Harsh Realities

January 3, 2024

Mountain Called Grief

The mountain was there. I was simply too afraid to step on it. Too afraid of its climb and what the other side would mean.  The mountain’s name was grief.  It appeared out of nowhere the day my mother died. It stood in the way of everything. It hid my future, and each thing to come. It was so large and intimidating. I desperately tried…

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January 2, 2024

She Smiled

She’s smiling. She’s been through the thick of it, nearly sinking in the quicksand of grief and heartbreak. But she’s smiling. Not a fake smile either. The kind that starts from within. The kind that begins from joy or love, or both. The kind that says, I’m not just alive but living. She’s smiling and it makes me hopeful that I’ll smile again too.  If…

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December 1, 2023

Handle With Care

He holds my hand as I listen to the priest conduct my mother’s funeral services. His love and empathy are evident. I’m scared that soon I’ll be too difficult to love– too broken, too hurt, too grief-stricken and shattered. I’m worried that this new version of me, the one without a mother, will be so different than before he won’t recognize me, or worse, that…

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November 27, 2023

For You, When You Miss Me During the Holidays (Grandmother Edition)

For You, When You Miss Me During the Holidays… You miss me fiercely. I can see it from where I am. It’s such a bittersweet honor to be missed with an intensity like the one you hold. It shows that I loved you well, but also that you’re hurting. I see the space you’ve reserved for me– a chair left in my honor. A small…

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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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