We all know well the struggles of working life. Between making it to conference calls, setting up meetings and even trying to get a workout in, it’s not difficult to understand how today’s career women are struggling to achieve a work-life balance. To understand how we can achieve a healthy work-life balance, we sat down with Rebecca Chung; beauty entrepreneur, mother and dancer to find out what she does to fit all of her agenda to her schedule!
Nana Asia: What does a typical day look like for you?
As a beauty entrepreneur, I wear many hats from managing the operations at both of our locations (Central and Moko Mall) to collaborations we are working on, taking client appointments for semi-permanent makeup, and trialing new products and treatments thoroughly before introducing them to our clients. I’m lucky in that I work in an environment with services that encourage self-care!
I’m an extremely hands-on parent, and am with my children for the afternoon and throughout the weekend. I’ve loved watching them grow up and being a part of every moment. When I’m not with my family or managing the businesses, I enjoy exercising, especially running and dancing. It’s a great way to unwind!
Nana Asia: How do you navigate life as a mother and an entrepreneur?
My career was not always in the beauty industry, I started off as a musician.
I made a pivotal change in my career after having my first baby over 12 years ago and decided to create something for myself within the beauty world. It was an industry that I had always had an interest in. I felt that if I did not pursue my ambition and challenge myself at the age of 30, I never would.
It’s important for me to show my children that you can reinvent yourself and make a career out of something you love. I always want to teach them the value of a strong work ethic and pursuing your dreams with determination.
I believe that in one particular moment, you are either focused on one thing or another. However, I ensure that I make time for all facets of myself, as a mother and entrepreneur every single day. My children inspire me, and my clients’ satisfaction fuels me.
Nana Asia: What do you think is most important in achieving a healthy work-life balance?
I believe in one particular moment, there is no such thing as balance. You are either focused on your client and their needs, or your family and their needs. What is important is having the flexibility to move between the two. It’s also about understanding how to prioritise daily, as on some days one might require more time. Moreover, with flexibility, the acceptance from yourself and from your family that this is okay, and this is what realistic balance looks like – no two days are the same!
Nana Asia: What are some ways you make time for yourself?
I strive for perfection when it comes to the treatments on offer at High Society Skin Clinic, along with G.E.L Lashes and Princess Brows. I play the role of guinea pig for all treatments we have on offer. I’m lucky that these treatments encourage self-care! While most of the time does go in analysing and critiquing the experience, I am able to still take this time for myself.
Having said that, I thoroughly enjoy running and dancing. I run almost 8km every evening, and go for dance sessions two times a week. It’s a great way for me to unwind while still moving!
Nana Asia: What were the initial challenges you faced in achieving a work-life balance and how did you overcome it?
I started my career in the beauty industry through semi-permanent makeup. I went abroad to educate myself on the existing techniques from different parts of the world. During this period of time, I travelled a great deal and was away from my family. However, I was creating the foundations for my career in the long term, and my family was extremely supportive.
After returning to Hong Kong, I realised that there was a lack of specialists, and decided to form Princess Brows. I championed permanent makeup in Hong Kong, and developed several of my own application techniques such as Stretch Mark Camouflage, Vitiligo Camouflage, Areola Tattooing and Under Eye Concealer, alongside establishing a tools and pigment company, House of PMU. It was important for me to be vertically integrated to ensure that every part of the experience was up to my standards of quality. Each of these areas took time and dedication to build.
I’m thankful that I have an incredible partner in my husband and team that have been so supportive of all of the businesses. The businesses have flourished with them by my side, and I can confidently say I have achieved a balance that grants me flexibility to do it all, and one that I am happy with.
Nana Asia: What advice do you have for working moms?
Prioritisation and flexibility is key, especially being mindful of what is important and any given moment.
I am a strong believer in self-care, it is the foundation of each one of my ventures. Without taking the time to care for yourself, you won’t be able to be the best version of yourself for the other facets in your life.
Personally, convenience, especially with anything related to appearance is a gamechanger. Our semi-permanent makeup treatments is something that all of my working mom clientele, including myself, have appreciated. They wake up confident, feeling ready to go, without needing to spend additional time to apply ‘natural looking’ makeup. I would recommend these treatments to any working mother!