When I finally got up the nerve to start this blog, I knew its title would need to be perfect. And since it was mine, the only acceptable way to name my blog would be to use a word or idea I made up. It’s a little known fact about me, but I’ve been making up words for some time now. My imagination as a child was nothing less than exceptional (or at least that’s what my imaginary friends said), and so it was completely natural for me to make up words when I couldn’t quite find the one I needed. An example is “cattached.” It’s a word combining “connected” and “attached.” Simple, catchy, and VERY Kristin-ish. I don’t remember what exactly was going on that day, but I clearly remember being at my BFF’s house when this new word was born. I wish I could remember the context in which the word was being used, but I can’t. I guess it doesn’t really matter anyway, because at the end of the day, if you say “cattached” to me or Tamara, we are both 13ish again and laughing out loud. I even grew up and married a guy who shares my gift for making up words! We are responsible for such treasures as “GREATASTIC,” “MAGOSIS LOWSIS” and “WA.” I know you all are familiar with these words and use them frequently, right? Hello?
But anyway, back to the title of my blog (I’m prone to random tangents – you’ve been warned). I knew I needed a short catchy name, but what? A line from a favorite song? No. A quote from a favorite book? No. My name? Definitely no. Then it came to me – Lifeology. My blog was going to be about my life – my life as a wife/mom/sister/daughter/middle school counselor/etc, so why not “Lifeology, ” a cool made up word that would mean something to the effect of the study (ology) of my life! Perfect! Until I googled it and realized that I didn’t make it up – someone else has already started using it and it was all over the world-wide web. And as I was ready to ditch the title and start my search again, I read Urban Dictionary’s definition of the word I thought I made up:
Lifeology: The study of peoples personal lives through there biography to form generalizations about life. The difference between traditional biography and lifeology is that traditional biography only studies famous,wealthy and successful people but lifeology studies the biographies of all people successful or unsuccessful in there lives to learn about the personal life of humankind. It is a very young science but it has much to contribute to the understanding of life and how life can be made better.
And despite the misuse of “there” in the definition I decided it was a pretty good title anyway, even if it wasn’t my idea first.