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Polly’s 40 things to do before 40: #1 Get a Tattoo

I recently had a look over my old ’40 x 40 blog’ – Dear God it is pink! I then realised that if you are a new follower to this blog, or haven’t seen any of the vlogs that I have been doing for the last 2 and a half years, then you may wonder what is happening here ( and don’t feel bad about missing the vlogs, no-one else has seen them either!)

Back in the day, I had a 40×40 list, a list of 40 things to do before I was 40.  Well I turned 40, and upgraded the list.  One of the things on that new list was – finish the old list!
As I would like this site to be a true historic record of my task attempts ( and I would really like to transfer everything off the old blog and delete the monstrosity!)  Here is ‘Article One’ of the things from my bucket list that I succeeded in…

Get a tattoo #1


This was number 1 on my list and was accomplished on my 39th birthday – yes, I gifted myself pain that day!

I got Paul to take some photos – and there is a vlog above, if watching me in pain is your thing! This is an old video though, and while my editing skills have certainly not improved, I feel obliged to warn you that the tattoo montage is louder than the rest of the video – just so you know!

Recently, I have been considering another one… some Cherry blossom, maybe a coloured one? But I am then reminded about how painful it was. I am also reminded that tattoos are not particularly popular in Japan, and as I would love to visit an onsen when I return to Nara, it would probably be sensible to not ink myself up again.

My friend Rin is currently ‘out-mid-life-crisising’ me, having just had her belly button pierced and planning her 5th (maybe 6th?) tattoo, so I am almost tempted, but I am then reminded of boring grown-up stuff, like paying out for the dentist and having to save for my younger daughter Hannah’s 18th Birthday trip in October 2019.  Maybe stabbing myself for sakura will have to wait…

With regard the  40 x 40:

So my challenge was to get a tattoo – which I did – painful as it was. So this challenge is…

Would love to see other people tat’s.  Leave your instagram link below so I can pop on over and see them.



Mature (technically) graduate, vlogger, blogger, dreaming of travelling, mum of 4, K-pop addict, Japanese culture fan, and wannabe minimalist. And that is what this is all about... I am clearing, decluttering and "minimalising" with the long term aim of travelling and completing the adventures on my #kettlelist (Bucket list seems a bit final!) Come visit me on twitter and instagram @Pollyplaits , or on Youtube for my Polly put the kettle on (#PPTKO) weekly vlog that is DEFINITELY #NOTa50x50

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