Harsh Realities

March 3, 2020

A Picture and a Resemblance

Occasionally I’ll find a picture where I resemble my mother, and it makes me happy. Growing up it was always my sister who looked like her. And now that she’s gone, I desperately cling to any piece of her that remains. And sometimes, if I’m lucky, I find one.  A picture where the resemblance can’t be denied. A resemblance that proves I am hers and…

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March 2, 2020

Uninvited Memories

I can still remember the room and everything in it.  I can remember the placement of the bed, the lighting, and where each piece of furniture sat. Trauma can lock memories inside of your head and each intricate detail that accompanies them. Trauma has a way of engraving details so harshly on your soul that they cannot be forgotten or replaced.  I have trouble remembering…

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February 28, 2020

Surviving with Faith & Denial

I got an unexpected call the other day. A friend and former colleague called to tell me some extremely upsetting news about a former student. It was the kind of news that causes your heart to ache. The kind of news that makes you stop and immediately start praying. Praying for healing, for comfort, and for positive outcomes. The kind of news that doesn’t leave…

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February 26, 2020

Lost in the Last Goodbye

Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe. I have to take myself out of that moment. The one two years ago when I lost my mother. The moment we said our last and final goodbye.  Sometimes, I find myself lost in that last goodbye.  Sometimes that fateful moment slips into my head and heart and it aches just as intensely as the moment I…

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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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