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About Astrid Schmitt-Bylandt
Single mum with 4 year old twins, with a proven track record of achieving her own goals. Astrid is focused and to the point. She also has an impressive list of clients that have achieved their goals through her coaching and training. She has given hundreds’ of women specific coaching on self-confidence, and has inspired many men and women as she is living life as a working single mum which especially in Covid times has had it’s challenges but Astrid has not just delivered her coaching work but also wrote 5 children’s books in lock down 2 of which are published already, the third one is coming out in 2 weeks.
“Having made the decision to have children, on my own through IVF was the best decision in my life. I always wanted the husband, the children, the dog and the white picket fence, but when you are over 40 then the clock ticks and I really really wanted to have children so…. I did it on my own. Yes and having twins was not always easy, especially as in the first lock down I was completely on my own, no nanny, no babysitter no help allowed and no family here- but needs must right? If you have to do something then you can and you will!” And with this can-do attitude that she brings to all her successful work and projects, she has inspired and continues to inspire many adults and hopefully now many more children too.
“I never considered myself a writer but I have had children’s stories in my head for a long time and I guess now was as good a time as any time to write them down, my twins are now 4 and there are so many things I would like to teach them or rather I would like them to learn and books help so much. My Rufus story has inspired my children already to keep the environment clean and to plan ahead- it is so incredibly fascinating to see how children process stories and books. I truly am enjoying this!”
Astrid had worked in the travel industry for a long time and then added the recruitment and training industry a few years later and through all of her experience finally started her coaching business. “In my actual work life, I find solutions. I help find solutions. Always have, always will and I love the fact that I can see this working in my children already – not always, not as much as I would like but then they are only 4 😊!
But especially my daughter has already mastered the art of negotiation through solution finding – “mum, I have a great solution – my brother can give me his new book only for 10 minutes and then I can read it and wont bite him….”
Astrid’s passion and enthusiasm is so refreshing and after the last 18 stressful months of lockdown her empathy is like a wonderful fresh breeze that we all so desperately need!
Titles By Astrid Schmitt-Bylandt
"It was a beautiful sunny morning in the African savannah. A lion cub was jumping in the high grasses of the savannah that were tickling his nose.
On the other side of the waterhole, a little giraffe was sitting eagerly studying a book on all the different animals and facts about Africa."
Ratzeputz and Zuri is the third book of Astrid Schmitt-Bylandt - she is a life coach, businesswoman and a single Mum of twins. Astrid decided to turn her memories and experiences into children’s stories with easily recognizable characters from everyday life.