I just got back from working my first international trip – Amsterdam! I was rather intimidated by the international service – there’s a lot more that goes into it compared to domestic service. But I had a blast working the flights. I had a great crew that helped me with the details and flow of service. We had a nice layover, and even though it was near freezing, I ventured out into the city for a few hours.
And I must say that I am in love with Amsterdam! I wish I could’ve spent more time there, but I know that I’ll be back soon enough.
One of the canals
The Christmas Market – got some delicious croissants and cannoli here! All of the food smelled SO GOOD!
I have finished my first week on the line as a flight attendant. And it is every bit as fast-paced and ever-changing as I thought it would be! Even through the crazy delays, I enjoyed all of it. Here are some highlights of my first week and what I learned on the line:
1. Boarding is the most difficult part of a flight attendant’s job (any irregular operations and emergencies aside). Teamwork and communication are paramount during boarding. Trying to get as many bags in the overhead bins in a timely manner is a great puzzle to solve.
2. Packing light is a must. I’m still figuring out how to pack efficiently for a three-day trip. I’m sure I’ll get it soon.
3. Turbulence doesn’t scare me much anymore. It used to before this job. Now my first thought is, “Should we continue with the beverage service?!”
4. I miss wearing my hair down – something that I didn’t do often until I had to have it up.
5. Drinking a lot of water while in flight is very important. I didn’t realize just how thirsty I’d get at 30,000 feet. Definitely bringing my Nalgene on my next trip!
6. Smile through delays and bad weather. The last leg of my second trip was hit with bad weather and major delays. My crew and I gave the passengers all the information that we had and updated them often. In those situations, when people are stressing out about making connections, it’s so important to maintain a cool head and warm heart. To be honest, I wasn’t worried or flustered at all during these conditions. With this job comes the knowledge and acceptance that things can change at a moment’s notice and quick adaptation is necessary.
7. I have perfected the art of pouring a Diet Coke in flight. Diet Cokes, for some reason, fizz A LOT at 30,000 ft and it takes forever to settle. Through trial and error, I’ve figured out a way to pour it without it fizzing up a lot. Believe me, this is a skill necessary for an efficient beverage service!
I’ve seen some beautiful cities and met some great people on my trips so far – looking forward to seeing more cities and meeting more people in the near future
A year ago, if you’d told me that I’d be where I am today, I would’ve laughed in your face.
A year ago, I was working two jobs and getting ready to take on a third. As trying as those times were, I am thankful that they prepared me for the road ahead. I am done with FA training and have a few days off before the adventure begins! Training is easily one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’ve never felt so mentally challenged and intellectually exhausted! It makes all the crazy theatre projects that I did in college look like a breeze! Honestly, I’m thankful for the challenge. Being challenged is a good reminder that we can do more than we think we can.
At the end of training, I was reminded of how people were cheering me on and encouraging me. And I’m thankful for every single one of those people. But I know that first and foremost, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for God. He ordered my steps, led me to this career, and stayed with me throughout training. I couldn’t have done any of this without Him. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
I look forward to seeing where this new career and lifestyle takes me and my husband. I can’t wait to meet new people, see new places, and have new experiences.
Here’s to the skies!
Daily Prompt: Seven Words
Everyone has a breaking point.
I reached mine a few days ago.
I know these things, among many, about myself:
- I am way too hard on myself.
- Naturally, I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
- I should value sleep a little more.
- I am an all-or-nothing type of person.
After weeks of going to bed late, getting up early, studying my brains out, and being loaded with new information on the daily, everything caught up with me. I started having mini panic attacks, which typically don’t give any warning before they strike. I became ridiculously self-aware and socially withdrawn, which is not like me at all. Practically everyone around me was telling me to chill out, slow down, and rest. And I finally listened to them. Stress had taken its toll on me and I needed to take time for myself.
This weekend, as short as it has been, was necessary. I needed physical rest – I forgot how amazing it feels to get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. I needed mental and emotional recovery – I had stressed myself out over so many things that I’d lost my focus.
Now that I’m well rested and refocused, I’m ready to tackle the last couple of weeks of FA training. Among the many things that I’ve learned throughout this experience, I’ve learned that sometimes, you cannot put everything and everyone else before you. You have to take time for yourself and rest.
Long time, no blog.
Currently in the midst of FA training and loving it! It’s challenging me in new ways and I couldn’t be happier. This may sound strange, but I enjoy getting out of my comfort zone. It forces me to experience new things and find out what I’m really made of.
I’m so thankful for my training class. There are so many different personalities that make up my class…and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I already know that I’m making lifelong friendships through this training.
There have been a few days that were rough for me. Not so much academically, but mentally. Sometimes, my insecurities get the best of me and I start believing things that aren’t true. Thankfully, I’ve got that great support group of fellow trainees that helped to raise my spirits and bring me out of my funk, even when they didn’t know what was going on. I just love the camaraderie in my class.
It’s so unbelievable that I can the chance to live out my dream of traveling. Every day, even when I’m about to face a big test, I remind myself how lucky I am to be where I am. All thanks to the Almighty.
Here’s to the relentless pursuit of your dreams,
Things are rarely dull in my life. There’s always something going on. And I like it that way.
This includes my career path, as of late.
In a very unexpected, yet equally exciting turn of events, I have been hired as a flight attendant! It’s crazy because I applied months ago and didn’t really hear anything until recently. After the interview, I was hired on the spot and was completely blown away!
I start training in two weeks and I cannot wait! I’ve heard that flight attendant training is intense, but I’m definitely up for the challenge. In the meantime, I will be memorizing airport codes and cabin crew lingo
I’m glad that I have a job that will take me around the world and introduce me to interesting people.
Here’s to the skies!