*I posted this story in a recent newsletter, and folks liked it so much I decided to drop it here. Enjoy!*

Many years ago, I ventured into a tattoo studio. I was curious about getting one but also somewhat noncommittal. So I decided to get a tiny tattoo on my left arm to see if it hurt. If it didn’t, at some point in the future, I would get a “real” one.

I was fresh off a breakup at the time and feeling salty about the state of the world, so I chose a small black heart with a dagger in it. It seemed to fit my mood (and budget). Thankfully, it didn’t hurt. Now that I knew I could tolerate the pain, I made a plan to update it eventually.

Except that time never seemed to come. I couldn’t decide on what to put on my arm, and sometimes I didn’t have the resources or wherewithal to sit for a few hours in a chair. Finding someone I trusted was another part of the problem.

Eventually, I forgot about this mission.

Over time, the teeny heart began to blur and fade. It lost its sharpness and in some ways, so did I. I was no longer the angry girl I was back then. I became softer.

About a year ago, I was in line at a coffee shop when I noticed a woman with a backless shirt. On her left shoulder blade was a tattoo of an anatomical heart. I’m a fan of anything vintage-looking, and I adore anatomical art, so I complimented her and inquired about the artist. Turns out, it was someone I knew – and trusted.

I filed that thought somewhere in my brain. Every so often, I thought about that anatomical heart tattoo and the artist. One morning, I woke up and decided it was time to redo this thing. I wanted an anatomical heart on my arm – and I needed to cover that little black blob asap.

So I made an appointment, and a few hours later, I had a large, gorgeous new tattoo and no trace of the old one. (If you want to see it, you can check out this forecast on Instagram.) In the not-too-distant future, I’ll be adding color and maybe a snake (I’m born year of the snake).

This tattoo represents my big, raw heart – which I tend to wear right on my sleeve. It’s open, visible, and full of life (and love). Like me.

We are always evolving, never the same, and sometimes that evolution is quite remarkable. As I glance at my second Saturn return, only a few months away, I begin to wonder: what’s next? Who will I be thirty years from now? What is the legacy I’m creating, not just through my books but also my life story?

Look at where you are now and be proud of the person you are at this moment. You don’t have to be perfect (lord knows I’m a work in progress). Instead, honor your journey as is, with all the victories and the messes. These are what made you the person you are – and future events will shape you even more.

I can’t wait to see the next chapter. For me. And for you.


PS the tattoo started to flake and itch. That means it’s healing! Soon, my new ink will be stunning! Yay!

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What I’m Grateful For:

Excellent tattoo artists


CBD gummies for sleeping


A day without needing ibuprofen



Soundtrack for 12/3/22

Pistol by Cigarettes After Sex

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