About Hey There, Chelsie
Hey there, I’m Chelsie!
“Hi Chelsie, I stumbled across your blog through my Pinterest feed, and I felt compelled to instantly tell you how much relief/comfort it brought me with every post I read. I’m almost certain I won’t be the first to tell you this, but I feel blessed by your sharing of life before, during, and after cancer. I also love that cancer is not the total center of your blog, which gives me hope that my life won’t be centered on it, too. You see, I was diagnosed with high-risk AML leukemia exactly 5 weeks after my 18th birthday. I know that’s a bit older than 15, but I totally relate to the whole “missing out” thoughts since I was so close to going to college. And of course, I’m also terrified of being “Abby who got leukemia” once I get there. Thank you for being an inspiration to me that there can be a vibrant life after some stupid disease, even if you weren’t really trying to be inspirational through those posts. I think I’ve covered all I needed to express to you. Thank you again, and give your dear Rosie an extra scratch behind the ears for me!”
That was the start of it all. A message from a pediatric cancer survivor who had stumbled across one of my blog posts back in the beginning. Someone who was in the throws of a fight, and who needed someone to prove to her that there was hope at the end of the road. That her battle would soon be in the past and that it didn’t need to weigh her down after. Someone who needed a sister, a friend, a “been there, done that” type of gal in her life to help her navigate the waters of being a survivor and finding the courage to live a bold, second chance life.
After a year-long battle with pediatric cancer and several reconstructive surgeries that left my leg deformed and weak, I struggled for years to overcome the emotional and physical scars it left me with. I am learning daily how to break free of cancer’s shadow by finding the courage to love myself and my body and this beautiful mess that is my life.
So here I am, sharing everything I wish I had known and everything I am learning in my journey as a survivor and my pursuit of living a vibrant life.
My goal here isn’t to sway you towards living a vain and selfish life. My goal is to share real, down-to-earth, helpful content that is transparent in sharing both the struggles and wins of being a survivor. It’s to inspire, encourage and motivate you to take control of your life by finding peace with yourself and filling it with things you love. Above all else, I want you to know you are stronger than your scars, that it’s OKAY to love yourself and to be proud of the things you have overcome. It’s OKAY to want to wear makeup, it’s OKAY to wear clothes you love, and it’s OKAY to take time to feel good in your skin.
Living a vibrant life can mean many things and is multi-faceted, so I strive to share as many aspects as possible, however, I mainly focus on fashion, beauty, travel, and self-improvement. I’ve learned that having a beautiful life starts with me – how I feel about myself, how I present myself, and how I work to improve myself. My goal is to reduce the overwhelm you might feel when you walk into a beauty store, wanting to buy a new beauty product to help you feel sassy and confident. I want to help you find clothes you feel confident in, despite your scars, but also show you how to stretch your closet to get the most out of your budget. I want to show you a variety of ways you can enjoy what the world has to offer, even if you have a physical disability like me. I strive to ensure that my social media outlets and blog are a direct representation of my personality and beliefs. I am not afraid to put my sassy pants on and stand up for what I believe in and stand firmly against the portrayal of online perfection – because a vibrant life is still messy at times.
At the beginning of 2018, I decided I was ready to take the next step in living a vibrant life for ME and declared it the #yearofme! I started the #yearofme FB community for women of all walks of life to join together, share resources, and encourage each other to work towards their personal goals of achieving a vibrant life.
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