“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” -Dr. Seuss
Let’s get started. This is the creation of something new. Something exciting. Something with lots of happiness, lots of hope, and a sprinkle of harsh realities. Welcome to my new adventure. Welcome to Happiness, Hope & Harsh Realities.
My mother encouraged me to write and share my writing with the world. I never listened until after she passed away. Truth is, I had been writing for awhile, just never sharing it with anyone. In January of 2018 I saw an open call for new contributors with Indianapolis Moms Blog. I applied, telling only my husband. I didn’t want to tell anyone, including family and friends, in the chance that it didn’t work out. Good news. It worked out. I was added as a contributor and my writing adventure took a front seat priority in my life and schedule. Writing became more than a hobby after that. It became therapeutic. It became an outlet for all of my emotions and adventures, both the good and the bad.
Sharing my stories made me vulnerable, but it was real. It was authentic. My writing was being read. My writing was being shared. Best of all, my writing was resonating with people. I began receiving messages from readers who appreciated and admired my writing. People were relating to my experiences and finding comfort and solidarity. They were reading my stories and thanking me for putting their thoughts and feelings into words. I can honestly say I was shocked. I was extremely surprised, but so incredibly excited. I took a leap of faith and it led me to something amazing. It led me here.
Today I take another leap of faith and start my own website. Another step into vulnerability but another step towards something I’m passionate about. I hope you’ll follow me on this journey. I hope that you find something that resonates with you, inspires you or encourages you to go after something you want. I hope my website and writing makes you smile and gives you hope that life can be beautiful, even when it’s heartbreaking. I promise to always be real, raw and authentic, even if that means being vulnerable. Stick around, there’s lots more to come!
ps-When my mother passed, I found a journal she kept for my daughter Hattie. Inside it read, “Take time for yourself always. Do something you enjoy. Look around you and see & hear the beauty that God put on this earth.” Today I did something I enjoy, I wrote. I started something new. You see, today is my mother’s birthday. I honor her by following through with her wish. I’m writing and sharing it with the world. Happy Birthday Mom. This is for you. I hope I’m making you proud. xox
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.