For those that have kept asking, or for those that have been on the edge of their seats wondering, or for those that simply do not care who I am flying forA�after quitting my job,A�I am about to tell you. A�The day has finally arrived. A�I am here to spill the secret- announce my new airline, show off the fancy new uniform, and unveil the adventures. A�This is the post that should include a drumroll. A�Maybe even a live band, and some dancing. A�Because dancing is always good.
Oh wait! A�There IS dancing!
So, if you haven’t figured it out….
I’m FLYING FOR NORWEGIAN AIR INTERNATIONAL!!!!!!!!A�(and all of those exclamation points are absolutely necessary).
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I remember being asked this summer, by the besties,A�what airline I would want to fly for besides the carrier that I was with at the time. A�The girls rattled off fancy airlines, and when I came to my turn, I shrugged. A�I didn’t feel like my life was lacking because I was withA�a small, domestic airline,A�one that we always joked about behind its back. A�”Delay Is Our Deal” we would say, and oh yes, “regular water?” If byA�regular, you meanA�FREE,A�then absolutely not. A�Ice, and smiles are included with your seat that doesn’t recline, and that’s it. A�And please. A�Don’t act entitled, because I know you only paid $49 for your ticket. A�(I just made myself sound like jaded stew. Really, I promise that I’m not). A�After saying all of that, honestly, I was very happy working for that airline, bad jokes, bad days, and all. A�I lived the life I wanted,A�traveling to where I wanted,A�and creating new experiences. A�Always live the life philosophy that no matter what environment you find yourself in, enjoyable or otherwise, YOU CREATE who you are, and who you want to become.A�
I said then, that if I go anywhere, I want to fly for a European carrier. A�That’s it. A�But I knew, this would never be. A�I’m American. A�I only speak English. A�I will never be a Lufthansa, or Iceland Air beauty. A�But, as life always seems to happen when you are making other plans,A�I was made aware, by OSM Aviation, that Norwegian Long Haul (now Norwegian Air International) was looking for Cabin Crew Members to fly on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A�I was also informed that if employed, I would be fashionably fitted in a fancy flight attendant uniform.
Red gloves. A hat. And a cape included. A� I’m sorry. A�I’m not sure you heard me correctly. A�I really did say a cape.
In a lot of ways, saying that I made the switch for the uniform, or the blog, both of which hold truth, cannot exactly equally compare to the realist that argues, “Kara, you aren’t 23 anymore.” A�“I thought you said that you wanted to settle.” A�”When are you going to settle?” A�You took a huge pay cut, going from being the 5th to choose a schedule, to no choice, working for a company that has stirred up controversy” A�Why? A�Why would you do this?
Because this is where I am meant to be.
When you know who you are, and you know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter what controversy is stirred, and what is said. A�You are confident, and secure in your decisions.
Maybe you are looking for better, more sound reasoning than “I did this for the blog,” but deep to my core, I weighed my options, thought this through, and made a big girl decision to change my life, taking the dream that I never actually expected to have the opportunity to live, and accept it. A�It is true that I had a pretty good set-up- a really good set-up at my previous airline, especially during my last two months. A�I was making almost three times what I will make now, and I had been cast to work on a TV show, a gig that I would still have right now if I didn’t quit. A�I lost all of my free travel benefits. A�(Ruh Roh to that).
TV Show fun
But, I told myself once, and I tell myself often, don’t ever let yourself become too comfortable, and stay because it’s simple, easy, and known. A�I haven’t been rich since I started flying, and with flying, I probably never will be. A�That is simply the reality. A�And as my car breaks again, and I send freelance pitch, after freelance pitch unanswered, I struggle, wondering how this will work, but knowing, that it will be ok. A�It will be more than ok. A�I will make this job as cabin crew, a position that I am so excited about, work. A�I will make the blog, the website that is going through so many changes, work. A�I will write my book, see my TV show idea purchased, and get that pilot’s license. A�One of my strong beliefs is that money cannot be compared to experience, and opportunity cannot always be monetized. A�As much as the “smart choice” could have been Delta, or Alaska, or American, I am thrilled with Norwegian, because I am about adventure, and this will be an adventure. A�I wasn’t meant to be anywhere else for now. A�At Norwegian, I fit. A�I love start-ups, and that’s Norwegian. A�I love when people follow unconventional routes, and chart new paths. A�That’s Norwegian. A�I love new experiences. A�This is a vibrant company, full of life. A�It’s a place that will encourage ideas, growth, and leadership. A�It’s the perfect mix of professional, and fun.
I’ve thought, and cried so many times over why I would leave my Hawaii life, for Florida, faced with that move as the biggest mistake, but I would have never accepted the offer to join Norwegian Air International if I hadn’t already been a Ft Lauderdale based flight attendant. A�Trust that life unfolds at the pace that it’s supposed to, and know that you are always a player in that. A�Seneca said that luck happens when preparation meets opportunity, and I believe that statement to be truth. A�You get what you want in life by working hard, and preparing yourself. A�I feel so lucky for where life has brought me, and what is in store for me, and I don’t feel like it’s always deserved, but I do know that it’s taken years for me to be prepared. A�I wouldn’t have been ready for the responsibilities at Norwegian had I not had the foundation of my previous employer. A�I would not have been ready for the TV show had I not spentA�all of my time traveling the world. A�
When you finally are ready, and are able to handle the responsibility that comes along with dreams becoming reality, they become. A�
Come fly with me soon. A�I’m looking forward to it, and maybe by then, I’ll know a few more Norwegian words than just the fruits and vegetables at the grocery store.
Happy to have a badge again…
Even if the photo is appalling…
DISCLAIMER and INFO:
Please check OSM Aviation for updates on available Cabin Crew Positions as Norwegian Air International expands. A�Book your flights (and fly with me) for summer vacation travel, by visiting Norwegian Long Haul. A�Thanks to OSM Aviation for some of the photos, and videos in this blog. A�All thoughts, and perspectives stated in this post are solely that of ‘TheA�Flight Attendant Life’A�and not endorsed by any airline, or company.