Changes for a New Year

Very excited to show you all my contribution to the Birds of Change exchange. There are a few available in my Keepsake Cakes shop ~ and you can see more pictures on my flickr.

It's perhaps a little late in the year to be talking about my new years resolutions but working on my birds started to get me thinking about it again. It seemed like the beginning of this year just flew right by. I was hardly prepared for Christmas let alone for New Years.

So here is what I've been thinking about~

I am proud of the changes I saw in myself last year. For the first time I started to indulge in finding my inner child. For so many years I felt lost and scared to venture into the unknown. I’m disappointed in a few paths I choose. At the time I was scared to take the path less traveled and for that my journey has been bumpy and will take much longer. However along the way I have learned so much about myself and made life long friendships. There is a price to every decision we make. I haven’t always made the right decision but I am proud of how I dealt with them and every journey has led me to find inner strength and countless treasures. In 2009 I hope to find the inner strength and courage to fallow my heart.

4 Main Goals~

Be more ME:
To stop trying to be who others want me to be. By nature I am a people pleaser. I will often sacrifice who I am or what I want to please the ones I love. The funny thing is that by not fallowing my heart I am hurting no one but myself.

Be more OPEN:
To be ready and willing to jump on board when something wonderfully ridiculous comes along. Be more social, charitable and more available to whatever life throws my way. In 2009 I want to get involved in my community and make a difference even in just one persons life. I would also like to be a bit more spontaneous, try new things and see new places.

Be more JOYFUL:
I have SO much to be joyful about but somehow I always seem to let the littlest of things get to me. I am going to fight those nasty feeling every step of the way this year. Being happy is a choice~ I’m going to write that on my bathroom mirror! Today I started by dressing up like a princess; Silly how your perspective on life can change just by the simplest of changes in your everyday routine.

This year I want to more proactive about where my life is going, even if it’s not going my way. To put more of myself out on the line and be willing to leap when the ground beneath my feet starts to crumble. Far better I fall short of my goals then to have never tried at all. Most importantly I am going to work on being more positive and more self-assured of myself. No more mental games of convincing myself that I’m not good enough or that I don’t have what it takes.

Last but not least-
I am going to start a rather interesting adventure this year.

For the remainder of 2009 I am going to dress up 90% of the time when I go out in public. I’m calling it PROJECT DRESSUP. The idea is that dressing up this last week made me perceive my chores, every day events, and myself in a whole other way. I felt more joyful, more energetic and overall more excited about life. I also saw a difference in how I interacted with people and how they viewed me. Conversations were started with wonderful people who I otherwise would never have spoken to. For others I put a smile to their face and perhaps a question or two in their minds. This got me to thinking, how could the way I dress change my life? So I am making it a personal research project to examine this idea of being dressed up. Now this doesn’t just mean wearing a dress, this is about dressing in a way that makes people take a second look at you. To dress like you’re going somewhere special all the time. I’m talking over the top outfits-Tastefully Chelsea Ann style of coarse. I will be taking pictures of my outfits and keeping track of daily experiences. I think this is going to be fun… and very interesting.


Did anyone see this yet?
ittybittybirdy is on the front page of Lollishops

Also I would like to say Happy New Years to my friend Jin in China! I hope you and your family have a wonderful year of the bull!

I hope we all find personal growth in 2009 
and that life leads us onto magical paths!


Jin said...

Thanks for your friendship, Ann! May all your new year resolutions be well kept!

Lori said...

Chelsea Ann, i did see you on the Lolli home page: it looks adorable...i like your list of new years goals...esp the dressing up part, you look so cute wearing those retro should dress up all the time...

Gina said...

You and I have very similar goals for 2009. I love your PROJECT DRESSUP idea! I'm thinking my sister and I need to jump aboard that idea.

valerie said...

project dress-up sounds like lots of fun! i can't wait to see photos of your adorable attire. maybe you should start a flickr group so others can join you.

i think you'll do well with your resolutions!

the Koyle's said...

I love the Project DressUp! I've often wanted to wear dress styles from other times just for the way it makes me feel! I love the idea of a fliker group for dressing up and I can't wait to hear about the reactions you get!!

creative breathing said...

Chelsea Ann, We are so much alike! I always look nice even if I am working in the yard. This is because in my 25th year a friend's mother told me that you should dress the way you want to feel every single day. It truly does work! My relatives tease me because I am neatly dressed even when camping! It doesn't mean I won't play a game with the kids, it just means Aunt Eliz will just always be very feminine doing it! I do allow myself a "slounge" day every once in awhile if I am going to stay home and "slounge." I like the goals you have set for yourself. I wish all good things for your success. E

StickyKitten said...

congrats chelsea ann!! glad to see you on the front of lollishops!! also~have fun dressing up..i think it's a great idea!! and yur new little birds are adorable! best wishes!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

How fun are you!!! Can't wait to see you dressed up...being a daycare provider....I just have let my girly-girl side wonder I don't have much ooomph anymore.

Love your thoughts for 2009..I did not make any as I did not want to break them.

Take care..looking forward to all Dolled up....maybe I will dress up too....hmmmm

Joelle Dolce Bebe said...

What a doll you are!!! I love that dress your wearing!
Keep being sweet & fun & your blog is inspiring so many of us!
Best Wishes!
Joelle XO