Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink?
I do have a tattoo, two actually! When I was 17 my oldest friend came to me and said he wanted to get one. I wasn’t so sure but I went. We went to a studio called Nightwind Tattoo studio here in Brampton where I live. I didn’t really know anything about tattoos let alone what I wanted to get.
My friend who was the one who wanted to get one chickened out and made me go first. I wound up getting 3 skulls on a chain in flames! They didn’t have any specific meaning to me at the time, I guess I thought they looked cool. I still remember the tattoo artist putting this ink on me and asking part way through if it hurt? I couldn’t look up because I would tear up but I lied and said no lol! Oh and my friend did get a tattoo also, he got one flaming skull!
My second tattoo I got when I was 24. I can’t remember the name of the tattoo parlour I got it in but it was in Toronto. Again I didn’t get a tattoo which meant something to me but I got kind of barbed wire with the ying-yang symbol in the centre which I thought looked cool. The one thing I do remember about this tattoo is that my girlfriend at the time was with me and I think that we broke up shortly afterwards.
All in all I don’t regret anything about getting my tattoos. I will never remove them as removing them won’t change the fact that I got them done. I do suggest for people to wait till they are at least of age to get one and be really sure about what they are getting as they are permanent! Also I would say to get a tattoo that means something to you rather than something that looks cool like I did. You have it on you for life and what you think is cool at 17 may not be what you think is cool years later!
Well that is all for now. Hope everyone had a great Monday!
Posted in life
Just a quick post for today. I forgot to turn off my 5am phone alarm which is for work off this morning and it went off. That really sucked lol! I’ve been sleeping really poorly since my back injury, plus this has been a pretty busy week for my wife and I with things on in the evening after work. I generally find the month or so before Christmas usually is the busiest time of year for us besides the month of July. My back is feeling better though and hopefully now that I’m getting back into the gym that will help me to sleep better!
Feeling not too bad this morning though. I’ve had some coffee and done my Bible reading and checked out my facebook and Twitter. Wife wants to go to Toronto to do some shopping and I want to go to the gym so I think we are going to find a Goodllife Fitness close to where she wants to shop so we can both get to where we want to go. We have my nieces and brother-in-law’s birthday party to go to in Toronto later in the afternoon which should be lots of fun. I’m looking forward to seeing family!
How do you usually spend your Saturday? Do you spend it relaxing and being lazy like wife and I normally do? Or do you have tons of errands to run or work on the weekend?
Hope everyone is doing well and has a great weekend! Cheers!
Posted in NaBloPoMo
Just a reminder that tonight and tomorrow are your last opportunities to donate to me or your favorite Mo’s for Movember. It is for a great cause to raise awareness for men’s health!
My Mo has grown in nicely, and no I am not shaving it off on December 1st, I am going to grow my beard back!
To donate, go to Movember Canada’s home page. Click on donate and you will see search for an individual or team. Type in James Stratton and you should find me. I so far have not done as well as my past two years. The first year I participated, I raised over $300 dollars, the second $240. This time the last time I checked it was only at $125. You can help raise that!
Thanks so much to those who have donated to me. I hope everyone who has participated has done well with raising money either on their own or with their teams!
I look forward to participating next year! Cheers!
Posted in NaBloPoMo
People are afraid of all kinds of things: spiders, the dark, or being enclosed in small spaces. Tell us about your greatest fear — rational or irrational.
Today’s Daily Prompt asks to talk about my biggest fears either rational or irrational. One of my biggest fears is public speaking. I find this funny and probably most people would as well because I am generally pretty outgoing and will talk to anyone. But put me in front of a large audience and be expected to speak I find this extremely difficult!
I do believe in facing my fears in life and not letting them hold me back from anything. For a lot of my life I was pretty afraid of heights. Last summer I decided to do Edgewalk on the CN Tower in Toronto. I was all excited about and then as soon as I signed up got very nervous. I started imagining the worst scenarios possible and many times wanted to back out of it. Well the date to do Edgewalk rolled around and I did it and found that I was not as scarred up there as I thought I would be. I was a little nervous at the beginning but after walking around and hanging off the Tower I found I was having a great time!
As far as the public speaking goes, I am working on that. I play guitar and try to play and sing in front of people whenever I can. I have done a few open mic nights. I had one really bad open mic night where I wasn’t as prepared as I could be, I dressed too warmly and I fumbled through the songs on top of that I had invited a few family members to watch and was nervous and very sweaty lol! It was the longest 20 minutes of my life! I still keep at that and I find that I have had breakthrough and can actually look at people when I am playing and I don’t have to just watch my chords. I am slowly feeling more confident. I also volunteer to do the Bible readings at my church during the Sunday morning services. I am still pretty nervous when I do that but I do want to keep at it.
How about you. What are your fears? Have you tried to overcome them?
Hope everyone has had a great day! I am really looking forward to the weekend for rest and hanging out with family!
An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2014 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self-improvement!
I haven’t done very well for National Blog Posting Month. Haven’t done a blog since about Nov 10th lol. I’ve had a fair amount of things going on this month, plus dealing with a back injury which happened on Nov 7th at work.
My back is almost healed now and the doctor has given me the ok to go back to my regular duties at work as of Monday as I’ve been on modified duty for the past few weeks. No running or working out which has sucked but now that my back is almost healed I think I will ease back into that with some easy 5km runs and some light weight workouts at the gym throughout the weekend.
Todays Daily Prompt talks about what goals I have for the new year. One of my big goals for next year is to run a marathon. I am signed up for the marathon clinic at Running Room and I want to run the Mississauga Marathon in May. Aside from my fitness goals I want to get my finances in better order. Figure out where I can spend less and save more. I also want to get more confident in the kitchen. I can cook a few dishes but they are very basic, most of them involve a few minutes of preparation and then putting in the oven and then make some rice and veggies. My wife and I have many cook books and I do want to start trying out new recipes.
Tonight my wife is out with our sister-in-law so I am relaxing at home. I’m on season six of Sons Of Anarchy now and am catching up on that as well as doing a bit of housework and I have to think about what to have for dinner! Hope everyone is well and that you had a great day! Cheers!
My wife and I went to see this group preform at the Rose Theatre here in Brampton this past Friday night. There are 10 guys in the group and they are an acapella group called Gentleman’s Rule.
I had never heard of them and don’t really listen to music acapella but my wife wanted to see them. I have to say it was an awesome show and they are amazing singers! If you ever get a chance to see them live in your area, check them out!
This is a cover song of Hey Ya originally by the hip/hop group Outcast. It is an awesome version of the song, hope you enjoy it!