Dreams

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Stillness + Movement

“Well, I’ve never seen that happen before, but with your ankle, anything is possible,” Dr. Z said as she shrugged. Dr. Z was the orthopedic specialist that I was assigned to back in April when my ankle snapped during a kiteboarding accident one Monday afternoon. For some reason, over the course of recovery, my ankle […]

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From Desk Job To Dream Job: How Setbacks, risk taking, & hard work landed a dream flight attendant Career

Editor’s Note— Sara is one of the most inspiring and strong women I know. I wouldn’t say that we instantly became friends, but I did feel an instant bond with as her story began to slowly unfold as I worked the ground and she would come into stock her plane and fly here and there. […]

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Happy [With Or Without You]

The hurt reminiscent of a break-up claws deep within me; begging for an avenue of escape. Words— which I so often use to break sadness, clear confusion, or portray hope and happiness—feel grossly beyond reach. I pray to write something, anything, that will classify the mistakes, clarify the moments, and quantify the meaning that he […]

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Dream Job

Currently, I find myself sitting at a beach bar— in a place where white sand meets turquoise waters. People flock to this Spanish town; enveloped by the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. It’s a city that finds its direction and domination from the wind. Being a female kitesurfer […]

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Making The Decision To Fly

Recently, I’ve come to understand something I didn’t really, completely “get” before. It’s this realization that it’s really hard to “become a flight attendant,” but not for the reasons you might think. Where the challenge lies is that it is difficult— and sometimes impossible— to make an utter life switch and total 180 degrees into […]

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What To Do After “Flight Attendant Life:” Interview with former flight attendants

It’s easy to think that a flight attendant’s life will end (at least all of the best adventures) if they choose to leave flying. But, what if there was more beyond, above, and before you, if you honor the nagging of “other things you want to do?” From France to Australia, California to Missouri, former […]

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Maybe It’s NOT Because You Are A Flight Attendant…

Sybil, the woman who I rent a room from and the one who has become a second Mom, was explaining something about the kitchen the other day. “Do you know how to do this?” she inquired. I shrugged, nonchalantly and responded with an uninterested, “Yeah.” She started laughing, knowing that I wasn’t exactly being truthful. […]

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An Extraordinary New Year’s Eve Over Antarctica: One Cabin Crew’s Story

Nothing about this day would be anything less than extraordinary. As we 17 cabin crew strode in a pack the evening of December 31, we heard the upbeat musical patter of a six-piece jazz band and saw 300 VIPs mingling with 6-foot tall penguins. A 747-jumbo jet was being stocked in Melbourne, Australia with chilled […]

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“No Middle Runway:” Why A Career As A Flight Attendant Is A Bad Idea If You Only ‘Kinda Like It’

  It seems to be a divided road, or maybe I should say; ‘runway.’ Either people— observing us as flight attendants— wonder how in the world we can do this crazy job, or they observe us with wonder, secretly hoping to land a career as cabin crew. I think it’s rare for someone to think […]

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My “Big Break:” How Life Can Drastically Change In A Matter Of Seconds

I looked down at my foot— snugly cornered between the neoprene velcro-strap and the board. Oddly, time slowed as I watched myself hit the water; a movement that violently snapped my ankle in an unnatural 90 degree angle. Later, the urgent care nurses, doctors, and x-ray techs would ask if I heard the bone snap. I […]

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