Monday, September 7, 2015

It's all in the name: Lola & Lane

Lola & Lane. The name of this blog.

So much thought goes into picking the perfect name. Will it catch on? Will it stick? What if it sounds dumb? There are so many thoughts during one of the most important decisions when beginning a blog. When choosing the name for my blog, I thought for quite awhile and didn't put my plan into action until I thought of something that I truly loved and had a connection with. So then, the story behing the name, you ask?

Lola. My oldest daughter's middle name. Lola also happened to be my Grandmother's name. Before she passed away, my Grandmother, who I called Mammal (pronounced mah-maw, if that makes sense!), was my best friend and my absolute everything. We spoke everyday, sometimes multiple times per day, and saw each other quite a bit. It was only fitting that I give her name to my daughter, whose first name is Willow.

Willow Lola.

I may be somewhat biased, but I am so in love with her name. It only made sense, to somehow incorporate the use of Lola into my blog since there's such a deep connection to the name.

Lane. My youngest daughter's middle name. Lane was chosen in a somewhat similar fashion. Lane was   chosen because it was ex-husband's mother's maiden name. Again, it offered a family tie and was still a unique name. I loved that it still was different and a beautifully chosen name that held so much meaning. My youngest's name is Lyla.

Lyla Lane.

Her name too, was chosen as a somewhat unique and family name. The second half of my blog name, Lane.

My blog, Lola & Lane, is a reflection of my life and the most important parts of it. There was and is so much meaning behind the name. Not only does it represent my daughter's but it is a representation of the important pieces that make up my small sliver of life. I may not have the whole 'life' thing figured out, however, I do know that I'm not so worried about the quantity of life, but the quality. I want memories, I want fun, I want to know that the time spent in my life was made the best possible all due to taking the efforts to just live and be in the moment. It's sometimes hard to do and remember, but making the conscious effort to do so is something to strive for.

One of my favorite pictures of my girls, Willow Lola & Lyla Lane. Willow is on the right & Lyla is on the left.

So, I attempted to articulate the story behind the name. I digressed a little, but that's to be expected when my weekend was filled with nothing but work and sleep. Night shift is rough, especially as a correctional officer...but that's a story for a different day...
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I am linking up with Bailey at Brave Love for her Blog-tember challenge. Today's prompt was, Tell us about your blog name. Where did it come from?

Also linking up with Ember Grey for Grateful Heart, A Cute Angle, & Let It Shine.


  1. Hello from Ember Grey ... your daughers' names are beautiful. Different and very fitting for your blog too. I love the story of your grandmother. Probably more so because I'm a grandmother of two and trying to build the exact relationship with my grand babies you described. Grant it they are only 2 and 3, but it begins now. Enjoyed your story and the love behind it.

  2. So cool, I love family names. I was supposed to be a McCarthy (a family name) but last minute got changed to a Brittany. The McCarthy would have suited me much better ha ha. If I am ever blessed with kiddos there will be a McCarthy in there.
    Great post.

  3. I like your Blog name and you little girls are adorable no wonder you chose their names. That's awesome, great post!

  4. You've got a beautiful blog name! I love that you named it after your daughters. That's a beautiful picture of them!

  5. I love the name of your blog! And that might be because Lola and Lane are two of my favorites as well. One is also a family name and the other reminds me of Lane off of Gilmore Girls, one of my favorite shows. I'm stopping by from Let's Be Friends Blog Hop. Looks like we both started our blogs about the same time. I am not a huge fan of the name of mine. I thought it was awesome at first but now I'm thinking it's just plain ole silly. Oh well. Am your newest follower via GFC and Bloglovin'. Nice to meet you!