MEET KATE BATZEL
A longtime resident of St. Augustine, Kate is mom to two boys who are 7 & 8 years old, is the Island Prep Primary School Director, and we are excited to name her Fit Mama of the Month for June! Read about what Kate loves as a mom, how she balances a full time career to find time for herself and her family, as well as what she loves about being a “Fit Mama!”
What is your favorite part about being a mom?
In all honesty my favorite part about being a mom is the things it has taught me. It has taught me to be patient, or at least more patient, to be kind even when I am grumpy, to be thoughtful because it can make or break someones day, to control my temper, and to look at my life as the opportunity to mold little people into great humans. It has taught me to care more about things I never really cared much about before.
What is your favorite mom “hack”?
The baby handle: AKA put your child in overalls and then you can easily keep them from falling pick them up before they crawl in to dog poop. etc. It basically creates a handle for your baby!
What do you and your family like to do in your free time?
We have family movie night every Friday night, we go camping a lot, we go to universal and Disney, we love to fish and hang out at home. We are pretty simple.
How do you juggle your full time work/life balance?
Not well I am afraid, although I am trying really hard to find a balance. Running a school and being a mom both require more hours than the day has to give so I tend to multitask as much as possible by doing payroll while sitting next to my son and helping with homework or having the boys cook dinner with me while we practice spelling words. One weekend for instance, the boys and I are remodeled the bathroom together and then I was at VPK graduation Sunday morning working while one of the teachers hung with the boys. Island Prep is my village for real!
What do you love about being a part of the fit mamas tribe?
I love that I get time for me. That’s not something I ever have prioritized before and honestly it’s the reason I come as often as I can. I also love that it has been a huge part in giving myself the gift of health. When my health took a downward turn in July last year I had to change everything about the way I treated my body. Fit Mamas has been a huge part in not only making me feel and look good, but to carving the road to longer healthier life.
Thank you, Kate!