From Germany to Hawaii to Deep Breaths

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i feel like it’s time for a life update. ravery and i leave for germany on friday. that’s in two sleeps. no, i’m not sweating and making lots of lists anytime there is paper in front of me. oh, did i mention we then go to hawaii immediately afterwards?!? nah. i’m cool.

atlas is not coming with us to germany because we will be there three days and it’s nonstop. my talented husband is speaking here and we figured out a way for me to go with him to network! it’s a game-changing opportunity for both of us.

my spectacular in-laws are watching atlas for the three nights we are in frankfurt. here’s where they get all the brownie points in the world – they are then flying with her from denver to seattle, where we will connect with them to continue on to ‘the big island!’ fun fact – the time change between frankfurt and kona is 12 hours. it’d be totally fine if all we had to do was lay on the beach but…atlas doesn’t yet get the whole concept of ‘lay on the beach, don’t ingest it.’

oh and mr. wifestyle (audrey gets full credit for the name) turns the big 3-0 on may 2!

please send all good vibes that our flight from germany will be on time (maybe even 20 minutes early) so we can make it on the same plane with atlas and our in-laws! so. many. vibes. did i mention we have 50 minutes between flights and have to get through customs?! deep breaths.

i am also in the midst of working on a new product for newlyweds to kick off their marriage in the most badass and healthy way. it’s exciting for me. it’s the first time i have really felt excitement about something in about 9 months (thanks uncomfortable third trimester and postpartum depression).

the clients i get to work with both for developing speeches as well as life fulfillment coaching has also given me a renewed sense of purpose. it’s fun (and challenging/hard/exciting/scary/etc.) to be a mom but i am not wired to do that full time. it feels good to use my brain and skills in other ways too. ravery and i have done some co-coaching days and they are also being very well received so that’s been extra fun for us!

he completed the 70.3 ironman in galveston, texas in early april and rocked it! remember when he did the full ironman when i was 8.5 months pregnant?! he has been so very helpful in supporting and helping me plan out where i want ‘the new wifestyle’ to go so get ready for some overhauling in the coming months.

he continues to be an outstanding husband and an incredibly attentive father!

i do feel ever so much better and i am liking being a mom 100% more than i did in the beginning. when people tell me time passes so fast with kids, i like to say, “actually the first two months dragged by painstaking and miserably slow and the last few months have flown by.”

atlas’ personality is coming out and it’s so fun to see her change daily. she’s silly, smart, observant, curious and happy!

nana (her great-grandma) is the only person in our family with blue eyes so i guess that’s where she got them from! usually babies’ eye color stays the same after 6 months but we shall see. she has two bottom teeth, is crawling and still not liking fruit.

spring time has been absolutely beautiful in colorado, especially our new home! we moved in the dead of winter so we didn’t really know what to expect with our yard. it has been such a delight for us to walk around the yard each day and see what else is popping out!

the previous owners lived there for 25 years and loved gardening so we have the most beautiful outside ever.

at least once a week, ravery and i agree that moving to colorado has been one of the best decisions we’ve made. we miss our friends in portland (dearly) but having such a fierce village of support for our daughter in denver has been more necessary than we could have imagined.

our sweet pup sugar continues to be so loving and patient to atlas. she loves her a little more now since solids have been introduced – there are always lingering flavors to be licked off of her or the floor. whenever atlas naps, i don’t fully shut the door and sugar always sneaks in there to lay by her crib. it’s the very very cutest.

with that, i’m off to go make a list and check it twenty-two times (santa ain’t got nothin’ on me) as we prepare to quite literally trek the globe.

oh, and did you know i’m doing ‘tell me something good fridays’ now on facebook each friday?

what’s going in your world? give me some updates!


  1. Christina @ Hugs and Lattes

    April 26, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Ahh! I need the newlywed product :D. Atlas is already turning into the world traveler at quite a young age. She seriously gets cuter and cuter every day.

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      yay! i will potentially be asking for beta-users so i’ll keep you in mind because i’d looove your feedback!

      i can’t argue with her getting cuter every day – she totally does!

  2. Sara

    April 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

    It is so good to see you guys rocking career goals and traveling while being parents. Makes me hopeful that me and my husband will be able to do the same once we are parents.
    Sara recently posted…3 Ways to Make Your Sweetheart Feel Loved

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      glad that it’s been helpful for you to see, sara 🙂 it definitely isn’t always easy but because it’s important to us – we make it happen! you totally can too!

  3. Penny

    April 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful trip and I look forward to hearing all about it.

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      thanks penny! it was definitely a whirlwind of a time!

  4. Amberly

    April 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I’m excited for all of your trips and can’t wait to hear about them!! Also, can’t wait to hear about this newlywed product that you’re working on 🙂
    Amberly recently posted…Making Date Night a Priority in Your Marriage

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      thanks for being excited amberly! lots going on and feeling so grateful my mind is finally able to participate better 🙂

  5. Ashley

    April 26, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Sending you lots of good vibes that everything goes smoothly!! That last picture of atlas sleeping is SO cute!! She is precious. I hope you guys have tons of fun in Germany and Hawaii!!!

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      your good vibes worked wonders, ashley! we made the flight thank goooodness!!!!

  6. Courtney {Alkek's Abroad}

    April 26, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Good luck! I’m sure everything will go smoothly, Atlas is already a seasoned traveler!
    Courtney {Alkek’s Abroad} recently posted…Weekend Adventures 

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      we made it and thankfully on the way there we had a row to ourselves so that helped! the way back from hawaii on the 6 hour flight was lesssss fun but she was also sick and it was a red eye. ugh. we made it though!

  7. Audrey

    April 27, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I just love Sugar’s little baby-loving heart! What a good furbaby!!
    Whew- I don’t envy your flight schedule (though I DO envy your destinations!)… I’m sure it will work out 100%. And even if flights are delayed or missed, you’re gonna get there and all will be ok in the end 🙂 Good luck in Frankfort! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mr. WS!! (Glad I could contribute to the name, ha!)
    Audrey recently posted…The Fruit & Flowers Anniversary

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      she looooves her – it will be fun if you decide to have children to see how your pups do! it’s the best. whenever she hears her cry in the crib she goes in there and sits beside too!

      mr. WS says thanks for the bday wishes!

  8. Elyse@JustMurrayed

    April 27, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Can’t wait to hear all about your trips! Can’t wait for your newlywed product reveal! Good luck on all your travels!

    P.S. Sugar and Atlas are seriously adorable together!
    Elyse@JustMurrayed recently posted…Motivation Monday: Make It Happen

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      they are soooo adorable together – i can’t get enough! i may be picking your brain as a beta user for the newlywed product so stay tuned 🙂

  9. Elizabeth

    April 27, 2017 at 10:18 am

    You are such an amazing mom, Chelsea! Sending you lots of good vibes for your upcoming travels.
    Elizabeth recently posted…Long Distance Love Mother’s Day Care Package + DIY Photo Brag Book

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 9:53 am

      aw thank you elizabeth! those vibes totally worked because we made the flight!!!

  10. Vivien

    April 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Yay for updates! Have a great trip.
    Vivien recently posted…Almost a Champ Again

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 9:52 am

      yay for you liking updates and letting me know 🙂 the trips were indeed great! thank you vivien 🙂

  11. jenniferhastonsays

    April 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Breathe Deep, Mama! I am so
    glad you are doing something for yourself! I am excited about your newlywed project as well!!

    • chelsea

      May 10, 2017 at 9:52 am

      thank you jennifer! i am SO very thankful we made the flight!