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About

Hi!

I’m Matilda Quist

Leadership & Mindset Coach

MY STORY…

I haven’t had what you would call a standard life… but then again who has? We all have an immense amount of skills we have learnt through our experiences in life and I hope that by sharing some of mine with you, you will be able to see why I do what I do, why I want to help people be their best selves and why I went down this amazing path of being a Coach.

Whilst this is only one story from my life it is surely the most significant:

Two weeks after my 17th birthday I split up with my partner and he threatened to take his life. I was able to convince him to meet me off the school bus the following morning and he agreed. He gave me his suicide note and told me he couldn’t live without me. I tried to talk him out of doing the unthinkable but when I realised he actually had a rope that he had hidden near the school, it occurred to me that he had already planned what he was going to do next… I physically tried get the rope off him, aggressively trying to separate him from the rope that would ultimately serve to end his life.

He was stronger than me, as a boxer and dancer there was no way I could out strength or outrun him. I decided to call for help and ran to the school principle who came with me to the bottom of Janet Street where I saw his body hanging from the stadium…. I will never forget the wind moving past his pants and knowing his feet were not on the ground. That image is sketched in my mind, never to be forgotten.

I was blamed for his suicide. Bashed. Threatened with my life. Victimised. Bullied and harassed. I couldn’t escape it. I didn’t have the internal resources to deal with anything at this time. Neither did the other teenagers who were suffering with the loss of their friend.

I was a mess, a huge spiral of negative emotions, anxiety, depression, PTSD, weight gain, an eating disorder, drug abuse, risky behaviour and self destructive actions.

I remember looking at myself n the mirror hating what and who I had become…. I always seemed to be a victim. I started self harming and can clearly remember the time I had finally decided to end my life. I had hit rock bottom…

I drove my car, foot flat to the floor towards the telegraph pole on Wakefield road and kept speeding up. The anger, frustration, fear, sadness were inside me like never before but an overwhelming feeling of guilt hit me “how can I pass this feeling onto my family by doing what I’m about to do”. I steered away from the pole. Stopped the car and decided if I wasn’t going to die then I needed to live for something of value.

I started looking for a purpose. Asking myself what is life about? What is the purpose? I started reading self help book after self help book. Focusing mainly on the external image first because I didn’t realise happiness comes from within. I worked on my diet, my looks and my posture. I reduced my drinking dramatically and stopped hanging around all my ‘friends’. No matter how much weight I lost or new clothes I bought to fill the emotional gap I was missing, I never felt healed.

I had to move forward from my old life. I wanted to create what I new could be possible. I finally started working on my self talk, my internal image, my confidence and my self esteem. It took years and years of self development to shake that old internal image I had of myself. I had many ups and downs and certainly fell more than once. It wasn’t the easiest path but it was far easier than staying stuck in the lowest point of my life.

I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on my personal and professional self development journey and my mission is to share my skills, tools and techniques to help others move forward. Wether its professionally or personally, I have always been a hard worker and you can see I have been driven to succeed in all areas of life.

It also important to understand you don’t need to have had adversity to leverage from coaching. Coaching is for everyone, from executives to people not working; parents, teens, single mums or dads, lawyers, doctors, tradies and the emergency services, you name it!

I can say with utter conviction that life now is AMAZING. Every day is filled with love, compassion, generosity, growth, passion, variety, contribution, connection and significance. There is no hate or overwhelming negative emotions. I have fully forgiven myself and everyone from my past. I am focused on the present and the future. The past has gone and I have reinvented myself.

Whilst I didn’t get the support that I desperately needed, I don’t want anyone to go through feeling like they don’t have choices, options and support and that’s why I want to help people be the best version of themselves. I have coaching packages to start with you right away so your journey doesn’t have to be long and painful like mine was. It can be quick, fun and sustainable. Live your best life, don’t waste another day living a ‘normal’ life. Don’t be here to be average, be here to be AWESOME. If I can do it, you can too.

Are you ready to start your journey?

