Saturday, January 2, 2010

This year I will LIVE ABUNDANTLY....and meet Jay Z.


ABUNDANCE:
–noun
1.an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply:an abundance of grain.
2.overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.
3.affluence; wealth: the enjoyment of abundance.
4.Physics, Chemistry. the number of atoms of one isotope of an element divided by the total number of atoms in a mixture of the isotopes.


Notice that the definition isn't solely about possessions, or monetary value- but abundance of HEART. I love this. This year I am choosing to live ABUNDANTLY. Of heart, mind, spirit and sure, affluence too.

I noticed when I was talking about my resolutions- I don't like to call them that, cause they have this "DON'T BREAK ME" attitude which frankly, can be too damn much to live up to, but I digress- when I was choosing what I wanted my year to look like, I was cutting myself short, or deciding not to make a "Resolution" because it seemed like "too much." Or "too good to be true." OR, mostly- How the fuck do I actually plan on doing that? All of this was decided simply off the belief that in that PAST these resolutions were left unresolved. The minute you start to ask "HOW" when you look at your dream, you'll almost instantly decide otherwise. Because the how, or the why, or the WHAT IF.... are all abstract questions.
There are a million WAYS to any solution and outcome....you don't have to know how to have a dream, you just have to believe in it. The how reveals itself once you decide to get out of your head and look at the options in front of you.


...I was allowing my vision of future goals be determined by the outcome of past goals, when in reality both past and future are an illusion....All there is, is PRESENT and PRESENT choices, dreams. GOALS. Fulfillment.

We are not governed by our past unless we choose to be. We will be a victim to what life has to offer, if we have decided we have been victimized- as in, it's all a matter of perception. That's what it comes down to. So for 2010, I am going to refrain from saying, "I'm afraid that..." or even acknowledging that I've been struggling with anxiety, or panic- that to me, is no longer a real thing. I will refrain from saying "I hope...." Hoping, is really just a cushion... a window to allow a little disappointment in just in case it doesn't happen, you wouldn't need to hope for something if you decided to KNOW it instead. I will refrain from; saying hateful things about myself....talking to our bodies is no different than talking to a human, and if you tell a person you hate them- they're likely to hate you back. Why would that be any different from talking to yourself?

Making a resolution doesn't mean that in one day it is made, or broken- it's a lifestyle CHOICE. And that is what I like about the idea of ABUNDANCE..... you cannot measure abundance, it just is. One dollar to someone IS abundance, where a million to someone else is. A hug from your little sister is abundance to one, while to another a walk with their dog is their source of abundance. To some it's a full belly, or a packed social calendar- a room with a view, or a room at all. It isn't one day, or one moment- it's something that permeates through every thought, every action and every belief, every choice made from a perception that sees ABUNDANTLY. It's a choice of spirit; that thing that shines through you. Would I rather shine FULL and radiantly, or do I want my spirit to wreak of lack and discontent. Hi, no thanks.

I've decided, I HAVE CHOSEN to look at every year as getting BETTER and in turn, it does.

In 2009 I: Fell in love, spent more time with my family than I have in years, I went on tour, recorded a full length album, played more amazing shows than I can count, lived solely off of writing and my various talents, I camped and hiked, embraced Colorado with open arms, I partied and paddle boarded, I did yoga like a maniac, I moved into a new home, I rekindled friendships and started new ones. I coast hopped and planted roots. I LOVED my year. And I cannot wait for what 2010 has to bring.....

I know, we're human- we fall and worry, we doubt and judge. We look at our lives sometimes and say, "Why me" or "WHAT THE FUCK" but, I'll try my best this year to say, even during what looks like a big wall of adversity or uncertainty....that I am so happy and grateful that......after all, there's always a silver lining and that's where I'd prefer to avert my eyes.



WHAT IS YOUR "RESOLUTION?"

79 comments:

CMA said...

gorgeous darling
love it as always
you have a refreshing blog, keep it up
thanks for sharing
and thanks for the sweet comments

-cma
COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Thanks so much darlin! You too! CHEERS

ashalah said...

"We are not governed by our past unless we choose to be. We will be a victim to what life has to offer, if we have decided we have been victimized- as in, it's all a matter of perception. "

That's just ONE of MANY things that I agreed 100% with. This was an amazing, inspiring post. Thank you for sharing it!! Happy New Year, hoping its the best one yet!

Savannah said...

