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Changing your name is really a strange process. Right after I got married I had somewhat of an identity crisis. A brief look at my inner psyche:
Me: Hi, I'm Kristin Bates. I am a calm, confident young woman who is trying to keep herself together. I am a bit of an overachiever, overscheduler and overthinker but it works for me. So who are you?
So... who is Kristin McElderry?
It was really odd. I felt like I didn't have an identity as Kristin McElderry. I thought to myself "No, I am Kristin Bates."
But, as time passes I am getting over this. I have yet to change my work email, drivers licenses and banks are taking a while and I still sign most things Bates McElderry. However, I am realizing more and more that Kristin McElderry is just like Kristin Bates-- she is just married (and perhaps more patient with that whole married bit!)
I think one of the key reasons behind this internal struggle is that I am proud of my name Bates. I am connected to an incredible family by that name. I did a lot of great things in that name and it was as much a part of my identity as any other part of me.
(For the record, my new legal name is Kristin Michelle Bates McElderry)