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What habits and routines have you formed to allow you to spend time with your kids and also have some alone time? The best thing for you as a kingdom mom is to be able to maximize your time and accomplish all your goals.
In this episode, Heidi speaks with Michelle Byrd, the founder, and host of the Busy Vibrant Mom podcast and a health and wellness coach. Her passion is helping others along in their health journey and empowering moms to live freely and enjoy their everyday life with vibrancy and fun.
Listen in to learn some habits you can adopt to maximize your time and get more things done while still spending some with your kids.
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All right, yay! Here we go! I love having my sister friends on the show because God works in incredible ways and crossing our paths at just the right moment. Michelle and I first met just this last year through our podcasting community. We have the same incredible podcast coach. And I remember just recognizing the vibrancy and spontaneity in Michelle. Michelle is the founder and host of the Busy Vibrant Mom podcast and as a health and wellness coach. Her passion is helping others along in their health journey and empowering moms to live freely and enjoy their everyday life with more vibrancy and fun as you will soon hear. I knew I just had to have her on the show to share her story, her practicals on creating more time in the day as a busy mom, implementing small habits that create big changes, and simple tips on how to create a new daily routine and so much more. So welcome, Michelle.
Thank you. I’m so excited to be here!
Yay. I’m glad this worked out that we could get together and do this. So if you don’t mind for those that don’t know who you are, just tell us a little bit about you, what lights you up, what your hobbies are, and how you like to spend your free time.
Oh, wonderful!. Well, I’m Michelle Byrd. I’m a Christian stay at home mom. And I have three amazing kiddos. They are all in elementary school. So their ages are seven, nine and eleven. Our fifth grader is just finishing out her year. So she’s going to sixth grade, which is crazy. And I am a wife to a wonderful husband who works super hard for us so I’m able to stay at home. And I just enjoy being a mom to my kiddos. I just recently started a podcast because I wanted to share with other moms just fun and add vibrancy to their day because it can be tough being a mom not having a huge community. So I started the Busy Vibrant Mom podcast and I am just loving it. And I’m also a health and wellness coach. Yay.
And you guys like to travel? I see you are traveling all the time. Is that a post COVID thing? Or is that what you like to do in your free time?
We do love to travel. Our family, unfortunately, my family lives in San Diego and Stephen’s family lives in North Carolina. And so when we want to go see and all three of our sisters, my sister and his two sisters all live in DC. So if we want to see anybody we have to fly. So we yeah, we’ve enjoyed going to see family. And we also love to go places. Just this weekend, we went to Carmel and had some really fun time with the kiddos.
Awesome. So you mentioned that you’re a health and fitness coach, can you share just a little bit about your journey to getting to where you are today with that?
Yes, definitely. Before I had kids, I started being a group instructor and did fitness classes, and did those for about 10 years when my kiddos were really little. It was something that I could kind of do on the side because the hours were flexible. And I could do it super early in the morning while they were still asleep and my husband was home. And then I could race back home and he would leave for work. And I would be mom during the day. So I enjoyed that so much just having a group of people that was energetic and fun and doing new creative things.
It just really lights me up to do fun gym stuff. And so I loved that was just me time, it was so fun. And then over COVID all the gyms as you know, kind of shut down. And so I was let go, which was totally fine. And I just felt a new passion to reach out to people and jump in to help them with their health and wellness journey. So I became a health and wellness coach. And I just love it because now I have a more personal relationship with people. I am their coach. And so I connect with my clients, I’m able to contact them when they first start our program every day for like the first week. And then every week, they’re kind of going on. And if they have any questions and stuff like that, it’s just really fun to walk alongside somebody else in their health journey and be able to encourage them and give them new tips and tricks of things that they might enjoy while they’re struggling with certain things. So it’s so much fun.
Awesome. Thank you for sharing. Well, and you probably have a lot of tips to share with us. And we’ll get to that in just a minute. But would you mind first of all sharing with us how we can create more time in our day as a busy mom.
