The trying times of 2020 actually helped Kristin Cavallari find herself.
"It's interesting because the pandemic marks the biggest transitional phase of my life regarding everything I've been going through personally," she dished to Byrdie. "I'd say I'm just really starting to figure out who I am."
"I've learned that I'm a massive homebody, and I’m OK with that," the reality star explained. "Coming out of the pandemic, I'm in a better place than I was going into it. I think for the first time, I'm just really at peace. So, I think that's a good thing."
That's not to say that her schedule doesn't get chaotic. Aside from coparenting her three children with ex-husband Jay Cutler, Cavallari is the founder of lifestyle brand Uncommon James, which now sells clothes, jewelry, home decor and skincare products.
When it comes to finding a happy-medium between work mode and mom life, she admitted that wrapping up her run on reality TV "has freed up a lot of time and made my general work-life balance a lot easier to manage."
"I've always had a work bucket and a family bucket, and work never spills over into family. Those are just boundaries that I've always had," she explained. "Obviously, I'm going through a divorce — I only have my kids half of the time now. When I do have my kids, I'm 100 percent mom. I'm all in. Then, when I don't have my kids, that's when I really work hard. You know? I do stuff like [Zoom chats]. I've been able to balance it out that way, which is nice."
The entrepreneur also makes self-care a "priority" when her kids are with their dad.
"Hair washing, taking a bath, putting on a face mask, doing all of those things are all a part of my self-care ritual," she shared. "l also do hot yoga."
"If we don't take care of ourselves, we can't take care of anybody else," the Laguna Beach alum noted. "When I get my kids back, I am fully energized and ready to go. I am the most present I've ever been — I am right there with them the entire time."