You Are Complex: Meet Working Mom Bosses & Owners of BB Realty Britany Goyen & Brittany Mccann
Here at Vibrant Health, we believe health is an inside job, unique to you. After all, you’re one-of-a-kind and your needs are complex – that’s why your supplements should be too.
To celebrate all of the beautiful complexities of our lives, each month we’ve been highlighting individuals in our community – taking a peek into the behind-the-scenes of their work life, wellness routines, and all the wonderful things that make them who they are.
In honor of National Working Moms Day on March 12th, this month on the Vibrant Health blog we got to chat with Britany Goyen and Brittany Mccann, two local moms from Connecticut running Real Estate Brokerage BB Realty. With the feel-good business motto “People Over Paychecks,” these two businesswomen are on a mission to help you find your home sweet home all while putting others first — their clients, community, and kids. And they do it all while raising a family!
In this inspiring interview, we got to chat with Britany and Brittany about the challenges they’ve overcome as moms running a business (even through the pandemic), the importance of scheduling in family time, and their go-to healthy snacks for busy workweeks. We hope you enjoy our series…and remember, keep being you.
How would you describe yourself or your business in three words?
For the business, it’s “People Over Paychecks.”
B.M.: Britany Goyen is Resilient, an Executor, and Compassionate
B.G.: Brittany McCann is Generous, Dignified, and Hospitable
What does a typical day in the life of running a Real Estate Brokerage look like?
Every day is different. Running the behind the scenes of a brokerage is something very fluid. Some of the things we do on a daily basis include:
- Training Agents
- Coaching Agents
- Servicing Clients
- Prospecting for Clients
- Listing Appointments
- Buyer Consultations
- Networking Events
- Managing highs and lows for ourselves and our agents — mindset is everything!
With both International Women's Day on March 8th and National Working Moms Day on March 12th coming up, can you speak to what it's like as two moms running a women-owned business?
Time management is everything. Running a business can be a soul-sucking, all-day, everyday thing if you let it. Managing and sticking to your calendar and scheduling your family time are key to successfully running a business while still being present for your family! It sounds gross at first; like really, you have to schedule in time for your kids? YES. Schedule the time — stick to that time and be with your family. Our kids are going to know that their mamas worked their asses off but they will also know that they were our #1 priority, always.
Were there any particular challenges you faced or lessons you've learned as working moms running a business?
Honestly, the challenges over the last 8 years have been plentiful…but you just plug in and keep going. Keep showing up. The challenges never stop coming but your ability to adapt will always win!
B.G.: As a young mom and still somewhat new in the real estate business where income comes in ebbs and flows, I couldn't afford to put my son into daycare full-time. I faced controversy in the office about my professionalism as I showed up with my baby in tow to put in the hours and build a sustainable business.
B.M.: The hardest part for me, in the beginning, was telling my little man “No, I've got to work on the weekend” when all he wanted was family time. I had to put in the hours, in the beginning, to make a better life for my family long-term.
What advice do you have for other moms looking to start or grow their businesses this year?
DO THE DAMN THING! DON'T WAIT! IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
It is never the "right time.” We started the brokerage when Covid had the whole country shut down and no one knew what real estate would do. It'll all work out if you make a plan and stick to it. Don’t listen to the naysayers!
Do you have any other favorite local women or mom-owned businesses you want to shout out?
Here are some of our favorite local Connecticut Mom Bosses:
Sarah May, Silk City Coffee
Sara Crandall, Sara Zinn Photography
Kelly Turner, Total Mortgage (Ultimate Mom Boss & Co-Founder of Mom Boss CT!)
Allison Nelson, Business Strategist, and Mom Boss Extraordinaire
What are some of your go-to healthy snacks or meals to fuel your body during busy workdays?
B.M.: I love to meal prep things like zucchini boats with ground turkey and for on-the-go snacks, my go-to is dates and almonds!
B.G.: I pretty much eat the same thing all the time for ease and planning. Eggs and turkey sausage for breakfast with coffee, meal-prepped or leftover lunch, and then I cook dinners that I plan out weekly. On the go, I am a sweet girl! I love the Rip Van Waffle snacks and the natural fig bars from Costco.
What are some ways you prioritize your own self-care and wellness while running a business and raising kids?
B.M.: Do it early in the morning before you start taking care of everyone else!
B.G.: I'm a work in progress, but this is something I am working on. I do small things throughout the day while the kids are at school and I read at night.
What does health look like for you?
B.M.: Eating healthy to fuel my body and not bog it down, skincare, not over-committing myself, feeding my mind with good books and podcasts.
B.G.: Eating healthy is the number one way I take care of my health. Weather permitting, I love to go on walks and be outside as much as possible as well. I also try to be mindful of the media I consume and read books for growth/mindset.