I tried to simplify my resolutions this year. I didn't want too many so that I set myself up for failure. Kind of not the point right? So I made one general resolution, simply be healthier. Do whatever I can do to be healthier.

Rachael said...

Sometimes, it is that silver lining that keeps me going.

This year, I really want to find what makes me happy, bottle it up and cherish everyday.

p.s. All the cool kids blog on Saturday nights :)

Tia said...

That post is going to inspire me to keep my resolutions
!! My main goal for 2010 is to try and live the life I want, and not to just accept the shit that's been tossed my way. Happy new years!!

Rasha (andthisiswhatshesaid) said...

great one.

Mines to take adventures...

Heres to us!

miss lucille said...

you shoul check out the books "the jackrabbit factor" and "hidden treasures" by leslie householder. they teach right along with what you want you to achieve. :) happy new year.

floreta said...

yes yes yes! especially loved: I will refrain from; saying hateful things about myself....talking to our bodies is no different than talking to a human, and if you tell a person you hate them- they're likely to hate you back. Why would that be any different from talking to yourself?

Interesting idea on HOPE. not sure if i'm willing to give up on "I hope..." though. To me, people can't live without Hope. But I see what you mean. Hope is too wishy-washy. It's better to be CERTAIN you can or will do something and DO IT. Hope is like.. well.. i hope this gets done rather than actually doing it. As if some angel could wipe your ass!

penny threads. said...

i think this year calls for a lot more action and a lot less talk. you're completely right, why hope when you can believe and make it an actuality yourself. get off the side of the road and get where we're going! inspiring read. much love and well-wishing for this new year! ciao.

Meghan said...

Oh, so refreshing! I agree - more "lifestyle" changes, less resolutions. My goal is to keep a more positive attitude and not always assume the worst.

Evie Stewart said...

We're SOOOO on the same page. I too decided to reach higher this decade. More likely to get there, right?
Happy New Decade!
xo/evie

http://eviestewartsfunnybone.com/acting-career/happy-new-year-resolutions-goals-2010/

Hänni said...

gorgeous post. my goal this year is to work on improving my craft (writing)by taking my first!ever!creative writing class! I won't lie. I'm a little intimidated about the critique and the fact its such a small group (12 people), but I think it will be an amazing experience.

Staley Mc said...

so great! i love this!!

Amy --- Just A Titch said...

Just yes. Lovely post.

Herding Cats said...

Abundance.....love that. I wish you the best 2010 has to offer!

E said...

"I've decided, I HAVE CHOSEN to look at every year as getting BETTER and in turn, it does." - what a wonderful philosophy. I'm not much for resolutions, but a good attitude towards each year is definitely the way to go.

Foodie Girl said...

I love Jay Z!

nicole said...

i've met jay-z

and beyonce (by mistake in a hotel pool)

it wasnt all that !

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Sounds like you're off to a great start. I love where you said "and that's where I'd like to avert my eyes" :)

Happy 2010!

Anonymous said...

You are just fabulous! I pretty much agree with all of it! I too will be more positive, live abundantly, and I'll open to listening to everyone who wants to tell me something.And, I will even smile, if I don't agree, but ,leave them with a smile on their face anyway.What can it hurt? :0) Thanks for the uplifting blog!

Shibby said...

An amazingly inspiring post =)

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

eek, thanks for the encouraging and sweet comments- makes my "resolutions" feel even more "perfect." to me of course.

Anonymous- thank you soo much for coming by and for your sweet words- anonymous comments always make me excited and curious, cheers!

Diane said...

Wonderful thoughts :)

It's so nice to read some positive ideas, it makes me feel optimistic about this new coming year. I did make some resolution and I hope I will be able to keep with them and hope to change into a better person, because this is what they are all about.

Can check my blog here:
dianefreedom.blogspot.com

Have a Happy New Year! Hope all your wishes come true!

kiss!

iheartkiwi said...

abundance of the heart. i absolutely love it.

happy new year my dear, i hope it's a fabulous one for you!

this year i am determined to learn how to walk in high heels... at 24 i think this is a skill i should have mastered by now. i am hopeless at it!

Melly said...

I wanted to pop by and wish you a Happy New Year!

My only resolution this year is to not freak out when I turn thirty in February. No other age in my life has scared me so much!

Nahl said...

Chelsea, I know i say this to you EVERYTIME but i hope it hasn't started sounding to you like a broken record: I love your posts, and i love the way you think/write.
you inspire me.

