We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Partamian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance… It’s a constant tug of war and it means something different for everyone. To me, it’s prioritizing what matters the most. I strive most when I have a busy plate, and I am happiest when I can “balance” it all. I love to push my limits and do my best to reach them. As a nurse, I have been tested with balancing my schedule; managing patients and fulfilling tasks on a timely basis and sometimes, finding myself taking the extra mile to personalize my reach through my social media platform in unique ways. Overtime, I learned how to balance and not fall behind… because between us, when you love what you do, that tug of war game becomes a lot easier to win!
Of course, the game never ends! Your personal life starts to ramp up more than ever. When I became a mom, two and a half years ago, my work life balance was put to the test yet again and now even more so as my second child is 3 weeks old! Up until now, I thought I had it down. Ha! Jokes on me as I’m currently thinking of new ways to maintain my busy schedule as the game always changes!
I have always had the mentality, ‘I can do it all’! I have kept that mentality as I have transitioned into a working mom. I’m not too proud to say that at times it’s very hard and challenging for me to work, however, I did not want to put my career and dreams on hold. I balance my working days between part-time and full-time hours to be able to raise my kids. One of the great advantages of working in the aesthetic specialty– control over my schedule so that I can be in charge of my career and my children!
At this moment in life, my kids are my priority and making memories together; especially childhood memories and being present is of utmost importance to me. To balance my schedule, I am very big on my to-do lists, calendars, and keeping my days organized as much as possible. My husband is very supportive with my career and sharing the load of things at home, we are an amazing team and together we just figure it out.
Lastly, to be able to manage, it’s important for me to maintain my self-love and awareness. Keep my soul happy to be the best version of myself for my family and others. This is something I remind myself everyday– especially with a newborn now. I allow myself the time to perform my daily skincare regimen, put an outfit on (although I am home for the majority of the day and live in sweats now), and take time to enjoy my coffee whether it’s with my husband or myself. It may only be a few minutes of ‘me-time’ but that’s all I really need to be present and happy! At the end of the day, if you aren’t taking time for yourself, how can you give up your time for others? I say, do what makes you feel grounded and balanced in order to take care of the career and family that drives your passions!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Till this day, the best decision I have made for myself is becoming a nurse. I started my career in hospitals as an Emergency Room and Operating Room nurse and have always loved a fast-paced setting– I strive in those situations! When I decided to learn more about the aesthetic field, it meant starting from scratch. It was not an easy transition and I was not given opportunities easily. Where I am today required dedication, perseverance, patience, passion, and resilience. It took time to have my first opportunity in the aesthetic field- I was getting paid less with minimal working hours but I knew it was going to be worth it, and reminded myself daily that this would be temporary! I would work half the week in the hospital and the other half in the office either shadowing another injector or treating patients.
Continuing my education to further pursue my master’s degree and nurse practitioner certification has further pushed me forward to have more independence and opportunities. It was a challenging part of my life and putting my work life balance to the test. Within the duration of the program which is 2.5 years- I was a full-time student, full-time working nurse, planned my wedding and the last few months pregnant with my daughter.
I believe what sets me apart from others is that I am my own competitor and I push my own limits and my willingness to achieve success. I work hard daily to be the best version of myself for my patients and family. My love and dedication for this field is genuine. I am passionate about the medical field and combining it with aesthetics is a dream. It’s been an important point for me to make a difference in someone’s life, as an aesthetic nurse I am able to do just that. Witnessing a patient’s happiness when they grab a mirror post treatment or receiving sweet messages is what validates my passion for this industry. It is my priority to always stay up to date with my education and skills.
Lessons I have learned along the way is to never give up, and keep pushing forward. Nothing great comes that easy and through those challenges I have grown as a better person and injector. I am truly appreciative of where I am today. One thing I would share with others is- believe in yourself, you are your number one cheerleader and prove to yourself that you can do it.
One advice I can give to those waiting to get into the aesthetic field. Take as many courses as you can… especially the free ones and follow professionals you admire. Put yourself out there and remember the wealth of knowledge you can get is priceless.
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?
This might be my favorite question! I guess the passion doesn’t just stop with my career and family but also flows into the many amazing things to do in LA! I would take us to the Getty Center, grab a coffee (duh!) and enjoy the botanical garden. Reservations will be made, of course, for lunch at Petit Trois in Hollywood– a hidden gem– and make sure to order their amazing Napoleon! The best way to end a night in LA is at the Laugh Factory. Day 2 is all about shopping and enjoying the hustle and bustle of Angelinos! The Grove or Rodeo Drive is right up my alley. My favorite dinner spot is Avra, a delicious and beautifully decorated Greek restaurant (Cocktail of Choice: Mykonos Breeze). If my friend is here for a few days, I would recommend a drive to Santa Barbara to enjoy some wineries, great food, walks along the beach and massages. And, on our last night in LA, a beautiful 5-star dining experience at the one and only… IN-N-OUT! For me , great food, gorgeous destinations, and memorable moments is what makes this city so perfect!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have inspired me along the way, and continue to do so. I am thankful for my parents, they have been my support system and always supported my decisions from a young age. My husband, Raffi Partamian- since the day we met he has been supportive of my career and continuously encourages me. He has supported me in everyway to be a working mom and be able to “balance it all”. Without his help it would be much more difficult to continue a work-life-balance.
As an aesthetic injector, I am very grateful for all the amazing injectors that have had an influence in my career path and growth. My good friend and injector, Natalia Guzman has been such a positive influence and a mentor. Dr. Kian Karimi, has given me the opportunity to further grow. I admire his work, work ethic, consistent drive for personal growth, and his love for family.
I am blessed to have a great circle of like-minded, driven, successful people who I most certainly would not have gotten this far without. We need mentors at every stage of our life and success. I truly believe, “you are only as strong as your team and to surround yourself with people who make you a better person”.