You know how Native American’s change their names as they change and accomplish things throughout their lives? A name transforms as the individual becomes a different person. I’ve always loved that idea. Don’t you?
I was born Emily Elizabeth Montes, the eldest daughter of a Filipino doctor and a Pennsylvanian house wife.
When I was in graduate school, I worked as a massage therapist and got a job in a spa where no two employees could have the same name – lest the tips get confused.
My new boss called me up to inform me that ‘Emily’ was already taken by a girl whose real name was ‘Jennifer’. She asked me what I wanted my new name to be. My middle name (Elizabeth) was not available, and so I started running through options until I came to an available name.
The winner? Penny.
For five years I answered to Penny, and many people knew me only by that name. Though I chose the name on a whim, ironically this job was how I earned my pennies, and having a secret identity was super fun too!
When I got married and chose to take my husband’s last name, I’ll admit, I was conflicted about how I felt going from a mountain (Montes) to a pear (Bartlett). I was attached to the strong stoicism that my maiden name invoked.
But after nearly eight years with my new identity, my loving husband, our two kids, and our full lives, I really appreciate the sweet and juicy symbolism of my new surname. (Though I still wish it was the husbands who traditionally changed their names – just out of principle!)
Which brings me to the point of this post…
I am super stoked to introduce you to the resulting namesake of my newest metamorphosis…
A few years ago, I started writing Holistic Kid as the cyber identity for my clinical practice.
As a new mom and health practitioner, I wanted to share the myriad of alternative health options for children, and Holistic Kid grew and evolved as I explored Real food and natural health.
I’ve had so much fun so far, and I am so grateful you have been a part of it. But…
I realized that I am no longer the Kid that I used to be.
One day as I was driving along the ocean watching a pod of dolphins playing in the surf, my new name came to me and just like that, I couldn’t turn back.
I am Holistic Squid – A woman, mother, wife. A Chinese medicine clinician, writer, and lover of life.
Like the mysterious creature that shoots and swirls through the sea, I’ve got my tentacles exploring many things: fertility, health, delicious, nourishing food, and whatever else blooms from my neo-hippy existence here in Southern California.
Like any woman, Holistic Squid is complex, and my serious side is balanced with a silly name, quirky smile, and lots of love.
My eyes are observing everything, and I tell as I see it. Like it or not.
A change of name can never change who someone really is at heart, and I look forward to continuing our adventures in my new Holistic Squid skin.
Are you ready to dive in?
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