We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I love this question! I always talk about balance. I’m constantly changing and evolving as of lately and at times it throws my balance way off. I have to find a balance between my my son, my full time job and my business. At times it’ can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily my son is very understanding and knows that what I’m doing is for our family. One thing I find that helps me keep a balanced lifestyle is spending time with my son and family, making sure I’m getting proper rest, working out or going on hikes to relieve stress. Also being organized brings me so much peace.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a licensed esthetician and although I’m fairly new to the industry. I think of myself as a best friend…hence the name Esty Bestie Vee. I want my clients to be themselves around me. I want them to feel comfortable talking to me about their skin care needs and goals. We talk about life, relationships, kids and a list of other things in my treatment room. I love that my clients come to me and feel so comfortable with me that they want to tell me anything and everything. That’s the ultimate bestie vibe.
This last year has not been easy with going to school during Covid, working full time, taking care of my son and parents, battling covid and loosing a parent. What a year huh? But you know what?…I wouldn’t have it any other way. When I say I put my heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into this… I really have. Mental strength is important to me. I allow myself to cry when I need to and just be a bum at times. But let me reassure you that doesn’t last long. My mind won’t let me be stagnant for long. It’s like “okay girl, you ready now?” lol. I like to say I get that from my father. Throughout my fathers life he had a couple of businesses. My father and mother would make stain glass murals and jewelry, he was also a hot dog street vendor when he lived in Chicago. During my teen years my parents had a pizza restaurant in West Dallas as well. So entrepreneurship definitely runs in my family.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First place on my list is of course some good ole texas barbecue. My favorite barbecue spot is Hard Eight in Coppell. I know they will not be disappointed. And of course I would have to take them to Deep Ellum to check out the quirky and eclectic scene. Dallas Arboretum for sure. It’s a sight to see especially during spring. I’d also take them to see the Ft. Worth stock yards. While in Ft.Worth take them to get some bomb tacos from Taqueria Y Birrieria Tres Coronas. They have amazing food. Another great spot would have to be the farmers market in Dallas. That’s a place that is really nostalgic for me. Covid has changed a lot of things but I’m sure between Dallas & Ft Worth we could find some other events and places to visit.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Omgggg where do I start. #lasestys (las estys/the estys)!!!! I met these amazing group of women in esthetician school. We have literally been each other’s rock during school, covid-19, our kids being home schooled due to Covid-19, exams, relationships…you name it! And I feel so lucky and blessed to have all these women in my life. I couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you Irene, Vollie, Margarita and Karla
Also, my son Elias he has been so supportive of me chasing my dreams. I tell him all the time…I’m doing this for you. I just want him to know anything is possible.
My mother and father have been a huge support for me as well. They have always been there for my son and I and I couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you!
Unfortunately this past Christmas we lost my father due to kidney failure and other underlying conditions after Covid-19.
But one thing my father was known for was his funny little sayings. One of my father’s most memorable sayings that I will hold close to me is….
“Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.” – Felix Castro