xox Chelsea Ohlemiller

To the Writers Before Me

June 6, 2019

Thank you for leading the way. Thank you for your inspiration, your courage, and your vulnerability. 

Thank you for your story.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer with 100 followers or 1 million. I read your work and was inspired, uplifted, encouraged and enlightened by your words. 

Your words gave me the strength to pursue my dream, knowing that if just one person read my work I’d be proud. Knowing that if I put my story on paper and it helped just one person feel less alone, I’d be honored and will have succeeded. 

Your words helped me begin my journey. They helped me take the first step. Then along the way, they reminded me to keep going. They reminded me to stay on my path, and not be detoured by others. They reminded me that my unique road was designed specifically for me and it would lead to great things.

Your words led me to my own success.

Thank you to the writers who use their words to help rather than harm. To celebrate rather than condemn. To inspire rather than intimidate. Your words matter. Someone is reading them and clinging to everything they say.  I am one of those people.

I write now because of you. I write because of other influences in my life too, but also because of you and your captivating and powerful words. 

Thank you for sharing your heart with the world. People like me are watching, reading and listening. People like me were once overwhelmed with too much fear to pursue our dreams. Then, your words came along and offered courage and hope. 

And I’ve learned that courage and hope can change the world. 

xox, Chels 

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

Wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is married to the love of her life, Justin. She’s the mother to a kind-hearted daughter named Hattie, a rambunctious son named Hutson, and the baby and “Grand Finale” of the family, a son named Hyland. Chelsea recently left her job as a special education teacher in Indianapolis to become a stay-at-home-mom. Little did she know she'd soon be led back into the classroom. She recently accepted a position with Anderson University supervising student teachers. She has a deep love of teaching and has always enjoyed helping inspire students. She is a Ball State graduate but an Indiana University Hoosier at heart. Chelsea’s mother is her inspiration, as she always encouraged her to write. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. She decided to honor her mother's wishes. She started writing and sharing it with the world. It was one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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