For the ink, I went to the Arthouse Tattoo Shop and saw Kristen. While she wasn't the most friendliest person she was super efficient and didn't make me nervous. If I had been spooked I think I would have flown out of there so quickly. But she was super efficient and her causal attitude worked in both our favors. I think I surprised her when I said it was my first one because of how sure of myself, I was when I went in there. I knew exactly what I wanted and didn't hesitate. I went in there and just said I want this, she asked when and I said now. Once she learned it was my first one, her attitude completely changed and she slowed down. By then though everything had been set up, so even if I had wanted to it would have been too late to chicken out. Though I very much would not have, I appreciate how she handled things.
I choose the words believe, to remind myself to believe in myself. My strength comes from within and not from others. Allot of people related the words to religion and I understand that thought process. But the word inked on me doesn't reflect that. I have always struggled with personal believe in myself. I don't have many role models of woman who are assertive, respected and driven. I wanted the tattoo as I reminder to myself to believe in who I am and to not trust in others belief in me.
EDIT: I got this tattoo September 26 2014.