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A Rose By Any Other Name…

Jessica Romigh Green Door Hospitality

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to open up my heart to all of you, my loyal readers, and share something that I’ve been wanting to share with you for quite awhile.  My real name.

When I started this blog I was unsure about blogging, the direction that I would be taking, and the overall privacy of the internet.  So I decided to develop a writing alias.  Kenley Leigh is a combination of my husband’s middle name (Kenley) and mine (Leigh).

The alias worked for awhile.  But the lines began to blur.  Something happened that I hadn’t planned on when I began this blogging journey.  I became part of this amazing community.  This is a community that supports one another.  We lift each other up to be able to explore new heights.  If someone hasn’t blogged in awhile, I get genuinely concerned — hoping that everything is ok.  We praise each others accomplishments and are shoulders to cry and ears to listen during harder times.  Most of us will never come face to face.  But we are friends.

And friends share.  They reveal and expose themselves.  I apologize for not doing this sooner but my concerns for internet privacy kept getting in the way.  But the need to be true to myself and my community is greater than any concern.  As I move forward with Green Door Hospitality, I want my readers –my blogging family — to see all of me, holding nothing back.

My name is Jessica.  And I look forward to continuing this journey with you, my friend.

52 comments on “A Rose By Any Other Name…

  1. apuginthekitchen
    February 7, 2014

    Jessica, I really thought your name was Kenley, look forward to more and more from you, I really enjoy your blog.

  2. SmallHouseBigGarden
    February 7, 2014

    Nice to meet you, Jessica! 🙂

  3. Jessica: Hesitantly Healthy
    February 7, 2014

    Hey, I kinda like that name 🙂

  4. Cloches & Lavender
    February 7, 2014

    LOL, I really thought your name was Kenley. Jessica it has been great having you as a friend and following you on your journey. We have been following one another for quite a while. Thanks for sharing that with us and friend you can call me Cindy if you want. I used Cynthia because that is what my mom always wanted everyone to call me and they all chose Cindy instead.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      February 7, 2014

      Thanks so much Cindy! I really appreciate all your support and friendship throughout this whole journey!

  5. thethingaboutjoan
    February 7, 2014

    Hiya Jessica. 🙂 Still love the name Kenley Leigh though.

  6. tinywhitecottage
    February 7, 2014

    I know how you feel about the thought of privacy and trying to remain a bit anonymous. I also know how you feel about the wonderful blogging community and the friendships that are developed…it is so special. Nice to meet you Jessica….I’m Seana. 🙂

  7. Garden Walk Garden Talk
    February 7, 2014

    I too assumed your name was Kenley. That really is a nice name. Glad to meet you Jessica.

  8. gentlestitches
    February 8, 2014

    My name is Sharon and I like you what ever you choose to call yourself.
    More Dewars pictures!!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      February 8, 2014

      Hi Sharon! Well, I like you too!! 🙂 And I believe Dewars will be making another special appearance for Valentine’s Day! 😉

  9. Fae's Twist & Tango
    February 8, 2014

    Darling Jessica, You are radiant in the photo. You are a rose. From day one that you left me a message, it did come across what a lovely person you are. With you smile and talent, you captured everyone’s heart. I feel the same about our community. I don’t leave comments every time, but I make sure I do give a visit to the community we created and participate. I like your name Kenley very much too, as my son’s name is Ken and this was a cute version of it. Looking forward to visit and learn more from Jessica!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      February 8, 2014

      Thank you so much Fae for this wonderfully sweet and thoughtful comment! I can’t begin to tell you how much I greatly appreciate it!! It really touched me.

  10. Fig & Quince
    February 8, 2014

    Ha ha, you fooled me too, I totally thought that was your real name and what a clever nom-de-plume it was too, like how you took the middle names.

    anyhow: Hi Jessica! 😀

  11. Kitchen Kelli
    February 9, 2014

    Nice to meet you Jessica – although I will probably always call you Kenley! 🙂 I felt the same way as you for a long time but I have found when I became a real person using my real picture, my blog grew and yours will too!

  12. A Taste of Wintergreen
    February 10, 2014

    Jessica, Completely understand the desire to be honest and yet somehow maintain privacy. It’s a balancing act in a wired world where information stays permanent. I hope I don’t slip up and call you Kenley! Love your photograph and your blog. And glad to know you a little more now.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      February 11, 2014

      Thanks so much Lindy! And don’t worry if you slip up… 🙂
      Appreciate all your support and kind words!!

  13. Peri's Spice Ladle
    February 10, 2014

    Dear Jessica, what a beautiful name…the blogging world does get involving:) You did pull off the alias wonderfully and somewhere in my mind, I’ll continue to think of you as Kenley:)

  14. breatheeatlive
    February 10, 2014

    Beautiful! This is the hard part, opening up to your comfort level with the rest of the WORLD! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  15. Design Secrets
    February 10, 2014

    Hi Jessica, Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and I have nominated you in mine. Check it out. (

  16. Anika Kohon
    February 11, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this with us! It was a big leap of faith, and I’m so glad you took it. 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      February 11, 2014

      Thanks Anika! It is because of amazing bloggers like you that I decided to take that leap! 🙂

  17. P.E.A.C.E.
    February 11, 2014

    I love this post so much it moves me to tears! Happy joyful heart-strings-pulled shiny tears! It is SO nice to meet you pretty lady, witty and clever blogger extraordinaire! I can totally relate to the caution-thing, and that I too now feel a blossoming with regards to blogging. It is a family. I’m so proud of you for doing this Jessica. Warmest hugs from your friend Gina.

  18. Valentina
    February 11, 2014

    Hello Jessica, happy cooking in the Green Door Hospitality.

  19. Alicia
    February 12, 2014

    Wow! Nice to meet you Jessica! That’s funny, but I totally get it. Thank you for all of your support too! You are awesome!

  20. thingsmybellylikes
    February 13, 2014

    LOVE this. I’ve felt the same way about blogging – you start a blog, thinking no-one will read and all of a sudden you find a new family! Thanks for sharing Jessica

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  22. Time With Thea
    February 14, 2014

    I noticed there was a name change and wondering what was going on. Thanks for clarifying and you are so correct. Blogging is about the relationships. I so appreciate your friendship and support right form the beginning!

  23. Penny L Howe
    February 17, 2014

    Hello Jessica, and yes a rose by any other name indeed. An outstanding post writing by a most excellent friend, thank you for being so wonderfully you! 🙂 xx

  24. lulu
    February 21, 2014

    I like you no matter what your name is!!!

  25. gotasté
    February 22, 2014

    Be it Kenley in the past or Jessica now, It is great to have you my friend. If I slip up and address you as Kenley sometimes, just knock on my head and say “It’s Jessica!” 🙂
    warmly, danny

  26. mmmarzipan
    April 18, 2014

    Jessica! Lovely! I am so happy to have had the chance to go back in time and find/read this post (and catch up on others too). I have been away for a few months, but was so happy tonight to see you pop up in my reader!!! 🙂 Have missed you! MM (or Marisa, to you 😉 ) xx

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 18, 2014

      I believe we both have had some busy few months…. I was very happy as well to have you pop back up in my reader as well 🙂 I also was actually just looking at your ketchup recipe yesterday. Needing to make some ketchup and love your use of paste (since it will still be a few months before my tomatoes are ready in the garden)

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