Hi everyone!! Chelsie here with a post surrounding my story and why I chose to move to Europe. Man a lot has changed in my book of life over the last couple of years. That’s the thing- everyone has a story to tell and no matter the person, there will always be good and bad chapters in everyone’s “story”. I don’t want to shame too much on America but I was so sick of the American healthcare system and how corrupt it is. I have been type 1 diabetic since I was 3 (Nick Jonas is diabetic like me so google him and his diabetes if you’re unsure what type I’m talking about) and despite the fact that I had insurance, I was still paying almost the same amount as my RENT per month just in medical supplies and medications to keep me alive. Mind boggling I tell you. That was the fuel behind my fire. My dream is to one day work with children with diabetes in some kind of clinical setting (in Europe of course). Just had to get here first somehow. 🙂
So I come from a small town in Ohio called Hamilton (it’s close to Cincinnati). I graduated from Miami University back in 2016 with a degree in dietetics that I could only use in a clinical setting if I pursued a graduate degree thereafter. All of my adult life though, I have been drawn and constantly compelled to travel. I mean, I get it that everyone wants to travel the world and all that but I seriously felt it in my soul that this was my calling. It took me 2 years following graduation to finally follow my heart and I decided I would come back to the most beautiful city in the world that I once visited before in 2014– Prague.
Actually, I travelled to quite a few European countries during my undergraduate years. Every place I went, I collected a picture of me looking off at a distinct landmark in these cities and I created a collection overtime from all the places that I went backpacking to. I had them all printed onto canvas and hung them in my room to remind myself to keep going; to never let my life become so complacent that I forget to travel. Here is the most updated picture:
Back in 2014, when I visited Prague, there was a very special hold on my heart that made me feel like home here. I was here for a total of 4 days and in that 4 days, I fell completely in love with this magnificent city. 4 years later, I moved here. I mean, just look at it:
So if you’re looking for a change; or maybe a sign that moving is right for you. HERE IT IS. I decided one day while sitting by a pool that I was so unhappy and that I was the only one really in charge of my own life. My best friend Allie was with me and actually said, “you need to just go teach English or something like that.” So that very night, after a couple glasses of Chardonnay, I decided to apply for my TEFL certification through TeflWorldWidePrague.com (turns out they’re also the BEST IN THE BUSINESS Y’ALL). TWP was awarded the number 1 TEFL certification course out of 1,010 TEFL courses worldwide!!! That’s pretty cool.
Anywho, I moved to Prague not knowing where life would take me. I have been here for a year now teaching children and loving every minute of my life. I feel in control and finally like I’m putting my best foot forward on my future. Of course not all days are rainbows and sunshine. That’s life. But, it’s what you make of those gloomy days and how you grow from them that best benefit you in the future.
My favorite quote right now is:
“Don’t let a bad day convince you that you have a bad life.” -unknown
It takes a special person to be a kindergarten teacher so shoutout to all the other teachers out there who work with small children day in and day out. KEEP DOIN’ WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’ <3
Anywho, find me on Instagram @chellifellman if you want to follow more of my story and life abroad.
All the love,