So...a little background about the first part of my blog title. [NOTE: This post originally appeared on my first blog, makenakaratasi.com.] My husband is Kenyan, and at our wedding his family assigned a Kenyan name to me: Makena. For years I refused to acknowledge or use this name because I had been told that it meant "big, happy person", and I had ZERO interest in drawing further attention to my girth. But a couple of years ago I mentioned this to H, and he said, "But that's not what it means!" He proceeded to explain that it meant that my JOY is big, not my body. Ohhhhhhhhh, NOW I get it! And now I embrace my name and (I hope) live up to it.