A few of you have asked recently how my blog got its name, and I thought I’d answer that today. Growing up, I had quite a few nicknames. When I was really little, my mom called me “Sugar Bear” and as some time went on I gained the nicknames “Emmy Pemmy” and eventually, “Ember.” My dad started calling me “Ember” in high school and I can’t remember how this even began, but I loved it. I loved it because it was from my dad, and we are very close 🙂
I’ve been known to mull over titles of things… in college I could knock out a 30 page paper in no time and usually had to delete quite a bit so that it met certain requirements, but when it came to titling the paper? HOURS, I tell you. HOURS of my life. It couldn’t just be any title… it always had to really mean something… it had to summarize those 30 pages perfectly. So when I was ready to start a public blog, that decision was easy… coming up with the title though? I stressed over it for days. (Okay, weeks.) I knew I wanted the title to be something that represented “me” but didn’t want it to be my actual name. I wanted my blog to be its own thing… a place I could go to when I wanted to document, share my heart, and connect with others. I started thinking of all of the nicknames I’d acquired over the years but “Ember” felt special because anytime my dad called me this, I felt special. And that was that. Ember was the first part to naming my blog.
So how did “Grey” follow that? As weird as this sounds, I’ve just always liked that word… I always thought Gray would be a cool middle name. I love the color gray, especially when it comes to decorating. It’s clean… calm… and while a lot of people associate it with “feeling down” – I feel like it’s the perfect color to combine with other colors… it gives the opportunity to create and make things brighter. And that’s something I also wanted for this blog. A place to create and, hopefully, make things a bit brighter with the words I would add.
My mom and I have this thing where whenever we’re stressed, we start talking in an English accent. (What. You don’t do this??!) The funny thing is that neither of us knew the other did this until one day, when we were together, we both started talking this way… and it was kind of like “Wait. You do this too?!” What is it about an English accent that makes even the most down day or the most stressful situation sound so…. lovely? Surely this blog wouldn’t always be roses… I knew when I started this thing that one of my goals would be to be completely honest with you all… with myself. Surely there would be days that were not bright and cheery… but you throw in the English version of gray and what do you get? A reminder that even the crappiest days can be made lovely… there is always room for an English version 😉 And that’s how I got to Ember Grey.
I have nicknames I’ve given other people… “Gal” is one of those words… my nickname for my mom is “my best gal”… and, as you’ve seen in my posts and possibly comments or emails to you, when I feel comfortable with a girl friend, they’re known as “gal” or “lady.” You have to know that “X” is not my husband’s real name (although how kick ass would that be?!) While I call my husband “babe” most days, “X” is a nickname he’s been given by a lot of his friends and industry people. (Plus, it’s just faster to type.) His real name is Christian 🙂 Our dog, Oooj, has a few nicknames like “Circus Dog” and “Pants” and if he’s looking really handsome, it’s “Mr. Pants.” Our cat, Cleo, is known as “Baby” most days (although she’ll pretty much come running to any name if she thinks food is involved.) X’s nickname for me is “Little Bird” which is usually shortened to just “Bird” or “B.”
Nicknames are fun 🙂 And even sweeter when they come from someone special.
What are some nicknames you’ve acquired over the years? Which ones are your favorites?