Come for a trip of a life time with me to Koh Samui, have a wonderful adventure, exercise and set goals ready for when you come home.
When I got back from Thailand last year, I said to myself that one of my dreams attached with Shelley Myatt fitness and well-being, would be that I would have the opportunity to take people on adventures to beautiful destinations by the water. To create an experience, that would also included fitness and well-being.
Now I am excited to say that in October I will be doing just this in Koh Samui.
This trip will be so much fun, all the experience of a luxury holiday, but also an opportunity to get fit, find motivation and set new goals ready for when you arrive back home.
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As time moved on and as my view of the fitness industry started to mature into a more holistic approach to fitness
Last night I was sitting down to think about what I wanted to say today. There were so many things that rang through my mind, I didn’t know where to start.
So firstly, I thought maybe I should break down what Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being means to me.
Something that is so incredibly important to me is being thankful and showing gratitude. You see I look at every one here today and I think how grateful I am to have had so many wonderful people in my life, especially the last four and a half years since Paul and Imogen died. Many of you here today have followed my journey and have been an important part of my healing – you have shown support, love, kindness, generosity of spirit to me time and time again. But most of all you have believed in me and believed in my ability to rebuild my life after such a life changing moment. You have given me the strength and the courage to take those steps forward to create a new life of happiness and to find my identity as Shelley Myatt and not Paul and Shelley Myatt.
Part of this has been your support for me to follow my passion to start Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being and here you are today once again showing me your support and belief in me by sharing this special moment with me.
I would especially like to thank my children who are my sunshine and reason to keep moving forward. They all have encouraged me to jump off the cliff and to follow my heart and passion for an industry that I love – wanting only for me to find a happiness and peace.
I would also like to give a special thanks to Peter Rookas for his friendship and support over the last four and a half years, especially last year when I was making the decision to leave my position as manager.
Then there is my lovely son in law Matt and Tiff, Julie, Julian, Tracey, Mark, Katrina, Tom, Hazel, Leia, Liz, Krystal, Heather, Ans, Mitch, Janeta, Anthony, my amazing clients and of course my beautiful turn back time girls – who have all been there in my corner the last months cheering me on, encouraging me and celebrating all the milestones as Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being has come together and taken shape.
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to the very best friends a girl could ask for, Nettie, Jo and Sean. They have shared every moment with me the last few months, the good, the bad and the ugly and believe me there have been some moments. They have loved me, supported me, given me pep talks and the self-belief that I could make my dreams a reality. They have helped to fill the void of not having Paul here with me to share the journey and I am so grateful that they are part of my life. I love you guys so much.
When I think of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being – I think of dreams. For this business started as a dream that my husband Paul had for me many years ago when I first became a trainer. I remember when I received my certificate to become a Trainer, Paul gave me two caps and a box of business cards with Mother Earth Fitness written on – he told me he believed in me and that one day he wanted me to have my own business.
At the time I was so touched by his belief in me – I thought it was a nice dream but I didn’t think it would be possible for it to become a reality.
Life moved forward, I started working at The Works and then the accident happened and everything at once was changed. The dream was truly put to the side as I grieved and put all of my energy into surviving and rebuilding my life with my kids. The Works gym became my haven and I loved working for the members who had been such a support to me during such a difficult time in my life. Wanting to give back to them all the love and support they had given me.
As time moved on and as my view of the fitness industry started to mature into a more holistic approach to fitness – which now includes not only just fitness and exercise, but nutrition, motivation, mindset – all with the goal to assisting people to create positive life changes in order to improve the quality of their lives.
I slowly realised that managing a large impersonal gym was not the place for me.
Suddenly Paul’s dream came back into the picture but this time it became my dream. At the end of last year, I knew it was time to let go of the fear and jump off the cliff to start Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being and to create a space where my dream and my vision for the type of service I wanted to provide could become a reality.
I decided to back my-self and as a result I have created this space to be able to provide a service to the community that fits in line with my life values.
You see – I believe life is a precious gift – it can change at any given moment and we can find ourselves with challenges, I have lived this and I know my belief in Strong Body Strong Mind and Strong Spirit has given me the tools to get through the challenges I have faced.
It is my goal that Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being will be a warm personal space to support people to achieve their goals, and to live a fitter, healthier and happier life.
This will be done through fitness, motivation classes, nutrition, wellness talks and the development of strong bonds and a strong community of support.
