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Wild Soul Movement stories and experiences told by the women.

Wild Woman

Crecia Cipriano | Joined Wild Soul Movement in 2013 for the first pilot round

Occupation: Middle School Teacher

Lives: Camden, CT

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

Liz:
Hello!
This is Liz DiAlto, creator of Wild Soul Movement and I am here with another installment of Wild Soul Stories.
I am particularly excited to introduce all of you to Ms. Crecia Cipriano – who was not just a Wild Soul Woman with me this past summer in Wild Soul Movement – but she actually did both of my pilot programs. We’ve been working together at least almost a year. It will be like our anniversary in November, huh?

Crecia:
Yes (laughs).
Pretty Sweet!

Liz:
So amazing!
For anyone who might just be tuning into this randomly, the purpose of Wild Soul Movement is to help women develop self-love, self-trust and self-acceptance. And we did this through a movement practice that combines mantras, meditation, and sensual movement. Things like body weight exercises, yoga, stretching, circling – and other random stuff that I like to throw in here and there.

But it’s really about building an intimate relationship with yourself and discovering how everything you’ve ever needed really has always been inside of you, whether or not you’ve experienced that in life before.

The purpose of these Wild Soul Stories is to show how every woman’s journey is as unique as their results. And because this isn’t a workout or a fitness program, you will not find before and after photos on WildSoulMovement.com, because we can’t take pictures of people’s insides. And that’s really what shifts.

So, Crecia, I know you do a lot of writing and you just started a blog, but you’re also a middle school teacher, correct? French?

Crecia:
Yes, yes, middle school french.

Liz:
I’m just making sure I wasn’t making this up. And you live in Hartford, Connecticut, right?

Crecia:
Camden. Just outside of New Haven.

Liz:
New Haven! I should know my Connecticut towns a little bit better.

So Crecia has been on a number of my calls, in my pilot programs, in Wild Soul Movement. Like I mentioned earlier, we’ve been doing a lot of things together over the last several months.

You actually even said something about this in the Facebook group I think earlier today. My first question for you was going to be, “Why did you join Wild Soul Movement?” And I remember you saying after the pilot, you weren’t sure how much different this would actually be – so what nudged you to actually join the official program back in May?

Crecia:
Well I knew I wanted to keep on doing the work, and such a big part of what you do, and you know, the space – it’s the space you create for your women – and I knew I wanted to have that similar, I knew I wanted to see what you did, you know, going from the pilot to the full on program. I was really curious and excited to see where you were going to take it, and I knew I wasn’t done yet.

Liz:
Yeah, I like that. “I knew I wasn’t done yet.”

So, all these interviews have been a little different here and there, depending on the person, but something I’ve been asking everyone pretty consistently is, “What kind of personal development work had you done prior to Wild Soul Movement?”

Crecia:
Oh my god! So much!

I love learning and figuring stuff out, and I know you always call yourself a Book Nerd, and I am too. I just, I love figuring myself out a little more – so i’ve done a whole bunch, and I was thinking about this the other day…
I’d done a whole lotta work, on myself, with myself, in pursuit of understanding myself, but what you do just pulls it all together in a way that I haven’t come into contact with before.

No matter how much or how little I think someone has done they can just get so much out of this.

Liz:
I love that, and that’s been some pretty consistent feedback I’ve been hearing on these interviews, which has been really great for me to realize that WSM is kind of like the integration and the embodiment piece for a lot of the other things.
Because I can tell you too, of all the books i’ve read, i’ve worked with coaches, i’ve worked with healers…sometimes it takes hearing the same thing for the 5th time in a different context for it to land and then be in your body, and you’re like “Oh, okay, I can live this now.”

So, in WSM we work through four different topics. We start with Surrender and Release, we go into Trust and Receiving, then Wild dreaming and Desire, and then Creation and Inner Wisdom.

So for you personally Crecia, was any topic more important, impactful, transformative than the other?
Did you have a favorite topic or how did they work together for you?

Crecia:
It was definitely, consistently every week I was so into what you were putting out there and what we were doing.
Each week I really felt built on the one before in a really cool way, but I have to say the Wild Dreaming part totally without a doubt – thats where all the pieces started to come together and I really started envisioning for myself what might I want in life.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have an awesome life, I love my life and it’s great, but there was something that just wasn’t quite fitting for me and through the Wild Dreaming piece I really got to open myself up to thinking about what could be different and I’ve been asking on it, and it’s just been beautiful.

Liz:
So tell me what are some of the actions, what are some of the things… I know you’ve started a blog, what else?

Crecia:
So that’s a huge, huge one for me because…

Liz:
Not a small task! (laughter)
It involves like 17 other action steps, what did you do!

