Recipe: What's in a name?
What's in a name? I've learned that what's in a name can make for a really interesting recipe.
I'd like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Fallon Marie Decker. Usually my name evokes numerous questions like where did I get my name, is it a family name, what does it mean, and we can't forget the how do you spell your name?! This got me thinking... what's in a name? As I come to explore the many questions I've been asked all my life about my name, I reflected and I come to realize that something as simple as just a name can begin to shape and influence your whole life.
To answer some of those fun name questions... My mom named me after a character on an old famous soap opera in the 80's called Dynasty. My mom use to watch that soap opera every day while she was pregnant with me and she just loved the name. Now the character I was told was a witch and me well I'm of course an Angel!
My name is Irish and means leader. Also, I have such a unique name that when someone hears it for the first time I usually I have to repeat it and sometimes spell it. Especially if I'm on the phone. I remember as a young girl this was especially true and I learned how to spell my name very quickly! I reflect on how everyone would comment on what a unique and beautiful name I had. This really had an affect on a young girl and I even tried to be even more unique and different as I could possibly be.
That leads us to the background of who I am behind the name. Lets see how my life, mixed with my name cooks up.
Well first I was born in New Orleans, LA but grew up on the Mississippi gulf coast... where I picked up my awesome valley girl accent. (; My mom was a single mom and like a lot of families we had of our share of difficulties. I had to be very independent at a young age and my friend taught me a word for that called, "forced ripe!"
Growing up in the south, as I'm sure a lot of you know, it's pretty customary for women to get married young and start having babies. Well me I knew that was something galaxies away in my future and of course I just wanted to do the exact opposite of everyone else! Although I do love kids and you would laugh if I told you the exact number of how many I want to have.
In our society were taught to go straight to college after high school. Well I went straight to work because I already knew I wanted my own business one day but the problem was I had no idea what I was passionate about out of high school, nor did I know exactly how long that would take me to figure out!
I was the free spirit out of the family. (mmhmm imagine that!) It seems like everywhere I went on vacation I ended up moving there! I lived in Gulf shores Al, Destin Fl, Memphis Tn, and San Diego, Ca. I also spent a few years traveling some of the world and feel like I got that retirement travel bug out of the way already.
I moved to Dallas about 1 year ago to pursue my dream to try out for the Cowboy's Cheerleading team. I have absolutely no experience in dance... so I'm self taught. I cheered in high school and this is a dream I've had since my cheerleading days were short lived. Both times in high school I had to quit the team. The first time was due to family issues and having to move from Mississippi to go live with my Aunt in Louisiana. The second time I was missing a lot of after school practices because I had to work and my coach made me pick between cheerleading and work. This was a HUGE life lesson for me, "Always follow your dreams!" I had my heart set on a scholarship for cheerleading but with rough times I felt I really needed that job to pay for my current needs.
After that job I worked for a couple I met at church. They owned their own finance company and used car lot. This meeting would change my life forever, they took me in to their home at 17 and I knew from that day forward I would own my own business.
I've figured out my passion is Healthy living. I'm fascinated with nutrition, mainly minerals and how they interact with each others. Quite shocking when you think about minerals it may seem we know a lot, but they were only discovered in the past 100 years and some as recently as 45years ago! I'm a good ol American entrepreneur with my own business. I work with hair samples and we use an instrument that can read the minerals in your hair. This gives us a blueprint of what is going on in your body on a cellular level and we can balance your body chemistry, hormones, and metabolism.
When people find out I don't eat sugar it usually shocks them, but what really shocks them is when they realize how serious I am and I don't eat fruit or drink alcohol. I do love to make my own healthy spin on desserts with my own sugar blend that does not unbalance your body chemistry.
I have a future dream of owning a leading health food line, named Fallon Foods. As you can see there is a lot to my name!
Here is the recipe: take the name, mix it with a little childhood goal to be as uniquely different as absolutely possible, add a valley girl accent, some forced ripe(you cant forget that), 1 part finding your passion, 2 Awesome Dreams, you mix it all together and you get a recipe for Fallon Marie Decker.
Since so many people always ask me so many questions about my name I thought it would be fun to give you some food for thought. What's some of the things about your name that helped shape and influenced you? Do you think the journey thus far matches the name? What do you think about your name, do you feel it had a huge impact on your life or a small impact? Is it a family name? what is the origin and meaning of your name?