A year with wings

A year ago today, after five intense weeks, I graduated from in-flight training at a major US Airline and started a new career as a flight attendant. I got my wings and I was certified to fly. The world was at my feet.
After the ceremony, I had a brief moment to hug & kiss my family before catching a flight across the country, to report for duty. That’s right, no time to go back home & pack… just off to my new home on the east coast. I remember being nervous and even a little scared… I kind of felt like a cat hanging on a screen door. I had no idea what was ahead of me…
After a year of learning a whole new industry, living in a new city, having roommates, being on a tight budget, and experiencing my first ever (very brutal) winter, I’m proud of how far I’ve come!
I can appreciate all kinds of weather and I’m no longer afraid of storms. I enjoy rain, lightning brightening up the sky & the sound of booming thunder. I think snow is beautiful (for the most part).
I can easily make friends with strangers and find something fun to do in any city. I’m almost a pro at getting around on public transportation. I’m ok with exploring new places alone and I am able to find beauty in so many more places and with so many more people than ever before.
It’s been a wild turbulent ride and I’m seriously having the time of my life! I’ve played (& been paid to play) in seven different countries, and countless amazing cities…I’ve eaten the most delicious foods & I have met the most amazing people. I am so grateful and so excited for what’s up ahead!

20140619-222809-80889118.jpgGraduation Day

20140620-045704-17824704.jpgCharlotte

20140619-223249-81169803.jpgWashington DC

20140619-223311-81191910.jpgPhiladelphia

20140619-223505-81305905.jpgNewYork

20140619-223544-81344585.jpgParis

20140619-223607-81367669.jpgPuerto Rico

20140619-223636-81396929.jpgPhoenix

20140619-223711-81431408.jpgMiami

20140619-223724-81444718.jpgNew Orleans

20140619-223816-81496684.jpgBoston

20140619-224317-81797637.jpgCabo San Lucas

20140619-223946-81586491.jpgLas Vegas

20140619-224026-81626929.jpgMy first snow storm in Philadelphia

20140619-224059-81659627.jpgLos Angeles

20140619-224118-81678380.jpgAmsterdam

20140619-224206-81726331.jpgLondon

20140620-044913-17353675.jpgChicago

20140619-224606-81966899.jpgMadrid

20140619-225546-82546364.jpgBarcelona

20140619-225143-82303388.jpgTwin Cities

20140619-225209-82329583.jpgFrankfurt

20140619-225232-82352696.jpgRome

20140619-224545-81945238.jpgSan Diego

A year ago, I would have never pictured my life the way it is now. Here’s to many more…

Special thanks to my family & friends for your continued love and support. I know it hasn’t been the easiest year for any of us. I miss you all very much. Thank you for encouraging me & for always understanding when I can’t be around. Thank you for believing in me and for reminding me of what I am capable of. I love you.
To my crew (fellow flight attendants): you guys have made this last year so much fun. Thanks for turning my tears into laughter. It’s an honor flying with all you hippie, gypsy, free spirits…here’s to many more years of wanderlust!

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4 thoughts on “A year with wings

  1. Your post gave me goosebumps! Haha i know that sounds weird, but I am just a few days from finishing my FA training and I imagine my life will be like yours. i am so excited! Eiffel tower selfie!

    • Thanks for the comment, Jocelyn. Congratulations & welcome to the family! You gave me goosebumps…so excited for you! You have no idea how amazing your adventure is about to be…enjoy the ride, friend. I’ll keep an eye out for that Paris cèlfie 😉

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