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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

Friday
Apr032009

Video Blog #6 - Intention vs. Expectation

Video Blog filmed and edited by James Scobbie at Raintree Photography. www.raintreephotography.com
Monday
Mar162009

Spring's Reveal

I love this time of year! I love that the sun starts to feel like sun again, that it comes to visit earlier every morning and sticks around later every evening. There is a feeling of hopefulness and change in the air. Spring is still a ways off in Toronto, but I can hear the birds outside my window gossiping about their plans for Spring break.

As much as I look forward to Spring itself, there is something sweet and tantalizing about anticipating it's arrival. Like a trip you've been planning for awhile, part of the fun is the departure date moving closer and closer. I love the slow process of revelation that comes with Spring. A puddle of water here, a hint of grass there, the first snow drops, the smells, the animals coming out to play.

Spring's reveal reminds me of the process of clearing clutter. Just as we don't wake up one morning and find all our clutter magically gone, we work through it bit by bit. A section of floor revealed here, a table uncovered there. As we work through our space it's not just bookshelves and counters that come to light, it's also those parts of ourselves that have remained hidden. Our hopes, our dreams, our hearts, our desires. Slowly there is a chance for them to come out and stretch and play in the light and manifest themselves in surprising and beautiful ways.

If you are looking for inspiration to let go of clutter and embrace your space, Tracey Stanton, Professional Space Clearer and Clutter Clearer extraordinaire will be in Toronto to offer Karen Kingston's famous "Feng Shui and the Art of Space Clearing" workshop trilogy in April, for the very first time in Canada.

Monday
Mar162009

Dying to Live

I'm getting ready to die, so I'm going to keep this short. This afternoon I started an intensive course on dying, but not just any old dying. I'm learning to die so I can learn how to live.

What it comes down to is this. Letting go. What's possible when we truly learn how to let go? Whether it's our clutter, our negative patterns, the stress in our bodies or our well worn emotional reactions, just imagine what could happen if we could just let go.

Let go. Five little letters spelling two little words, should be easy. Right?

Let go, let go, let go, let go, let go. How many times have I written those words furiously in my journal. Let go of the anger, let go of the blame, let go of the uncertainty, let go of the second guessing, let go of the obsession, let go of the clutter, let go of the negative beliefs. Just, let go.

When I see it written here, it sounds simple. I see a hand grasping something, and all it has to do to let go is open.

Ah... Open. Maybe it is just that simple. Open. When we let go, we open. When we open, we let go. In the opening there is space. Space for what? Well, that's up to you, what do you want to make space for?

I for one, want to make space for ME. The me that believes in myself. The me that dares to be big. The me that loves deeply. The me that wants to hug the whole world. The me that knows how to let go and receive.

So, this week, I die. I die to be me. I die to love. I die to open and in dying I say yes.

See you on the other side!

Tuesday
Jan062009

Video Blog #5 - Tips to Help you Clear Clutter

Video Blog filmed and edited by James Scobbie at Raintree Photography. www.raintreephotography.com
Saturday
Dec062008

Clear Clutter - Gifts We Hate

You shouldn't have... No really...

We all have them, lurking around in the back of our closets and drawers, sometimes being brought out to display when the giver comes around. That bobble sweater you wear only when Aunt Cindy is visiting. The vase you keep on display "just in case" the friend who gave it to you pops by.

Yes, I'm talking about those gifts you hate. You can't get rid of them because it would hurt someone's feelings, but you would never have chosen to bring them into your home. If this sounds familiar to you, read on.

One very distinct category of clutter is stuff that other people have given to us, and it has a very clear flavour. It is often imbued with energy that has a lot of guilt around it. There is also a sense of feeling misunderstood or unseen. How do you think having these things around your home make you feel?

It's not only the gifts that make us feel guilty or misunderstood. How do you think those items make you feel about the person who gave them to you? Does it give you feelings of warmth and connection or is there something a little off? More importantly, do you want that energy hanging around your relationship with this person?

"Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" by Karen Kingston, has a section on gifts that really changed my view of gift giving and receiving. She sees gift giving as an exchange of energy. When you give someone a gift, it no longer belongs to you. It's the same thing when you receive a gift, it no longer belongs to the person who gave it to you, it belongs to YOU. And, because it belongs to you, it is now yours to do with what you like.

Now that we are fully in the season of gift giving, keep this in mind when you hand out your gifts this year. See if you can practice truly let go of the gift you are giving to your mother, brother, friend or partner. What if you gave them the gift of a guilt-free holiday?

Also keep this idea in mind as you look around your space and you sort through your clutter. If you are hanging onto something out of guilt, is it serving you and your relationship with the person who gave it to you? If you are hanging onto a gift that makes you feel deeply misunderstood, what story is that helping to perpetuate? Is there part of you that is attached to feeling unseen or unimportant? Are you ready to let that go?

Happy Holidays and have fun practicing the art of truly giving and truly receiving this year.