Welcome to the fourth and final post for my “The Journey of a Name” series. If you missed the first three posts, please feel free to check out a link below:
These past two weeks have been filled with a lot of emotion, thought, questions, reflection, and discussion. I have asked for opinions, sat on the fence with the topic, and finally put my big girl panties on and made a decision. If you missed my blogging friend’s response to the questions I asked her, please read it below:
I think where people may be confused is that even though your blog title mentions having OCD, it’s not really the main focus of your blog that I see. So maybe those that are getting upset are ones that have come directly to you blog expecting help and resources with dealing and living with OCD and are getting something else. Then they leave frustrated. I’m just guessing as I really have no idea but I love your site and your focus on home and family. If that is the direction you see your blog continuing I would suggest it might be a good idea to change the name now to avoid the hassle of attracting the wrong audience. It would definitely be harder to change your name the larger your blog gets. Your blog name should reflect about 95% of what your blog is about in my opinion.
A moment of clarity right there. I had never looked at my blog and it’s name in that light before. This response stuck with me and made a huge impact on my decision and direction for this space. I want this space to be a positive one! I don’t want people to open up my site and immediately get aggrevated. Yes, I understand that I am talking about a community of individuals and I can’t make everyone happy, but I understand their point.
So, what did I decide?
After a tough process, I decided a name change was in order. I understand that I will have some individuals that will stop reading at this point and refuse to look at anything I share again, but that is ok. Honestly, I like this name a lot better than the old one and I feel a huge connection with it. It actually encompasses more of me and my personality than the old one. When I came up with it, I immediately called and texted some family members to share my excitement.
So, without further ado, the name of this space will be:
My logo and amazing facebook cover photo were created by Mandy at Style Me Sweet through etsy.
My facebook cover photo:
So, how in the world did I come up with this name?
Last Monday evening (Sept. 15), I sat at my kitchen table the entire night with a pencil, paper, and my laptop. I brainstormed names, wrote down some words I wanted to associate with this blog, and marked out things A LOT. Once I came up with a name I liked, I went online to see if that particular name was already taken. Well, let’s just say, I came up with nothing by bedtime. I told my husband over and over that creating a name was very frustating and he made the comment that it wasn’t going to happen within a night. So, I closed up shop and went to bed.
The next morning, my daughter was running extremely late. Probably the latest she has been since school started. She seriously wanted to lay in bed and not get up. Then, we are heading out the door, I turn around and she is laying on the couch. Well, let’s just say that my reaction wasn’t my best mommy moment (insert frown).
So, we get in the car and head to school. Mommy is fuming! I do not like to run late for work! As I am driving, the True Colors personality test pops in my head. And, I start saying to myself, “I am a Gold person. Gold people do not like to procrastinate and run late. This is not in my personality. Kate is definitely not going to be a Gold individual.”
Then, the light bulb turned on! “That is my new name!” I said to myself.
If you haven’t heard of the True Colors personality test, let me give you a little background. It is a personality test that I do with every student that comes through my classroom door. It is my favorite activity and always my “beginning of the school year” activity.
True Colors is a model of personality identification that can be used to foster and enhance healthy and productive relationships in work, college, and personal life situations. To begin the assessment, participants are given four colored cards that represent four personality styles. After reading brief personality descriptions of the back side of the cards, participants choose two colors (blue, green, gold, or orange) that most closely represent how they see themselves. Next, participants respond to a series of prompts asking them to rank a set of characteristics that most likely to least likely describe their personalities. The columns are tallied and sections receiving the highest two scores are the identified ‘True Colors’ of that individual.
I am a strong GOLD individual. And, here is a little description of GOLD…
Gold is the body’s natural perceptions. It represents a need to be responsible, to fulfill duties and obligations, to organize and structure our life and that of others. Those with Gold as a Primary Color value being practical and sensible. They believe that people should earn their way in life through work and service to others.
Gold reflects a need to belong through carrying a share of the load in all areas of living. It represents stability, maintenance of the culture and the organization, efficiency, and dependability. It embraces the concepts of home and family with fierce loyalty and faithfulness.
And, that my friends, pretty much sums me up.
I added a tagline underneath my new name that is a play-on-words once again. It describes what this blog will be about and putting together the first letter of each word spells “Gold.”
So, where did the word “Project” come from?
On this blog, I consider each post a “project” whether it is a personal one or an actual one. I consider myself a project. I am always attempting to make myself a better person and increase my knowledge in all areas of life.
Some final thoughts:
Will things change?
I hope that each one of you decide to continue on this journey with me. I think this is going to be a positive change and one that will make this space even better.