Thursday, January 20, 2011

January Giveaway:

In the United States, about 90 to 95 percent of women change their last name after marriage, according to Elle magazine.  I assumed I'd be part of the statistic after I got married.  I like the idea of identifying with my husband, in theory.  Well, yesterday, I finished the process of changing my name. Though, I'll let you in on a little secret -- my wedding was nearly two years ago!  So, yes, it took me a while to get it done.  You could even say I dragged my feet. 

The truth is I had difficulty letting go of my maiden name.  That was my identity.  That's how people knew me for 27 years.  That name tied me to my family.  I had history with my maiden name.  But as a year passed, my life changed. My husband and I moved to a new city.  I made new friends.  I opened a business with my new name on the business cards.  I had accomplished something with this new name.  As I began to connect with the name, I slowly began the official name-changing process, first at the DMV, then with the passport.  I had started to build a history with the new name, and it didn't seem so foreign to me.  I felt like the name was really me. So yesterday after 40 minutes in line at the Social Secuity Office, I took the final step and sealed the deal.  I thought I'd feel a sense of loss.  It may have taken me a while to get there, but what I really felt was proud.  I was proud of the new name and the new me.

January Giveaway
You certainly don't have to take two years to change your name.  If you're raring to get it done, the website can make the process relatively quick and easy.  At, you simply answer some key questions.  The system then uses your answers to fill out all of the proper state and federal forms for you. The process takes about 30 minutes.  You then follow the instructions to send in the completed forms yourself with the proper documentation. 

This month, three lucky readers will win a gift card to use the name-changing service for free!

To enter, simply leave a comment below by February 1st with an e-mail address to contact if you win. You can get an additional entry if you become a follower of @CamilleMcLamb and tweet us the words MissNowMrs.  Winners will be chosen at random.  No purchase is necessary to enter.

Disclosure: MissNowMrs provided the gift cards for this giveaway.

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