Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I am MeikaShay

It's been just over a week since I dropped the name change on you.  It's different seeing it on my social media, but I'll get used to it.  So, since I made a change, I thought it was only fair to do a new introduction.  As I am easing myself into this, I'm going to let this one be a bit more fun, but you know you are welcome to ask me questions

1 - What kinds of thing really make you laugh?
I can laugh at just about anything.  Recently, I've gotten on the LivePD bandwagon and I've laughed at some of those people.  I'm known to break out in a laugh during a funeral and basically any other time I'm supposed to be quiet.  It's such a broad question and I really don't have a good answer.  

2 - What's your favorite place in the entire world?
This is going to sound strange, but basically any space where I can get some alone time.  I love my cube at work because it's cute and it has just enough space.  I love my place because it's all mine and I can be as quiet as I need to be.  I love my car because I can give an awesome concert or I can just take a moment to myself to drive and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me.  

3 - What is your favorite movie and why?
My favorite movie is Armageddon.  The reason why is simple - the speech given by the president as they are introducing the space shuttle crew to the entire world.  Hey, it must be my inner writer.  

4 - What's your biggest goal in life right now?
Right now, at this very moment, is to learn to truly embrace myself and my anxiety.  That's a whole different blog post in itself, but we'll come back to it.  

5 - What was your family like growing up?
I am an only child.  My parents were hard workers and made sure I had everything I needed and most of what I wanted.  I am proud to call them my parents and I hope I have made them proud to call me their daughter.  I have always been a bit weird and a bit adventurous.  My mom had my dad cut down a tree because I wouldn't stay out of it.  Seriously, I fell out of it and a few minutes later, I was right back in it.  It's just my nature.  

6 - Who was your favorite school teacher or college professor and why?
I have one of each.  My favorite teacher was my first grade teacher - Mrs. Caviness.  She saw I had a passion for math and really helped me focus on that subject.  Guess I have her to thank for having my math minor along with my degree.  In college, my favorite professor is a tie between Dr. Warren and Dr. Kane.  Both understood my anxiety, but neither of them let me give up on graduating.  

7 - Have you figured out your calling in life?
I don't think I'm anywhere close to figuring that out.  But I know one thing, I'm enjoying the ride of figuring it out!!!  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Name Change

I've thought long and hard about this change.  Had to say a little prayer before I did this too because I've been nervous about it.  Obviously, change is always happening - I just never thought I would make this type of change.  So, here goes...

My name is Tameika.  Yes, that's my government name.  You have known me for many years as Shayla Em.  Where did that come from?  Simple, my middle name isn't Shayla, but it is one that I don't particularly like so I don't use it.  I just use my middle initial.  However, Shayla used all the letters in my middle name.  The Em part came from the "me" in Tameika...of course, just turned it around.  

Tameika and Shayla Em are honestly not that different.  Shayla Em was the more confident writer, the more confident person in front of the camera, and the more confident person in life.  However, things have changed and the confidence that I thought I had to have to be Shayla Em was the confidence I needed to be myself the entire time.  So, get used to seeing Tameika...even though my social media will say MeikaShay.  It's just a nickname using my first and middle names and I like it.  My cousin gave it to me many moons ago and out of all my nicknames, that one has always been my favorite.  

Instagram, Twitter, and all my social media will now be TheMeikaShay.  Hope I haven't confused you too much, but it is because of you that I am able to do this.  I appreciate you for helping me to come out of my shell.  I don't think i could have done it without you.