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How Mompreneur Christina Vega Balances Entrepreneurship With Self-Care

Finding Balance

In xoNecole's Finding Balance, we profile boss women making boss moves in the world and in their respective industries. We talk to them about their business, their life, and most of all, what they do to find balance in their busy lives.

Entrepreneurship can seem like a scary thing to many: you don't know what you're getting into, you don't have the financial safety you may be accustomed to, and honestly, you never know how the tides will turn.


So, imagine thinking of all those things while also juggling other responsibilities, like a child. Mompreneurs have always shined their light bright, but it's extremely important to understand that like the work/life balance discussion, motherhood and entrepreneurship aren't always coupled with equal percentages — but they're both worth it.

Christina Vega is a beauty influencer and makeup artist, proudly boasting over 38,000 followers on Instagram alone. With one scroll through her feed, you might fall in love with Christina for her beautiful curls, which she flaunts effortlessly on the 'gram. You might also get your whole life together whenever you see her killer makeup looks. But, for me, I love how she does all this while juggling the life of a mom. For this installment of xoNecole's Finding Balance series, I wanted to see how Christina juggles it all, and what her tips would be for any other moms or creators out there. Trust me, it's dope.

What is an average day or week like for you?

I wish I was able to describe what an average day or week looks like for me! I am a freelance makeup artist, instructor at CHIC Studios, vlogger, and a makeup and natural hair influencer who is a mom to a one-year-old. Everyday is a completely different day.

What do you find to be the most hectic part of your week and how do you push through?

The most hectic part of my week is when I am not home for a couple of days. I come back and try to bring the house back in order, when all I really want to do is spend time with my family. To-do lists are really helpful, especially when I prioritize the list.

How do you practice self-care? What is your self-care routine?

Whenever I have time, I try to treat myself to a face mask and hair mask once a week. I also meditate in the morning, and spend time enjoying nature. Manicures, pedicures, and massages happen when I have time in my schedule to squeeze them in.

How do you find balance with family and your friends?

I learned how valuable my time is once my son was born. Family is my main priority. Finding balance with my son is easy — he has my full attention and I work around his schedule. My partner and I always make sure we spend time together everyday. We even have date night at least once a month while Jordan is home with his grandparents. I have a small group of friends that understand how busy I am as a working mom. Those friends are super flexible and are willing to come over to my house, as well as grab lunch or a quick coffee to catch up.

"I learned how valuable my time is once my son was born."

Exercise?

Exercising is super important to me because I am trying my best to get my body back after having Jordan (my son). I run early in the morning everyday and do quick workout routines from YouTube at home. This routine works perfectly with my schedule.

Do you cook or find yourself eating out?

I prefer cooking over eating out because I know exactly what I'm putting in my body. I do enjoy to eat out once in a while. It feels nice to take a break!

Do you ever detox? What does that look like for you?

I have never done a detox before but I am interested in doing one!

When you are going through a bout of uncertainty, or feeling stuck, how do you handle it?

It's easy to get overwhelmed when taking on multiple roles. Anytime I feel stuck, I take a break from everything, especially social media. Sometimes, I have to take a step back and breath to move forward. Anytime I have those type of moments, I make sure to squeeze in mommy time, self-care, and meditate. I take advantage of the fact that I live by the beach, and spend time by the water when I can. Just a few minutes to myself to enjoy peace and quiet helps tremendously.

What does success mean to you?

Success is accomplishing my dreams and goals using all the gifts that God gave me. I want to leave my mark on this earth and a legacy behind.

"Success is accomplishing my dreams and goals using all the gifts that God gave me."

What is something you think others forget when it comes to finding balance?

When it comes to finding balance I think we, I'll include myself because I'm guilty of this as well, tend to forget to include ourselves. Everyday, I balance family and work but forget to take a few moments to balance myself within. One of my favorite quotes is, "You can't drive a car without gas." It's so important to set aside time to yourself everyday.

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A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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