If you've followed me on Twitter for a year or longer you'll know on the 27th of February 2015, I officially got my name changed to Olivia Jade from Jessica Leigh. Most people don't even know that Olivia wasn't my birth name and I like that, I enjoy people knowing me as the person I am rather than the person was, by this I just mean I got a fresh start with my new name. It's honestly the best feeling changing your name to something you like and what suits you, it's a powerful feeling and you feel like a whole new person.
I have to admit as far as the legal side goes it's a bit of a pain to get all of your documents changed over but when it's done, it feels SO good. Although it took some getting used to for the people who didn't know me before, it's like my old name didn't exist anymore, when on occasion I get called Jess, I don't even respond anymore because to me, that isn't me. To anyone who is thinking about changing their name, it isn't as hard as you may think nor is it as expensive as you think. If you do your research well and make sure you use a legit site else your name may not be accepted by places such as banks and the government, my documents are all legit and always are accepted.
The hardest thing is having to always have a deed poll around when you want to do something legal like set up a new bank or something similar. But I love it all the same and I couldn't image being half as happy as I am now that I've gone and done it, because it was something I always thought about I just never had the courage to do it. I am so happy I've got so many supportive people in my life who stuck by me when I went through the process and didn't get mad or upset by my choice as I know some people would of. I know one day I will have none of my birth name left, but I am okay with that. I am still the same person at heart, just a different name. If you didn't read my original post about changing my name you, feel free to do so by clicking this link.
If you want any advice about changing your name with the process or what life is like after, I am very happy to help just drop me an email or a tweet and I'll be happy to help.