Tara Cronica Ink’d at Genesis Designs Tattoo!

Genesis Tattoos in Vernon BC

(Scroll down to see photos of the big day)

TracyTracy Gets Inked! Today I got Inked!! (twice)  I have wanted to for years and until now the design and placement has never seemed quite right.  This was not a spontaneous event for me, it was planned and thought out long before the ink went on my ‘Virgin’ body never to be removed!  The Artist was Fraser Pattison from Genesis Designs Tattoo in Vernon.  Fraser’s calm demeanor made me feel very comfortable and in good hands.  My design is our Tara Cronica Symbol that we created which is the Buddhist Goddess Arya Tara’s Tiara and the Lotus.  It represents a time in my life when my passion was found and crossed over my path in life.  The branches reaching out represent growth in both myself and Tara Cronica.  Fraser created exactly what I wanted.  Timing truly is everything!  My entire experience at Genesis Designs Tattoo was incredible !  Thank you to Fraser and the Staff  for making my tattoo experience memorable !

Bonnie Johnson's Post

Bonnie Goes Next! There was a lot of excitement and anticipation and yes, a little nervousness leading up to our appointments at Genesis Designs Tattoo.  It first began during a girlfriend get together months ago.  The three of us decided that we all wanted to be together when Tracy went for her very first tattoo, which led to Jacquie and I both mulling over the idea of another tattoo for ourselves as well.  Incorporating our Tara Cronica symbol felt really right for all of us.  It stemmed from our commitment to Tara Cronica; it stemmed from a shared dedication to our friendship and it stemmed from our shared creative development of this new venture no matter where it may lead us.  The creation of Tara Cronica has allowed us all to grow and stretch in ways we hadn’t imagined.  Who wouldn’t want to memorialize all of that!

post pic 3-1Jacquie Faces the Needle! What a great day we had today!  Up until last night I was planning on placing my Tara Cronica Lotus and Tiara symbol on my wrist but, true to form, changed my mind at the last minute and stuck it on the inside of my ankle.  My friends won’t be surprised by this at all, I’m sure.  It’s classic Jacquie.

Our symbol represents the beginning of an intensely creative chapter in my life where I feel inspired and supported by my wonderful girlfriends.   I wanted my new tattoo to be in a place where I could see it and have it remind me I’m on the Path to Enlightenment and forever searching for lyrical beauty in everyday happenings.  Truth be told, I’ll never not be on that path now that I’ve begun the journey and can see how much I have yet to learn.  I’m so glad I got the tattoo and so very blessed to have Bonnie and Tracy by my side to share in the memory of it all.  And thank you Fraser and Genesis Designs Tattoo.  You Rock!

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Tracy's Artwork

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Friendship and Summer Vacation!

Friendship is good for the soul!

FriendshipMy family and I recently spent 10 days visiting Bonnie, John and their beautiful brown eyed dog Spot at their lake front property in the Okanagan.  There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t LOVE!  It’s always fun going on road trips for summer vacation but when your visiting your Best Friend and her family, life is Gooooood ! Great in fact !

Bonnie greeted us with her warm smile and spiritual calmness.  We have not always lived in the same city but it doesn’t really matter when you have a bond like ours.  We reunite in person as often as we can but rely mostly on the telephone or skype and email to get our girlfriends gab fix.

Handsome JohnThis visit was extra special for me because Bonnie’s husband John was there!  He is a man’s man who is not only handsome but hard working, intelligent and non judgemental.  He has all the qualities women really search for in a man.  I could list many more but he would be embarrassed if I did.  He was worth waiting for!

My two incredible little humans I call kids and I stayed in the cottage which is an self contained cabin lake front!  We fell asleep to the sound of leaves imitating rain and gentle waves. In the morning I walked down the wharf with Zack (our dog) to enjoy the silence of nature.

Summer VacationWe lounged while reading magazines, swam, talked about life and love and everything in between.  We ate ‘Esso’ ice cream, toured the lake front by boat, tubed, learned a few moves at  Zumba, made smores on the fire, laughed at each other but most of all this trip reminded me of why Bonnie is still my Best friend after 30 years 🙂 Visiting Bonnie rejuvenates my soul!  She reminds me of who I want to be!  She helps me float down the river with good intention!

BonnieFor my kids, visiting Auntie Bonnie made them completely aware that their Mom was not the only free spirited crazy lady in the ‘World of Mom’.  With Bonnie present I was able to take off my filter completely for 10 straight days!  Liberating for both kids and me!  Both my kids saw yet another raw dimension of who I am and realized that if  Auntie Bonnie was the coolest then I must be too by association!

My son was in his boyhood glory camping with his Dad, who he idolises.  But he also had the influence of John another incredible male energy who taught him how to chop wood, start the fire, drive & launch the boat and let him use the sling shot!!

Jojo and Uncle Johnny!

My daughter loved being in the presence of Bonnie.  They shared dance moves and reconnected on many different levels once again.  My daughter took every available opportunity to hang out with Uncle Johnny as she called him and had some pretty animated talks about life and whatever else came up.

So when my kids are asked in September how they spent their Summer Vacation, I am certain they will be able to tell their version of the stories about Friendships on Summer Vacation!  We searched for moments and found many that will make all of us smile for years to come!  Thanks Bonnie and John and Spot for just being who you are and making our Summer Vacation such a magical one!

Spot @ Zack's 15th Birthday Party