This is such a particularly feminine dilemma.
How and to whom am I identified when I stand alone?
Who am I, really?
Yet, I don't feel this is a decision I can make with happiness as a prime determining factor. I'm rather lazy, I'd be happy to leave well enough alone!
I've signed a lot of artwork as Lisa PHC and have pushed Art by Lisa PHC for several years now. But only several years, and if I'm going to stop at any point, it might as well be sooner than later. I do intend to be an artist for my whole life. I was an artist before I was Lisa PHC, and God willing, I'll be an artist after.
So this is what I determined, after much consideration and many tears. My name is about relationships, the ones that are most important to me.
My given name, Lisa (which is, by the way, the only one that is solely mine) means consecrated to God. My relationship with God came first and is foremost in my life.
Plemmons is the family into which I was born and I feel fortunate to be part of it.
I also feel fortunate to have given birth to three of my favorite people in the whole world, who are all named Harrison.
So even though I like to write my signature as Lisa Caddel, because in cursive it is so very loopy and fun; and even though it will be a chore to change all my documentation, train people to call me Lisa Harrison again, and rebrand my artistic self, ultimately it will be worth it.
I am a winner and I will like my name because it communicates the relationships most dear to me! I will take one step back to go forward in a different direction. It is a process that will take time but the first step is taken. So today the C in Lisa PHC stands for Committed.
Also, if you heard my Dad give the "You are a Winner!" speech, I'd love to hear about it.