I recently got married. We had an intimate destination wedding. I’m still replaying special moments in my head but now that I’m back home, and as I’ve decided to take my husband’s name, my personal re-branding must begin.
Call me a traditionalist but I love that my new name will be Mrs Brown.
I’m in the process of updating my name on everything – passport, bank accounts, driver's licence, health insurance, car insurance, home and contents insurance (I clearly have too much insurance!), gym membership – everything.
I don’t mind changing all these documents, in fact it’s given me a post-wedding project to busy myself with (!!), what I’ve struggled with is changing my name professionally.
My work email, LinkedIn profile and particularly this website.
I’ve been producing content from the day I learnt how to write. It started with writing poems for my dad as a little girl. Writing the introduction in my high school magazine as editor. I contributed articles to magazines as a uni student and never got paid, but seeing my name in print was reward enough. In fact, getting my name on the Vogue masthead when I was working in London is still one of my most cherished career goals to date. I fought hard to get my name in print. All the editor letters I’ve written. The print proofs I’ve signed off. The investment property I bought.
My name in print is proof of my hard work and my accomplishments.
So as I start this new chapter of my life as a wife, it’s filled with excitement and some nostalgia.
Jacklyn Swiecicki, Jacklyn Lloyd – a pen name I used when people couldn’t pronounce my Polish surname and now Mrs Jacklyn Brown.