I changed my last name after I got married and while it wasn’t necessarily a hard decision to make, both Jon and I put a lot of thought into it. Today, I’d like to share those thoughts with you, because whether you’ve also changed your last name or hope to do so one day, I think it’s important to know what it means, what it doesn’t mean, and have reasons for doing it aside from it being the typical societal norm
While I don’t remember my exact age, I know it was pre-highschool when I came to the loose conclusion that I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to get married. I say “loose conclusion” because I hadn’t decided I didn’t want to, but I also hadn’t decided that I one day wanted to. I casually mentioned this to my mom one evening as we sat in the kitchen, and it seemed to alarm her more than I thought it would. This led to those conversations that stuck with me for many years, and I’d say had a catalytic impact on my relationships, or lack thereof over the following years.