"I wasn't a fan of tattoos and yet I kept thinking about getting one," Roloff tells PEOPLE

By Brittany King
Updated July 06, 2016 08:00 AM
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Amy Roloff is officially inked!

The star of Little People, Big World has exclusively revealed her first tattoo to PEOPLE along with the loving meaning behind the colorful piece.

“When I turned 50, I wanted to do something significant and yet simple to commensurate this milestone,” Roloff tells PEOPLE. “Getting a tattoo seemed like a fun and yet permanent thing to do.”

Though, this wasn’t a spontaneous decision for her. The 51-year-old reality star actually took a few years to finally settle on whether or not to actually go through with it.

“I didn’t take the idea lightly,” she says. “It took me three years to decide is this really what I wanted to do. I mean, it is permanent. ‘Should I or shouldn’t I? Is this going to hurt and how much? Am I doing something crazy just because it’s a milestone birthday?’ ”

“I wasn’t a fan of tattoos and yet I kept thinking about getting one,” she adds. “Then the time came to decide, ‘I’m either going to do this or drop the crazy idea altogether. This will hurt,’ I think I kept thinking.”

As for the design, that was all Roloff. She came up with every inch of the intricate detail, all of which held a very special meaning in her heart.

“I was thinking of something simple and of course had some real meaning to me,” she says. “Daisies are my favorite flower and of course a rose or roses. Being a mom to four kids is the most significant event and gifts of my life. Where I was and am in my life right now there is more to Amy and life. More life to live, experience, to give, to do and love.”

“The heart is for love – no matter what happens, always love and reminds me that Jesus loves me as well,” she continues. “The simple little cross reminds me of my faith. Faith in Christ and his word the Bible. That is what sustains me. So I decided to get a tattoo now.”

Roloff sums it up, saying that this new piece of art on her shoulder comes at the right time for her now that she’s “an empty-nester and divorced.” Yet, even with all of the big changes happening in her life, that doesn’t mean she’s lost her identity.

“I’m still Amy,” she affirms.

Little People, Big World airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.