We had the good fortune of connecting with Noelle Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noelle, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Losing my husband suddenly in 2019 changed everything. I went from being a new mom, madly in love with my husband and having a bright future to finding myself catapulted into a new universe- one in which I didn’t know if I could survive- all in the span of moments.
And while some days I’m still reeling inside of grief and loss, I’m also learning. Learning how to envision a new future. Learning how to build a business from the ground up. Learning how to be a solo parent. Learning how to be kind to myself. Learning how to build a whole new life in a whole new world.
Losing the love of my life has changed me in ways that I’m still learning to articulate. And it’s also made me recognize that the possibility of failure isn’t what makes an endeavor risky, being unwilling to learn does.
Life is played all-in. Whether you’re a risk taker or not, if you’re breathing then all your chips are on the table. The risk isn’t in playing the game- it’s in thinking you could sit it out.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I never thought I would be in the fitness industry. I’m definitely not the poster girl for it. I didn’t like working out, wasn’t into calorie counting and I was not athletically gifted.
I dealt with back pain in my 20’s and begrudgingly walked into a Pilates class at my local gym. I didn’t know that Pilates was good for back pain. I honestly walked into the class because I saw people laying down… for a whole workout and literally chuckled thinking, “even I could do that”!
I was quickly physically reprimanded by the surprising intensity of the work- in awe that 60 year old women around me were kicking my butt with their strength and endurance. I thought this was the “nice, gentle” class!
I also remember standing up to leave class and feeling like my low back was “breathing”. It was the first time I had done a workout where I finished feeling BETTER than before I started. I was sold.
I had seen such a transformation I actually went on to get my Pilates certifications and WILLINGLY got up in front of a room full of people to teach movement- wearing spandex with 360 degree mirrors.
But it was so much more than the physical benefits. I realized the power of Pilates for my entire being: body/mind/spirit. And the real magic is when I started seeing that in others. My clients would typically start off nitpicking every single flaw in their bodies, or have a history of beating themselves up with workouts, or mentally “shoulding” all over themselves and I’d watch them transform to a place of self-acceptance, kindness and actually understanding what their body needed to be best supported. It was beyond gratifying.
Personally, I’ve had a lot of life thrown at me: single and traveling, to married and pregnant, to postpartum body and anxiety, to widowhood and waking up in a whole new life. And Pilates has been a constant outlet for me through all of it.
For me and my clients at NRS, it’s a practice. It’s not about getting “bikini body ready” but feeling strong and confident in ALL seasons. NRS isn’t flashy, we’re not about going after the latest fitness trends and you won’t see us doing any half naked workouts, rather, we’re committed to building healthy lives full of achievable fitness habits that meet us where we’re at and serve us well for years to come.
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?
There are so many places to hit up but some of my must haves would be:
Walking, scenery & shopping:
Huntington Library Gardens
Ambassador Auditorium and the early 1900 mansions behind it- stunning
El Matador Beach
3rd Street Promenade
Old Town Pasadena
101 Noodle for authentic taiwanese food
Roma- the cutest hole-in-the-wall Italian grocery store where the elderly man who owns the store still makes the most perfect Italian sandwiches.
Sidecar Donuts- You have to try the huckleberry
Pita Pockets- amazing shawarma
Copa Vida- smoothest lattes and great coffee shop vibes
Malibu Farm Pier Cafe- ocean views, organic eats
Uovo- drool-worthy handmade pasta
There are so many more but many of these are a few of the lesser known and often overlooked spots that would really make a trip to the area!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband is the true reason my business is here today. He’s the one that relentlessly encouraged, supported, assisted and pushed me to think outside of my own assumptions, take action and build with confidence.