Harsh Realities

August 3, 2023

There She Goes

Mom, There she goes. To middle school. To becoming even more of a big kid and who she’s meant to be. To needing me less and more independence. To switching classes, finding lockers, and conversation during passing periods. To middle school– I had to say it again just to believe it myself.  There she goes, my sweet girl. To a new school year and new…

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May 14, 2023

Social Media on Mother’s Day

Today you’ll scroll social media, as you often do, wasting time and lost in distraction. It will be much different than the days before because today is Mother’s Day. Your screen will be filled with mother-daughter hugs, teas and breakfasts, gifts and cards, and things that are simply not possible for you— a daughter with a mother in heaven.  You’ll scroll and see smiles and…

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April 11, 2023

Manicures & Missing Her

I’m getting my nails painted a shade of lavender that my mom would love. Purple was her favorite color. I’m spending the day getting ready for an event and trip that signifies a huge milestone in my life. I’m still in shock at how my dreams are unfolding and coming true. It makes me miss her with an intensity that cannot be ignored. I feel…

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March 27, 2023

Happy Birthday Travis

His death has always felt so incredibly unfair. He was taken at the peak of the ‘glory days’, where the naivety of youth still clouded our judgment, and where our only priorities were fun and freedom.  He was my first friend, though in reality he was always more like a brother. All of my childhood memories include him– from birthday parties to holidays, from sleepovers…

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A 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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