Sure. So I found that it really helps for me to have more of a structured day. To have more structure in knowing when I have the most energy and when my kids have the most energy. I kind of pair or match together. That definitely helps me get more done in my day and manage my time better to know when they have a lot of extra energy and need to get out of the house or when I have my most amount of energy is usually in the morning to kind of get those things done.
My kids are late risers and like to kind of mould about in the morning, and so they’re not usually ready to be up and active until about 10 o’clock, they mould around the house. And so I know until that time, I can get the most done that I can during the day. And then kind of take a break, wear them out, take them to a park, run them like puppies. I’ve also found that one helpful tip would be to batch your time. For example, right now, when my kids are in school, I try to batch my errands as far as I’m already going out to go pick them up at let’s say two o’clock.
So if I have an errand that I know will take me about 30 minutes or so, or maybe even 15, I’ll leave at 1:30 to try to get that errand done while I’m already out of the house. Or even when I dropped them off, then do an errand on my way home. So that you have big chunks of time and you’re not jumping in between things. I found that that really helps kind of systemize your day, and compact it a little bit more.
Those are really great tips. I love being able to maximize my time. And you can get so much more done I feel, like when running errands, when littles are not in tow. So great tips! What are some small habits that we can easily do that will change our life for the better? Just some simple small habits that we can get started with.
Oh, that is a great question. There are lots of little habits that we may not even recognize are kind of deterring us from the path that we want to go on and maybe the goals that we have set for ourselves. So one example would be my husband and I usually eat dinner really late, because we put our kids down for bed and then we eat dinner together. But just changing that one habit, as much as we enjoy just hanging out the two of us, it is actually really beneficial. If we can feed the kids first, send them outside to go play and get some of their energy out, we can have dinner. And it’s still a nice quiet moment for us.
But it’s a one little habit of moving that time a little bit earlier. And so then in the evening, we are able to get to bed earlier. And once you get to bed earlier, your next day is so much more productive and so much more amazing. So just by changing that little habit of eating a little bit earlier, it has a domino effect and affects the whole rest of your evening, which in turn affects the next day. So that would be one example of a small habit that you could form that would be helpful in getting you towards your goals, getting you a better night’s sleep, because there’s always so many things to do I find after the kids go to bed, where you’re trying to get more things done. While they’re not scurrying about just to help compact that evening, finding a restful time is huge.
So that’s just one example of a little habit. Another might be to remind yourself to drink water. Having water I find in the car is the best, because I find that I’m running around all day long. And if I don’t stop and think about it, I may not drink water. So maybe a new habit would be having water or a water bottle in your cars so that you could drink water while you were there. So it’s just those little helpful tips. Maybe having a snack or a granola bar with you so that you have something healthy that you can grab if you’re famished, and you don’t have a temptation of stopping at drive thru or something that you know isn’t healthy but you’re just out of energy and out of willpower and patience. So some of those little habits can just help put you towards your goal like little stepping stones. You may not even notice some things in your day that you’re thinking about and realizing, oh, this is my trigger for this. That’s going to happen. So just being mindful about those little habits, you can add a couple things in.
Those are super helpful. I mean, just some really great tips and how we can create that daily routine. That’s awesome. So what can we be doing to truly enjoy our time with our kids, versus just trying to make it to bedtime and getting all the things done? Right, getting them to bed so that we can have our own time? What are some ways that we can be truly enjoying our time with our kids?
Oh, that’s great. I think the best would be knowing your kids a little bit better. Knowing when they want you to interact with them, even though they may not be saying it, but their body language does, and choosing those times to interact. I know my kids, I have one that is an extreme introvert. And so if I choose to interact with him at three o’clock when he’s done with school, he’s kind of at his worst, he needs to re energize. He’s not very fun to be with. So I know that he needs a snack, and he needs just a little alone time. And then after that, it’s so much more fun to hang out with him. He’s got stories, he’s got things he wants to share things that are interesting, but you just have to know your kiddos and when is the best time to kind of connect with them.
