Lisa Roberts’ “who” & a comma

“’soul mate to the prairie dog perhaps/who surveys the environs with keen eye’

‘who’ is a simple, open-ended word. It’s a word that makes me stop, ask, and feel a connection with another person.

Twenty years ago in Boulder, who did I fall in love with and help create two beautiful children? My husband! Who is poetic, an over achiever, wise beyond her years, athletic, smart, and compassionate? My daughter! Who is happy-go-lucky, my star, protective, sensitive, and open-minded? My first son! As foster-to-adopt parents in Boulder County, we have opened our home, minds, and hearts to so much more. Who has overcome so many challenges, is strong-willed, has the biggest hug, a contagious laughter, and a smile that melts your heart? My second son! Who has attention-getting blond hair & blue eyes, loves the great outdoors & animals, and is quite curious? My third son! All the people I have encountered, befriended, and loved have had some influence on who I am today; each of them has a story and a place in my life. You are all stars in my eyes.

My word is surrounded by three stars on the inside of my left heal. Afterwards, a comma tattoo with 3 more stars was still available and it only felt natural, more balanced to mirror them on my right heal, representing our family of six. These were my first tattoos. I am proud to be a part of this fun project, to have deeper ties to the Boulder area and the people living here or simply passing through.

I love Boulder and those ‘who’ surround me!”

Lisa Roberts

Lisa Roberts’ “who” & a comma

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Dana Reynolds’ “re-inventing herself”

“I am 31 years old. I had been pondering the idea of getting a tattoo for several years, but couldn’t seem to find just the right thing to have inked on my body for the first time. Maybe I was just too nervous about it. Then I heard about the Boulder Tattoo Project and it really piqued my curiosity.

The community aspect of the project was very much in sync with what I have fallen in love with about the Boulder area. I moved here from Los Angeles about 6 years ago and found the people simply amazing in their friendliness and willingness to help others. Pretty different compared to the general population of L.A. In the time I have lived here, I have experienced rich spiritual growth and I think I owe much of that to an open-minded and generally nurturing environment. I have been learning from some amazing teachers who have guided me to an ever-more-fulfilling and joyous life. I have gone from being a clinically socially anxious person to being free of many hindrances.

Then I got to read ‘Boulder Zodiac’ and found many phrases that stood out to me. One, however, really seemed to define my life in the Boulder area over the last few years. It also reminded me that I want to continue to grow and nurture my body, mind, and spirit. “re-inventing herself” was definitely it and I placed the tattoo on the inner part of my left forearm so that it could serve as a constant reminder to make the right choices. I desire to live a satisfying, happy life. If I make a mistake that leads me away from that goal, I know that I can re-gain my focus and that I have another day to try it again.”

Dana Reynolds

Dana Reynolds’ “re-inventing herself”