A new week starts with a new interview for our Barefoot in Luxembourg meets People column. Today Jenni is introducing us Cecilie, a dynamic, smiling lady who is reminding us, among all, how important is to believe in your dreams.
Good Morning and Welcome Cecilie! Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit more about who are you and what are you doing here?
Sure! My name is Cecilie Rigneus, I am originally from Norway, and I’m a nurse (former one!), a mom and a personal trainer. I arrived in Luxembourg 17 years ago with my husband, basically because of his job. At that time, my children were very small and the prospect of working was stressful balancing child care and long working hours. So I decided I was going to look another way and began to look at options of starting my own business. This would then give me a more flexible working schedule and allow me to work from anywhere at any time and around my family. Being able to share my business opportunity with people is something I am truly passionate about as I am able to change their lifestyle with reduced stress and added freedom. I also wanted to inspire people to pursue a healthier lifestyle in the long run.
My friends and family would describe me as a happy, positive and including person who love living life to the fully.
Can you tell Barefoot in Luxembourg readers a bit more about your business?
It was 8 years ago, whilst I was looking for a flexible business that I was introduced to this opportunity and I just knew it was for me. I call myself a “Lifestyle Optimizer”. My business is divided into two categories: clients and partners. With regards to my clients, I aim to inspire them to look and feel younger in the long term by encouraging them to make the best choices with health, fitness and wellbeing. Partners are typically people who want to get away from regular office jobs, want more flexibility in their working hours or have moved here and have a hard time finding a permanent job due to the language barriers, education or skills.
My motivation of helping people is to offer them a possibility to earn money with the option of working from any location and country with totally flexible working hours.
Why should people in Luxembourg be attracted to your business?
It’s a great way to make money on your own terms. As a business owner you set your own goals and get the necessary coaching and support to help make it happen. There are also no special requirements for success, just the right attitude! To get a better idea how to be more involved is to come to our next event, which is on Saturday the 3rd February at 11.00. To receive more information people can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are your future plans?
To continue living life the way I do! My business allows me to travel and to meet so many inspiring and interesting people.
My motto is that I don’t live to work but work to live.
Coming back to your Luxembourg background, you told us you have been living here for 17 years.
Yes, and in this 17 years I have seen a lot of change in Luxembourg and I love to be a part of that change. Luxembourg is such a diverse community with so many nationalities and cultures.
What is your favorite place in the city?
I like Come a la Maison because of its unique concept. It’s truly a lifestyle kind of place with stylish decoration, healthy choices, food and the best coffee.
What is your preferred night-life spot in Luxembourg?
I don’t have the same desire to hit the nightlife anymore. I tend to go out for drinks with friends and if I have to choose some places then I’d say Boos Café in Bridel or Mansfeld in Clausen.
What do you like about Luxembourg life?
I love the diversity. You can just be yourself and people will accept you for who you are. Luxembourg is also very family friendly and I’m happy to have my children growing up here. It is also very green and the healthcare system is excellent.
What do you miss here and what would you like to change or improve?
I would love to see more of the cheaper health stores. I have to say I have seen a big change when it comes to people getting more health conscious and availability in healthy options. There is definitely room for more. I love both fashion and home deco, but have to admit I don’t find much of my Scandinavian style here.
What is the best place you visited in a range of 200 km from the city and that you would suggest for a day trip?
Champagne region is my personal recommendation. I love the rustique French countryside, I love bubbles so I can’t really ask for more.
How would you describe Luxembourg with three adjectives?
Safe, international and open minded.
Thank you for being with us today Cecilie.
To discover more about Cecilie you can follow her Facebook page here.