No, it’s not a challenge. It’s a request: call me that name again. What name you ask? I’ll tell you that part in a second.
First I have to apologize for the times I veer off the this-is-a-classroom-blog road and head down let-me-tell-you-a-story-about-myself lane for a bit. I think it’s probably telling me that I need to start another blog. But there’s time for that later. Now back to that name…
I’ve been called many things in my life, starting with Jennifer–which makes sense since that’s my name. For a long time when I was littler I was Jenny (sometimes spelled with an “i” and sometimes with a “y”), and some people (mainly family) still call me that today. During junior high I apparently had an identity crisis, because I had a new name every week: Jen (with one “n”), Jenn (with two “n’s”), those two versions of Jenny, and then for a couple of days I had people calling me Jenna. I know. Weird.
Somewhere in college I started with Jen primarily, and now even introduce myself that way. Only a few people call me Jennifer.
There are other things that they call me though, too. Mrs. Bearden. Wife. Mom. Sister. Daughter. Teacher. Tweeter. Reader. Writer. Crafter. Blogger. Then last summer I earned a new name–Runner–when I finally started my goal of losing weight and getting more active. I was on a roll and loving every minute of my journey towards being able to run 5K without stopping. This was a huge feat for someone who has never really exercised before, but I did it! And then you know what I did? I made that goal, along with my weight-loss goal, and then I stopped. Ugh! November came and it was a little bit chilly outside, so I didn’t run one night. And then I didn’t go out the next night. And then by that time it was really cold outside and I wasnotmotivated to go outside and run.
So fast forward to today. It was 80 and BEAUTIFUL today, and I went running again! No, unfortunately, I couldn’t go out and instantly run my almost-4-miles I was up to a few months ago, but I was out there, getting back into it. Walked a mile and ran one, too. And I have a goal to run a 5k with my family in May. So I’m out there again, and you can call me that name again: Runner. And since I said it out loud to all the world to hear it, I will have all of you to hold me accountable, right? 🙂
What names do you call yourself? What would you like to be called? Maybe there’s a goal in there somewhere you can work towards…:)