Decorate Yourself [Book Excerpt]

Decorate Yourself [Book Excerpt]

December 26, 2015
An excerpt from Big Magic…
…. I have a neighbour who gets tattoos all the time.
Her name is Eileen. She acquires new tattoos the way I might acquire a new pair of cheap earrings – just for the heck of it, just on a whim. She wakes up some mornings in a funk and announces, “I think I’ll go get a new tattoo today.” If you ask Eileen what kind of tattoo she’s planning on getting, she’ll say, “Oh, I dunno. I’ll figure it out when I get to the tattoo shop. Or I’ll let the artist surprise me.”
Now, this woman is not a teenager with impulse-control issues. She’s a grown woman, with adult children, who runs a successful business. She’s also very cool, uniquely gorgeous, and one of the most free spirits I’ve ever met. When I asked her once how she could allow her body to be marked up so casually with permanent ink, she said, “Oh, but you misunderstood! It’s not permanent. It’s just temporary.”
Confused, I asked, “you mean, all your tattoos are temporary?”
She smiled and said, “No, Liz. My tattoos are permanent; it’s just my body that’s temporary. So is yours. we’re only here on earth for a short while, so I decided a long time ago that I wanted to decorate myself as playfully as I can, while I still have time.”……..
…..And so goes the book. 
Nisha Sanjeev


  • Sid @
    December 27, 2015

    The book has been on my TBR list; especially since I enjoys eat pray love.
    You have further piqued my curiousity with the excerpt 🙂

  • Inderpreet Kaur
    December 27, 2015

    I have read her Eat Pray Love and really enjoyed the book but this I will have to check out.

  • sulekkha
    December 29, 2015

    I have the book but am yet to read it 🙂 Thanks for reminding me.

  • the little princess
    December 30, 2015

    I love this line…My tattoos are permanent; it's just my body that's temporary! So much in so little words…

  • Shailaja Vishwanath
    January 1, 2016

    As much as I love that phrase, 'the body that is temporary' and subscribe to it, I could never get a tattoo 😀 Scared witless about needles! I do like the premise of the book though and am adding it to my TBR!