I am Cheryl Marlene! Sometimes the simple shifts in life bring the most profound change.
This was the case for me with my name.
During divorce, it was the huge task of shifting all my published books into a new name which held me back from a name change.
But as time wore on, I felt an increasing disharmony with being called by my legal name.
I felt myself flowing away from what had been and was no longer.
Within the framework of intense personal work, I was letting go of old baggage and outdated beliefs.
My life was flowing into not just a new me but a me that had been buried by the mistruths of marriage.
At the beginning of the summer, I had this feeling that my name was going to change but I couldn’t see clearly how or to what.
By the end of July, it occurred to me: I know my name, I have had it my entire life — a song which I willingly answer to and always will.
The change wasn’t to something, The change is simply a dropping of my outdated married name Trine.
When I told my Father about this decision, he was ecstatic!
He explained how my Mother had chosen my first name, Cheryl.
He had insisted that I have as my middle name my Mother’s first name, Marlene.
As of September 18, legally my name is me, as I have always been and always will be.
I am Cheryl Marlene.
To find more writing I have posted about my life experience, begin here: About Cheryl Marlene.