My husband and I coined the word, Anchala, years ago while raising our children. We took parts of our surnames to create the word (Anthony and Puchala), figuring that we'd only survive if we leaned into the best of the two of us. We always attempted to maintain a 'united front' with our girls, even when one disagreed with the other's position. Strength in numbers, we figured. (It mostly worked.)
Anchala took on a life of its own, peppering our conversations when we needed to make a point. "The Bank of Anchala isn't open 24/7," we'd say together," or "The Anchala college scholarship is for four years, you're on your own if you drag it out to five."
I'd started adding Anchala Studios when I signed up for free promotions, soon getting unsolicited mail addressed to Anchala Studios. In 2017, I decided to turn it into a legal business and filed papers for a limited liability company. My father started his own company at the age of 47 when the oldest child of his six children was a freshman in college and his youngest was entering second grade. It took me ten years longer to follow in his footsteps.