Harsh Realities

December 30, 2019

The Day My Grief Showed Up At The Bank

Today my grief got the best of me. The hurt came through as anger. The pain showed up as rage. After my mother died I became the kind of adult in charge of endless accounts, legal documents, and an entire estate. The kind of responsibility you wish you were never granted. Even years later I find myself working to close all of my mothers affairs,…

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December 20, 2019

Back Seat Tears

There she sat, in the back seat sobbing. I could tell the kind of tears that flowed down her cheek. It was grief. She missed her. My mother. Her grandmother. She’s only 8, but sometimes it hits her unexpectedly, just like me.  She’s only 8, but she grieves too. Sure she is resilient, as they say kids are, but she hurts too. She tucks away the pain…

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December 18, 2019

Married A Man. Divorced an Addict.

I married a man that needed more than I had to offer. A man who needed saved from the demons that wrecked his heart and mind. My younger self ignored the red flags, the gut instincts, and the years of turbulence. I accepted a jaded proposal and ventured into a life that eventually morphed into something similar to a Netflix documentary.  I was invested. I…

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December 11, 2019

Do You Miss Her?

I’m cooking dinner and grabbing items from the refrigerator. I quickly glance at the pictures propped up by a magnet. They are old photos. Photos from the first months of dating and knowing my husband.  They show a different girl. One with less wrinkles and less worries. They show a girl with a carefree smile and a semi-open schedule. They show a girl who is…

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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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