Who is Sonya Yim?


Yes, Sonya Yim is my real name.  Most people who know me don’t know this.  My middle name always embarrassed me.  My first name was cool – I knew that plenty of Sonya’s existed in the world.  But Yim?  I didn’t know one.  So by second grade I shorted Yim to a simple Y and acted as if the “im” didn’t exist.  Even as an adult, I continued to ignore Yim until I was reminded that she was apart of me.

I spent weeks searching  for a cool and funky name for my blog.  One night in bed while rattling off my latest name list, Tonio looks at me and says, “How about Sonya Yim?”  I of course laughed.  He didn’t even know Yim was my middle name until we were signing our marriage certificate.  I asked, “Why Sonya Yim?”  He chuckled and said, “That’s your name, isn’t it?”
Like most of the time, he was right.  At that moment I realized that I was shunning part of me.  My middle name came from my mom’s first name – Im.  Unaware, I had disregarded the two most important letters of my middle name.  Y was easier to accept than the unheard of Yim.  In doing so, I was essentially saying my mom’s name wasn’t good enough for me.
At that moment, I decided that my name was good enough for me and good enough to carry the name of my photography blog.
I will never deny part of who I am again.  With my “im” back, I am and will always be Sonya Yim.

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