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🌿Mama ⸰ Wife ⸰ Home Fitness Coach 🏡 #Homemaking | 🍗 #Paleoish Runnin' on coffee ☕️ superfoods 🌱 & a lot of grace 🙏🏻 Helping you LOVE your story 📖💕 Website: https://m.facebook.com/groups/212909989277886
I work for myself so I can work when and where I want. And after spending three years in a cubicle where I felt like I was suffocating - this is what freedom means to me. 🕊💕 Current vibe: Green tea + coffee shop views + mentoring new lady friends in nutrition + business. 👩🏻💻
When I read this, I kind of had this sigh-of-relief / totally empowered-enough-to-take-on-the-world moment (ok, that could totally be the coffee ☕️) BECAUSE... . This world - especially our current society - constantly encourages carbon copy after carbon copy. We all should want the same thing, wear the same thing, do the same thing...but that's impossible because no two stories of life are the same. Even identical twins with identical upbringings will be DIFFERENT not only because of the unique minds + bodies that God gave them, but because they will PERCEIVE AND RECEIVE every experience differently. 🌱 . What I have been through and experienced is something that NO ONE EVER has gone through OR will ever go through the exact way that I did. I moved across the country 🚗 when I was 19 to go to college (and to chase some loser ex-boyfriend 🙄😂) and while I'm SURE there are some of you who have done something similar, you didn't do exactly what I did or feel the exact same I felt or see things the way I saw them. . After college, with bachelor's degree in hand, I started a job in my hometown where I was making minimum wage with NO possibility of a raise in the future and not only did I NOT blame a previous generation for that like soooo many other millennials do...I actually believed that's all I deserved. That job was difficult and degrading at times but it taught me SO MUCH about who I DID want to be in this life. . Again, someone else could have experienced something VERY similar...but not in the EXACT way I did. 👈🏻 That is how we RELATE without being clones. 👯 That's why I share a lot of my stuff here on social...if I don't, who will? 🤷🏻♀️ . So you may think what you have gone through in your life isn't unique or worth sharing. Here's what you don't want to hear: It is. 💛 Only you know what you know, only you have lived your life, and only YOU can tell YOUR story. And I'll challenge the next thought that I know is already in your head by telling you: It IS a story worth telling. 📖💕
"Hmm. Must be nice." 😑 . That 👆🏻 is what I used to say out loud or in my head as I drove past moms and dads just leisurely walking in the neighborhood with their strollers and kids at 8:30am when I was driving (late) to work just about every morning. 😐 Must be nice to have nowhere particular to be. Must be nice to just be able to go on walks whenever you want. Must be nice to not have to work. Must be nice to not have student loans to pay off. Must be nice not having to be in an office and artificial light every morning. . I said all that totally assumption-based stuff through gritted teeth each morning as I begrudgingly commuted 30 minutes to a place I didn't want to go. 🚗✖️ . I was so pissed off about where I was in life. And now, that doesn't even seem like the same lifetime or even the same me. Here I am, with the BEST blessing I've ever known ☺️💗, and there's no way I'll ever go back to any traditional workplace. Not even if you paid me to ☺️ . I hear moms say a lot, "Ugh, I hate leaving my baby to go to work. I wish I didn't have to." I just want to say, "Well, then DON'T!!" 🤷🏻♀️ We live in such an amazing point in time -there are so many occupations that you can do remotely at home! I never in a MILLION years thought that I'd be doing what I'm doing right now. But someone gave me this opportunity and even though I had never heard of something like that before, I believed in it. Instantly. The freedom and the purpose always appealed to me. . So anyways, if you have kiddos and you like your career and want to work - great! 👏🏻 I definitely think you should follow what makes you the happiest. But if you have kiddos or want to someday, and you FEAR or DREAD going back to work after maternity leave...then don't. Don't look around and see what everyone else is doing and think that that is all there is. There's more. There is so, so much more. Don't hate where you are for as long as I did. Don't spend your days hoping they'll pass by quickly. Write down what you TRULY want to do and see if your current job fits that description. If it doesn't, START LOOKING. 👀 The only regret I have is that I didn't quit sooner. 👊🏻💖
Laundry, Def Leppard, and a coffee-chocolate superfood smoothie 🍫☕️😋 It must be Sunday!
