A fresh start, a new name.

It’s no secret that I’m an independent-minded woman.

Or that I’m a feminist.

Or that I’ve been through a lot of changes in the last few years.

Or that I spent the last seventeen months rebuilding my life from a nearly fatal motorcycle crash.

I’m not one to resist change but there are also times you have to facilitate it. There are times you simply have to give yourself a fresh start, even symbolic ones that remind you it’s never too late to start over or reinvent yourself.

Today I achieved something I’ve wanted for a very long time — I legally changed my name.

It’s rebirth of sorts. I’ve created my own distinct identity. In a world in which women are still defined by their marital status, taking our fathers’ and husbands’ names remains the norm, and the pressure to validate our lives through marriage remains intense, I’m finally giving the patriarchal system the boot.

You may want to update your address book because from here on out, there’s a new Val in town…

Val Weston.

 

rhyolite - val in real life

Leaving behind the broken facade of patriarchy and giving myself a fresh future.

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Christy Seelye-King - June 16, 2016

Congratulations! So glad to know you, Ms. Weston!

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    valinreallife@gmail.com - June 18, 2016

    Thanks, Christy! Feels really good. 🙂

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Don - June 16, 2016

Congrats. Is there any significance to the name you selected?

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    valinreallife@gmail.com - June 18, 2016

    Yes. Working on a separate post for that. Stay tuned. Cheers!

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Steve Zigler - June 16, 2016

You go, Ms. Weston. Very happy for you!

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    valinreallife@gmail.com - June 18, 2016

    Thank you, Stevie! Glad it’s finally done. Took some work. 😛

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Jeff Hester - June 17, 2016

Go get’em, Ms. Weston!

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    valinreallife@gmail.com - June 18, 2016

    Yes, sir! That’s the plan. 🙂

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Patrick Walsh - June 18, 2016

Weston! Weston! Weston! You go Val!!! Love ya!

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Lesli Peterson - June 20, 2016

LOVE.

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    valinreallife@gmail.com - June 21, 2016

    Thank you, Lesli! Hugs to you.

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