“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” a��Zig Ziglar
“Oka�� I don’t really know how to tell what type of Gulfstream is what…” My words trailed away slightly, hinting to myA�slight embarrassment that I didn’t know the names of the jets that surrounded me. The pilota�� who was my connection and the reason I was given a chance to be around these jetsa�� smiled. “Well, some of these are kind of hard to tell apart. See this one? Notice how many windows it has?” We walked around the ramp, me with a vacuum in hand, as he continued to explain what type of bird was called what while I listened to his descriptions of these million dollar aircrafts. It made me happy being around these jets. It made me happy being in Southern California again.
There are a few reasons why I haven’t really commented on what I am doing right now, one of those being that I haven’t really had any additional time. I wake up up between 4am and 5am, so that I can miss the LA traffic (that bitch is a real thing. let me tell you) on the 22 mile drive from my beach living to the airport. I get to the gym between 530am and 6am; lift weights, shower, get ready, and then drive 7 more minutes to work.” I’m living a type of routine that’s an unfamiliar respite to whatA�I’ve always known inA�flight attendant life.A�I’m grounded. I’m technically in a 9 to 5. And oddly, I kind of love it. It’s an adventure to me right now.
And really, there’s something about being home.
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There’s also something humbling about starting at the bottom. In some ways, I feel embarrassed, but in more ways, I feel incredibly gratefula�� which is another reason why I haven’t explained this chapter of my life yet. How do I explain what feels like the biggest gift and most amazing opportunity that I’ve had in awhile? That’s saying a lot too when I have just returned from an all expenses paid blogging trip to Israel. My life is full of amazing opportunity and I can’t thank everyonea�� God, the friends who have encouraged me, and the people who believe in mea�� enough. And for you personally; the many readers who find this space of stories. THANK YOU! I see your comments and read your emails. There have been many times that I have screen-shoted your words of hopeful support, so that I can look back during a down moment and find hope myself. I’m not in a down moment, though. I’m in a space of hard work and learning. I feel like I’m in a space of finding my sparkle again.
I wouldn’t say what I’m doing right now is my dream exactly, but I can see how it’s leading to my dream. Zig Ziglar said,A�”There are no elevators to success. You have to take the stairs.”A�Sometimes we want to achieve really big things in our lives, but we aren’t willing to begin anywhere. We aren’t willing to spend two months inA�commercial flight attendant training. We aren’t willing to spend $4000 onA�private flight attendant training. We aren’t willing to start at $15 an hour; wash dishes and wipe down dusty hangars.A�If you aren’t willing to put in the work, you’ll never truly appreciate the gift when it does arrive.
I can’t even believe how exciting everyday is to me, because it’s really not that glamorous right now. It’s a very autonomous position, where one needs to be aware of what needs to be done and self-motivated to do it. I really like that, though. It’s not likeA�The AirlineA�that always tells you what to do and you kind of need to be a cookie-cutter character. Here, I see creativity, hard-work, teamwork, and self-direction encouraged and supported. Yes, there’s always a right way to do things or a way that has worked for someone else, but you are allowed to grow into your version of a successful professional cabin attendant. The people are kind and some of the most experienced aviation professionals I have ever seen. An environment of learning like thata�� PRICELESS.
There’s more I can go on with and more I can say, but I need to go clock-in soon. I just want you to know this:
It’s not easy starting over. It’s humbling beginning at the bottom. It’s different being the “new girl.”A�BUT, it’s worth it.A�So worth it! Do it for yourself. Do something that makes you feel like it’s “really worth it.”A�I can see how my path is now building for my future and because of that, I can put up with hours of LA traffic. I can handle the early mornings and late nights. I can even love the very routine and grounded existence, because it’s worth it. I want you to know that if you are facing a tough decision about where to go and what to do next, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!! And then do whatever it takes to create a life of your dreams.
a�?You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.a�?a�� Roman Payne