For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to have someone to share my life with. And now that I am officially a Mrs., I’m realizing that there’s so much that I have to consider because I’m not just a Mrs, I’m also the CEO of my own company.

And I know this may sound archaic in a time when women can decide that she can have it all – a husband, and her own identity too.

I personally believe that if you’re married you should take your husband’s name. Call it old fashioned, call it traditional, but for me I call it honoring the commitment that I made before the God I serve when I said I do.

And, if you happen to be a woman who has decided not to change your name, more power to you! This is not a snub or shade on your decision, merely my journey as I navigate the name change and the brand I’ve built in my maiden name.

So, I have decided that I am changing my name. I now realize, however, that changing my name isn’t as simple as it sounds. There’s a lot I need to think about and through in order to ensure that my business and the brand I’ve built around it and my name doesn’t skip a beat.

Now, if you’re a man who runs a business, this will be lost on you. But, if you are a single woman who has or desires to have a business and a husband, you have some decisions to make. And the decision is your prerogative.

As for me, I want to honor my husband fully by taking his name. I mean, after all, it’s just a name, right?

So over the coming weeks at Incredible Factor TV, I’m going to let you in on my thought process and the strategy and plan I’m putting into to place to fully change my name from Darnyelle A. Jervey to Darnyelle A. Harmon and what it will take to get there.

So, right now, you might see me show up as Darnyelle Jervey Harmon, no hyphen. I don’t like nor do I believe in hyphens, for me. But because I have a well-established brand to consider, I have to be strategic in the name-changing process so that I don’t scar my brand and lose equity in any way.

Check out this week’s episode of Incredible Factor TV to see what I mean.

As I share in the episode, there’s a lot to think about:

  • the name
  • the marketing materials
  • the books
  • the brand
  • my husband and his opinion of everything
  • the impact of the change
  • the timing of the change

So, stay tuned as I share my plan with you in next week’s episode.

So, now I want to hear from you. What’s your two cents? Did you change your name when you got married? Why or Why not? Did the decision to or not to impact your business if you’re an entrepreneur and was one prior to getting married? What advice do you have for me as I navigate this pathway?