I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know I have decided to change my name. Actually, I have gone through the court process already so it is legal!
My new name is Ylona Hartford. However, I will still happily answer to Marie if that is how you knew me before.
It is pronounced “eee – LONE – ah” for anyone curious.
I changed my name for a family name that is better suited to singing opera. Plus, I really believe children should eventually choose their own names. I never felt like a Kim (my first name at birth that I used until I was in 5th grade) nor did Marie really fit (my middle name at birth). I feel with Ylona I am finally really myself!