Harsh Realities

November 9, 2023

The Circle of Christmas Tradition

I stand there opening holiday boxes filled with decorations, my grown daughter beside me. She loves this time of year. She always has. I used to enjoy it too before my mother passed. Now, it’s as if the magic and sparkle are just as gone as she is.  In losing my mother, I lost the joy of the holidays too. I lost the tradition and…

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November 8, 2023


I feel like I’m forgetting. Not her, but tiny details. I feel like I’m losing her again and again, over and over.  I tallied up the years it’s been without her. It felt like a punch to the gut. I counted the birthdays without her, the holidays without her, the special occasions without her. It felt impossible.  Since she passed, life has been so beautiful,…

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October 29, 2023

Grief & Paparazzi

I’m aimlessly scrolling social media when a familiar face pops up on the screen. It’s my favorite Dateline journalist, Keith Morrison. Immediately I’m filled with agony over what I’m watching. I’m angry that this video exists, that this type of journalism exists. He’s being filmed in fresh grief. The news of Matthew Perry’s death, his stepson, has just broke. It’s everywhere. You cannot escape the…

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October 27, 2023

I Still Remember Everything About That Day

We were in the living room, all cuddled together on the couch, when you told us the news that would change our lives forever. You had cancer. All of the fears from each of your doctors appointments had come to fruition. We cried. We hugged. We prayed.  I still remember everything about that day.  The room was bright and cold and filled with a medicinal…

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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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