Another good time I found to connect is at bedtime, everything kind of slows down. And they’re quiet. So I try to leave an extra amount of time at that time to listen to their soft hearts of what they want to say, what they’re interested in and how their day went. So finding those times throughout the day that are just so special that you know, you’re going to be able to connect with them. Another really fun thing we love to do is I surprise them every once in a while. And I say “let’s go for some ice cream. Let’s go grab some.” So we grab everyone and throw them in the car and just go get some ice cream, go have fun and do something exciting.
So just creating fun moments like that, I think is so important. Just knowing when your kids are at their best when they need to kind of recharge, and when you can connect with them. There are you know, many times throughout the day where you do not have enough energy and your kids have a ton. Sometimes you just have to say, “Okay, we’ll all play Legos with you for 15 minutes. Or I will listen to this story or play this game.” And those can be so meaningful. So sometimes I would say just step out of the way, take a deep breath, and decide all right, we’ll go in and play for a few minutes. And that might be the most wonderful time you have with them. But cherish those times when they open up and they want to share with you because those won’t always happen. And sometimes they’re amazing little pieces of your day, you’ll find out more things than you thought you would before.
That’s awesome. Just finding treasures in those spontaneous moments, I think is a huge takeaway from that. So fun. All right, Michelle, you have a summer series coming up for busy moms to make the most out of summer. Can you tell us a little bit about what anyone listening today can expect to gain from tuning into that?
Yes, definitely. So I’m super excited to be able to interview some moms this summer and do kind of a summer session of finding what kind of things are you thinking about through your summer. Summer is just a different animal with a different routine. And this I just wanted to bring to light with our community of moms how we can kind of support one another by figuring out our main pain points as a busy mom during the summer. Ways that we can solve that, ways that we can figure out good solutions for fun things to do. And mainly just looking at the summer instead of as “what do I have to do to keep my kids busy? What camps can I send them to? Where can I put them while I’m trying to get this stuff done?” to change our perspective to “these are special times when my kiddos are not in school. I have them all day. We can do fun, amazing things!”
So kind of figuring out what things you need to get done. What kind of ways you can figure out your system and your schedule, but also building in the days of fun days or going to the pool, days of doing a road trip, maybe taking a hike, doing a fun bucket list things and just finding things that light you up. It’s up there creating special memories over the summer, instead of looking at it as “I’ve got to get my kids off to camp, when are they going?”
Right and summer, it seems like well, here up in the Northwoods, we try to cram everything into three months. I know California, it’s pretty much sunny most of the day, most of the year. And so we just have almost all of our summer already booked before it even starts. And so if we’re not intentional, right, it can really be done and over with before we realize it and then here we have these lists of things that we didn’t even get to do that we wanted to. So I think that’s really key. I’m looking forward to your series. So when is that going to launch?
It will launch around June 14. So come on over and check it out.
Awesome. And if people want to connect with you, where can they find you?
They can find me on the Busy Vibrant Mom Facebook group. And I also have a website, although it’s been created, so they can just hop on over to the Facebook group. And in there, there’s a whole community of wonderful moms who share lots of fun advice and hang out with a wonderful encouraging community over there. We’d love to have you come.
Awesome. Thank you for sharing. I have one last question as we wrap this up. And that is what is next for you in 2021. So after your summer series, what do you have cooking there for the rest of the year?
That’s such a great question. I am just so excited about the way God is just molding this podcast that I started and just, it’s really for him. I’m super excited to be able to encourage other moms, hopefully giving them some tips and fun tricks throughout their day. I’m hoping to just start coaching one on one in the near future. And that it will just be that I can connect with moms that need a little bit of extra help, and a little bit of extra fun in their day, and brainstorm with them of new ways that they can enjoy their day. Enjoy their kiddos, and just have a great time.
So incredible. Michelle! Thank you for joining us and I just want to bless everything that God is doing in your life. Everything that you’re doing through your podcast, that those that need to hear what you have to share, that need that break in their day, and that vibrancy and energy just take it up a notch in life. Sometimes as busy moms we can just be so serious about our to do lists. So having that freedom to live with the energy that comes from a place of peace versus struggle or stress. So thank you for joining us, Michelle.
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