Crecia:
It was just conceiving that it was possible.

As a teacher it’s really tough for me to sort of turn off my teacher mind and turn on the creative mind – that’s been a thing that I’ve struggled with consistently over the years.
Just sort of dreaming that I could find that balance was really incredible to me.

And you know, just little…I say little things, but they’re huge things.
Just the way I feel like i’m more of myself, more awesome. And I never felt I wasn’t myself before, I always thought I was totally myself but somehow through this cracking open process, and dreaming it and putting it out there, I feel more who I am.

My friends and co-workers and family members have said the same thing. They’re like, “Wow, you know, you’re really doing it! Love your positive posts!” It’s just all come together more than any one little thing that I can say that i’ve done, I’m just doing it.

Liz:
Yeah, I love that. And I really wanna recognize you and I know that because of your post in the facebook group that you were super busy this summer and you managed to do your videos every week – I thought that was amazing.

I had asked someone else the other day if she could quantify the time investment and she said she was doing the videos at least once a week, sometimes twice, doing the journaling and in-and-out of the facebook group.

She said it takes probably no more than two and a half to three hours of investment of time per week. For some people, we have a lot of moms in the group, we have people who work, we have people who have all these other responsibilities, so I think you were at a training this summer? You were planning a curriculum…what exactly was it…?

Crecia:
Yeah, part of it I was doing at home and part of it I was on a college campus working with a bunch of other teachers, and doing different seminars and what not. I was living in a dorm.

In the past i’ve been that person who hasn’t been able to find the time and it just became so very important for me to find the time. Once I started finding it it was so nourishing that I found myself needing it.

Again, between the community that you’ve created, and just you – your presence, your personality, what you give to the women in your program is so incredible – and I wanted to show up for it.

Liz:
Mmm, I appreciate that.

One of the things I love about you, and there are several other women who have spoken up about it, is that you guys don’t mind that I really just am myself – I say some pretty ridiculous things sometimes and I always appreciate those who don’t mind my sense of humor.

Something else I wanted to ask you, on the topic of creativity – and I know not everyone listening is a writer, but there’s so many different forms of creativity, so i’m curious – the movement, and spending time with your body, has that helped you be more creative or tap into those things? And it’s ok if the answer is no, but i’m curious.

Crecia:
No, completely, in different ways. Part of it is just getting more in touch with body and soul together – can’t but help creativity.

But even just things, we did so many dang hip circles…I’m not really a “hang out with people dancing” type of person, I get self conscious, and actually a couple of weeks ago I found myself dancing around the apartment! Thats pretty much something – so I was doing my hip circles around my apartment! (laughter)

Liz:
I love that! So in terms of anything else that feels significant to you…If you were to frame your Wild Soul Story, how would it go?

Crecia:
Well…

Liz:
Kust from this summer, just from June to August, your 12 weeks most recently.

Crecia:
I thought that I was in a pretty good place that I was, but through the course of the videos I just feel like everything exploded, and I just can’t even say enough how exciting that is.

The stories, I mean it really started last year and it’s hard to pull it out of that context, but it’s just…
I don’t know, I don’t have anything else to say other than it’s just lovely. I didn’t expect to end up where I ended up and i’m so thrilled that I did.

Liz:
I love that.

Crecia, thank you.
And again, your participation and your light and the way you talked about the safe space in the community, but one of the things that makes it what it is is women like you who.

I can always tell in Facebook when Crecia has done a sweep of the group, because you drop a little bit of love on everybodys posts – and that brings so much value for people. Because we have women in there sharing from the depths of their hearts and things that they have not shared in other places, and sometimes more than me, I feel like you are on it. You almost don’t let a post go without dropping some kind of love, and I think that really speaks to how big your heart is, and i’m so excited you’re joining us again for fall session. I’ve come to just enjoy having you, I feel like you just support me and the community so much.

Thank you so much. Any random miscellaneous thing you want to share before we wrap your story here?

Crecia:
No, just thank you so much. It’s always such a pleasure, and I appreciate you so much.

Liz:
That is super mutual! Wild Soul love fest! So I can’t wait til events on the east coast so I can meet you in real life! You know I will cry my eyes out when I meet you in real life!

Crecia:
Oh my god! (laughing)

Liz:
I will freak out!

Crecia:
I’m looking forward to it.

Liz:
I’ll let you get back. Thank you so, so much for giving me some time. We recorded this on labor day, so thanks for taking time out of your evening and i’ll be seeing you – we have another call on Thursday, and then in the Facebook group and then fall session.

Crecia:
Thank you!

Liz:
Bye!

Crecia:
Bye!

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