For starters, welcome to Camp Makery!
My name is Chelsea Mitchell, I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany; it’s so nice to meet you! Just kidding about the books and my apartment. I am a: daughter, sister, auntie, photographer, mother (of two Yorkies), experimenter, entertainer, fellow creator, closest chef, dancer, obsessively active, in love with Jesus, and on a health and fitness journey of a lifetime.
I have an amazing family, but like most of you, we have our ups and downs. Aside from my mother’s sister, my entire family lives in Kansas, where I was born and raised. I flew the coop and landed in California 6 1/2 years ago where I attended Brooks Institute of Photography; making my life-dream a reality (check out my portfolio here)! I am happy to say it is shaping up nicely. I have two, little, loveys (Stella and Wiley...my Yorkies), who warm my heart daily; they are the best welcoming committee ever. My mom’s sister also happens to be a Californian, so I am thankful to have the opportunity spend time and continue to build a relationship with her and my two cousins.
I have many loves of life, which make it super joyful; yet I find myself in a constant turmoil of emotions. Because I enjoy doing so many things, choosing just one, becomes a significant problem for me. I put my heart and soul in everything that I do. My philosophy is “why allocate time to something if you really don’t enjoy it?” For me, life is a precious gift that should not be wasted on doing things “half-assed”. As one of my instructors told me in my first session at Brooks Institute, now is the time to go “full-ass”!!! Her words have become the model I’ve adopted and adapted to fit all that I do—all with great intention, passion, and drive.
That being said, I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. I’ve followed a strict Paleo diet for 5 years. I love remaking my favorite recipes from my childhood and making them Paleo, or just making something entirely new. Also, my day is not complete without the feeling of utter exhaustion brought on by an intense “leave your heart on the track” type of workout; whether cycling, running, swimming, yoga, or the latest workout craze to sweep over Santa Barbara. My health journey has been an ongoing experiment since I was a child—I was known as the “big kid”. Until recently, I have felt like a “super sized” human, but, can finally say that I feel like I have entered into the normal realm of human size—100lbs down and counting!
Shortly after moving to California I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Not being one to ever run from a challenge, I looked my diagnosis in the eye and began my health journey that I’m currently on. Researching PCOS has allowed me to increase my knowledge of making healthy living, eating, and lifestyle choices, all of which promote balance accompanied by a strong sense of self. At Camp Makery, I will share about my constant struggle with PCOC and the ups and downs of trying to stay one step ahead of this little demon. I will share how celebrating little victories, like treating and rewarding yourself or taking time for yourself, are some of the best therapies you can do to help further yourself along in the recovery process of almost anything—from disease, injuries, sad days, constant battles, or a single struggle.
I’m very excited to share my life experiences, triumphs, and struggles with you; and hopefully we can find comfort in knowing that we are not in this alone.
Love what you do and love who you are.