Chelle's Mid-life musings
- St. Charles, Illinois, USA
- January 17
- I am a career oriented woman, who just retired from 20 years of active duty service in the military. I now work in a civilian hospital, and recently completed my MBA in Healthcare management. I enjoy writing, cooking, running, and above all spending as much time possible with my family.
MY RECENT POSTS
- A daughter's heartbreak...and
November 14, 2013 09:56PM
- A Veteran's story.
November 07, 2013 10:12PM
- The power of a smile
August 25, 2013 09:44PM
- Cancer sucks
July 08, 2013 11:01PM
- Marathons, memories, and
June 19, 2013 10:43PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “sadly people forget that
a pretty face, doesn't make
beautiful person. Great
November 19, 2013 08:17PM
November 16, 2013 09:26PM
- “what a wonderful
story....you portrayed the
November 15, 2013 08:37PM
- “my thoughts and prayers
are with you....”
November 15, 2013 07:59PM
- “From a retired Air Force
vet, now Army Officer's wife-I
you for this
November 15, 2013 07:49PM
My eldest daughter texted me this afternoon as I was gathering ingredients for dinner out of our pantry. I heard the chime from my phone as it sat on the kitchen counter, and the vibration as it rang startled me. I tend to get lost in my cooking, so the irritating/… Read full post »
I was invited to attend a local school’s Veterans Day celebration on Monday. This invite was extended a couple weeks ago, yet I found myself apprehensive to accept.
I am proud of my service, mostly…but the demons that hang in my blackened closet reared their ugly head upon… Read full post »
She awoke feeling groggy, her eye lids so heavy it was as if they were pushing her back under the covers. She wanted to yell at the sun to hide behind the clouds, more so she wanted to just forget the day before and all that transpired. … Read full post »
I hate cancer.
I have worked in the healthcare field for 22 years, yet I will never be "strong" when it comes to cancer stories.
I hate cancer.
I have lost family members, friends, coworkers and… Read full post »
The alarm went off just after she woke up, finding her lying in bed for those few extra minutes. She tried to hang on to her dreams, her sleep, her uninterrupted slumber willing the alarm clock to GO AWAY…yet it rang promptly, and she knew it was time. Yet as she/… Read full post »
While stationed at Scott Air Force Base as a Histology technician in Belleville IL, we were called to the morgue. There was a casualty that needed attending to, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) needed to be called. Shit. Could we please have just a ‘nor/… Read full post »
my daily surroundings
I see beautiful things.
A man and his dog
watching the two companions share a friendship only they
A blossoming flower
that a gardener waits countless days to see
The vibrant colors
Screaming out the world
"Here I am!"
even if only for a… Read full post »
I was an active duty Air Force service member for 20 years, 28 days.I served my country proudly stateside, in a support function that most don’t respect nor recognize.I personally will never forgive myself for not having “boots on the ground” overseas for this was the sole reason I… Read full post »
1. Tonight, I found that my page was listed as one of the top 100 Facebook Endurance pages.
Yes....I nearly cried. Ok. I did get teary. I have worked so hard with this page, that literally sells nothing promotes nothing, yet insp… Read full post »
Hugs that last a life time.
Tears that stain a heavy heart.
Harsh words that bore deep hash marks
On our tired souls.
High expectations, hopes, and dreams.
And then time…
Healing efforts that sang with the… Read full post »
I have never had a high self-esteem. Looking at myself outwardly has always been an issue I’ve struggled with…but it is a struggle I continue to work on.
I started wearing glasses a few years ago, and this didn’t help with my self-esteem at all…I didn’t like how… Read full post »
drove the 6.4 miles to my new job to complete all the
pre-employment screening requirements.
See, I have ‘done’ the same job for nearly 23 years, but having served in the Air Force for 20 of those years I have ‘learned’ that each lab is different, and finding/… Read full post »
Monday, April 22, 2013
To run a race, you train.
You run more miles than you care to admit.
Your knees ache, your ankles scream in pain.
You choose to run these miles, and you lace up with each
Deciding that you will control the path on which… Read full post »
It’s time. It’s time I got my feelings out and stopped “sucking it up.”
Keep in mind, this is my 3rd draft of this blog post.
Last week was horrific for me. Between the Boston Marathon, Texas tragedy (I lived in Texas for 6 ½ years), and/… Read full post »
You haunt me with your discord
I know not what you stir
Within your clouds and dust
Yet underneath the rainbows
That follows the storm
Hidden underneath blankets
To hide her from the breaks and bounds
Of… Read full post »
A term known by few, but felt by nearly twice as many unsung members
That didn’t hold up their right hand
Swearing to faith, God, and country…
May our soldiers find strength, peace, and passion
In the uniform they wear, and the dedication they… Read full post »
I spent the first few months trying to rest up after years of heart ache, turmoil, disappointment, and simple lack of sleep…
Yet I always found myself reaching for my ‘cover’ when I went outside…where was my cap?
I had to stand, and stare at a closet full of… Read full post »
Amidst a half full glass of wine
You gave your support
Filling my glass that was once
Yet now I find myself
Filling the glass
And false praise
Those triumphs are muddled… Read full post »
While the smell of hair dye
Is drowned out by the aroma of cheap, boxed wine
We light our candles, scented with lilacs
Without a care in the world
So we choose
At that moment
To fill our half full glasses…… Read full post »
The pain the shadows my past have cast
Have left an abundance of grey hair, wrinkles, and thinning hair
But my life is honestly no different
From anyone else that has dealt with trials
Hardships, loss, and pain
I’ve lost enough in my life… Read full post »
The old oak tree sits nestled
In the center of the yard,
With roots that intertwine
Beneath the soil of the earth
Its branches reach up
To an endless sky
That welcomes the budding leaves
With sunshine and… Read full post »
I come from a long line of military heroes. I can’t recall the entire line of heroes that paved the path I came to walk upon, but I can tell you that my Father, Uncle, and Grandfather led the way for the inspiration of my career.
This piece will… Read full post »
Jealousy can seethe the soul
And bring you to a wretched place
That I had hoped to never visit
This destination I’d rather leave unknown
Often finds itself knocking on my door
Yet I find myself peering into the vision… Read full post »