Last month and the one before were very exciting for me. There were so many things happening, so many new opportunities, so many changes, so much backtracking and redirecting because I wasn’t sure which road or roads to take. I learned a lot of new things, read some really interesting books, met new people, even started teaching and sharing my own knowledge…
Well, a lot has happened, obviously, and the dust hasn’t exactly settled yet. Some of these things are really great and positive stuff, and I can’t wait to share. But before I do, the most important thing that’s happened, the most important thing that’s changed… is my name. I decided to change my name.
You all know me here as Hazel Lee Vaughn. If you go to the About Me page, the first three things tell you how I got to the name Hazel Lee Vaughn (I think I may need to update that page now that I’ve changed my name). What you don’t know is that in real life, I go… I mean, I went by the name Betty (from Elizabeth). Everyone knows me as Betty.
To be honest, I’ve thought about using a different name for a long time. I went by Betty only because I was named after my father’s godmother, and she went by Betty. I never liked the name when I was growing up, but it was my name and I got used to it. Every time I thought of changing my name, I thought how difficult it would be to get people used to calling me a new name, and I ended up just continuing to use Betty.
So why change now?
Three years ago, I read a book about numerology, about how numbers have energy and how you can tell the character of someone just by calculating the numbers in their name and birthday. I tried it out on myself, my husband, my family, my friends. I tried it out on strangers. And every time, the results were so accurate they were scary! Recently, I came across the book again. I read it again, and I calculated my numbers again (because I forgot). I did my husband and my family’s numbers again, tried it on a new group of friends, and some new strangers.
Again they were so accurate, I asked myself why I didn’t pay more attention to it the first time. I realized that I didn’t like the numbers I had with Betty. I didn’t want to be that person anymore.
Here’s the thing, you can’t change your birthday, you can’t change the number you got with your birth name either, but you can change the name you go by every day, and that makes a huge impact on the energies in your life. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t a bad person as Betty. Betty wasn’t a bad name. I just wanted a better one! One that was more harmonious and compatible with my birthday numbers.
Still I have to admit, change is hard.
I knew that changing my name would be better for me, but I resisted it for a long time. And even when I finally decided I should do it, I wanted to minimize the change. The thing about changing the energies in your name, is that sometimes all it takes is just changing one tiny letter in your name.
So I tried a few different spellings of Betty. I tried; Betti, Bettie, Bette, Betsy, Beth, Bethy, Lizbeth, Lisbeth… I wanted to keep it as close to Beth as possible because that’s how people know me. None of them worked.
I tried Elizabeth, Eliza, Liza… they didn’t work either, but I didn’t want to use Eliza or Liza anyway because they were so far away from Beth. I tried Hazel. Nope.
I tried Hazellie.
Hazellie has been my nickname for a long time on the web, so some of my online friends do know me as Hazellie, but I never thought I’d be using it as my real life name too. I really love this name though, and I’m really happy with it, so it’s all good. I just need to get used to it and get my friends IRL to get used to it too.
Also, I need to remember to introduce myself as Hazellie to new friends. So here I am, reintroducing myself to you as Hazellie, even though you probably already know me by this name if you’re a visitor to my blog. 🙂
Hi, I’m Hazellie! It’s great to meet you!
PS. I tried Hazel Lee too, by the way, and the numbers weren’t right either, but even if it were, putting the names like that would only make people drop the Lee and call me Hazel. Though honestly, I really don’t mind Haze or Hazel as a nickname, and I really don’t think it’ll make too much of a difference on my blog because the whole Hazel Lee Vaughn name calculates up nicely for me too. IRL, it’s Hazellie Wong. Hazel by itself is a great name for me, but Hazel Wong not so much. I know the whole thing is confusing, but I don’t think I should go into the whole thing in this post. You’re welcome to ask if you have questions though. 🙂
PPS. I know I have a lot of other updates to catch up on. So many thing to tell I don’t even know where to start! I’ll write about them as soon as I can!