Tuesday, March 21, 2017

May I Introduce Myself?

I've been Victoria Koloff for over 27 years.  I inherited the name when I married my daughters' father. We're not married anymore, nor have been for over a decade.

Since three of my daughters' are now married and I suspect my youngest, who turns 21 next month, will be married one day as well, I've decided I no longer need or want to use the last name, "Koloff". After our divorce, I kept it for my girls' sake, but they're women now and it's time.  I've looked forward to this for a long time.   

Even though it's going to be a pain in the butt to change documents, business cards and social media accounts, the decision is made and I'm convinced the hassle will be well worth it.

I was born in Hickory, N.C. on June 2.   My parent's named me Robin Victoria Robinson.  Although, I'll continue using my middle name Victoria, I will immediately begin using my maiden name Robinson.  I understand it will take some time getting used to, but I feel strongly it's the right thing to do. Little by little, I'll be making the changes necessary on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.  My name may not be available on some sites, so I'll take my time deciding how to proceed when faced with those challenges.  I hope you'll be patient and I won't confuse you too much!

The reason I felt the need to explain?  Because I knew I'd be bombarded with well meaning messages of "Did you get married?" "Congratulations!"  "Who's the lucky guy?"  "When did you meet him?"  etc., etc.  

Nope.  I'm not getting married.  Nope.  My lucky guy hasn't shown up yet.  Nope.  I'm not hiding or running from someone!  It's pretty simple.  I just want my name back.  Same woman. Same work. Same passions.  Rest assured, the next, very last time, I ever change my name again will be when I have a really good reason to do so.

Until then........

Hello!  May I introduce myself!?  I'm Victoria Robinson.  

It's nice to meet you :)


Bernadine Daniels said...

It's nice to meet you too, again, after all these years. I'm glad you explained the name change, because I never knew your maiden name was Robinson. That was my mother-in-law's maiden name, too. She was from Del Rio, TN. I hope it's an easy transition. See you on Facebook! Love, Bernie Daniels

Kelley Kinnell said...

Nice to meet you again Victoria!! Ms. Or Miss Robinson...

Craig Daliessio said...

In 1997 I took my birthname back. (My mother's husband had adopted me...unbeknownst to me until I was 21) so I know how it feels to change that. But it does give a sense of who you really are. Hope you're doing well.