Happy Monday! I am finally back with some new content after some fun travels and, as I promised, some exciting news. On Saturday, I celebrated my first blogging anniversary. It’s so rewarding seeing myself here a year later because I was so terrified to start a blog that I almost decided not to. This experience has been such a whirlwind and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It feels like I have been blogging for way longer than a year because it has become a huge part of my life.
As I’ve probably mentioned in every single post recently, Jake graduates in May (I couldn’t be more excited!). With Match Day only 2 months and 1 day away, it has really hit me that I am about to not be a med school wife anymore.
Lately, my most asked question is what happens to “Life Of A Med School Wife” when he graduates? I have hinted and even shared in this Q&A that I would change the name in the future. I also did an Instagram story with two different blog name options to vote on. Today is FINALLY the day. It’s with great excitement that I announce, “Life Of A Med School Wife” will now be called, “A Byers Guide.”
Why I picked today to change my name
As I mentioned above, I knew a name change would be in my close future. I just didn’t know the right time and kept dragging my feet. I didn’t want to just randomly change my blog name, but I also didn’t want to wait until Jake’s graduation. Graduation is all about him and I didn’t want to try to be the center of attention (although that wouldn’t be possible).
After connecting with a local OKC blogger, Tasha, in an OKC blogging group, I had mentioned I really wanted to transfer my blog to WordPress.org. When we were talking she told me that is something she does for other bloggers. I knew I was going to do it, but kept procrastinating on scheduling her. When I finally told her I was ready to book her, her first available date was January 13 due to her busy schedule. It’s funny how God’s plan works perfectly because January 13th was my 1st blog anniversary. I immediately knew this was the perfect date and knew why I was dragging my feet. I’m a huge believe that everything happens for a reason, so how perfect was starting a new chapter of my blog on my 1st blog anniversary?
If you’ve read our engagement story here, you know I am a really symbolic person. Jake proposed to me on graduation to symbolize a new chapter. I fully believe this is a new chapter that I’m so excited to start. You can read how I started my blog here.
Story Behind The Name
Coming up with a new blog name was another HUGE challenge I had. I wanted my new name to be meaningful and not just something random. I’ve loved being “Life of a Med School Wife,” but I wanted my new name to have my own identity although I am obsessed with my husband. This is why I didn’t do “Life Of A Med Wife” or “Life Of A Doctor’s Wife,” per many suggestions.
As you may or may not know, my last name is Byers, pronounced just like the word “buyers”. I wanted to do a play on words with Byers and buying, since I primarily blog about fashion.
My cousin Katherine had just transferred her and her husband’s blog to WordPress.org. I told her I was I planning to transfer mine and wanted to change my name, but couldn’t come up with “the one”. Katherine is super creative and an English teacher, so within minutes she came up with a list of several wonderful names to decide from. When she mentioned “A Byers Guide To Fashion,” I knew it was the direction I was wanting to go. I cut the “To Fashion” out, since I didn’t want to limit myself, as I hope to share some personal posts this year. Thank you so much, Katherine! You can find her and her husband Brandon’s blog here.
A Little About The Dress
Okay…..so I’m a fashion blogger, so of course I have to share a little about this outfit. When coming up with an outfit for this shoot, I knew I wanted to wear something special and dressy. This dress pictured was what I wore to our rehearsal dinner. I got a heck of a deal on it at Kate Spade. I thought this was perfect for my big announcement. It’s funny because Jake took these pictures and I tested him and asked where I wore it. He guessed right on the first try; smart man!
Wow that was a lot! Thank you for reading. I just want to say thank you to everyone who reads my blog. Like I said earlier, it was a huge deal for me to put myself out there and it has really helped me grow as a person. If you want to do something, I really encourage you to take a leap and do it!
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congrats on the anniversary! Looking lovely and I wish you all the best hey. That dress, so beautiful
Aww thank you so much!
that dress is just adorable on you! I love the sparkle! congrats on your anniversary!
aw thanks, girl!
Oh my GOODNESS!!! I’m so happy for you and it looks absolutely wonderful!! So you!! I know you’re going to love the switch! Happy blogiversary!
Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com
Aw thank you. Your support & kind words mean the world to me. ❤️❤️❤️
Yay Court! It looks amazing! I can’t wait to see what blogging has in store for you!
Aw thanks, sweet friend. So thankful blogging brought me a great friend like you. It’s been a blast.
How exciting for you both! I love the new name and your dress.
Aw thanks girl. I’m so excited.
Congratulations Courtney!! Love the new name and design 💕
Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com
Thanks girl. It’s a huge change switching but I’m so excited.
I love following you on your blog! It helps me not feel far away from you! I am so proud of you and Jake. I can not wait for your next adventures.
Aw thanks, Aunt Jac. I feel the same way about Katherine and Brandon’s blog. It’s been so fun that we have the same hobby. Love you.
Congrats girl!! I LOVE the new name, I’m a sucker for a good play on words 🙂
Aw thanks Amanda. I am too. I am so glad I had some help with this name. I knew it was the kind I wanted.
Oh my goodness!! Congrats on the one year blog anniversary and congrats to your husband on the soon graduation! I absolutely love the name and using it as part of your blog, I’m wishing you so much happiness in this new chapter of life this year
Aw thank you so much. It’s such an exciting time in our lives right now.
Congratulations Courtney! Love that you are following your passion!
Thank you so much, Mrs. Lamilla! I greatly appreciate your kind words.
Love the name! Congratulations on your one year as well!
Aw thanks, Ana. You’re so sweet
LOVE your new page & name Courtney! Everything looks amazing! Happy blog-aversary 🙂
Aw thanks, girl! I am so excited about this new chapter <3
I love the new branding. That pin it button so suits the whole vibe of the blog. Keep it up, girl!
Thanks, girl! I was so excited to see that my web designer added a pin it button before I had to even ask. I am so happy with my new blog
What a fun read! You have a lot to look forward to this yesr!!! Congratulations & Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, sweet friend <3 I am so excited for this year. It has been along time coming and I am excited to see what it brings us.
Congratulations!! I absolutely love the name! That is so clever. And your outfit is so perfect for the occasion. =) I love that dress! Happy 1 year blog anniversary!
Thank you so much, Lindsey! I am so excited to finally have the announcement out there. It has been in the works for some time. <3
Hi Courtney , many congratulations on celebrating one year!! I have nearly been there from the start and was lucky enough to find you. I loved following a med school wife blog and now the latest chapter A byers guide looks equally exciting! Oh my gosh you and the dress are just so cute! It is such a feminine cut , so you as well. thank you for continuing your blogging , hugs, Terri xo.
Aw Terri, thank you for your sweet and thoughtful comment. I am so glad you started following me early on. Your support definitely keeps me going. I’m excited for this next chapter.