I'm not ashamed to say it! 🙋🏻 . I've been humbled like craaaaazy ever since I became a mama. 💗 My pregnancy was pretty darn easy and only the last week of it (sudden Hypertension 👉🏻 induced at 37 weeks) was challenging. Sure the first trimester had the whole nausea and tiredness thing, but the rest of the time? I barely gained any weight. I controlled my cravings. I cooked from scratch. I meal planned every week. I worked out A LOT. I drank a lot of water. I kept up a (pretty) clean house. I shopped outside of my budget. I slacked off on work. . And then I expected motherhood to be the same way. 😳 . 😂😂😂😂😂 Girl. 🤦🏻♀️ . Let me be clear: Being a Mama is the best. MUCH better than being pregnant. This is literally the best time in my life and every day with Mae is fun, new, and exciting! I love it ALL. . But caring for myself? Making sure I have food that is SIMPLE, nutrient-dense, and not super fake? Making it a priority to stay active? Yeah, that stuff has gotten a little challenging to do or care about. . But here's the thing: A HUGE part of life is doing things that you don't want to do - and you just do them because they are really good for you. Life challenges you. Life humbles you and makes you better. There is no bravery or pride in putting yourself last. . I pour all that I have into the sweetest, funniest little girl every single day. 💗 I give her everything I've got - that's my job as her Mama! But I realized REAL quick that the old saying is true: You cannot pour from an empty cup. . So today, I'm filling that cup up! I want to give her my best, which means I can't half-ass my attempts at my health, my relationship with God, my marriage, and my intentional focus on WHAT MATTERS. 🏡 . I also need to do laundry. Like, a lot of it. 😂 And that's not a complaint! I'm so thankful we are clothed and cared for by God. It is the BEST honor of my life to be blessed with everyday tasks of cleaning, cooking, and caring for our little babe. 👶🏼 I'm the keeper of our home and Sundays are a great day to refill the cup(s) I need to be the best version of me. 💖 . What cups do you need to refill today?
Lots of slow, cozy, BRIGHT (baby toys are like NEON these days) moments for this family today! 👨👩👧🏡💗
This may be an unpopular opinion, but... . I believe that what can make healthy eating so difficult for us (I struggle too 🙋🏻), is that we over-complicate it. This is the type of breakfast I CRAVE every morning (favorite meal of the day) but sometimes it doesn't happen because I get too overwhelmed with trying to make it perfect or obsessing over the carb count. When I take a chill pill and just focus on the nutrients over perfection or calories...it always works out! . Before pregnancy, intermittent fasting worked for me. I lost inches, my blood pressure lowered, and my energy was high! So when postpartum life and our days started just naturally began leading me back to that (little time to eat so needing to make the most of the time I have), I welcomed it with open arms! 🙌🏻 I'm excited to see how my mind and body react! . This plate is grain-free and it's full of my favorite things! 3 eggs over medium with garlic powder, two breakfast chicken apple sausages, half a red pepper, half an avocado, 1 Paleo pancake with frozen wild blueberries + organic maple syrup, and I top most with this seasoning! It's a really good replacement for cheese!