Genie of the Shell said...

YES!

I love this philosophy.

SOMETIMES, mantras can be more powerful than specific goals or promises. Mantras are not spoiled by one little inconsistency or fuck-up. You just keep on thinking, believing, chanting, and things improve as the year goes on instead of petering out like standard resolutions.

Rock on in abundance!!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I'm not making resolutions: I've just resolving to be a better version of me, whatever that may mean. Mind, body, soul & all - I'm going to do better by me.

Love this post. <3

JUST ME said...

Health, Money, Love.

Simple, right?

chic said...

I loved this post - you're officially my new fave :) Happy New Year!

That one girl said...

Oh man, you are so damn happy right now! i like that. Way to be all roses!

The fist half, I plan to get fat! Rolls over the jeans and all.

I'm breaking out the fat pants today as encouragement! YEAH!

linlah said...

Think it and make it so.

Lisa-Marie said...

Happy New Year Chelsea!

I hope you enjoy living abundantly!

This year, I am going to be healthier, and like yours, it is a general life goal for me. I'm not sdaying I'll neer eat a cake agian, becuase frankly, I'd be talking shit, but I am goig to try to be good a bit more!

Juliana said...

You totally crack me up. I have been reading for a long time thanks to Matt's suggest at Public Intoxication. I am from 528O as well. I have laughed everyday at your blog!!!

I am a new follower! Come on over to my bloggy blog and follow back if you would like!

Randi Lee said...

That was beautifully written. This is by far my favorite post yet. I love it all!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

That was great! It sounds like 2009 was amazing for you. can't wait to see a pic of you and Jay Z!

Ari said...

Awww that's a great way to look at it! I love it. Enjoy your 2010!

Allison said...

Oh, you are just lovely. The way you write makes me beyond happy.
Sometimes I feel that people make these unattainable resolutions that they will never be able to reach, and then by February they're feeling like crap about themselves. I think all my resolutions will be ones that will better me as a person, so it will be more reachable =)
I hope you had a fabulous New Years Eve and that the year is just fabulous for you, dear! xo

Tova Darling said...

Great resolution!! I love it! :)

Also, I'm back and not dead! Thanks for missing me!

Lora said...

I want to get back in touch with myself and the whole world. I think I lost that over the last decade. I was so busy with life that I ignored everything that was important to me when I was a kid.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

juliana- HELL YAAAA MORE 5280 AWESOMENESS! Thank you so much for stopping by!!! I love it!

Amanda Blair said...

I love how inspiring your posts are. I feel like you take the thoughts right out of my head and then write them in hilarious/eloquent way I never could. It's nice to know there are others struggling with the same things and striving to be better! You always give me a lot to think about, thanks for the great blog!
p.s. I'm an avid reader but this is my first comment! Woo hoo!

Margarita said...

I am in awe of your writing and your passion for life. Perfection.

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Heather Rose said...

I agree with enough to write a post in response, but I'll spare you.

Let me just say, I spent the majority of my life being controlled and destroyed by my past. Things I had no choice in were completely ruling my world, until I made the decision to accept what happened to me and take charge. I've been much happier ever since. Happy New Year. Emphasis on the "new".

HeatherClark said...

i totally agree! More of a general attitude to make this year even better is the way to go...

I didn't really have any resolutions this year...but today one came to me...if you don't have anything nice then don't say it at all. Just more of a general positive attitude all around really.

happy new year!

http://www.heatherinacandyshop.com

Sarah Alaoui said...

i havent visited your blog in forever but im glad i took the time too bc as always this post was awesome
in fact youre awesome

I will refrain from; saying hateful things about myself....talking to our bodies is no different than talking to a human, and if you tell a person you hate them- they're likely to hate you back. Why would that be any different from talking to yourself?

THAT was awesome

bec said...

this post is so inspiring! you have a beautiful way with words! i'm off to have a good think about my 2010 now - thank you!

LiLu said...

I posted them today: to wear more bling, torture my sister more often, and never drink Firefly sweet tea vodka again.

I like to set the bar low.

Matt said...

I made my resolutions right after midnight on New Years.

I think the theme of this year is to put my money where my mouth is- to quit talking so much shit and actually do something that puts me outside of this comfort zone I've set up for myself.

Joyce said...

A great list my friend.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

amanda- EEK! I love when i get someone to delurk, so fun! Thank you!


