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

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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