I get the question, "So what do you eat?" a lot. Here's what the next few days have in store! 👆🏻😋 Also, pre-shredded chicken is how you WIN as Mama! 👏🏻 . As I've mentioned before, we are working hard towards being debt-free 💸 ( #StudentLoans🙄 ), so I keep us on a budget - we want to be out of debt and free to build our dream property as soon as we can. 🏞 . All of the meals that will come from this stuff will be, as Don Draper would say, "Simple but significant" 👌🏻 I can't wait to nose dive into that hummus a little later today!! 😍 . Need more healthy eating ideas? Message me! I have a free Nutrition Bootcamp coming up in a few weeks that you'll probably love 💜
Motherhood has made me a lot happier with who I am underneath the layers of makeup I no longer have time to wear. 😂 No, but really. It's taught me what is important to me and what is just "eh". . Lately? Holding her for naps is important. Taking GOOD care of my health is important. Caring and making time for my marriage is important. Playing feather-chaser with our kitty is important. Helping new mamas and other women build successful businesses from home is important. Becoming a better homemaker by guarding ALL aspects of our home + praying continuously for us and others is important. Walks in the sunshine, fermented foods, podcasts, reading books that have been on my shelf collecting dust for years, laughing with family + friends.... . all that is so, so important. The rest can and will wait. Life is too good right now to worry about the other stuff. 💕
So I can't do my workout today (woke up with my lower back totally OUT...all I can do is lay on my side and whine about it 😂), so I'm throwing it back to yesterday when I was post-workout and felt like I could conquer the world! 💪🏻 After feeling exhausted most of the time and completely unmotivated, in the past week I've totally gotten back into doing the daily trainings that make FEEL better. They aren't super hard, they don't require a lot of equipment or a gym membership, and they revolve around my schedule. I shared this photo with my accountability community because one of the quotes from my trainer yesterday was, "Don't wish for it, WORK for it!" and as someone who is naturally just lazy and usually runs at away in the other direction once that the word "work" is uttered (😂)...that's what I needed to hear yesterday. I am the type of person who NEEDS that tough love. I become a better person because of it. . And so today I will work for it by resting, drinking lotsa water, and seeing the chiropractor this afternoon 😂👌🏻You just never know what the day will bring! One day you feel like a beast and the next you can't even bend over to give your cat his kitty food without being in excruciating pain 😩 Shoutout to my Hubbs for taking part of the day off to help me with Miss M! 🎀 If you're physically able to get active today...go workout for me, please!! It's only been one day and I miss it! 😘
MAMAS! 💖 As you may or may not know, our little girl battles with bits of eczema. She tested negative for being allergic to dairy, so we still aren't sure exactly what triggers it (aside from just having naturally dry skin). But! Baby probiotics are helping. I think. . It's hard to know exactly what has made her skin better over the past few weeks (aside from the prayers 🙏🏻💕), but I'm starting to think that the probiotics have helped. A LOT. ☺️ I didn't realize just how much until we accidentally left them behind when we were visiting family last weekend. I didn't get a chance to get some more until today (our town is tiny and doesn't stock them) and ever since last week when she stopped having them in her bottle each day, she has been soooo itchy and the red patches on her cheeks have popped up again. 😔 The only thing that's changed has been the lack of probiotics. . So! We're jumping back into them today and I hope they help! 🤞🏻 This is a different brand than I've used previously so we'll see how it goes. 💗 Anyways, if your little one struggles with skin issues...try probitioics! 🌿 I have a mama-version of these in my superfood smoothie everyday, too 👊🏻 I love learning about what helps build a healthy gut!
If you've been waiting for me to quit, you might want to grab a snack. I'm gonna be here for a while. 😉 . So the photo is a blurry and we are all a little bit sweaty, but this post is a very "full-circle" moment for me. . Around three years ago, I went to the same event we were at yesterday but the venue was much, much smaller. I went by myself because I had no local teammates to attend with me and through the whole event I kept promising myself that someday I would. . These ladies drove over 12 hours yesterday to get in some live personal + professional development for their at-home fitness business. No company paid them to be there. They didn't have to show up, they weren't on the clock. But they did. . In a world of salesy, non-authentic marketing posts and messages...I'm so glad that what we do is different. We were laughing at lunch yesterday talking about the people that message us with their copy-and-paste sales messages (wraps, cleanses, makeup, etc.) and it just doesn't make any sense to us. Does that seriously work for people? 😂 Because we can't find integrity in it. We got into this fitness business because we wanted to change our minds + bodies to be stronger and more confident, and help other people do the same. We help connect people to fitness and nutrition plans that WORK because they are tried-and-true, and the way we were meant to NATURALLY move + nurture our bodies. 🌿 The fact that we make an at-home income with it is just a (really awesome) perk for so many of us. I'm so proud to say that these ladies and my extended team (not pictured) are women with SERVANT hearts. 💖 I'm so humbled to know these ladies who put time and effort into helping others achieve their goals. . So I guess I'm writing this post to say: If you've followed me for a while and are waiting for me to quit, you're going to be waiting forever. I've had ups and downs in my health AND work-at-home journeys...and they've only made me stronger and more determined. Our next live workout + professional development workout is in July...I can't wait to see who else will be there with us! 🏋🏻♀️ . It's Monday morning...and I hope you love where you're at like I do. 👩🏻💻☕️
You might not be able to tell in this photo, but... . ...my heart is SO full!! 💗 My hair is a mess but hey, those kids look so cute! 😺👶🏼 . I spent the day with some amazing ladies in a nearby city working out + talking fitness-business stuff, and while it was such an inspiring and fun day...I missed my home squad! 🏡😂 . I used to spend Sunday nights dreaming of a life like this. Two years ago, I was a anxiety-filled, stressed out mess. I was working 40+ hours in a job I didn't like and I spent 100% of my Monday - Friday commute to and from work dreaming about the day I would get to come home. 🏡💕 . I said to my friends today, "If my mentor had never told me about this other way of working/living...I would be back in a cubicle..." (after just 12 weeks of maternity leave) 😞 And that just wouldn't have been enough for me. I needed a forever-maternity-leave 😂 and I honestly cannot imagine ever going back to a traditional workplace because I am called to be HERE. And I'm not saying every mama has to want what I want - I just want to share my gratitude AND encourage any of you who do want to be home with your kiddos full-time...to make a plan to make it happen. Life is short. Embrace every moment, work for the life you want, and be open to what God has ahead for you. 💗 .
