Hi. I'm Cécile.
Born and raised in France by a tribe of women who strive to only eat the most delicious of foods and wear the most voluptuous of fabrics, it is no surprise that I am now exploring the synergistic relationship between self-love, sensuality and happiness.
My work is the result of an ongoing dedication to creating pleasurable experiences and gratifying my senses. I refuse - just plain refuse - to dissociate pleasure and happiness from any and all of my life adventures.
Have I always been this attuned and connected? Absolutely not. In fact, I lost this essential relationship with myself in several instances, failing to feed and delight my being of what is most essential, and living inauthentically. This typically resulted in the most miserable, most dis-empowered, most disconnected times of my life.
2010 and 2011 were the darkest years of my existence. I was employed by a corporate giant in marketing, with good pay and good benefits. I was working countless hours from a windowless office in in a blah-beige building filled with endless corridors and miserable people. I was one of them and had morphed into my environment like a good little chameleon-soldier. I, too, was blah-beige. Yellow, actually. I had achieved that yellow tint on my skin that could only say cirrhosis, only I was not having that much fun. I also felt stuck in a relationship with a VBB (Very Bad Boyfriend), navigating circular arguments and abusive patterns on a daily basis.
I was 20 lbs overweight and living with ongoing 'eat-at-you' stress. My eating habits fluctuated between binges and liquid cleanses. No lbs were lost in the process, just a bit of dignity. I was depressed. Even my skin was depressed, amassing in puddles of sadness at the bottom of my cheeks. Jovial by nature, I was unrecognizable.
THE TURNAROUND POINT.
Months went by and many conversations were had about how to turn the VBS@W (Very Bad Situation at Work) around and how to get the VBB to move out. I analyzed the situation to death, did some creative thinking, tried to redefine the terms "peace", "love" and "nurturing" to fit my f'ed up situation. I went on a trip to Brazil to find my truth. I went on a trip to France to recenter.
But nothing does it like that day, that defining second when you've just had it and realize that the solution lies in you. I had no juice left in me to cope, no will to try, no tears to shed. I had given it all my all. There was no judgement, no ill feeling. I was just done.
That next week, I handed in my letter of resignation and flipped corporate the bird. Two days after that, I asked VBB to move out. I will never forget the absolute feeling of peace I experienced as I was putting ME first. It was pure adrenaline and conviction all at the same time. Bliss.
The first thing I did was sleep incessantly. The second thing I did was buy Staying Healthy with Nutrition. The bible. I read my way through, mindfully. I studied, applied, totally geeked out. I subscribed to a CSA service (fresh farm produce delivered in a box) and cooked my little heart out. I practiced yoga and took long meditative walks ("oh look! There is a tree. What a beautiful tree..."). I breathed a lot. I surrounded myself with pleasing sounds, awe-inspiring sights, orgasmic tastes, furry things to touch. I titillated myself back to health.
The 20 lbs shed effortlessly, and then some. I was laughing and dancing again. Bliss is the most natural form of botox. I looked 10 years younger.
HAPPINESS GLADIATOR TRAINING.
If I could bottle this all up, I would. I wanted to show the world that it was feasible; that bliss was just around the corner; that we all have it in us and that it is our responsibility to ourselves to unveil it. We must be the most joyous, vibrant, magical, divine being we can be.
So I started my training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a Holistic Health Coach in 2013. Health is an essential element of being happy, it enables and empowers us as physical beings to go after what we really love. With health, everything is possible.
I am glad I lost my way.
In the darkness, I saw the opportunity to study the path back to light; to identify the steps it takes to go back to it; to progressively get reacquainted with the warmth of the sun on my face. Fresh air in my lungs. The deepest breath I had taken in a very long time.
Cécile Charlot is a Sensuality Coach. She empowers women to explore what lights them up and turns them on, and to redefine their relationship to self through pleasure. Her ultimate goal is to create an army of powerful, magical creatures and to dominate the world with total titillation!
She offers personal coaching sessions, group workshops and revolutionary online programs. With these, her clients learn to revive the self-love and awaken their sensual and sexual selves.
Cécile shares her life between Los Angeles, Seattle, NYC and France where she writes, dances, and reaches for the next ecstatic experience.
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC: Professional Training & Certification Program
- International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC): Accredited Member
- Master’s Degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Management
- Landmark Curriculum for Living and Self-expression & Leadership Program
Song: Jubel – Klingande
Sight: the divine colors of sunset
Sound: the rain on the roof
Taste: almond butter
Smell: Fall. Yes, Fall as a smell, both spicy and sweet
Touch: buttery leather
Secret (not so secret) cravings: Chocolate. Champagne. A bowl of Szechuan noodle soup on a cold, rainy day. The smelliest cheese on the cheese tray. Creamy avocados at any hour of the day.
Guilty Pleasures: Faux-fur. Hats. Bedding (because one always needs more silky sheets). More books on my bookcase. Bathhouses and polar bear plunges. Sex and the City marathons. Asking intimate questions to people I barely know.