Lastly, when I think of Shelley Myatt fitness and Well-being I like to think of community – the love of people and the love of community is especially important to me. I have a strong belief that bringing community together can create positive change. Especially when community has a similar goal or value set.
This is an important part of the uniqueness of this venue – I want others to know that not only will I be there to motivate you, I hope to foster a supportive environment where we all help each other to make the life changes important to us – through mutual appreciation of fitness, wellbeing and friendship.
The giant fridge door opened to this amazing quirky space and suddenly I knew I had a new home for my dream.
6 months ago I left my job at Usq Works gym to follow my dream to have my own business and studio.
I thought I had found the perfect spot in Russell St to set up in. But over the past 5 months I have hit road block after road block with finalising the venue - making the dream almost feel unattainable.
There was even a moment when I questioned whether to continue working towards my passion and that maybe it was time to let go (not me at all but it has been a long few years )...
In this moment I realised that my hope for Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being is the one thing in the last four years that has finally given me hope for my future happiness. That I was not to give up but to refocus and reshape my vision and find a new way forward.
I am especially grateful to a few good mates who have been there for me over the last few weeks and have encouraged me to let go of what was not working and to look in a new direction.
Last week I looked at this spot in Brook St at the Old Butter Factory. The giant fridge door opened to this amazing quirky space and suddenly I knew I had a new home for my dream.
So starting this Monday Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being will be based at The Fridge and I will be officially open for business.
Finally I can start to put into reality what has been in my heart and head for so long.
So stayed tuned and watch this space.
There is much to come.
Never give up and make your dreams happen.
These are a few pictures taken over the last week, there is still much work to be done to get ready for the launch - but the studio is starting to take shape. A warm welcoming space to build a community and to help people achieve their goals
Enjoy walking or running? Help raise much needed funds for charity.
This month is all about finding ways to exercise, and I thought we would take a look at running as a way to get active, fit and healthy, especially with our local fun run Peak2Park just around the corner on Sunday March the 6th.
Peak2Park always holds a special place in my heart, as I used to run it with my daughter Imogen each year and since her death in 2012 I have continued to run it and always remember the special times we shared.
It is a great event to get started with if you are enjoy walking or running as the fun run caters for all different conditioning levels - offering a 4k and a 10k. The event is extremely community focused and encourages community, families and friends to get together and have some morning fun in the outdoors, while getting fit at the same time. The other aspect I love about this event is it raises much needed funds for various charities.
Over the years I have met so many clients and people who always tell me that they would love to one day run a 5k, 10k, half or a half marathon one day. It seems to be one of those bucket list things to do but for some reason it always get put off. I always say there is no time like the present to get motivated and get started on those dreams.
Here are some reasons to take the plunge and have a crack at a 10k event such as Peak2Park – you might be surprised at what you can do!
Tips to achieve a 10k race
10k Program – this program is a little different as it doesn’t focus on distance but time.
For more information on Peak2Park and to register – look on line.
Be the change you wish to see in the world
Wednesday saw my family and I down at the White Ribbon breakfast, always an important day in our community as it is when we all stand together to say no to violence in our community.
It is also close to my families heart as it is the day that 'the Paul Myatt award' is given to a member of the community who has shown the same commitment and passion to this issue in their lives as Paul.
Each year, the recipient of Paul"s award has inspired me with stories, their dedication, their passion to making a change in our community especially when it comes to saying no to violence.
This year the award was extra special for the kids and I as the recipient was a family friend, who knew Paul, but had also been a support and friend to my family over the last few years. I also have the privilege to kick his butt into fitness each week in the gym.
Peter Rookas was a wonderful choice for the award this year; he is a role model to our community, a loving husband and father, and a man who takes every opportunity to never be silent about violence.
My family and I are so grateful that Paul is remembered each year in our community - my children and I remember his special qualities that inspired and changed our lives every day, but for us to have the opportunity to do this at the White Ribbon event each year - is truly a special gift given by the Toowoomba community to us.
You do something kind for a stranger and make their day. Perhaps you feed someone's parking meter, leave flowers on someone's doorstep, or donate anonymously to a charity.
This is one of my my fave things to do. I love to surprise people with little act of kindness all the time, it is never too much to reach out to someone when they need a helping hand.
When Paul and Imogen died my family were the recipients of so many beautiful acts of kindness, it was so special to me,the love and generosity of so many is what held my family together through the first twelve months.
Not a day does not pass by where I do not think about all of these people who reached out to my family and some of these people I will never know. This experience has made me realise the power and the magic of community and it also has inspired me to be a person who lives my life reaching out to others in what ever way I can.
