introducing (temporary) intention tattoos


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:

Be Present

Focus on what you can do right now.

Be Patient

Allow things to unfold at a natural pace.

Be Love

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:

Be Brave

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:










And, of course, these guys can go anywhere!

No need to stick with the wrist alone.


They are available in a single pack (1 of each intention, 6 total) and a three pack (3 of each intention, 18 total).

So what are you waiting for?!

Get your Intention Tats right here!


PS – Once you get your tats, show me how you style them on Instagram and Twitter!  @JessCLively / #withintention


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  1. Love this… I actually have One Day at a Time tattooed in my wrist as an anchor and as reminder

  2. Alyson

    These are awesome! I’m so going to order some. Great idea Jess 🙂

    1. Yay! Enjoy! I will warn you: they are addicting. I keep changing them almost every day depending on what I’ve got coming up on my schedule.

  3. Glad to see the photos turned out! 😉
    I’m still loving the “BE BRAVE” tattoo on my wrist. As soon as it rubbed off, I replaced it with another.

  4. JoAnne Henein

    So encouraging! Insane is how I feel this week. Entrepreneurs will rise. Out of a dark moment, they turn it around. Thanks for the big reminder on intention-based values!

    1. Yes! I like to think of it as perseverance. Hence my motto: “Start where you are and just keep going!”

      I hope your week feels more balanced soon – try some Values-based intentions to bring you back to your intuition. : )

  5. Such a cute idea Jess! I really like how small they are too so that they can serve me without me having to draw attention to them. It feels very personal.

  6. ShenDove

    These are such a creative idea to be reminded throughout the day of your intentions. These are perfect for people (like me) who never saw themselves getting an actual tattoo.

    1. Same here! I may not ever get a real tattoo, but I can’t stop wearing these guys – I change them out every single day to help me with whatever I have going on.

    1. That is so cool, Sarah! If you want to reach out about bulk orders, feel free to email me at jess(at) : )

  7. Just ordered mine! These are great Jess, you never cease to amaze me with all your creativity and inspiration. Thanks for sharing and spreading these messages to the world!

  8. Sandra

    Very cool! What an awesome way to remember the things that keep you grounded!

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