We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Romano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
Taking risks both personally and professionally can be scary, but I’ve always felt that it was the best way to achieve growth. Accepting new opportunities and stepping outside your comfort zone not only provide you with new skills, but can also expose you to networking circles that can benefit your future goals. Professional risks do not always turn out exactly the way they were planned but there is always a lesson to be learned and sometimes it’s what NOT to do in certain situations. I’ve changed careers several times throughout my life and I truly believe that the skills I learned have helped make me a better person and a better employee. During these uncertain times, it is important to learn how to be dynamic and find other paths in order to succeed. In my personal life, I’ve also made what others would call “risky” decisions. I moved away from a place I lived my whole life to be with my husband and then a few years later moved across the country. At first it was terrifying and stressful, but eventually I felt freedom knowing I could start a new life wherever I go. In my experiences, going against the flow has provided me with a new perspective for my future achievements, and if risks arise along the way I won’t be scared to take them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been in the beauty industry for over fourteen years and worked in retail, wedding, creative, and spa environments. My goal was always to be able to work for myself and provide my clients with a variety of services that I could tailor to their needs. In recent years, I felt like my goal was finally being achieved, however the corona virus pandemic has created unique challenges for the beauty industry. Visiting the homes of clients as well as on site locations has been temporarily on hold and will understandably take a while to go back to normal. This is has taught me a huge lesson on patience and verbal communication with my clients. I always felt that what sets me apart is the ability to listen closely to my clients skin/beauty needs. During a pandemic has been no different, and while at home, I found it was important to help my clients continue their regimens and still feel connected to me in order to reach out with any skin concerns. I want people to know that regardless of the location in which I provide beauty services, I will always do my absolute best to put their safety and needs first. My skills will adapt with the times and I’m currently focusing on growing my social media/virtual platform in order to be prepared for the future of the industry.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego has so many things to do it’s almost overwhelming to narrow it down! During the day I always take visitors to one of our many beaches usually Coronado, Mission Beach, or Sunset Cliffs and all of these locations double as perfect spots to watch the sunset. My favorite adventurous day activity is to kayak at any of the beautiful spots locally but especially in the La Jolla caves, it combines my favorite things, the ocean, sea lions, and sun. We have some amazing shopping here so while we’re near the beach I usually bring my friends to the surf shops to grab souvenirs or beachwear. At night, I like to start with some fabulous food which isn’t hard to find here in San Diego. If I want more of a laid back vibe I love going to Old Town for mexican, or one of the great waterfront restaurants in Ocean Beach like Wonderbar. If my guests feel like getting dressed up then we’ll head to Little Italy to eat at Barbusa or Juniper and Ivy and then go out to one of the many bars for drinks/dancing. If were already near Sunset Cliffs watching the sunset then my go-to restaurant is The Little Lion which has some of the most amazing gnocchi I’ve ever had! My must see tourist destination is Seaport Village which gives you the gorgeous water views, fun shopping, great food and entertainment. Finally a trip is never complete without taking guests to Balboa Park for a show, museum or just to grab a quick lunch.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to dedicate my shoutout to my husband Sam who has always encouraged me to be the best version of myself. He has given me constructive criticism along the way but he’s always supported my career and my decisions now matter how crazy they seem.
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