A big debate that I'm having with myself lately is my last name.
I know in about 6 weeks, I'll need to make a choice. Do I keep my last name (while also taking his) or completely drop mine? The reason I ask is that in the digital world, everyone knows me as Natalie Malik. But once I change it over to Natalie Mutrux, will it be even harder for people to find me and my networks?
So far it looks like I have three options.
One. Replace my middle name with my maiden name. That's one way to go about it. But I'm hesitant about it because I really like my middle name, Paige. It was my dad's first choice as my name, and Natalie is my mom's. They made a compromise and kept both names. It's really sentimental to me.
Two. Keep all four names and merge my two last names with a hyphen. But man, that would be a mouthful. Natalie Paige Malik-Mutrux. YIKES.
Three. Completely take Mark's last name legally, but keep my last name only in the 'professional' world. Apparently this is becoming a common practice for women who start businesses based on their names. They keep their husbands names legally, but use their maiden name as a sort of pen name. But one complaint from people who do this is that they feel like their living a double life, and business collegues/friends don't know which name to address them by.
Option three is probably what I'll lean towards (because I'm not that professional, but it'll keep it simple in the internet world), but who knows. I might change my mind in six weeks. What do you guys think? Anybody have any experience with this?
P.S. I'll be the one and only Natalie Mutrux in the WHOLE WORLD. I googled it. It kind of feels awesome.