I was excitedly sharing the play-by-play of the Live workout I did today in my Stories because I had a moment this AM where I was like, "Woah. A little over 5 months ago, I didn't know if I'd ever even do this again." . That's fairly dramatic (lol) but I'm being very honest here...the first week of postpartum life was really challenging for me. My whole body hurt. I lost the "baby weight" so freakin' fast (literally 24 lbs within 3 weeks...19 lbs in the first few days 😳) that my body was just exhausted and it HURT. I had such a wonderful and peaceful pregnancy + birth, but I don't feel like I knew just how challenged my body would be after it all. . And then I ate all the oatmeal and other stuff they tell you to eat to increase your milk supply (didn't work) which made the weight slowly come back on. Overall, the last few months my body sort of felt just...blah.. . But today. Today I felt SO good. Today I showed up to an event to have one of the best trainers in the industry kick my butt and it felt so awesome to be able to do the things I never thought I would be able to do again. But today, I totally did. It was fun and refreshing and pushed me super good way. 👊🏻
On the road 🚗💨 this morning and the HANGER struck 😬 I had some kind bars in tow but protein was calling my name (even fairly-processed protein 😐). Not clean or homemade but it's what I was craving so I made it happen (well, technically Starbucks made it happen ☕️😂) and my mood went from 😴 to ⚡️! It's amazing what happens when you tune out the nonsense message of "perfection" and listen to what your body is craving. Not every egg I eat is pasture-raised because, well - I'm not perfect. 🤷🏻♀️And I just wanted need to share that with you. 💖 Personally, I was just stoked because grains weren't invited to this little road trip party. And, these are delicious. 🍳 Oh, and the drink has an extra shot in it because #MamaLife ☺️
What a day! 😅 Mae hung out with dad part of the day so I could clean out her closet + room (to put away the 3-6 month stuff and begin washing all the 9 month stuff...😳)! Our girl is growing super big and I'm so thankful!! 💗 I can't believe we used to have to wake her up every three hours for feedings 😂 like, what was I doing with my time back then?! Oh, that's right...staring at my newborn daughter because the newborn stage is so fleeting!! I'm so glad I soaked up every moment and am able to spend every day with her going forward 💗 . We also made it out to dinner tonight which means I actually got ready, and I kid you not...our sweet pea does not recognize her mama with makeup on and curled hair 🤦🏻♀️😂 She is so used to seeing me with no makeup + hair in a bun! ☺️ #MamaAttire . In any case, it was a super blustery and rainy day 🌧 - which was perfect to spend inside. 🏡 Tomorrow i'm headed up north to a meeting with some of my favorite friends that I've met through this fitness business...and we are working out with THE Shaun T! 😳 I took a rest day today because tomorrow's workout will be a dooooozy! 💪🏻 . One of my favorite things to do while cleaning is catch up on podcasts! I highly recommend this one to any of you that want to be a stay-at-home-mama but need to batten down the hatches with the budget OR any of you who are already at home with your babes and want to make an income from home! There are a ton of good ideas in this episode and I adore the woman who runs it! 🎧