last name

Ok, so my last name is still legally my maiden name, but we all know once it’s Facebook official, it’s the real deal.

A couple weeks ago I finally made the switch. I was, and without a doubt still am, happy to have Eric’s last name! That was never a question. I just didn’t think changing it would feel or look so strange.

When I logged into Facebook, I was grinning from ear to ear and squealing at how more real it was going to be. First though, I wanted to ensure my maiden name wasn’t totally gone and still searchable.

After doing some research on how I could still keep it in my profile (sharing how below), I was ready for the big update.

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I, of course, could not remember my password, which delayed the whole thing. You also can’t change your name for 60 days if you mess up, so it says double check for misspellings. Double check for me became check 100 times, because suddenly, I had no idea how to spell anything.

E confirmed everything looked right and I submitted my new last name.

After a moment, I went from squealing in my seat to watery eyes and sniffle central. I felt like a total weirdo. Why was I about to shed a tear all of a sudden out of no where?

I knew what was going on with the suddenly conflicting feelings. I had it a new last name and it like really hit me. One of the most defining aspects of myself an individual was no longer the same. Staring at my photo, and this new name next to it just felt overwhelming in the moment.

I quickly explained the surprise I was feeling since poor E was definitely a little confused. Next thing I knew, just looking at him had a giant smile on my face. We couldn’t help but laugh away at the newness and hilarity of the whole situation.

I was completely at peace knowing this new last name symbolized the incredible husband I had and the little family we now make up. It made me appreciate my roots and family even more too.

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^ Paris in Summer of 2015 – the trip where we got engaged! It’s the best story ever – see here.

***It should be known that E is a real life gem and said I could hypen my last names if I wanted to be like Beyonce. This is why I married him. Hehe.

Oh, and if you’re looking to change your name on Facebook, but still want your maiden name (or any name for that matter) tied to your profile, it’s easy! Just go to your About section > Details About You > Add Name.

Here’s to these random and little moments that make us human and relatable, right? I couldn’t help but share because I know this little glimpse in time was real and raw, and that’s what being true to yourself is all about.

Time to go wrap some gifts, because I’m running behind as usual. How is Christmas already this week??

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P.S. Thanks to our dear friends and photographers over at Feather & Twine for a couple of these wedding pic sneak peeks!

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Wowow well a lot has happened since my last post – the biggest thing obviously being that Eric and I are finally married! It’s been so awesome to soak up every moment of the last few weeks, from the best wedding weekend ever to our first one back home in Chicago as newlyweds.

Married life rocks so far.

That beautiful photo up top is a sneak peak from our talented and wonderful videographer, David Le. I cannot wait to see more! *internal screams*

We’re headed back to Texas again tonight to do what we do best, bounce around to as many places as possible in the shortest amount of time. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. It means we’re getting to see lots of people we love so much.

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I really can’t wait to write about all the wedding things. Sorry in advance, but actually not sorry, because it’s our wedding and I’ll never get over how perfect it was. To that point, just having more time to blog in general now that all the planning* is over will be so wonderful.

*But also I loved wedding planning so plz pick me if you want help. JK. Or am I?*

For now, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite photos I’ve been sent of our big day so far, and our week long trip in paradise that followed. Aka Jamaica.

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married life rocks

married life rocks

married life rocks

We rented an open air photo booth from Pixter Austin and looooved it! At the wedding & took some photo booth snaps? Digital gallery here – I’ll be uploading them soon and you can snag them for free. 🙂

Below Eric and I pose with our incredible photographers turned friends, Kelsey and Talon, of Feather and Twine!

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married life rocks

married life rocks

married life rocks

married life rocks

married life rocks

married life rocks

married life rocks

All original MARRIED AF gear by the lovely Taylor of The Daily Tay! We got so many compliments – check out her shop here.

Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest of Thanksgivings! It’s been a year full of the most incredible moments, and some very challenging ones – for all of us I’m sure. But we’re still here celebrating and persevering through it all! For that, I am thankful.

Now to pack all the loose sweatpants so I can stuff my face tomorrow, who’s with me?

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