Call or Text Matilda on +61422049711 

  • Mining
  • Firefighting
  • coaching

I invested four years into operating haul trucks in the Hunter Valley NSW at Liddell and Bulga.

I also spent two years as a Line Supervisor for Programmed Services leading more than two hundred employees at various mine sites including Mount Thorley Warkworth, Ravensworth, Glendell, Bulga Orica and the Singleton Council.

After a series of storms and fires in 2015 that affected my local community, I decided to become a Retained Firefighter at my local station. I loved it so much, I applied for permanency and was successful in gaining a full time position as a professional Firefighter. I also facilitated a behavioral analysis workshop to Station Officers who are undertaking their Leading Station Officer Course within Fire Rescue New South Wales.

I have utilised so much of my life in leadership positions so it was only a natural progression for me to move to a leadership specialist role. I now work with executives, management, team leaders and private clients. I am results driven and I support my clients to commit to excellence. When we collaborate, we reach goals!

  • Football
  • motorbikes
  • Horse riding

I represented Australia for Gridiron in the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship held in Langley, British Columbia.

The preparation for this was two years of intense training and I am really proud of my efforts to reach this level of athleticism.

I was also Team Captain for many  years for my local team the Newcastle Cobras.

I built experience with a 250 Yamaha Virago then a 650 Yamaha V Star before finally graduating to my very own 1200 Harley Davidson Sportster.

I am also the Leader of The Litas Newcastle, a group of moto-obsessed women.

Myself and The Litas Newcastle has been featured in Newcastle Weekly and Ozbike Magazine for our efforts.

Gryphon, the horse on the left, has just turned twenty two. I’ve been riding him now for eighteen years! I was a Riding Instructor at a very young age and had a true passion to help riders reach their potential.

In 2016 I was grateful to be taken on an eight day, horse drawn carriage tour across Tuscany which was an amazing experience.

MY SUCCESS STORIES

Mining

I invested four years into operating haul trucks in the Hunter Valley NSW at Liddell and Bulga.

I also spent two years as a Line Supervisor for Programmed Services leading more than two hundred employees at various mine sites including Mount Thorley Warkworth, Ravensworth, Glendell, Bulga, Orica and the Singleton Council.

Football

I represented Australia for Gridiron in the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship held in Langley, British Columbia.

The preparation for this was two years of intense training and I am really proud of my efforts to reach this level of athleticism.

I was also Team Captain for many  years for my local team the Newcastle Cobras.

Firefighting

After a series of storms and fires in 2015 that affected my local community, I decided to become a Retained Firefighter at my local station. I loved it so much, I applied for permanency and was successful in gaining a full time position as a professional Firefighter. I also facilitated a behavioral analysis workshop to Station Officers who are undertaking their Leading Station Officer Course within Fire Rescue New South Wales.

 

Motorbikes

I built my riding experience with a 250 Yamaha Virago then a 650 Yamaha V Star before finally graduating to my very own 1200 Harley Davidson Sportster.

I am also the Leader of The Litas Newcastle, a group of moto-obsessed women.

Myself and The Litas Newcastle has been featured in Newcastle Weekly and Ozbike Magazine for our efforts.

Coaching

I have utilised so much of my life in leadership positions so it was only a natural progression for me to move to a leadership specialist role. I now work with executives, management, team leaders and private clients. I have always been results driven and I support my clients to commit to excellence. When we collaborate, we reach goals!

Horse Riding

Gryphon, the horse on the left, has just turned twenty two. I’ve been riding him now for eighteen years! I was a Riding Instructor at a very young age and had a true passion to help riders reach their potential.

In 2016 I was grateful to be taken on an eight day, horse drawn carriage tour across Tuscany which was an amazing experience.

Coaching qualifications

Business & Leadership Coach

Emotionally Intelligent Teams Trainer

High Performing Teams Trainer

EDISC Accredited Consultant

Extended DISC Practitioner

NLP Practitioner

Level I Coach Mastery

Level II Coach Mastery

Matrix Therapies Practitioner