About Cecilia

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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It's only January 3rd, Relax!

Happy New Year sweet one. 

I had a plan.  It was BIG.  It involved lots of ACTION and DOING and GETTING THINGS DONE and it was going to start...  Yesterday. 

OK, that's not quite true. I didn't have a plan but that date, January 2nd, was breathing down my neck. 

I should have a plan.  I should have a list.  I should be knocking things off that list. 

I've had a break, now it's time to dust off the whip and get to it.  Right?  Wrong...

It's winter.  It's cold (thank the earth mother goddess, the warm weather was freaking me out), it's dark, the moon is waning.  I have a sweater to finish and episodes of Glee to watch.  ;)

I gave up resolutions a long time ago.  Now I choose one thing to work on. 

An intention, a red balloon to let go of, a warm squirmy puppy to cover me with kisses and then run away to nap. 

Last year I chose one word.  Creativity.  I wanted more of it and I got it.  Contact improv dancing in the spring, singing with choir!choir!choir! in the fall and lots of writing throughout the year.

This year?  I'm not sure yet. 

It's not something to force, it's something to allow.  Don't run after the chipmunk, hold out the almond and let it come to you. 

The fact is, I feel a little like the tin man after a rainstorm, a little rusty, moving slowly with my friends helping me out with the oil can.

So for now I'm just holding it up, asking the question, sitting still and listening.  One thing that has become clear already is that is has to be kind, it has to be gentle and it has to be loving. 

Or as my partner Mike said to me when I was getting worked up yesterday, "What if 2013 is the year of no guilt?".  Oh wouldn't that be a treat.  I think I'll start there...

What about you?  Do you already have a theme for the year or will you wait and see?  I'd love to hear about it, you can comment below. 

Big love to you and you'll see a post from me soon, I just wanted to say hi and don't worry if you don't have it all figured out yet, I don't either.   

Take care,


p.s. If you're reading this and you're not on my list, you should really get yourself on it!  I send out a fun and useful email just about every week on clearing clutter and living life.  Just pop on over here to get on!  All the cool kids are doing it!

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Reader Comments (7)

I'm right with you! It's winter! It's cold and I want to be curled up and moving slowly. Especially because on Christmas day in South Texas it was 80 degrees. And now it's freezing. I have one thing in particular on my TO DO list that is causing me to glare at myself. But I would really have to force it. Today was going to be my Get Shit Done day. But I feel very still and quiet and my body's trying to adjust to the drastic weather change. Soooo....I'm doing what I can. My word for 2013 is Flourishing. Right now I'm a little baby flowing bracing against the cold. When it's time I will be enthusiastic and accomplish lots of things, but that's not now. Reading sounds really nice...

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

*little baby flower

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

Mine is compassion. I do at least one kind thing for myself and at least one kind thing for another person every day.

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann

Thank you Cecilia!!! You always make me smile! ....and tonight I will be really happy if I just get my dishes done! We'll see about tomorrow, tomorrow!

Happy Day and Happy Year!!!!

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Happy New Year to you Cecilia. May 2013 bring you an abundance of miracles!

I have chosen a word for the last three years and I'm at a point now where I need to stop doing that as I was finding it would bring up ALL these things around that word that needed healing. So it's been pretty intense. This year I'm going for a 'theme', which is EASE, and surrounding that with words like healing, peace, lightness and flow. I wrote about it on my blog. Having a theme feels softer and more forgiving, and I really could do with some ease!

I agree also that there is a sort of conflict between the feeling of a new start and clean slate that a new year brings, but then it is also still the depths of winter and our natural cycles encourage us to go within, hibernate, be still etc. I'm so far definitely noticing some guilt and anxiety but also reminding myself of my word when I feel I'm not 'getting enough done'. It's always a process!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara@Aquamarine

Thanks for the lovely reminder, I needed the last part of your piece, allowing me space to not have all of the answers, that would be a great gift to myself, to just be okay with not knowing, it seemed easier in December and quite hard now that January is here...
your blog is such a gift!

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralex

I love all of these words and themes. Ease is a big one for me too Tara, BIG one.

Mary Ann, I find myself letting go when I read the word compassion.

Corinne, love your little flower flourishing from the inside out.

Alex, allowing the not knowing to just be can be such a gift.

Antoinette, I aim to please. ;)


January 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterCecilia Moorcroft

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