This post was sponsored by adidas. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support HTC. For the last twelve years of my life, I've been told to be careful. Be careful not to over-do it, to not be too active, to not do activities that involve long distances or high impact or anything that could risk irreversible damage to my reconstructed left leg. Combine with the chronic pain from a total left knee replacement on a donor bone, the energy capacity of a teaspoon and a bitter resentment towards a body that betrayed me by growing a tumor in the first place, I was convinced I would never be healthy or strong again and that any type of exercise . . .
At the end of September, I got brave and decided to talk more openly about my story as a pediatric cancer patient and survivor. Since September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to do my part in raising awareness and sharing a REAL look at treatment and life after. And yes, while I've written a lot about my experiences as a survivor here on HTC, talking about it face to face (well, with my face on Instagram Stories) was really intimidating. It's hard to relive those memories of my diagnosis, treatment, and life immediately afterward in such details and it puts me in a very vulnerable and sensitive state. But. That IS my story and even though it took me a . . .
October has always been one of my favorite months of the year, but I'm just realizing why: there are SO many good things that come in October for us! The weather changes, the fall candles go on sale at Bath & Bodyworks, we celebrate my official remission anniversary, and we celebrate out 1/2 year wedding anniversary. This year, it will be five and a half years since Dustin and I said "yes" to each other and were sealed for time and all eternity in the Boston Temple! It's super surreal to think we've been married for that long - part of me feels like it's been much longer and part of me feels like we were married just yesterday. I can't imagine life without . . .
It's been a hot second since we talked blog and business, but as I get ready to make some (hopefully) major shifts in how I run HTC in the future, I decided it might be a good idea to sit down and have a little chitchat about blog investments: namely, the ones you should make! Now, don't get me wrong. You don't have to spend a lot of money to run a blog and you can run a successful blog without these investments. I started Hey There, Chelsie during my mid-life crisis (which happened in my early 20's, so I'm glad I got that over with) when I realized I didn't want to pursue a career in my degree field. I hit rock bottom in terms of my self-confidence and felt like . . .
affiliate links It is moody, gloomy, breezy & rainy here in Utah. The leaves have started to change in the valley (and are already in full force in the canyons) and I have been snuggled in cozy leggings and sweatshirts all weekend long. It's officially October, it's officially fall, and it's OFFICIALLY the best time of the year. I don't know what it is exactly about the seasons changing, but it makes me feel so alive. Maybe it's the fact that it's not blazing hot outside, or maybe it's the hint of Christmas cheer in the air. It might just be the fact that I'm a New Englander who always enjoyed the most perfect (and lengthy) falls and I feel like I . . .