Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Woman in the Mirror

Overcoming Obstacles in Life and Inspiring Others

I call my life "Blessed Beyond Belief" and would love to speak at churches, schools, and companies and encourage others who may be going thru a difficult time about "Trusting in God, thru it all," "Motivation for Graduation" and "Enjoying Your Job."

I was adopted as a baby and have been reunited with my entire biological family for ten years now (I am 34 now). My husband and I are godparents to my birth brother's 2 year old daughter. I have given presentations and spoken about my life experience as a reunited adoptee, including the first death as well as the first birth of family members thru my biological family since my reunion with them.

Also, I lost six family members within six months in 2008, including both of my adoptive parents who raised me and also an uncle I knew for ten years who died on my birthday (he was my birth mom's brother). I attended a six weeks' grief recovery support class session and my adoptive mother died two weeks after class ended. I began helping assist these classes in November 2008 and continue to do so thru today. Also, I did projects in memory of my parents; for my father, I participated in a 5k walk with husband to help raise funds for foster children's needs and honor the memory of my father.

Video of 5k walk:

And for my mother, I joined teamfox.org and continue to do an ongoing project I titled, "Placemats for Parkinsons," where I crochet these placemats and donate half of all proceeds form these sales to Team Fox to help raise funds for Parkinson's research.


I encourage others to "live life the fullest" while also being able to honor the memory of their loved ones. And I also try to motivate others to do a project in memory of them as well.

I hope to begin giving presentations to these various types of organizations as a Motivational Speaker and Comedian soon. In the meantime, I continue to write as a freelance journalist and am in the midst of writing a book about my life story. I could not think of a better title for it, either other than "Blessed Beyond Belief." I also host an online talk show at

Thank you for taking your time out to read my life story today. I pray and hope it somehow affects you in a positive way.

Love & Peace,

If interested in having 'Chelle speak for your organization, please contact her via e-mail at

Here are a few videos:

Challenges in Life:

My life as Reunited Adoptee (part 1):

My life as Reunited Adoptee (part 2):

My life as Reunited Adoptee (part 3):

My life as Reunited Adoptee (part 4):

Comedy with Chelle:


I love to be silly & dance every day - see these videos here:

"Singing in the Rain"

"I'm Gonna Live & Live Now!"

"Oh Mickey!"

Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone

I am walking into the Astronaut Training Center and stepping out of my comfort zone. I was never the best student at science, I have to admit; however I also learned over my 34 years of life, it is never too late to learn!

So, I am excited to tell you that I am entering a new adventure in my life with my new job as museum host at the Astronaut Training Center. I hope you will join me there as you experience what is like to walk on the moon and much more.

For details, go to www.astronauttrainingcenter.com

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." - quote by astronaut, Neil Armstrong

Memories of Celebrites (we lost recently)

Wow, what a week...so many memories of the beloved celebrities we lost recently cross my mind over these past few days. I felt compelled to share some of them with all of you.I grew up watching Ed McMahon host "Star Search" and thought of him often in recent years as I watch "America's Got Talent."

I would not doubt it if Mr. McMahon himself inspired Simon Cowell.I always adored Farrah Fawcett since I was a little girl. She was so beautiful inside and out until the end. She was shown as a strong woman in "Charlie's Angels," and she had alot of strength in real life. She has inspired me thru her own testimony of fighting life until the last minute of her battle with cancer.

I have several memories of Michael Jackson - so many, I could not begin to liste all of them, so for now, I will write out a few:My favorite memory would be of my father taking me aside one day when I was in elementary school and apologizing to me that he could not afford to buy us tickets to a concert Michael Jackson was having in our hometown around that time. Honestly, I never asked to go nor expected to. I guess my father knew how much I adored the musician and dancer, that he felt a need to say it to me.

When I was young, I was picked on by my classmates for awhile as I was the "new kid in town" at the time. I dealt with it by coming home and dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller album every day after school. I also enjoyed listening to the album when I exercised during my gym class as well. Somehow, the music and dancing itself always lifted my spirits. I continue to dance daily to this day.

Many years later, my father and I experienced watching Michael Jackson perform a concert together; we sat beside each other on the couch at my parents' house for a few hours as we viewed Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert. What a wonderful memory it is for me and even moreso now after losing my father (and my mother) in 2008. And now Michael Jackson has joined them. I have no doubt he is singing and dancing and my parents are thoroughly entertained right now in Heaven. And what a treat it was to watch this same concert again on t.v.

About a year ago, my husband and I went on a road trip and stopped at a store to buy a Michael Jackson compilation CD along the way. We played it repeatedly, singing and dancing along to it. And this weekend, my husband is in the car driving four hours south not needing any CD as Michael Jackson's music is being played on all of the radio stations. Michael Jackson will affect our world in our past, present, and future.

May Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson all rest in peace and may peace and comfort be with all of their families.

To listen to Memories of Celebrities, go to