Hi! I'm Chelsea.

I live in Colorado, raising two babies with my dreamy husband and I'm obsessed with showing people how incredible life can become once we get out of our own way!

Let's Jump Right In...

Life used to feel really hard and scary for me. I was diagnosed at 15 years old with generalized anxiety disorder and depression and have dealt with mental health issues since then. I've spent most of my life in and out of therapy, trying various medications and feeling like there had to be more than this. I've written openly about it here and here.

I had sort of 'done' it all - tried the meds, did therapy, practiced meditation, exercised constantly, journalized, processed, hell I even have my Master's in Social Work because at some level I was constantly trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with me. I do believe all of these things contributed to my eventual well-being and I know I had to experience them in order to get here.

I had a lot of reservations about having another child because the first time around was so difficult and scary. But I did more internal work, continued on with therapy and medication and gave birth to my son Zürich in July 2019. I was so much happier, more easy going and had a vastly different experience compared to my experience with newborn Atlas. Until I hit 6 weeks and then shit got scary. I spiraled, almost ended up in a psychiatric ward and didn't see a way of coping, let alone enjoying life.

Thankfully, I stabilized and got back to a basic level of functioning again. But damn. Everything still felt hard. Nothing felt fun or fulfilling. And I 'had it all.' Healthy kids, a supportive and attentive husband, the ability to work or not work because my husband was making enough money for us both. I could force a smile in photos. 

In September 2016, my daughter Atlas was born and holy shit, that was so hard. I experienced intense postpartum depression and anxiety as a result. My whole was shaken and not in a good way. Life felt so hard and I couldn't even take it 'one day at a time.' I had to break it down to 'one minute, one second, one step, at a time.' Thankful for medication, therapy and support groups to get me through that.

I had a lot of reservations about having another child because the first time around was so difficult and scary. But I did more internal work, continued on with therapy and medication and hoped for the best.

I gave birth to my son Zürich in July 2019. I was so much happier, more easy going and had a vastly different experience compared to my experience with newborn Atlas. 

Until I hit 6 weeks and then shit got scary. I spiraled, almost ended up in a psychiatric ward and didn't see a way of coping, let alone enjoying life.

Thankfully, I stabilized and got back to a basic level of functioning again. But damn. Everything still felt hard. Nothing felt fun or fulfilling. And I 'had it all.' Healthy kids, a supportive and attentive husband, the ability to work or not work because my husband was making enough money for us both. I could force a smile in photos but deep down, I could feel there was more but I didn't know how to access it.

This is when my entire world, whole universe, my EVERYTHING shifted.

This is fully an inside job.

It isn't our circumstances or external environment. It was all the shit in our heads.

It wasn't until I hired my own transformational coach, I actually started to understand everything that was going on and how this was manifesting itself into my very real feeling reality. After my deep work with her, it feels like I've been restored and returned to my True Self (which I honestly never thought possible).

As a result of this, I'm able to show up with ease and happiness in my parenting, in my motherhood and in my own coaching and consulting business. Sometimes it still feels like I'm living in a dream now, no longer experiencing debilitating anxiety and constantly trying to run from myself. 

For most of my life, I didn’t know how to go about truly knowing myself. I had no idea about how to love all parts of me, even the less sexy, cellulite-ridden, anxious parts. I had so much hidden, unresolved trauma that needed a new narrative, which allowed me to show up healthier and better in this world.

I’m here to help with that process because entire new possibilities open up once we know and accept who we truly are at our core.

xo.
Chelsea

P.s I used to blog for years at the new wifestyle so if you’re looking for posts before November 2018, that’s your spot!

If you prefer reading the quick, obligatory third-person ‘about me,’ I’ve got you covered too: 

Chelsea Turner Avery, MSW is an international speaker, transformational coach and writer. She co-founded AveryToday, Inc., the communication consulting business she runs with her husband, Ryan Avery. She is especially passionate about reinvigorating relationships, starting with ourselves, which ripples to all other relationships. She resides in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado with her dreamy husband, brilliant daughter Atlas, sweet son Zürich and believes a warm chocolate chip cookie can solve most problems, at least temporarily.

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