This is my first ever article, but I thought that the 30 days writing challenge will be a good ice breaker in this new journey.

1) Explain the meaning of your name.
Ana-Maria or Ann Mary as in English.
Ana (AH-nə, AN-ə) means full of grace, mercy, gracious
Maria (mah-REE-ə), however, means "sea of bitterness" or "sea of sorrow" "rebellion" and "mistress or lady of the sea"
In my country it is a very common name, which made me hate it for a very long time, but lately I was trying to look beneath all of that and discover what it means to me.
It is the name of my grandmothers, the ones who battled for the life of their children. It is the proof of hope and belief in something greater of my nation. It is the name that I carry proudly through life and that carries me as well, and I strive to feel it with even more meaning than it already holds.
~ with love, AMS.

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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." ~Shakespeare

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