Chelise in pungoWelcome to “Caterpillar to Butterfly”.  I’m so glad you stopped by.  Allow me to introduce myself….my name is Chelise.  Yes it’s a unique name…one that is a hybrid of my cousins names: Cheryl and Lisa.  Let’s just say my mother had a creative side.  Anyway, back to my story….I’m 40 years old, an only child and a native of Virginia Beach.  I am recently divorced after 15 years and at the time my husband walked out I thought my life had come to a complete halt (let’s just say that was the caterpillar stage of my life).  I am an animal lover through and through.  I own a 10 year old German Shepherd, Rudi who holds my heart in his paws.  I love him dearly and he’s been my one constant through my good and bad times over the last few years.

I created this site to share my experience of growth and healing as I learned how to create healthy boundaries in my relationships.  Not just romantic relationships….ALL relationships.  I have learned a lot about myself after the devastating effects of a broken marriage which ended in a painful divorce and a strained relationship at times with my mother.  I had to admit to my codependent behaviors.  I had some responsibility and accountability to face head on.  I believe that I have come to a place in my life where I’m able to share my growing pains, the breaking free from my cocoon and even while in the process of still working on myself…I can truly say I’m no longer that caterpillar….I’ve become a butterfly.

I’m glad you’re here to share my journey with me.



14 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thank you for following my blog Chelise! I look forward to reading about your journey!

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  2. You’re welcome Ms. Ethel! I consider myself a recovering codependent as well so I’ll be checking out your blog often. Looking forward to reading your tidbits of wisdom 🙂

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  3. Amen to setting boundaries. We can get into so much trouble (with time and even financially) when we don’t learn to just say no to even friends and family. What a lovely blog you have!

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  4. I nominate you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! Thank you for continuous contribution to this online community. Check out my page for more details 🙂

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  5. Yay! So awesome! Thank you Freedom! xo

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  6. Chelise, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please visit my post to find out the details. Thank you for being a HUGE part of my recovery and for saving my life, my friend. http://wp.me/p5HZgm-BB

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  7. Yay! ANOTHER award??? I’m honored! Thank you, Chris! I am happy to accept!


  8. I would like to present you with the “Courage to Change” award! There is nothing you must do but KNOW that I am inspired by you. If you would like to pass it on, you can find the information here: http://wp.me/p3SWFy-fk

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  9. Such a beautiful introduction! I loved the way you described your life stages to be like a transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly! 🙂

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  10. Vicky Louise said:

    Hello 😀 I’ve nominated you for the lovely blog award xx


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