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I am a Life & Clutter Coach and IST Practitioner. I LOVE helping writers, creatives and entrepreneurs just like YOU, make their homes and lives into supportive containers for their creative AND personal lives.  

Cecilia's sharp, crystalline insight has kept me on track in my creative life, my business life, and my emotional life for the past six years: she's a triple threat!

 - Sarah Selecky, author of Giller Prize nominated This Cake is for the Party

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Tuesday
May082012

Be Honest With Your Closet

Do you ever find yourself trying on outfit after outfit only to find that each one is a little off?  You can't do up the zipper, the buttons are popping at the chest and those jeans from high school, they won't even get past your ankles.  After the third outfit that's more muffin top than hot mama, how do you feel? 
 
I know how I feel...  shitty!  And you know what I do when I feel shitty?  I eat a cupcake, or three.

Now imagine a world where you open your closet and everything inside fits you.  Not only that, but it makes you feel GOOD.  The fabric is wonderful and the colours make you feel alive, and the cuts are flattering.  How would that make you feel?  How would you feel when you start your day?  How would you feel out in the world? 

Maybe you keep the too small clothes in your closet because you think that they'll serve as motivation to get you off your ass and to the gym, but do they really?

I'll tell you something.  At one point in time I was a much bigger gal than I am now.  Some days I felt OK about that, but a lot of the time I felt bad about myself.  I felt like a failure, like a lazy slob.  Everyday I would open my closet to find a whole bunch of clothes that didn't fit.  Too tight jeans, that dress I wore once, the skirt I bought in the hopes that I would shrink to fit into it.  Depressing, but for some reason I couldn't let them go. 
 
One day I decided to choose me.  I let go of ALL the clothes that didn't fit me and only kept the ones that fit and that made me feel good. 

What a difference!  Suddenly I could open my closet and feel acknowledged and respected.  My wardrobe felt current and supportive.  Everything fit.  Everything felt good. 
 
Any idea what happened next?  That’s right, without going on a “diet”, without consciously changing my lifestyle, my body began to change.  I began to change!  I felt more present in my life, I felt happier in my body and my relationship to food started to shift. 
 
Do yourself a solid and be honest with your closet.  It might be painful in the moment of letting go, but your body, heart and soul will thank you for it when you can open your closet and see your current self reflected back.

I'd love to hear any thoughts, questions or experiences you have about the too small clothes in your life below.  Good luck! 

Take care,
Cecilia Moorcroft

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Reader Comments (3)

I totally agree with the positive benefits of re-patterning wardrobes to suit the present and also to reach goals; Cecilia gave me a powerful suggestion that's been working magic in my life this year: "dress the part!" Even though I cringed at it at first, it's been really great. I would also add that rather than the primary benefit being losing weight, the bigger benefit, imho, is a more healthly, positive and accepting body image/atittude.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick M.

I actually just did this! Cecilia, you would be so proud of me! I gathered up a big bag of clothes that I have been saving for a long time (in some cases, years!) to fit some version of myself that I wished for, or thought I should be.

The shift in my attitude was very swift after the bag actually left the premises (ie. the charity picked up the bag). I was amazed at how light and happy I felt! My attitude changed dramatically. I think there may be another bunch of clothes that could go, but the first sweep was pretty deep and I feel proud of that.

I resisted doing this for a long time. This was a very important step in my accepting myself, clearing out some old junk (in every sense), and moving forward into something new.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica Wilson

Nick - You are SO right! It doesn't matter how big or small you are, it matters how you feel in your skin.

Erica - YES! I know that you've been working toward this for some time and I'm so proud of you for letting go and embracing your life and yourself. It takes courage to step into the present moment and accept where you are right now. Onward and upward, can't wait to hear what happens next!

ox
Cecilia

May 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterCecilia Moorcroft

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