Happy 1 Year! –what’s in a name

It’s been a year now since I first took Holly’s Blogging Your Way ecourse and it’s pretty much changed my “online” life :-) It’s was during her class where I was able to refocus and relaunch my blog (and I was also lucky enough to make some really good friends along the way) Her class has been instrumental in changing the way I communicate and relate to my community, and I’m happy to say that I’m still blogging strong!!

I’m often get asked how I came up with the name Blu Penny, and why there’s no “e” in Blu. Well here are my two namesakes and I think they pretty much explains it all!

Blu Penny is named after my two lovelies. Penny my ‘first born’ boston terrier and Ava Blu.

And as you would suspect, Ava Blu has some meaning behind her name too. The first gift her father gave to me was a pair of earing from James Avery, so I pretty much had the name Avery picked out for a boy right from the beginning. When we found out she was a girl we decided to go with the more feminine, closely related Ava. The second part of her first name, Blu, is named after our wedding color. I dropped the “e” in Blue because as a visual person I needed her name to be balanced and symmetrical. Yes, totally my artsy geekyness coming through. When people (mainly adults), first meet Ava Blu they often try to shorten her first name to just Ava or assume that Blu is her middle name. But Ava Blu is in fact her first name. She has two first names, just like her mama. A bond that I feel really strongly about. Ava Blu may have to correct folks for the rest of her life, but I can guarantee you that once they get it they won’t forget her :-)

So Blu Penny is named after and embodies all that I love, both in life and creatively!!


  1. I loved reading this! I can't believe it's been a year already! That is crazy. So glad we met!

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