A Few Things I Can’t Travel Without

Flight Attendant Thoughts

As a flight attendant I live out of a suitcase which means not a lot of space and mini everything.

I thought I would share a few products I have come to love that I couldn’t live without and how I incorporate them into my nomadic lifestyle.

1. MONAT Renew Shampoo

I never struggled with dandruff until I started flying. I know I don’t drink enough water but nothing seemed to help until a friend turned me on to this amazing shampoo. My hair has never been more hydrated or shiny. I went from being self conscious to constantly getting compliments. Never going back!

2. Rodan+Fields Microdermabrasion Paste & Unblemished Sulfur Face Wash

I struggle with adult acne and long days wearing makeup don’t do my face justice. I use R+F’s Unblemish regimen daily but incorporating these two products a few times a week he changed my skin. First I use the paste for about a minute on my face and then I follow it with a 15 minute sulfur mask. Bye bye clogged pores and stubborn blackheads!

3. Sephora Collection Classic Double Ended Brushes

It is so annoying having a million different makeup brushes cluttering my bag. Discovering these brushes has saved so much room and helps speed up the makeup process.

4. Hydration: Sunday Riley Brightening Enzyme Water Cream and R+F Active Hydration Serum

I use the Brightening Enzyme Water Cream on my face prior to my foundation and it makes me feel so refreshed. I have never found a moisturizer I like because I tend to break out but Sunday Riley is amazing. I use the active hydration serum on my hands with any lotion twice a day and my cracking hands transform into soft ones within a few uses. I never knew how dehydrating flying could be, combined with a Chicago winter I am experiencing a whole new meaning to dry!

4. Travel Containers (Target)

For the longest time i couldn’t figure out a good system to bring my full size products with me in a compact way. I finally discovered these travel size containers that I can put shampoo, face wash, and face or hair paste in. Game changers!

That’s about it for my GO-TO products! Let me know if you have any suggestions or questions!

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What I Ate In China!

Around the World, Travel

I recently worked my first flight to Beijing, China. My crew was great but I was so jet-lagged that i slept most of my layover..Oops!

However, I did venture out for a few hour to explore and eat. Mostly eat!

Actually, before leaving my hotel I ordered room service for breakfast/lunch. I decided to try a Chinese breakfast called Congee and no lie it has become one of my favorite meals. I really enjoyed the vegetarian mushroom congee with some kind of pickled vegetables. I couldn’t get enough! So I ordered congee the next morning as well!

Once I made it out of my hotel my first stop was Starbucks for a mocha latte at an underground mall. It was amazing but thanks to the cold outdoor temperatures it didn’t stay warm long..

Next stop was STREET FOOD! As most people know I am an adventurous eater and now have health issues that severely limit my diet, which is extremely frustrating. Well I couldn’t help myself so I first bought a stick of freshly fried crickets and then a stick of mystery meat (I assumed was chicken). The crickets were great, I would eat them again and highly recommend them. The meat was chewy and after talking to a friend who has lived in China we became a little concerned over what animal I may have eaten…Still praying it wasn’t rat..

Next I stopped for candied fruit! I had been told to try this by a stranger on a plane one day so I was really excited and pleasantly surprised. It was a sweet crunchy taste with all kinds of fruit. I would definitely recommend anyone visiting to try it out!

Still a little hungry I grabbed what I believe was squid on a stick and that was great as well! My friend thought it was chicken feet at first but I am fairly certain that it was squid… Overall I would give China a thumbs up when it comes to exotic food! I’m not one to shy away so if anyone has recommendations or stories I would love to hear! Happy Hump Day!!

A few funny moments:

1. Escalators are on the opposite side sometimes. I kept walking up to the wrong escalators. It was a bit embarrassing!

2. Two Chinese girls randomly asked me if they could take a picture with me. Not sure why?

3. People are not afraid to push and shove. I was walking slow due to the foot traffic and i was getting bumped and pushed even though there was nowhere to go.

Farewell to the Queen of the Skies (aka B747)

Domestic Diva

Have I mentioned I have the best job in the world?! Well I do and for anyone who doesn’t give a crap about a dang airplane this post is actually a big deal!! United recently flew the final Boeing 747 aircraft flight and it was a retro throwback flight from San Francisco to Honolulu! What I would have done to have a seat on that flight!


I May not have made it on the final historic flight but I did get the chance to fly on one of the final farewell flights in LAX. Okay so I have to go back a few weeks to when I received an email (along with every United employee in every department) to enter into a raffle to fly on one of the last United 747 flights before they were retired. I’m not sure exactly how many people that email was sent to but i know here is over 20,000 flight attendants alone so let’s just say ALOT.

I never expected to receive an email saying I was a winner, but I did!


So the only thing I knew going into this flight was that it was taking off at LAX and landing in LAX. Basically the 747 was stopping at every United base for a final flight allowing employees to say goodbye.

I also didn’t know anyone else who was selected and for convenience had applied for LAX instead of where I am actually based in ORD.

I know everyone thinks I am friendly and outgoing but I am also introverted so when I walked up to a gate of 200 employees who seemed to be best friends I was awkward and uncomfortable. Who wouldn’t?

Luckily I spotted another newbie looking lost and we became partners in crime for the next few hours. Both of us were searching for a familiar face and were happy to find another lucky new hire in the crowd of senior employees. We are pretty sure we were the two most junior people on the whole flight.


Anyways, Danika and I boarded, found seats next to each other, and made friends with people from all departments of this amazing company. We received gift bags, lunch sacks, and champagne and when that ran out any other liquor available.

