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Betty Galvan

Fabulous Female – Betty Galvan

This month’s Fabulous Female is Betty Galvan. Betty is a business owner, and Work at Home Mom to three very active boys. Yes, THREE! I’ve known Betty for a few years, and she’s been a constant source of motivation and inspiration for me.

Betty hails from Chicago, but has lived in Asia and NYC. For the last 8 years she’s been a NJ resident. Betty has led an exciting life, starting with moving to Tokyo, where she had her first son Diego. While she holds a degree in teaching, and taught at an International School, after having Diego, she felt it was best for her to stay at home.

While in Tokyo, Betty started blogging so she could keep her friends and family updated on her family’s progress. Little did she know that would eventually formulate in her own lifestyle blog “My Friend Betty Says”. Betty’s blog primarily focused on educational tips for how to raise bilingual children, as well as lifestyle and fashion ideas.

While blogging she was fortunate enough to connect, and freelance, with Ana Flores. Ana is the founder, and CEO, of the former Latina Bloggers Connect now WeAllGrow Latina Network. Ana was so impressed, that she hired Betty to work for her.

Betty was fortunate to connect with likeminded women, and #solopreneurs, while working at LBC. From Boston to LA, the women collaborated, motivated, inspired each other and exchanged ideas. It was a true sisterhood. When LBC took a turn focusing more on bringing women all over the US together, with annual conferences and summits, Betty knew she had to step back. She didn’t want to be away from her family so much. Betty also realized, while on her journey with LBC, that there were local business owners that needed help with their digital marketing strategies, social media managements and content creation.

Always forward thinking, Betty decided to keep the name of her blog @MyFriendBettySays and add Digital Marketing Studio to her resume, in the summer of 2017. Since making that decision, Betty has been helping others to increase and grow their business. She currently has two employees and will continue to expand.


When I asked Betty to tell me her secret for being so fabulous, she was humble as usual. She did tell me that she takes one hour of the day for herself. Whether it’s getting her nails done or going to the gym, that time is for her. Working from home has its advantages, so she’s able to tailor her schedule to that of her active children. She also has a very supportive husband and a cleaning lady!

Katie Roberts

Fabulous Females: Katie Roberts

By Maria G. Fernandez
Instagram: @mz_maria_g

What do you do when it’s 18 degrees and you are trudging through Manhattan with 30 lbs of cargo on your back, en route to one of your major distributors? When you’re fingers are so frozen you can’t operate your cell phone? When you’re sick and tired of taking multiple modes of transportation to get to work? You go home and write your letter of resignation! Several years ago, Rutherford native Katie Roberts made the brave move to resign from her corporate job and become a momtrepeneur.

Katie Roberts

Katie left the corporate world behind and decided to follow her passion. What is her passion? Her desire is to “supply women with the tools and support they need to feel like the virtuous women they are intended to be, exposing that power to the world and in doing so, becoming a movement that shapes the world.” Such a powerful and moving statement! Her vision, and passion, where the catalyst for her to start World Momination. As a stay at home single mom (to two boys!), Katie tackles the daily challenges that come along with that in order to have a successful business. She makes it look easy, but it requires a lot of discipline and will power. Katie explained to me that she had to be very regimented in her application of time managements skills, and it was the hardest work she’s ever known. She’s reaping the rewards however, with a successful business, and by being an example to her children and other moms.

Katie has helped hundreds of women through her Bikini Model Mom challenge, Fitmergency (including yours truly, who lost 10 lbs in 10 days with this program!) and recently Juicy Bubbles. She’s also a motivational speaker, and you can catch her on her Instagram or Facebook live with her in your face real talk or tips, tricks for weight management. Her trademark “Goooooodddd morning!” and smile will put a pep in your step. Katie has taken it a step further and recently started a dating blog. There’s nothing that Katie won’t tackle, with vigor and spunk, to fulfill her life’s purpose.

Katie is an inspiration to many in that you can take big chances, work hard and make your dreams a reality. You can find out more about Katie here or check her out on her social media in case you need a kick in the pants!

Fabulous Females: Xiomara Gallegos-Bernard

Our current society has been more focused on female empowerment, and success. More women are rising to the top, in the corporate world, or SAH moms are taking a side gig and creating mini empires. No matter the industry, there are positive female role models. Hip New Jersey is featuring some local Fabulous Females over the next several months.

Xiomara Gallegos-Bernard is a SAH mom of three boys. Xiomara’s husband travels frequently, for work, so at most times she’s holding down the fort alone. She used to work in the corporate world. When her first son, Marquez, was 3 months she made the decision to leave the corporate world. It was a difficult decision because she’d been accustomed to making her own money, and she didn’t want to depend on her husband. All she thought was “I have a Bachelor’s Degree and I’m going to be a SAH mom?!”. Thanks to the support of her friends, and family, she took the big leap.

A few years into being a SAH mom, The Inspired Fit Mama was born. Xiomara decided to take her love of fitness and nutrition, and start her own Beachbody business. Being successful in using Beachbody herself it was a seamless transition. She quickly moved up the ranks by helping many women (and men) meet their fitness goals, in the comfort of their own home (whenever it suited them best). The freedom that she finds in being her own boss, she told me, is liberating. “There’s no commuting to deal with, no office politics and no need to ask anyone for permission when I need a vacation day, sick day or want to be present at my child’s school.”

I asked Xiomara what advice she would give to SAHM’s who are struggling with the same decision that she did. In her opinion ; (1) Prepare, plan ahead, vet out all options and talk to someone about your list of pros and cons, (2) Don’t ever let fear get in the way of doing something that can be life changing (3) Be confident about your decision and never apologize for the choice that you’ve made.

You can find Xiomara working out at 6AM, every day, and posting her workouts on @theinspiredfitmama. She also likes to post short tutorials on meal preps to encourage and support others to meet their fitness, and nutrition, goals. She manages her household, runs her own successful business and still manages the time to keep the magic alive with her supportive husband!