My April Journal: Life Updates

In this month’s journal, I want to talk about something that many of us struggle with: failure. 

As ambitious women, we pour our hearts and souls into our work, and when something doesn’t go according to plan, it can be incredibly disheartening. But here’s the thing: failure is not the end. In fact, it can be an opportunity to learn and grow, and that’s what I want to focus on today: failing forward.

Let me give you an example. Recently, I launched a plus-size fashion collection that I was really proud of. Unfortunately, the collection didn’t meet the order minimums I set to move forward in a sustainable way and I was left feeling embarrassed and disappointed. It feels awful to fail publicly. Sending an email to my customers telling them that we weren’t moving forward and refunds were being processed was REALLY hard. But you dolls sent me so many kind words of encouragement, which lifted my spirits and helped me to see things in a new light.





So, instead of giving up or dwelling on the negative, I chose to fail forward.

What does “Fail Forward” Mean?

To fail forward means to learn from your failures, use that knowledge to improve, and keep moving forward towards your goals. It involves reframing failure as an opportunity for growth and using setbacks as a springboard for success.

To me, failing forward means taking a step back, reflecting on what went wrong, and using that information to make better choices moving forward. My mission is to spread my “Don’t Wait on your Weight” message through products, services and productions. In the case of my fashion collection, I realized that there wasn’t as much demand for each piece as I had hoped. But instead of throwing in the towel, I’m paying attention to where there is momentum and high demand for my business and my message.

For example, right now my Cocoa by CeCe Self Love Scrub is getting amazing reviews.

I’ve also been able to teach body positivity to young girls and give back through Cocoa by Cece and the Brooklyn Nets, which has been a dream come true.

Additionally, my curve method plus-size fitness classes keep selling out, which tells me that there is a real need for body-positive fitness options. By focusing on what’s working and letting go of what’s not, I’m able to move my business forward in a positive direction.

What I’m trying to say is, even though my fashion collection didn’t work out as planned, I’m choosing to see it as an opportunity to learn and grow. I’m paying attention to where there is momentum in my business and focusing on those areas that are thriving. And most importantly, I’m surrounded by a community of amazing individuals who believe in me and lift me up when I need it most.

So, my sweet, ambitious, driven dolls, if you’re struggling with failure, remember that it’s not the end of the road. Take a deep breath, reflect on what went wrong, and think about how you can use that information to make better choices moving forward. And don’t forget to surround yourself with a supportive community who will lift you up and encourage you when you need it most.

Until next time, keep failing forward, dolls!

11 thoughts on “My April Journal: Life Updates”

  1. Sorry that the clothing line didn’t work out at this moment. Keep on being encouraged. God is doing wonderful things in your life. You have come a long way. And you look fabulous. Keep on with the weight loss journey. I attended one of your earlier classes. You inspired me to not give up on myself. Don’t give up because we need you.

    1. Hi Brenda! So happy to hear from you. You’re right, God is doing wonderful things in my life and I am so grateful. Thank you for attending my class and I hope to see you again soon. I won’t give up. CeCe xx

    1. Hi Barb, you asking means a lot to me, thank you. When I’m ready to revisit the fashion project I’ll let you know. Until then, your presence in my community is more than enough. Thank you! CeCe xx

  2. It takes courage to admit when something doesn’t work. But we will rally with you for the next adventure! I was looking forward to my shirt dress but its all about timing. Also, I haven’t had a chance to try out the plus size fitness classes because going to Brooklyn requires planning for this Jersey girl. But I would love to see you expand and travel to do some classes in the Tri-State Area! Your neighbors in NJ would love to see you for a plus-size fitness class!

    1. Haha! I completely understand… someone asked me to do something uptown as well. If you have a fitness studio that would be open to hosting us (it can be anything spin, strength, dance, etc.) Feel free to make an introduction and I can take it from there. Hope to see you soon 🙂

      1. I actually have a nutritionist and wellness center that I work with who runs events for women. Especially specializing in activities focused on curvy ladies and Women of Color. They can help you organize an event in NJ.
        Chessney will be more than happy to work with you on hosting an event. I can’t wait to attend!

  3. Hi Cece! I was so sorry to hear about the clothing line. I was so excited about the robe!! But you’ve got so many other amazing things going on for you; Try not to let this bring you down. Keep up the great work!! Hmmm….I wonder if there’s a way to incorporate the robe into the Cocoa by Cece line?😉

  4. Big hug Cece. I’m sad to hear the fashion line won’t go ahead at this time. This door is closing but I have a feeling there is a window opening somewhere else. Keep going and inspiring us!

  5. Awww man! I’m so sorry to know that things didn’t go as planned with the clothing line. Looking forward to what God has in store in the very near future! Thank you for inspiring us with all the other things you’re doing in the larger community!

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