Just. Freebie.

Growing up I was known to all friends and family as 'Kim'...then I moved to college.

I went through a 'reinvetion' stage.

18.

Searching to 'find myself'.

You know the whole bit.

I decided I would start going by Kimberly. I was 8 hours away from home, no one here knew me as anyone other than what I introduced myself as...this was going to be easy.

WRONG.

People still call me Kim even though I've not once introduced myself that way in the past 10 years.
I guess those two extra syllables on the end just tires a tongue out??

Not too sure.

But I digress.

I met a girlfriend of mine a few years ago at church named Abby.

Just Abby.

I would crack up listening to her introduce herself to others..it went a little like this:
...
Hi, I'm Abby.

Oh, hi Abby...that's short for...??

Nothing. It's just Abby.
...
A short conversation would follow about how her birth certificate really says Abby.

Not Abigail.

Not Abileen.

Not Abianything else.

Funny how people can't seem to fathom the thought.
Anyway, I would always laugh because I could totally relate.
She is just Abby and I'm never just Kim.

So, I wanted to post my latest lil creation today and as I was thinking about this post, I thought...why not just a freebie.

So there ya go friends.

Long story short.
{not that you really even needed the story}

It's just a freebie today.


Click to download. Let me know what you think! :)

Feel free to pin!

55 comments

  1. I love that this is a freebie just because! This will perfect for next year's classroom pinterest quote wall that I'm trying to make. Thanks for the freebie & I enjoyed the story that you told along with it! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. Your little story is perfect! People have always tried to call me "Cindy" even when I introduce myself as "Cynthia"...I just don't get it!! I have 2 daughters, one of which is "just Abbey"...and I find myself telling others that she's "Abbey...just Abbey". AND I named her 'just' Abbey so she wouldn't have to deal with the whole nickname thing her entire life - who knew people would still try to call her Abigail!!! :). thanks for sharing and for the FREEBIE :) :) :)

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  3. Thank you so much! Loved your story as well...I'm just Cindi!

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  4. I love this. I'm going to hang it up in my kindergarten classroom. Also loved the story.

    Just Lisa

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  5. Loved your story and could totally relate! Thanks for the freebie...I love the message. Might have to "borrow" Lisa's idea and start my own Pinterest wall. Thanks!

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  6. I love this!! I tried to print, but two of the fonts won't show up on my print preview. :(

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  7. Thanks! Can totally relate! I'm Patti--short for Patricia. But do not want to be called Pat and some people just don't get it! I went to school with a 220 pound linebacker type guy named Pat--that's not me!

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  8. This is so cheerful - I love it!
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  9. Precious! Thank you for sharing, Kimberly!

    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  10. Kimberly,
    Thank you! Love the story; love, love, love the poster!
    Camille
    An Open Door

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  11. Love the Free. I mean the Freebie. And your story was totally cute:) Thanks!

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  12. This is great; thank you so much for sharing:)!

    ~Sara

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  13. Thanks for the freebie! I have the same name problem. I am Jenny. JUST Jenny. NOT Jennifer. It says Jenny on my birth certificate. And I HATE being called Jennifer. But people still do it, even when I insist it is JUST JENNY. *sigh*

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  14. Thank you for the freebie. I know what you mean about the Kim thing. I don't really care too much whether people call me Kim or Kimberly. However, my mom says "If I would have wanted you to be called Kim, I would have named you that." lol :)

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  15. From one Kimberly to another...Thank you for the freebie, Kimberly! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :D

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  16. I absolutely love this! Thanks
    I'm a new follower.
    lfielder@fortsmithschools.org

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  17. The phase hit in 7th grade where I changed the spelling of my name-talk about cuhrazy! I was such a rebel! How silly us girls can be!
    ~Just Christy (aka Christine, Kristi) & Just Tammy (aka Tamatha, Tami)

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  18. I just discovered your blog and already adore you! Thanks for the freebie. I love the bright colors.

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  19. What a cute story :) and loveeeee the freebie!! I'm going to pin it. My name is Katie... short for Kathryn. I went through the phase too, where I thought I wanted to be called Kathryn - didn't last. My parents actually wanted to name me "just Katie," but my dad's parents convinced them that when I'm older and have a business-like job, I won't want a little name like Katie... haha. I guess I showed them :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  20. This is super cute! And I love the fonts! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Thanks so much for the "Just" freebie. I love it!!!

    I have always had the opposite. People tried to call me "Cindy" which I quickly put a stop to. I'm just not a "Cindy" type of gal! lol

    Cynthia
    2nd Grade Pad

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  22. This is wonderful. I teach middle school and am always looking for fun but not "too cute" stuff to hang up. This is perfect. Thanks!

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  23. Love it!Way to go Kimberly!! :) I am Jennifer, as I always say since I have been married...but I always wind up as Jen! That makes me s.h.u.t.t.e.r....growing up I was Jenna, much easier but I did not like how Jenna Jackson sounded. Oh well, I have begun to figure out in old age that most people think what they think for themselves, not others!! I work with a girl that only goes by Kimberly too...:)
    Love the sign again, thanks!!

