Today’s episode features a fellow entrepreneur I met in 2011 thanks to an introduction made by our awesome friend and former guest Greg Hartle. Sheila Viers and her husband Ryan are the brains and hearts behind Live Well 360, a blog centered on “getting healthy” once and for all. Together, this husband and wife duo lost a combined total of 120 pounds making complete body transformations, quit their comfy corporate jobs, sold everything, and moved across country to live life on their own terms.
Check out the chat Phil and I had with the creative behind Live Well 360, the lovely and amazing Sheila Viers:
Share Some Shut Up Love –> We just felt so free and completely in the moment when we ignored the fear moment. – @SheilaViers @_theshutupshow #shutupshow (click to tweet)
- Sheila Viers is the co-founder of the premium fitness and yoga bag brand, Live Well 360, which is taking the fitness world by storm.
- Sheila coaches women on breaking free from emotional eating and self-sabotage so they can get the body of their dreams and feel amazing in their skin.
- Best known for her uplifting perspective on healthy living, Sheila has been featured in health and fitness publications including Yahoo! Shine, Glo MSN, Fitness Magazine, Tiny Buddha, and Under30CEO.
- Live Well 360 bags have been featured in Shape, Oxygen, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Experience Life, and Men’s Health, to name a few magazines.
- Sheila lost and kept off 35 pounds for over five years (photo credit Sheila Viers):
Defining Shut Up Moment:
In 2008, my husband Ryan and I were both working for a Fortune 500 company. I had just gotten promoted to a new position for about 4 to 5 months. I was staring at my computer thinking to myself, “This is it? This is what I worked so hard for?” I remember having this feeling of “I’m so unfulfilled right now.” I felt like I wasn’t using any where near my potential. Like I was wasting myself and I needed to make a big change. That was around the beginning of the collapse of everything so I started to think to myself, “Right now I have a job. I just got promoted. Why am I feeling sorry for myself… thinking I need to hang on to my job?”
As I started to reflect on that, I realized “What if I left my job? What if I decided to start doing more for my life and not the fear-based stuff?” So I asked my boss to include me on the next wave of lay offs. Ryan ended up leaving the company six months later for the same reason. We sold our house, moved in with family for six months as we were building Live Well 360. We then moved across the country from Michigan to California after selling everything we owned. We had no real solid plan, but a landing place and a few leads. We were both ready for an adventure. In a lot of ways, we were naïve about some things and in other ways we did our research and knew our worst case scenarios. We didn’t want to go back to our old corporate lives the way it was before. There’s nothing wrong with the company we left. It was just not a good fit for us.
Shut Up Tips:
Everything I learned about business I learned by trial and error. – Sheila
We had to make a lot of sacrifices and we decided what was most important to us. When we were scared, the fact that we had each other helped us to be strong and centered for each other when we had freak out moments. – Sheila
I remember saying to Ryan, “Are we crazy? What are we doing? Who does this?” Hindsight is 20-20. – Sheila
Instead of focusing on the fear, focus on the end. – Phil
If you’re not building a business that’s truly fulfilling to you, then you end up feeling empty. You don’t’ feel creative or excited about the work because it’s not really lighting you up. – Sheila
When you’re in that empowered place, that’s when things come to you that you never could have planned. – Sheila
There’s no map. You can write your story and it might provide some guidance. But what you do is up to you. – Phil
We all have the opportunity to make changes. – Sheila
It’s not about the bags, it’s about the customer relationships. – Phil
Check out Livewell360.com for kickass premium fitness and yoga bags and the ultimate resource blog for healthy living, helping you to see health and fitness as something you GET to do, rather than something you HAVE to do.
Tweet with Sheila at @sheilaviers
Tweet with Live Well 360 at @livewell360