We had the good fortune of connecting with CeCe Noyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi CeCe, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
The number one habit that truly and I mean, truly, allowed me to be successful was failing forward. I never knew what the exact calculation or set of steps was going to be in order to make me a successful health and fitness coach. I just knew that it was what I whole heartedly wanted to do and knew that no matter how many failures I would face, I was going to make it happen. I took failure as redirection and every no was one step closer to the biggest yes of my life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Throughout my teenage/early 20’s I was pretty overweight and didn’t understand why I didn’t look like the other girls my age. There was a lot of self-sabotage through food because of low self-esteem and lack of confidence, which I didn’t realize until a little later. When I began working on my mental health and reflecting inward, I was able to start chipping away at the pieces of me that felt like they weren’t good enough. As I continued to work on my internal voice, my confidence started to reveal itself and I had decided it was time to work on my physical appearance next. Working out started to become this fuel that fed the fire towards becoming the very best version of myself that I could be. I soon realized that if I could do this… little insecure CeCe with a lot of self doubt… anyone could do it. So I decided to show others how.
That’s when I began coaching other women on their health and fitness journey. I say “health and fitness” because it’s not just fitness that makes you the best version of yourself. It’s reflecting inward and working on the parts of yourself that are really freaking hard to even think about, that make you grow as an individual. I work with my clients one on one and in groups to build the strongest, most confident and best version of themselves from the inside out. From the outside looking in, it looks like we are working out and eating healthy, but from the inside looking out, we are working on so much more than that.
It wasn’t easy. A lot of “life” was just getting in the way about a year ago. It made things really hard to keep pushing forward, but I did it anyways. Consistency, learning to pivot and failing forward is really what kept me going over these last three years.
I want the world to know that this isn’t a “hey look at me, look what I can do” this is a “hey come join me, let me help you so that you can help others”. I want people to know that no matter what, you have the power to take yourself to the next level. Sometimes you need someone to show you the way, or a team of people to help support you but deep down inside you have the ability to make it happen for yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is funny you ask because just last week my parents flew in from Washington and I got to take them all throughout Orange County and all the way down to San Diego. The itinerary we tuned into on the trip consisted of walking to Alta Coffee in Newport for the best chai lattes I have ever had and then a walk along the beach. I took them to Corona Del Mar State Beach as well as Huntington beach to enjoy the sunshine. We also went up in the Temecula Hot Air Balloons which was beautiful for the sunrise.
Once we ventured down to San Diego, We spent time at the farmers markets in PB and OB along with watching the surfers at both the piers. We hiked Torrey Pines, ate at the Sandbox and OB Surf Lodge, went to sunset cliffs for the sunset and enjoyed our time together at the beach.
Being from Washington State, spending time at the beach is really what all of my friends and family want to do when they come to visit. My boyfriend surfs, so we grab coffee or food from the local cafe’s and take it out to different surf spots to watch and enjoy the sunshine.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, my mom deserves a lot of credit for always supporting me. She was the very first person that ever signed up to do one of my programs. She ended up losing 25 pounds and was a walking advertisement for me. She has renewed her purchase of my programs, every year for the last three years without failure. She has always hopped on the next idea i’ve had and continues to be my number one supporter. Another person that deserves a little recognition is my boyfriend. He, without a doubt, has supported this journey since the moment we met. When things got really, really tough for me in October, he encouraged me to lean in closer to serving women in their health and fitness journey. He reminded me that through our own struggles, we find light in serving others.