I was off to the social security office this morning to officially change my name from Julie Bream to Julie Fagan. Well, Julie Elizabeth Bream Fagan. Only eight months after we got married! I’m quite punctual.
It’s hard to believe that I’m now Julie E. B. Fagan. The E.B. cracks me up. I feel like the author of Charlotte’s Web.
I considered dropping “Elizabeth” but I just couldn’t ditch the middle name I’ve had my whole life and I wasn’t about to drop “Bream.” The woman at the social security office told me that middle names don’t mean much anyway, so I decided to keep it and have two middle names.
Ryan and my dad got a pretty good kick out of my new name when I called them and said they were now speaking to Julie E. B. Fagan. Maybe I should’ve combined Elizabeth and Bream… Elizaream? Breamabeth?
I think I’ve put off changing my name for so long because I wanted to feel 100 percent comfortable changing my name. I always knew I’d take Ryan’s last name, but no longer being Julie Bream was difficult for me to wrap my head around at first. I absolutely adore my family and love being connected to them. Of course our connection is deeper than sharing a last name and I really wanted to be connected to Ryan (and our future children) in that way, but it wasn’t a simple decision.
But now it’s official and I’m excited! I just have to wait for my new social security card to come in the mail and then head to the DMV (joy!) to get a new driver’s license.
Lunch today was inspired by my meal from the Virgin Olive Market a couple of weeks ago.
I placed fresh mozzarella cheese on a sweet wheat Alternative Bagel and toasted it before topping the bagel with tomatoes and fresh spinach.
Strawberry banana Chobani Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries were served on the side of my bagelwich.
I am loving that all summer berries are on serious sale lately! They’re the candy of summer!
Question of the Afternoon
- Did you/Would you change your last name after marriage?