Ask me About my Tattoo!

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Yes I have a tattoo! Yes I thought about it, for 2 whole years before I got it. I thought about the idea, then I thought about the design for a year, changed it a couple hundred times, then fell in love with the meaning behind the symbols I chose. I visited the shop before I got it and read reviews for hours on multiple sites. I loved it because you walked in and they were welcoming and it smelt incredibly clean! Yes, I want you to ask me about it because it has meaning to me and a message everyone should hear. In October of 2015 I took a pledge to myself to forever talk about the meaning behind my body art. When Shelby committed suicide it molded us all to talk about suicide. So when you ask me about my tattoo I will tell you this:

Life is hard! It takes a huge toll on people, some cannot get past the pain, past what they have been through, what they have seen or experienced. The arrow is a symbol for when life pulls you back you imagekeep going. You pull the arrow and then it flies. You should keep flying, you have a future to live. The birds at the end signify freedom. I’ve always thought birds have some sense of freedom when flying. If you haven’t heard of the semicolon epidemic it is people all over getting tattoos of semicolons because it represents a writer who decided not to end their sentence and added to the sentence. If you have heard of the semicolon epidemic then you could ask why I don’t have a semicolon tattoo. And to you I would answer that she did not choose to keep writing and that it was part of my drawing, but it was left out when the tattoo artist drew his version as we both felt there was too much going on in the design.

I said from the beginning that Shelby committed suicide for a reason and I truly believe it was to show others that it’s not the right path to take. You never know how many people your decision can affect. Shelby would have been 20 on January 14th. She could have been going to college, working, dating, living life, and trying to find herself like the rest of us! Happy Birthday Shelby! I hope they have cake, chocolate, pop-tarts, cinnamon rolls, and whatever sweets your heart desires in Heaven 🙂  If you haven’t read my other blog on suicide prevention, click on this link A Beautiful Soul and read it!

Keep Going! Keep writing! Keep Fighting! Keep Surviving! You have a purpose!

Thanks a million for reading and don’t forget to subscribe!

Much love,

Manda 🙂


  1. Shelby's dad.

    January 10, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Thank you Manda.

  2. Bio dad

    January 10, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Beautiful, I’m glad I was there to share the mommemt with you. Such an amazing story and hope it touches those it was meant to touch.

    Love you

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      January 11, 2016 at 12:37 PM

      I’m so glad you were there too. It meant a lot 😊 Love you too.

  3. Gma

    January 11, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Amanda you have such a beautiful spirit and to remember Shelby as you have done takes courage. In my youth tattoos were taboo and suicide was never spoken of. Speaking of Shelby and her suicide may help others when they think they have no hope. I love you so much .. Gma

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      January 11, 2016 at 12:39 PM

      Thank you so much for encouragement. I love you so much too!

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