My name is Chellie Phillips.
Since I was in elementary school I knew I wanted to write.
I’ve been lucky enough to turn my passion into a career. I’ve been blessed with a supportive loving group of family and friends who have been by my side from the beginning.
I graduated with a degree in journalism and PR from Troy University. I spent the first years of my career telling other peoples stories as a features editor and news writer for a daily paper.
Now I work for an electric cooperative. Talk about a story! Sharing how people came together to bring electricity to rural communities and how they continue to power the lives of those who live there.
At the heart of things, I’m just a simple southern girl. I love Alabama and Troy football. I drink gallons of sweet tea. I love to read, write, take pictures, and play with my dogs. And I’m really happy when my toes are in the sand at the beach.
However, in the last few years, my love for writing became truly personal. The messages I’ve wanted to share aren’t just about my profession, but they are about the journey we all take in finding our authentic self.
It’s about the people we meet along the way – those truly special people in our lives. Unfortunately, no one is guaranteed forever. While my faith assures me I’ll see them again, there was a big hole left in my heart with the death of my grandmother, uncle and close friend – Carolyn.
It’s become about assuring young women they are enough just as they are. I’ve spent over 14 years advising, mentoring and being a friend to a group of sorority women who have made an impression on my heart. I’ve been blessed to be their cheerleader and their shoulder to cry on when needed. Some came into college primed for success, while others struggled to find their place. They took a path that made it difficult to reach their goals. Others faced adversity and trials along they way through no fault of their own.
My hope is I can share some of what I’ve learned so you’ll find the inspiration, guidance or some small tidbit that will help you on your own journey. We rise by lifting others.