It is a pretty solid name and I have no complaints but I do sometimes wish I had a longer, more sophisticated (read: grown up) name to fall back on. With this in mind I had the epiphany that I could be whomever I chose when I moved to Red Deer so I set out to be Kate. Just to test the waters. To get a feel for the name. When in social settings and at work I introduce myself as “Kate” and it is starting to feel less weird. I even answer to it most of the time. The plan hasn’t been foolproof because my resume had said Katie and so my coworkers were expecting someone by that name. Some have made the transition and others haven’t but I don’t correct anyone. It is my name after all and I don’t really notice. And – woops – my name tag at work says Katie so it is about 50/50 what I will get called. What feels the strangest to the point that I just can’t really say it with a serious face is my full name with Kate instead of Katie (ie with my last name). It just has a different flow and doesn’t have the same ring that one feels after 26 years of using the same name. So if you come to Red Deer you can still call me Katie but you might hear me introduce myself as Kate. Who knows how long this will last. What I have learned so far is that I like using Kate at work when introducing myself to clients but that there really isn’t anything wrong with Katie and I think I like my name even more now.
Anyone else ever try to transition to a new name (or variant of your given name)? Whether moving to a new place or not.