Name Mix-Ups

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Did your mom yell out your siblings’ names before she got to yours? (Do YOU list out all of your children’s names before getting to the right one?) Ends up, we’re not losing our minds. This article from NPR explains why our brains scramble names. (We keep our loved ones’ names in the same “brain folder!”) This probably explains why when I was in elementary school I called my teachers “mom” at least once a year. Oops! But, my teachers were great!

When naming baby #2, #3…#100, you may worry about choosing a name that sounds too similar to your older children’s names. I say, don’t sweat it! You’re going to mix their names up anyway! Haha!

Are you expecting? Congratulations! If you need help figuring out how to go about the difficult task of picking a name for your baby, check out my guide, Choosing the Most Perfect Name for Your Baby: Demystifying the Naming Process & Honoring Your Heart.*

*Of course I earn money with each purchase of my guide, because I wrote it! But, this is my passion project and unless it gets Oprah-level attention, I won’t be retiring any time soon. I appreciate your support and I hope that my guide helps you select the most perfect name for your baby!

40 Before Forty Update: No. 07 Added

7. Make myself and daughter matching outfits. I thought of this the other day and then my Mom-in-Law mentioned it. Sold! So I’m putting it on my list. Of course, I need to do this one faaaairly quickly–well before I turn 40. Because at some point, I figure my daughter isn’t going to think this is a cool idea. Ha!
Of course, my sewing skills are pretty limited. And, right now, my block of the month quilt consumes most of my crafting time. It’ll be fun taking her to the fabric store and having her help pick out material. Emphasis on help–I can’t be wearing something that appeals only to the under-5 crowd. Stay tuned!
 

The Full 40 Before Forty List

1. Actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: DONE!

2. Finish my chicken wall hanging and get it hung in my kitchen: DONE!

3. Pitch my book idea.

4. Decorate the half bathroom.

5. Attend the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quiltcon.

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

7. Make myself and daughter matching outfits.

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10. Do the Little Miami Triathlon.

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12. Host a brunch.

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14. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.

15. Learn to hambone.

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18. Become a 2-pet household.

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26. Peep at some leaves on the East Coast: DONE!

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28. Learn the names of trees.

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Do You Look Like Your Name?

I stumbled across an article about how people can identify someone based on their name with surprising accuracy. That is, we look like our names. I think there is a lot of cultural things going on with this.

But, it’s still fun to think about whether you look like your name. Have you ever been called the wrong name? By multiple people? I once was called “Heather” at my college job. Which probably had a lot to do with the fact that it was my cohort’s name. But then, I moved 300 miles back home for the summer and someone at work called me “Heather!”

To further (unscientifically) test this theory that we look like our names, I decided to do a Google image search of “Theresa” to see what other Theresas look like and if I fit in. (My pic is in the upper right, highlighted in red for comparison.)

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Such lovely Theresas.

I guess we all look pretty similar. And, as a bonus Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, from the NBC soap opera Passions, came up as the first image! Heck yes!

Google your first name. Do you look like the results?

And, if you’re expecting and trying to pick a name for your baby, check out my guide, Choosing the Most Perfect Name for Your Baby: Demystifying the Naming Process & Honoring Your Heart.*

*Of course I earn money with each purchase of my guide, because I wrote it! But, this is my passion project and unless it gets Oprah-level attention, I won’t be retiring any time soon. I appreciate your support and I hope that my guide helps you select the most perfect name for your baby!

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Announcing My Baby Naming Guide

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I wrote a baby naming guide! I titled it, “Choosing the Most Perfect Name for Your Baby: Demystifying the Naming Process and Honoring Your Heart.” I started out my copywriting career doing a bit of professional naming—creating monikers for brands, companies, products, technologies, etc.. I loved it. When I had my own kids, and had to name them, I realized that the professional naming process could be bent to help expecting parents.

I’ll be the first one to say it, parents don’t need my guide to name their baby. It’s not like there is a nameless baby problem. But, what my guide does is expose the process. Once parents are aware of that process, the discussions around names and the final decision can be made with a bit more ease and confidence.

The guide is not a huge list of names. It does 3 things: It lays out the groundwork you need to do in order to figure out what kind of name you want. Then, it goes on to describe those different types of names. Finally, there is a list of different evaluations you can do as you sift through your list of name ideas.

Friends, this is a passion project. I love baby names! So, I paired my copywriting experience with my intuition as a mom and wife and wrote the guide. I’ve made it available through Amazon’s Kindle program, because I want to share it with the whole world! Head on over to get your own e-copy of “Choosing the Most Perfect Name for Your Baby: Demystifying the Naming Process and Honoring Your Heart.”

40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together. I’m pretty confident that I can finish the quilt top in 2017 or at least a month or two into 2018. The challenge is going to be turning it into a finished quilt. But, hey, I’ll have about 5 years to do it! I’m loving this program. There is a private Facebook group that allows participants to share their progress. Everyone’s beautiful work is an endless supply of quilty eye-candy!

Here’s where I was in the midst of January’s pattern:

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Work in progress on my Sarah Fielke “Down the Rabbit Hole” Block of the Month Quilt

I have high hopes that I’ll get February’s work done before March’s pattern is released at the end of the month!

 

The Full 40 Before Forty List

1. Actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: DONE!

2. Finish my chicken wall hanging and get it hung in my kitchen: DONE!

3. Pitch my book idea.

4. Decorate the half bathroom.

5. Attend the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quiltcon.

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

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10. Do the Little Miami Triathlon.

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12. Host a brunch.

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14. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.

15. Learn to hambone.

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18. Become a 2-pet household.

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26. Peep at some leaves on the East Coast: DONE!

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28. Learn the names of trees.

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