So what’s with the name change from Tracy to Sam you ask?
Well, yes, I did just celebrate my 50th birthday, but adopting a new first name isn’t something that just happened as a result of a mid-life crisis. For as long as I can remember I did not relate to my name Tracy. When I was young I was called ‘Dick Tracy’ and hated that. It didn’t matter that in the 1960’s the name Tracy for a girl was actually pretty cool – I just didn’t connect to it.
Somewhere in my teenage years I fell in love with the name Sam; as in Samantha. I always thought it was fun, feminine and somehow serious at the same time. When I was pregnant with our daughter the name Sam was briefly discussed but overturned by my husband so I wasn’t going to end up having a ‘Sam’ in my offspring either.
A few years ago during some of my darkest hours, I learned that the name Tracy actually means warrior. After a bit of a rant about not wanting to be in battle, I immediately wondered what the name Samantha meant. To my amazement I discovered the name Samantha is the female version of Samuel which means ‘God heard’.
I prayed about this for a few years and after talking to a few people who had legally changed their names, I seriously considered it for a while – except that the logistics of a legal name change at this point in my life seemed to be too much administrative extra work that I simply didn’t want to add to my already over-burdened task list.
It was around then that I sat down and wrote my next book, ‘Creating a 3-Day Money Miracle’. This was later updated and expanded into the manuscript for ‘Financial Grace’. I authored it as ‘Sam (Tracy) Piercy, CFP’. The name Sam just seemed to flow naturally with this different type of writing.
As I continued to ponder and pray about changing my name, my 50th birthday was approaching. It became clearer and clearer that the new decade and beyond was indeed a new era of my life. And so, on my birthday I had lunch with my father first to tell him the plans around adopting a new first name, then I invited a few friends over for an evening of prayer and cake to say goodbye to the 40’s and to welcome in the 50’s and Sam.
It’s an interesting experience introducing yourself under a new name but on a go forward basis, you will see me transitioning all online accounts to Sam and introducing myself as such. I’m very excited about the prayers that God is answering and am happy to be addressed as either Sam or Tracy as my warrior character is still very much alive as a warrior to help people come to know and to strengthen their relationship with the Lord Jesus through finances!