One of my most favourite acts of kindness I like to do is to surprise someone with a bunch flowers every week - it makes me so happy when I see their faces light up with a smile. There have been times when the person receiving the flowers have especially needed a little sunshine in their life.
Thought I would share some of pictures from the 'Peak to Park' and 'Body Combat Class' - two fundraisers my amazing work mates and gym community did for my family just after the accident. They also did a race day a few months later to send my family on a holiday to get through our first Christmas without Paul and Imogen.
Beautiful people with the biggest hearts - I love them dearly and will never forget.
Thank you xxx
Raising awareness and funds for SIDS
Wearing my red nose shirt today - 24 years ago Paul and I had the most beautiful baby girl - her name was Isabella Bethany and I got to be her mum for 7 wonderful weeks - unfortunately she died from sudden death infant syndrome.
It was a devastating experience for a young couple and our world was turned upside down. In our grief Paul and I decided to get involved in a parent network for support which was incredibly helpful. But it also motivated us to want to make a difference for others going through the loss of a baby or a child - we raised money, but we also volunteered our time to families in the same situation - taking the time to be there for families when they they felt alone or overwhelmed with their loss. We also played a part in developing procedures with the hospital and different organisations in our community to create better support to families.
It was an important time in our healing as a couple - eventually our lives changed as we healed and we started to build our family again with the birth of Annabel and Imogen.
I have never forgotten this beautiful baby and I am forever grateful for all she has taught me in my life. Such a tiny girl yet a powerful impact on all that her life touched.
Today I think of Isabella and remember how days like Red Nose Day bring awareness to Sids, raise funds to support families and continue to help with research. To this day there is no known explanation for Sids.
So today as you are out and about - if you see a red nose - take the time to purchase a product - because it can help. ❤❤❤
Since becoming a columnist with the Life Magazine I have always tried to motivate you all from both a personal and professional perspective when it comes to health and fitness. Fitness plays such an important part of my life – most of my activities and decisions are based around fitness, health and maintaining a positive wellbeing and attitude to life.
Sometimes in life we experience events which change us forever – this week I would like to share one of these moments in my life.
As I have mentioned in other Life issues – three years ago my husband and daughter died in a car accident. When the accident occurred my daughter Imogen died immediately, and my husband received massive head injuries. Paul was air lifted to Brisbane and unfortunately they were unable to save his life and my children and I were faced with the decision to turn off his life support. During this time we were faced with many difficult decisions to make – but the one decision that my children and I did not struggle with was to honour Paul’s final wishes and to donate his organs to help give others the opportunity to live.
The very thought that he could continue to help others to live has always given myself and my family a great deal of comfort – when faced with a moment like this in life you look for a positive and for my family this was it!
Paul was the organ donor to five people. Over the last few years the kids and I have received beautiful letters from the recipients – sharing their gratitude to be given the gift of life.
You may be wondering were health and fitness is going to come into my article this week. Each year my children and I always head down to the Gold Coast marathon – my daughters normally run the ten and I always run the half marathon (it is a special run as it is right on my wedding anniversary and it is something positive we do to mark the occasion – as it was a run that Paul and I always had hoped to do together).
This week my amazing daughters came to me with a very special and powerful idea – this year they want us as a family to use our run at the Gold Coast as a way to make a difference, they are stepping it up to run the half marathon with me, which I am extremely excited about, but they also want us to raise money for the organ donation.
Unfortunately organ donation is not prevalent in Australia, a country that prides itself on helping other’s when they’re in need. Sadly, organ donor numbers dropped between 2013(391) and 2014 when there were 378 multi organ donors.
This is why we are raising money for Zaidee’s Rainbow foundation – The Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation mission statement is that it aims to ensure every Australian requiring a transplant will receive one. They strive to increase the number of people who honour the wishes of their loved ones and donate their organs and tissues through the implementation of Zaidee’s National awareness Campaign.
As a family we have registered ourselves as Team Myatt on the following link; https://give.everydayhero.com/au/running-for-organ-donation-awareness
I wanted to share this with you – for me I have found that health and fitness provides me with so much, it keeps me fit for life and all that comes my way – but it also provides me with the opportunity to do something special with my children and to continue to make a difference. This is something I know my husband would be so proud of us for doing – as a couple we believed in the power of people and community reaching out and supporting each other and making a difference!
All donations are tax deductable.
(Also published in Toowoomba Life Magazine)
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.