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."
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.