A few months ago, I spent a week installing and completing the hotel lobby design project I’ve been working on for the past twenty months (psst: the big reveal is coming up on the blog next week!).
It was a 2,000+ square foot space that had a long ways to go before the grand opening party at the end of the week.
Construction crews, painters, electricians, and woodworkers were scurrying about asking me for opinions and directions. Meanwhile, I had all the styling and decorating to do, and most importantly my big plan was facing the test:
Would it look as good in real life as it did in my vision?
And: Would all of the interested parties – the owners, manager, sales team, and general public like what I spent almost two years creating?
No pressure or anything.
Needless to say, by the middle of that week I was running on empty in every way.
As I went on an early morning run before yet another (insane) workday, I started cry by the lake.
There were so many things out of my control, yet the responsibility for the success of the lobby design rested on my shoulders.
It all seemed like too much… until, I had a breakthrough:
I needed a Values-based intention intention to guide me through the rest of the week.
I promptly decided on four Values — that have since become my Values for life as a whole (shown below).
However, in my sleep deprived and mentally drained state, I knew remembering these Values on top of everything else would be next to impossible.
So I scribbled them on my hand in order to see and remember them.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.
I got through the rest of the week in much better spirits, able to embody those Values so “close at hand” most of the time.
And you know what? The lobby finished in time and turned out great.
But that’s not the only good that came out of that fateful run!
As I contemplated the idea of scribbling my intentions on my wrist, it hit me: subtle temporary tattoos would be the perfect fun, inexpensive, and pretty way to keep intentions in mind!
So I did just that.
And that’s what I have to share with you today:
Intention Tattoo Messages
The first four intentions were:
Focus on what you can do right now.
Allow things to unfold at a natural pace.
Respond with love to those around you.
Accept What Is
Accept what comes your way (rather than fighting it) and move forward.
And for this collection, I’ve also added two new intentions:
Follow your intuition‘s lead.
Be The Light
Inspired by this quote about our sole purpose in our careers/life: “Our only job is to be the light.” – Gabby Bernstein
To produce these high quality, USA-made tattoos, I partnered with the lovely crew at Tattly in Brooklyn, New York.
And to bring these puppies to life, I asked the following lovely ladies why the intentions were special to them:
So what are you waiting for?!
PS – Once you get your tats, show me how you style them on Instagram and Twitter! @JessCLively / #withintention