AND thank all of you for inspiring me everyday to think more, speak more and get on here and express myself- you're all amazing.



Matt- Yeah put your money where your mouth and is actually come hang out with me and brash. the end. :) see you on taco tuesday next weeeeek biaaaatch ;0)

Katelin said...

as always i love this. LOVE. one of my resolutions is to relax and know that everything will be fine, even when i think it won't.

itsassimpleasthat said...

Love love love.

I adore your blog and your style of writing.

Best,

Hannah Katy

Hotch Potchery said...

I love the idea of living ABUNDANTLY.

Minus75 said...

Another amazing post.

My resolution:
Remove negative influences from my life as much as possible.

Rebecca said...

i too have set my 2010 intention on abundance! abundance of heart with joy and presence.

nic said...

I just wanted to say that I really liked your post and how you view abundance...that's it's all about perception. Sometimes the smallest thing- a beautiful snowflake on a coat sleeve or a smile from a (not skeevy looking) stranger- can make such a difference in the moment. I hope 2010 brings you an abundance of happiness in all its forms. Thanks for posts like this. -nic

Jaime said...

Great resolution haha. I want a new job! It;s not a resolution, per say, but a necessity at this point, lol.

Marz said...

Awesome post!
2009 was a good year, but 2010 is a year of new beginnings for me. I'm graduating and stepping out of my school bubble, so hopefully only good things will come my way.
Happy 2010!

Phoenix said...

As usual...awesome post. Say hi to Jay Z for me, will ya, girl?

I love the idea that abundance is also tied in with gratitude. We don't get to live abundantly until we wake the hell up and feel gratitude for all that we have already been given - thus making room for even more.

My goals are to really, truly, deeply take care of myself this year. Keep your fingers crossed, k?

sandyb said...

this is a wonderful post- full of energy and a good attitude about making shit happen.

My resolution? Not to resolve.

Resolutions are broken; goals, now those are acted on.

Keep up the posts!

meleah rebeccah said...

I couldn't come up with any resolution ideas this year. Mind if I 'borrow' some of yours!?

Here's hoping you get to meet Jay-Z!

PS: I found your blog from LiLu, and I am VERY glad that I did.

heart charlie said...

Ahhh there is something refreshing about coming back from the holiday and reading your posting. I love the simple philosophy of seeing something as positive, choosing to approach it in a positive way, and through this process, it inevitably is positive. Thanks for the words of wisdom. My resolution is to try to be more patient with people....although I already broke that rule when I got into a fight in the airport with someone's dad....so I will start today ;)

Meg Fee said...

i love this!! i too want to live abundantly, perfection!!

i chose not to make a true resolution, but i have all these goals and plans, and i'm realizing this is the year i will do everything that i've put off for so long because of my nasty, little eating disorder. ie: tonight i'm getting dressed up and going out with the girls (my friends, not my boobs--that's what it sounded like)

happy new year!

Eternal Blast said...

How about breathing for starters!!!
Happy new Year!!!

angela.kolachny said...

happy new year! love your resolution, i think everyone should follow your lead with living abundantly, especially with love:o) my resolution is to be more organized...it always works out of a short period of time and then back to the same old...I'm determined this year!!

sarah said...

i absolutely love your outlook! i agree, resolutions do have far too much of a "don't break me!" feel, which is why i made a TBA (to be accomplished) list for 2010, with a little asterisk in my mind that says it's okay to not finish 'em all, as long as i strive for them all. anywho, hope 2010 treats you well and i will be back to read more of your posts!

Doniree said...

My resolution? To keep moving forward.

emma wallace said...

How inspiring! I want abundance too! My resolution is to "blossom" - I've been working so hard at building so many things, I'm hoping that this year they start to blossom!

Best wishes for 2010! I hope it's your best year yet!

iamemmamusic.blogspot.com

nicole said...

Hi Chelsea! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment :)

lol great post on living abundantly. When you meet Jay-Z, tell him I say hi hahaha

I'll definitely be trying to look at the silver lining too, it's tough to see, but if you look close enough, it'll be there.

Rolerkite said...

something about your post makes we want to say "You go girl!" I guess it's just a little bit of the East St.louis in me.

Nishant said...

Thank you for sharing it!

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Jo said...

Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog! It means a lot. Great post-and I agree with your sentiments. Here's to a fabulous 2010.
Jo

pen.ny said...

When you meet Jay-Z can I go with you?

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