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  24. This is beautiful, Kimberly! I am Tammy, not Tamara, although a lot of people call me Tam! Thanks for the new picture that will find a home in my first grade classroom this fall!

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  25. Thanks for sharing this!! It will be posted in my classroom this fall. I may have it enlarged as a poster.

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  26. You're very generous-thank you for the freebie! Great 'name' story. However, it would have been much worse to have a Spanish name and then have people Anglicize it :-/ My given name is Juanita, but my 3rd grade teacher started calling me Janie, the English equivalent. From 3rd grade on I would introduce myself as Juanita only to be called Janie. Then for some reason in high school I wanted to be by Janie-cuz it's much cooler-and my teachers called me Juanita. I respond to both names, but I have thought of legally changing it to Janie. Lesson: ask your students what name they preferred to be called-don't shorten their name or give them an unwanted nickname :) Thanks again for the poster! P.S. My blog name is Nita...short for Juanita :D

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  27. Thanks for the freebie! I am trying to print this as a larger poster for my classroom, but it keeps saying the resolution is too low to go bigger than a 5 x 7. Anyone able to help me? Thanks!

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  28. I love this...so cute! I think I'll print and make one for a friend too! Thanks!

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  29. Thanks for the freebie! LOVE it!

    Given name Angela
    Never called Angela, go by Angie
    People can't keep it straight, why didn't my parents just name me Angie :)

    And so I named my girls Leslie and Zoe!

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  30. THanks for the freebie!!! I will be posting this in my classroom this year!!!

    Lisa

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  31. I love the simplicity and how it is laid out visually! Thank you for sharing!

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  32. Thank you - love it!
    Just Tammy (except Uncle Jerry still calls me Tamitha ???)

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  33. Thanks for the great printable. I printed off a couple for my kids teachers. and by the way, my name is Abby.....just Abby :)

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  34. I think this is such an amazing poster. Simple, direct, and obtainable for my students. Would it be okay for me to post this onto my class website? I would give full credit of course. You can view my site at http://teacherweb.com/NY/StJude/MrsDeAcutis/. I like to post inspirational says, pics, etc.

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    1. Of course you can share! :) Thanks for the love!

      Kimberly

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  35. Thanks for the freebie! Cute story. I have an Abigail who insists on being Abby and an Alyssa who goes by Ali. Then there's me, Amy. No nicknames or longer names or shorter names but no one can seem to spell it right!

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  36. Thanks for sharing, Kimberly:) Very cute. Make it a great day!

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  37. Thanks Kimberly! Great story, too.

    From,
    Max's mom (just Max) ;-)

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  38. Awesome poster. Cute story. I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. I've always been just Denise. As a kid I hated my name because I never had any cute nicknames. I was always just plain old, boring Denise. However, when naming our children we were careful not to give them names that would lead to numerous (sometimes annoying) nicknames. Ironic.

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  39. Can you send me the file that i can modify because i would like to create one in French... thanks a lot for your site and ideas...
    matthieu.dubouis@gmail.com

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  40. Thank you for such a cheerful poster! I have tons of pinterest posters/quotes in frames sitting around my classroom and I can't wait to add this one to my collection. Also, thank you for sharing your cute story. I can relate, as well...often when I introduce myself to others as "Shelley" (which is my name), I get "is that short for Michelle?" When I tell them it isn't, they reply with "are you sure?" Hmm...seriously? Haha! :)

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  41. Thank you!!!! I'm going to print it out!!!!

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  42. You included the essentials that we really say over and over to our students. I only wish I had a small copy to give to students. When I'm working in small groups I think I shall just put a copy in the middle of the table and point to parts instead of speaking them so much. Thank you for sharing your colorful idea, just Kim.

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  43. Love the poster...I had trouble printing it though :(
    Could you send a copy of the file to lavender1083@hotmail.com? Greatly appreciated ;)

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  44. I, too, am a just. I'm JUST Randa. Not Miranda. Not Rhonda or any variation of that. Just RANDA. It gets frustrating. Thanks for the freebie Kimberly!

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  45. Thanks! I'm Susan, but my family calls me Susie. When I moved away from home I wanted everyone to call me Susan, and now I miss not being Susie! Are we ever satisfied! I also went through a phase of wishing I had a "Z" in my name...which resulted in my invented spelling...Siouxzun! Ha! Great conversation starter!

    Friendly Froggies
    Susan

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  46. I love this! Saw it on pinterest. Repinned and came right over to grab myself a copy! Thank you!

    As for your name, how frustrating that must sometimes be. My name is Leslie, and I'm from the South and do sort of pronounce it with a Z when I'm among family/friends. But formally most people use the S as it is spelled. But most often, I get when introduced, "Is it Leslie with a Z or Leslie with a S?" I usually just say "either." So not totally the same, but I sort of get it! I'm JUST Leslie (however you want to say it LOL!). :)

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  47. Cute story. I named my baby girl, Jill. Always loved Jillian but knew she'd end up being called Jill. To save on confusion (I mistakenly thought) I just named her Jill. Often people refer to her as Jillian. Thanks for the free poster. Late to the party I know, but that's part of the fun of pinterest. Old things are constantly found by someone as something new. I love it and can't wait to print it.

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