What’s in a Name?

In Cheryl Strayed’s amazing memoir Wild she wrote about the moment she signed her divorce papers with the new last name that would finally match her true self.

No longer the person who carried her last name as a child, she was embarking on something new and was certain that her ex-husband’s surname didn’t fit, either.

What’s in a name?

For Cheryl, she ended up finding the perfect moniker in the dictionary. Once signed on the dotted line it became her new identity. Read the book and you see it makes perfect sense.

I’ve decided that I no longer want my domain name to be Running in Mommyland. It doesn’t suit me anymore. I’m not sure it ever really did.

In pursuit of a new name (a pen name so to speak) I configured many an idea into the WordPress domain search box.

The task proved difficult as sharing a name with the Queen of all media and PBS’s talking dog means that all obvious domain choices are taken.

I’ve had a few last names in my life. My birth mother’s name is Osmundson. My father’s name is Feldman. My married name is Merrill. None of them seem to fit so much anymore.

So who am I and what will I be?

I know I will continue to parent and blog and run and try to eat healthily and continue my quest for a happy and healthy life.

I will continue to share Merrill with my kids.

I will always be a mixed bag of emotions and trials and errors.

I will never have all the answers.

But I will find a way to write for a living.

I am willing to do what it takes to make this thing happen; to ensure a good life for my kids and me.

Martha wills it to happen.

Martha Wills?

Decide quick…the domain name is available!

What do you think? Any other ideas?

M.

From an aesthetics perspective, I like how the M in Martha mirrors the W in Wills. And please forgive the sloppy penmanship. There’s a reason my name isn’t Martha Pretty Handwriting.
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15 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

    1. Love it! Just purchased the domain name. My mother says Martha Wills is better than Martha Stubborn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I could not help but laugh when I saw your FB updates yesterday. I totally forgot about Martha Speaks!! Names are hard! Picking names for our kids took forever. I wish I could be of more help. I’ll keep thinking for you.

    1. I love your blog and the name you chose. It has power! Martha Wills feels weird, but I’m looking at it now as a pen name, although I imagine myself talking to Oprah on t.v. and being introduced as Martha Wills. Dreaming big! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I went ahead and changed my moniker on all of my social media sites. It was weird at first, but I kind of like it. It’s just a name… not me!

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