Names are very important. I’ve always been big on researching names and figuring out what they mean. It is important to keep in mind that you are given your name for a reason and that was especially picked for you. My name has multiple meanings: close to God in Hebrew and great mother in Greek. I feel that I do personify my name. People who know me, know that I don’t always capitalize the first letter in my name. It is because I was inspired by feminist bell hooks, who doesn’t capitalize her name. I read about her years ago and the fact that she just renamed herself seemed so powerful. Whether you were named after your great-grandmother or your name just stood out to your mother, your name matters. It matters because you matter. Names are also important for self-identification, an important part of self-love (accepting yourself). Now while I’m not big into labeling, it is important to name what you like and do things that you like. You have to create the life that you want to life, by naming it first. I am currently finishing up the book the Law of Attraction by Michael Losier, who discusses how to attract things into your life by claiming (naming) what you want in your life. I recommend the book to everyone (I even got it for my best friend as her open house present). You truly have to name what you want and create a life for yourself. But the first step is naming, yourself and your life.