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The girl with five names

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Becoming Bilingual

Languages have always followed me throughout life—mostly I think because I am always so nervous to speak them. So, when I met and fell in love with someone who comes from a non-English-speaking country, I knew the Universe wasn’t going to let it go. I was going to have to face my fears. Here’s a […]

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Language Barriers as Marriage Savers

When Domi and I were first together, Domi’s English was not what it is now and my German was, well, non-existent. One day shortly after we moved-in together, about three months into our relationship, we were grocery shopping. Innocent enough, right? Well, sometimes even when you speak the same language, communicating can be hard—now add […]

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Jan 8
Inspiration

Push Through the Hard

Sometimes there are beings in life that I never would expect to be teachers for me, but somehow, miraculously, they are-like the dead crow I found in our backyard a few months ago. I never would’ve expected from that story to come this idea of how to push through the tough moments on the way […]

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Rejection Is My Light-Up Gameshow Arrow

I started to put together my manuscript and proposal of my memoir to submit to publishers and started to panic just a bit. What if I should do one more revision? What if I should have one more person read over it? What if they hate it? It’s my life story, does that mean they […]

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Jan 1
Exploration

Words Matter

My goodness, it’s 2021. Good riddance. About damn time!!! In the spirit of a new year, I have done a lot of soul searching in terms of what I can offer people and what I can bring to the table without feeling depleted at the end of the day and without over promising and underdelivering […]

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Pressurized Human

A few months ago I sat ensconced in pillows, on our sofa scrolling through my phone. (#mostof2020.) I came across an apology video from Ellen DeGeneres on Instagram after the whole debacle she had this summer. I didn’t know the ins and outs of what happened…I don’t pay much attention to celebrity news, but I […]

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What’s Worthy of Celebration?

We’re in a time of year where there’s a lot of celebrating going on…regardless of whether it’s happening the way you thought it was going to. This year in the midst of celebrating those I love I have learned two things: I need to start asking for what I need even when it’s a challenge […]

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Celebration Realization

Domi and I stood at opposite ends of the kitchen. Moe sat halfway between us tail wagging on the floor, oblivious to anything that wasn’t food. I wasn’t sure what to say. For weeks I’d been thinking about saying something, but the little voice in my head kept saying, “Chelsea, Domi is so busy, don’t […]

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A Well Known Crier

When you’re a positive person and people rely on you for positivity it can sometimes feel like a failure when you start to feel sad, or angry or any kind of emotion that’s not associated with optimism. But the fact of the matter is, I’ve always had a stronger and healthier relationship with my emotions […]

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Dentists Make Me Emotional

I was about fifteen years old and sitting in my dentist’s chair. Dentists have always made me anxious. As someone with a history of needing oral surgeries, I’m always on edge when I’m in that chair. Even the idea that my dentist may tell me I have a cavity brings me such anxiety I get […]

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