 4 years for my tattoo to come to life, so maybe you just need to wait a little more to get it! Once you do, do share! :D

  9. October 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

    That’s a good reminder to try and stop in the moment. Sometimes it’s hard to do that! I don’t have any tattoos. I thought about getting one on my 30th birthday of a sunflower on my ankle but then I chickened out. I hate needles and I didn’t want to regret my choice later.

  10. October 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

    We are not tattoo people, but it looks like it may be a good reminder for you to take a moment when you need it most.

  11. October 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I LOVE tattoos and yours is certainly one of the most meaningful, beautiful and timeless that I have seen. Love it!

    • October 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Aww, thank you!! You’ve made me blush! :D

  12. October 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

    It’s SUPER cool! I love where you put your tattoo… and i love the whole concept, thought and idea behind it. Genius! I have 2 tattoos, one that i deeply regret ( I wont go into details) and one that I am still on the fence about… lol

    • October 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Aww, thanks! This tattoo took about 4 years to become a reality!

  13. October 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    cool! no tattoos here – not on my bucket list…but I do know it’s high on some. I’d get Breathe on my ankle if I could stand the pain.

    • October 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      The pain depends on where you are getting the tattoo done. My first one, on my hip, did not hurt much (level 1-10 it was a 3), whether my wrist tattoo was definitely a 9. You might be surprised at how good you can handle pain.

  14. October 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Far braver than me! I don’t have a tattoo and am not planning on one, though I respect people’s reasons for getting them. :)

    • October 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment! :D

  15. October 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I love the meaning behind your tattoo and how it is a constant reminder!

  16. October 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love the tattoo and especially love the message behind it!

  17. October 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

    very cute! I especially love the birds :-)

  18. October 18, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Great message — something we all need to remember! :)

  19. October 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    What a great reminder. I have two tattoos as well and they both have lots of meaning and make me stop and think.

  20. October 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I really like the tattoo and the meaning behind it. I’ll be waiting to see the first one. : )

  21. October 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Nice and simple. Just like breathing should be.