B.I.G. Retreat ’23: gems from Joy, Inc.

My Podcast

And All the Things

This is a series of IGLive episodes where I, Michaela Birdyshaw (@myjoycoach), share with you some of my favorite people! You will meet a diverse group of my friends, family, leaders, colleagues, motivators, and all the things! We will dive into how they use their gifts, their gems, their passions to influence the world around them!

Please like it and follow along!

life Hack

Pomodoro Timer

If you find yourself at the end of the day wondering what you actually accomplished, try using the Pomodoro Timer! This time management technique helps you break the day into 25-minute chunks, allowing you to focus on one task at a time and stay productive.

Click the image to watch a great video by RedTale Communications!


Fierce Conversations

The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott wants her readers to succeed. To do that, she explains, one must transform everyday conversations employing effective ways to get the message across. [Goodreads]

Life Hack

Binaural Beats

Because life is crazy it’s always good to take a few minutes a day to center. Almost every day I start out with binaural beats. It almost feels like a little happy protective bubble around me giving me that space between where I am and all that is coming at me. You should check it out!

Here’s a link to Magnetic Minds, Pineal Gland Healer (which is my fave)!


The Four Agreements

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best. [Goodreads]

Get to know me!

Boundaries & Martial Arts

In my journey towards earning a black belt in karate, I learned some powerful lessons about boundaries, self-respect, and empowerment. I initially joined the class with the intention of learning how to protect myself from the dangers I faced as a woman in the world. However, I soon realized that the most important lesson was how to set and maintain boundaries.

Here’s a link to the video!

W/ B.I.G. Member Lisa Tancredit

Live Joy of Tarot

Join me for a joyful discussion with the incredible Lisa Tancredi of The Feel Better Group. These live conversations are filled with insights, honesty, mentorship, friendship, the Joy of Tarot, And, of course, All the Things! 

So, join me and Lisa as we share this journey to grow, change, and serve.

Follow along on Instagram!

Life/Business Hack

SWOT Analysis

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, and so a SWOT analysis is a technique for assessing these four aspects of your business. SWOT Analysis is a tool that can help you to analyze what your company does best now, and to devise a successful strategy for the future.