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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Forget New Year's Resolutions! What's your theme for 2014?

Happy New Year! 

You'll see in the video below what I think about New Year's Resolutions (there's a reason you're seeing this on January 8th) but suffice it to say, not much.

There's so much pressure to start the year off right and pile your plate with loads of unreasonable expectations.

I have a proposal for you. 

What if this is the year you put down the stick? 

What if this is the year that you connect with the part of yourself that's strong and wants to have a beautiful life and motivate yourself from there instead of trying to beat yourself toward your goals. 

I declared December a "should-free" month, but how about we declare 2014 to be a "should-free" year.

Resolutions are just shoulds and shoulds suck.  I'm sorry, but they do.  They're exhausting and make you feel like crap. 

That being said, the new year has this fresh sparkly blank sheet feel to it, but rather than fill it full of "shoulds", what if you got out your glitter glue, crayons and sticker collection and filled it with WANTS, LOVES, NEEDS AND DESIRES?

What if you nudged your new year in the direction you wanted to FEEL

I'm a big fan of themes and words for the new year and I'm also a big fan of Jian Gomeshi.  See how the two came together in my video below!  You'll also find out what my theme is for the year.

(If you're not sure what I'm doing with my hands there near the end, that's my hand sign for "Heart-Wings", that's the feeling I want the most in my life.) 

Your turn!!

What's your theme, word or flavour for 2014?

What are some of the "should sticks" you're going to put down?

Speaking and writing these for others to see is incredibly powerful and supportive so take advantage of this space and write yours in the comments below. 

If you have a friend who is always making the same "shouldy" resolutions every year, tell them to put down the stick and send this their way.  We'll both thank you. 

BIG Heart Wings Love, 



p.s. I've been getting lots of emails and calls from folks who want to work with me this year, yoohoo! My schedule is filling up quickly but there's still space for you if you want 2014 to be amazing.  This could be the year that everything changes, seriously...  Email me!

p.p.s. If you're reading this and you're not on my list, you should really get yourself on it!  Just pop on over here to get on!  All the cool kids are doing it!

BONUS VIDEOS! c!c!c! on Q with Jian Gomeshi!!!

Here's your sweet gentle vibes.

Here's one to shake your booty to (or jump up and down like me!)

(The power of themes in action, this came from my theme of CREATIVITY two years ago!)


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Reader Comments (11)

Caring! That's my theme. First of all, caring for myself which I have not been very good at lately. I have taken care of a lot of other people and their needs but have sadly neglected my own. But NOT THIS YEAR! It's going to be hard to keep this theme from slipping into Shoulds or What-the-Hell-do-I-Wants, but I'll give it a try.

My subtheme is Joy. To bring more joy into my life. I believe if I take care with the first the second will follow.

Happy 2014.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

Hi Ann!
Yay for CARING and JOY, no reason you can't have both. Go for it!

I was reading somewhere (can't quite remember where) that it can be nice to have a question to go with your theme. Like "Does this situation/person/experience/choice helping me feel cared for?" "Does this bring me JOY?"

Good luck and please let me know how it goes.


January 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterCecilia Moorcroft

WOW!!! You guys are awesome! I had no idea. Amazing arrangements. I love the fresh take on 'Halelulia'. So, I'm sold already. Where do I sign?

During the holiday celebrations, one word kept jumping out at me from bookshelves, Christmas cards and carols: JOY. My theme for the year is JOY.

Choir Choir Choir is surely the embodiment of JOY. Cecilia, I'm sure I'll learn more from you. Thank you, Bev

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly Nicol

Hi Bev!
So glad to hear you enjoyed the videos. You can find out more about c!c!c! and join here: http://choirchoirchoir.com/Notice

It has certainly brought me a world of JOY!

Wonderful theme for the year and I wish you oodles of it. Yay JOY!


January 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterCecilia Moorcroft

Dear Cecilia,

Happy New Year to You. More Power to you for 2014! Amazing video.

Happy, Happy, Happy is my theme for this year. At least I can try.

Best wishes,

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

LOVE your heart-wings Cecilia! That is exactly what I want to feel more of; my heart-wings and yours. The Idea of naming a theme is so inspiring. Mine would be Peace or maybe Peace-Joy. Looking for more fluidity in my life and more Heartness.
Love to you,

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Hi Cecilia: loved the video - thanks to the one who nudged you and thank you for responding to the nudge - just curious as to how you got your word "support" - was it through meditation - did it just pop into your head - is it based solely on your wishes and desire - just wondering how I would go about claiming my word for 2014. Continued blessings. Lynda

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynda Ward

Hi Cissy..

loved the video, and the music, you swaying while singing. Such joy.

my word for this year is "accept"…not the noun "acceptance" which is more passive, but "accept", where I actively need to accept…whatever. That I flit from one activity to another….I accept that it's still being creative….that someone may not approve of my choices…or that I don't know tomorrow, only today. It just seems a word that will carry me this year in a positive, self loving way.

I always enjoy your newsletters…barb

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbarb

Hi Rebecca!
Wishing you oodles of PEACE - JOY for 2014. Yay for Heart-Wings!! :)


January 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterCecilia Moorcroft

Hi Lynda!
That's a great question. My word/theme for this year came from my friend/mentor Samantha Keen who I consulted with when things were feeling so sticky in late October/November. She said "Cecilia, until you start getting support you're going to stay stuck." It wasn't the first time that she'd mentioned that I needed support but it was the first time that I really listened.

When I chose CREATIVITY a couple of years ago, I could just feel how hungry I was for creative expression of all sorts. At the time I wasn't really writing, singing or moving my body in joyful ways at all so it felt right.

As far as how to find your own theme/word for the year, that's a really great question. Sometimes it can help to see what's missing in your life (like my creativity example), or look at what's not working and how it might be different. Sometimes starting with what's not working can help you get to what you really want.

Sit quietly with yourself, light a candle and ask yourself what you're really hungry for right now and then wait for the answer. It might surprise you.

If you really want to go in depth I highly recommend The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. She has a really great system to get to your "Core Desired Feelings". There will be ones you want all the time, like my "Heart Wings", and then ones that change from year to year.

I'm going to think about this some more and see what else I can come up with but I think this is a good place to start. Let me know how it goes and if you have any more questions.


January 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterCecilia Moorcroft

Hi Barb!
I love your distinction between your word ACCEPT and acceptance. Feels good, feels like there's a lot of self love in there.

Heart wings forever!


January 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterCecilia Moorcroft

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