Challenges

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Stretch: Is there such a thing as ‘too much’ flying?

I curl up in my bed at my parent’s farmhouse and wrap my arms tightly around my body; ducking my head between my shoulders as if shielding an incoming attack. “Going back to bed?” my dad asks in a tone of slight amusement as he walks into the space to tell me goodbye. I’m leaving […]

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Staying sane when a flight attendant schedule means ‘no schedule.’

It was 6am, in whatever mid-western city I happened to wake up in that morning. My phone brightly blinked awake as an incoming text vibrated an announcement. “Do you have an India Visa?” The words strung together on the screen as the most exciting and unexpected interruption I could have NEVER imagined to happen that […]

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5 significant differences between a corporate and commercial flight attendant job

Many don’t even know that corporate flight attendants exist— let alone understand what these gypsy jet-setters actually must do at work. A little more recognized is the job and lifestyle of a commercial flight attendant, and yet, it seems that the perceived glamour of the career outshines the reality. I am not the overall expert […]

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The Introverted Flight Attendant in an Extroverted Sky: When TOO many people are in TOO much of your time

I find myself drained, reclusive, and wanting to ‘disappear’ from the world. I spend hours hiding in my room in the beautiful 4-bedroom ocean-view home where I rent a room. I’ve lived here for so long that the woman who owns the house, Sybil, knows how I crave (and need) to be alone. Most probably […]

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Don’t Date Pilots

I only titled this piece as such, because I thought you would read it if I told you not to date pilots. Really, this blog is called “Love + A Box Of Crackerjacks.” I hope you read it anyway. —Kara “Darling, you’re like the prize in a box of crackerjacks. You’re why we buy crackerjacks […]

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Community: Finding your ‘tribe’ as a commercial flight attendant

Thank God for my flight attendant friends. They’re why this job is bearable sometimes. For those who are reading this and thinking: “If you aren’t passionate about it, you should find a new job.” I’m going to stop you right there. Thank you for your opinion but walk a few miles in my heels— up […]

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Southwest Airlines didn’t hire me as a Flight Attendant, but then this happened

A long overdue ‘Thank You’ to Southwest Airlines for NOT hiring me at the Flight Attendant interview I owe Southwest Airlines a long overdue ‘Thank you.’ I need to thank that company for completely changing my life trajectory, direction, and flight path. What is considered the ‘Best Airline,’ with the happiest employees and most LUVing crews […]

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Corporate Flight Attendant Life Updates: MIA (literally) and my life flying on private jets

I don’t know how to explain what has been happening in my career and life during the past year; let alone this past month. The ‘unbelievableness’ started with being thrown onto a private A320. That culminated in a first visit to Ireland, weeks in Spain, days in Copenhagen, and then back again to LaLa Land, […]

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The Norwegian Airlines That I Knew

My former airline is hiring extensively and aggressively. The growth is amazing and the opportunity— from both a travel perspective and employment perspective— is wonderful. Subsequently, there is increased interest over what the airline is like to work for; inquiries about pay and overall curiosity regarding the company. Although, I have never mentioned the company […]

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Stillness + Movement

a�?Well, Ia��ve never seen that happen before, but with your ankle, anything is possible,a�? 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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