We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Marie Billones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine Marie, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I think, in terms of personal growth, giving up is never an option. It’s more of knowing when you need to rest and recharge. In projects, if you feel like what you’re working towards doesn’t align with your values, it’s ok to walk away.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
During the week, I’m an admin assistant working 8-5. In my free time, I turn to content creation for IG by styling and shooting outfits. It’s been a great creative outlet. After doing this for a year, I can say I’ve gotten to create and be part of such supportive communities made up of talented, intelligent ladies. While my professional and creative lives are still in their infancies, consistently staying motivated and driven is something I struggle with as someone with depression. It is a daily fight with imposter syndrome and holding myself back. I’ve learned that being “perfect” prohibits growth, and any one who wants to grow just needs to take that first step. It doesn’t need to be perfect— you just need to take it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being on the border of LA and Orange County, I get the best of both worlds. First stop: Tiger Sugar Rowland Heights— the best brown sugar milk tea I’ve ever had. In LA, Grand Central Market is a great collection of different food vendors. But one of my favorite spots is the Getty Center. It’s definitely worth a visit for a picnic or a quick trip to the museum to look at art. And for nightlife, Arena KTown has been the go to for many soju-fueled fun nights.
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?
My mom, for sure. Literally would not be here if it wasn’t for her. I learned more about who I wanted to become because of her. My friends and my partner— without their encouragement, I’d be completely lost. Oh, and my therapist. Hahaha, what an LA thing to say. But her guidance really has me going down the path I know I’m meant to be walking.