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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.

For more Christina, follow her on Instagram. Check out past Finding Balance ladies featured in this series by clicking here.

ACLU By ACLUSponsored

Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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