Surviving to Thriving: Overcoming My Darkest Moment

Chelsea Nielsen

In this episode of “Surviving to Thriving: Overcoming My Darkest Moment,” I talk with yoga teacher, digital nomad and lifestyle coach Chelsea Nielsen. Growing up in New England Chelsea lived a happy, stable and comfortable life… until the age of 12 when her father told her and her brother that he was leaving and not coming back. Because the family relied on him financially, her mom lost their family home and had to file for bankruptcy. Fast forward to age 29 when Chelsea separated from her husband and was suddenly flooded with suppressed memories. She recalled holes in walls, broken chairs and watching her dad push her mom to the ground.

Through therapy, a yoga teacher training for trauma and depression and a dedication to feeling her emotions, Chelsea let go of external validation, the opinions of others and everything she knew to be true. She realized she was expanding and growing as an individual while her husband stayed stagnant. After the divorce Chelsea sold her belongings and started working on yachts; an interesting choice given her father was a deep sea fisherman, often at sea for long stretches of time. That was three years ago and she has been living out of a suitcase ever since, catering to guests on 5-star yachts by leading yoga, meditation and more. She also serves as a life coach, working remotely from around the world. She believes the way we do one thing is the way we do everything… so she helps clients shift from a place of lack. Learn more about Chelsea and what she offers at

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