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Don’t you think I could pass for a Sloane in these photos? Or maybe a Lauren?
At a party a few weeks ago, a friend and I were joking around when he said something that totally got inside my head.
“Well, you don’t even seem like a Sarah with an H.”
To which I replied that HE didn’t even seem like an Aaron. HE WAS TOTALLY AN ALEX.
Now, I’m not even particularly attached to my first name. It was one of the top five most popular girl’s names for nearly twenty years. Once, I was one of three patients in a doctor’s waiting room and when the nurse came out and said “Sarah?” we all stood up.
Does this name seem like someone who’d watch your stuff while you went to the bathroom?
Is this the name of your babysitter or that camp counselor who knew the theme song to Ghostwriter?
Sigh. That’s me.I have an inordinate number of friends with unusual names – Darcie, Rica, Shanda, Brekke, Helene, Cleo, Cadence, Shanai – which really only exacerbates my name envy. And for a while I wanted a sexier, more exciting name. When I moved to New Zealand, I briefly considering going by ‘Von’ (part of my last name) but I’d dissolve into laughter anytime I tried to introduce myself that way.
But my parents’ thought process holds: I’ve never met a Sarah-with-an-h who wasn’t lovely, hardworking, trustworthy. The Sarahs of the world are high school English teachers and pediatric nurses. They run Girl Scout troops and cross country ski. They have well-behaved rescue dogs and when they host book club, they totally serve themed food.
It may not be the world’s most exciting name (not by a looooong shot) but we are a solid people.
What about you? Do you fit your name? If you don’t, what name would be a better fit?
I first met Alicia when she bought advertising space and Yes and Yes. As with all of my sponsors, I checked out her blog to see if she was a good fit for my readers and I was impressed with her candid, engaging writing style and nice photography. She always sent me the links and photos for her sponsor posts before the deadline and whenever she sent through her photos they were always appropriately resized and labeled. (Your mom wasn’t lying about people noticing the details.) Eventually Alicia started contributing the Read // Eat series and I rather awkwardly asked her if she was in the market for a mentor. As luck would have it, she was!
How does one mentor? Well, we set up a once-monthly video pow wow. We talk about work and writing and interneting and life and I answer any questions she might have about reaching out to bloggers and publications she likes, how to deal with guest posts, and anything I know about. It’s been so, so lovely to share what I know and hopefully help her avoid some of those mistakes we all learn the hard way (I’m looking at you, Twitter oversharing.)