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.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.