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The Opportunity of a Lifetime

April 9, 2013, exactly one year ago today, I was in Phoenix, Arizona, interviewing to become a flight attendant for a major airline. It was one of the most exciting days of my life…
It’s 4am when my alarm goes off. When I was working at the bank, the buzzing was always such a dreadful sound…& my mornings would typically consist of a long battle with the snooze button, but not today. Today, I’m excited…before I can even think about hitting that snooze, I jump outta bed & say, “This is it! This is my life. I am a flight attendant. I wake up before the sun comes up, because I have a plane to catch!”
*I learned this technique of “living into the future,” from my work with the Landmark.
I get ready & dress myself in a skirt, a nice fitted peplum blazer (camisole underneath) & some black pumps…I am a flight attendant, after all. ūüėČ I already have my (carry-on sized) bag packed with all the required items, so, I grab it, and I’m out the door. I’m driving to the airport now…just a typical day for this flight attendant.
I walk through the terminal, looking around at all my fellow airline crew members. When I go through security, I use my passport for ID, because I’m an International Flight Attendant! I board the plane, and I’m off…just another day at work.

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I took this picture in-flight on my way from San Diego to Phoenix & posted it on Instagram exactly one year ago today. This is now “the view from my office!”

When I arrive in Phoenix, a shuttle picks us (other recruits) up from the airport to take us to the interview site. It’s a day full of assessments, activities & interviews. We work in groups, one-on-one & there’s even some down time. After about 8 hours of proving ourselves, and, of course, getting to know each other, the ones who make the final cut are surrounded by crew members, as they welcome us to the airline.
It’s one of the greatest moments in my life! The room bursts into a celebration of screaming, jumping up & down, and even tears of joy…it’s a beautiful moment. The recruiters ask one favor of us, and one favor only, “Please, always remember how excited you are in this moment and take that with you everyday to work.”
After flying for almost 10 months, & one year after my interview date, I know how fortunate I am to be in this position & to live this amazing life. People say that the sky is the limit…and I get to touch the sky as part of my job! ūüôā

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This is my photo on my crew badge (my ID for work) they took this after we signed our HR paperwork…you can see how happy I was…& how happy I still am…

I’m posting this from San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s a beautiful day. I swam in the ocean & danced in the rain. I’m here with a great friend (fellow flight attendant & crew member) & making new ones. I love my life & I love what I do for a living…!

How I made London happen

March 1, 2014: I woke up today knowing that it was going to be a great day. I was assigned airport duty, where I report to work, in uniform, with luggage, prepared to be sent on any trip, if needed. It’s kind of crazy & very exciting at the same time. You just have to be prepared for anything & everything, because you never know where you might end up. There are different time slots to select from. I chose the latest time slot, because I know international flights leave late & I had a good feeling that I’d be sent across the pond.
So, I’m packing my bags & I’m just signing and dancing & being merry. I’m playing some of my favorite music. I start with Chase the Clouds Away by Evidence. The song repeatedly says “I feel happy.” Starting my day with this song is almost a ritual of mine…it really sets the tone for a great day.
I’m preparing for all kinds of weather & filling my suitcase with everything from my bikini to my wool coat. As I’m packing, I’m so mindful of the act & completely in the moment. I know that I’m going on a trip tonight & I’m just so excited.
I give myself plenty if time to get ready for work. I’ve cleaned my room, showered, my hair & make up are done & I’m wearing my formal uniform. The soundtrack for this scene is The Very Best of The Doors *Side note: I’ve always thought that I should have been around in those days, burning my bra, hanging out on Haight & Ashbury, going to Woodstock, and married to Jim Morrison.
Ok, so, It’s time for me to go & I make my way to my bus stop. For the walk, Lady Gaga‘s upbeat Artpop album is appropriate for my mood. “Put some lipstick on, perfume your neck & slip your high heels on…!” It’s hard to contain myself from busting into song on the bus. I’m just smiling at everyone & in a state if pure bliss. I check Facebook and see so much good news…my friends & family all seem to be having a great day, as well. Them being happy makes me happy. A woman on the bus gets my attention. She tells me that she often sees me on the same route & that I always look so happy. She says that she always wanted to be a flight attendant, I encourage her to apply…(it’s never too late)! She’s says she’ll think about it. We’re having a wonderful conversation & she tells me that she knows I’m on the right path & that I’m doing things right in life. Amen!
As I’m walking through the terminal, Lady Gaga is back on & she is boosting my confidence. Up ahead, walking towards me are friends, Devon (fellow Little Monster) & Kalani (who is also my roommate). I sashay over to say hi & we chat for a second. They are just adding to my great mood. They’re on their way out from sitting airport duty…& I have to cut our visit short so I can check in.
My other flight attendant friend, Doug, is in the crew room waiting for me when I arrive. Doug loves to keep me on point & is always encouraging me to take my time & always look my best. I have his approval today. Our shift is scheduled from 8pm to 12am. We’re both set on getting a trip tonight. Doug immediately shares with me that there’s a London trip that might open up. I’m third in seniority out of the four of us sitting airport duty. I’d need the 2 gals ahead of me to “pass” in order for me to go.
Not even 5 minutes into my shift, the phone rings. It’s scheduling. The 2 girls before me decided to pass… I’m going to London!

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