A Helen By Any Other Name (A Short Post On Giving Birth To Oneself)

Ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, I just wrote you a detailed missive regarding a change I’m making in my business and life.

Then I read it back to myself, chose ‘select all’, and hit ‘delete’.

Here’s the change I’m making: from now on (within the day), I’ll be taking the name Helen Hunter Mackenzie.

In the detailed narrative I just deleted, I explained all the many steps leading up to this decision and the fears and insecurities that prevented me from making it sooner.

But you know what?

It turned out to be one hell of a long, boring read.

The only thing that really matters is that you know who I am and where to find me if you need me.

And the truth is, the process that led to ‘birthing’ myself - to choosing and owning an identity that wasn’t assigned to me by anyone else - has been breathtaking and soul-filling and liberating and eye-opening.

And now I’ve stepped off the precipice, and I’m flying into the future I’m creating for myself. 

With, you know, one of those wing suit thingies on. . .

(Yes, I’m aware that I just mixed my metaphors, but somehow I couldn’t think of how to finish the birthing one without blood and mildly offensive content.)

Anyway, the way I see it, those who really really need to know the story will ask.

And those who don’t mind, don’t care, or simply think I’m nuts won’t have to waste a minute of their precious lives reading yet another irrelevant story on the internets.

The takeaway: I’ve been navigating my way toward my purpose for awhile now, and this latest decision takes me one step closer to where I know I’m meant to be.

If you’re willing to go on a li’l adventure with me, keep your eyeballs glued to this space and your mind + heart open.

Let’s pat this baby on the back and let her take her first breath!

(I knew I could bring that birth metaphor back.)

And um. . . while you’re here, why not share a bold-and-slightly(-or-a-LOT)-scary move you’ve made for the sake of owning your true self? Love to hear it in the comments below!