We were able to explore the plane from hanging out in upper crew rest to the chatting with the pilots in the upstairs flight deck. I will forever be bummed that I never got the chance to work the queen of the skies but this was an experience I will always cherish.

I hope you enjoy the pictures! We had an absolute blast saying goodbye to such an incredible plane. I am sad I was never able to work the queen of the skies but I am so blessed and thankful that I was chosen to be a part of this Farewell Flight!

Let me know if you have any memories about a 747 aircraft!

More Summer Reads!

Flight Attendant Thoughts

So two big things happened recently  related to reading! First I was finally convinced to invest in a Kindle Paperwhite. I love paperback books and turning pages as I go but I am hoping to save money and have a more convenient travel experience with my new kindle! Second, I discovered Book of the Month and just love the idea! They pick books every month and you choose from their selection which books you want sent to you! So now I at least get 1 paperback a month! And my first book was free! I have the link below if you want to check it out! Just click on Book of the Month

Here is what I’ve been reading the past two months. I haven’t had the best of luck not gunna lie….:

Reached by Ally Condie: I finally finished up this series. It’s a futuristic society that is similar to 1984 with a love triangle. The first two books were great but Reached was a little harder to follow. Still would recommend it! Matched is book one! 


13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher: I read this book back in high school and loved the Netflix series. I think it is so important for younger generations specifically high school age to understand the effect of bullying and to have compassion on each other. (I understand the suicide issue is controversial but for those who can handle the topic it is a great lesson.) The book is solely from Clay’s perspective and takes place in one night. I would definitely recommend this book! 


Left Behind by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins: Best book I read this month! I am waiting for my kindle to arrive to continue the rest of the series. Even if you aren’t religious it is still an interesting end of the word series. Totally recommend and can’t wait to keep reading! 


The Husbands Secret by Laine Moriarty: This book had me hooked from the beginning, it slowed down a little 2/3 of the way through but the end is an emotional roller coaster. I would definitely recommend it but I did enjoy Big Little Lies a little more. 

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips: So I would not recommend this book. From the reviews I have read it seems like mothers are able to relate and enjoy this book in a way I couldn’t. The protagonist has sporadic thoughts the whole book unrelated to the situation and the antagonist is never explained enough to make any sense. I just didn’t feel like there was a point to the book, I kept reading for something and it never came. 

The Worriers Guide to the End of the World by Torre Deroche: I recently joined a Facebook groups for girls around the world who love to travel titled, Girls Love Travel, if any females would like to join! I love getting new ideas and a chapter of the group is a book club. Next month this is the book nominated and the author is a part of the group! For anyone who has anxiety about travel this is a great book of how a worrier doesn’t necessarily conquer her fears but pushes through them as she follows a not so ordinary journey. It’s a true story and I loved it!


Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris: I love forgetful passengers! This book is an eye opener when it comes to domestic violence. It is a whole new level of abuse that will make you question relationships. I found it very interesting but very disturbing. I had trouble sleeping one night and was sick to my stomach every time I read. Definitely recommend. (Sorry for the picture it’s the only one I have.)


I’ve been reading some good ones this month so I’m excited for my next post! I am so blessed by my job! The ability to have downtime to read is amazing and I have been able to get back into the habit even if it’s guilty pleasure books! I’m hoping to get into more historical fiction! Always accepting recommendations! 

How We Can Help After Harvey 

Flight Attendant Thoughts

So first I want to update you all with how the donations you sent me were able to help numerous Harvey victims. Thank you so much for your generosity you allowed me to bless others and I am so grateful. This past week and a half started with a tragedy among my friends and ended with Hurricane Harvey. It’s been emotional and I am so grateful to be safe and be able to help in a time when I felt so helpless.


Day 1: August 30, 2017
Over 500 dollars went toward donations to a shelter that opened near my home at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Some of that money went toward amenity kids filled with toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, razor, lotion and a sucker (cause why not have something sweet during the disaster). I was also able to buy several sizes of socks, flip flops, underwear and trash bags along with 3 bags of clothes I had been planning to get rid of but had been to lazy to do anything with (thank you Jesus for my laziness).
After that first drop off I asked what they were in need of and they said perishable food and water. I headed to the nearest grocery store that was not flooded and went to town from sandwich items to bagels, yogurt, string cheese, Capri Sun and a lot of water. See picture below.


I tried to volunteer but in true Texas spirit they had too many volunteers already. How amazing is that! It was actually hard for me to find a shelter that was in need of donations because the community had been so generous already. Crazy right!
Day 2: August 31


This was a special day because Bo and I were able to help a United flight attendant who reached out for support. I’ve never worked with Nate but have met him multiple times while jumpseating on flights he was working. He was hired a few months before me and actually moved from Saipan, an island near Guam, in 2009. He bought a house in Houston in 2015 and ended up moving his family from Saipan last year. After giving up so much to live comfortably in Houston, Harvey struck and filled their home with about 4 feet of water. Since they are outside of the flood zone they are not offered flood insurance. All of this to say Nate is one of the most kind and sincere people and we jumped at the opportunity to help him recover from the storm.


We spent the day with Nate, his family and a random group of selfless United employees who came out to help. As you can see we helped get rid of the water damage throughout the first floor of his house. We also were able to gift him with $650 thanks to all your generosity. Nate is waiting on loans to help repair his home and is also raising money via a go fund me if you click here you can help be a part.
Here’s a message from Nate!


That moment in life where everything you have worked for and everything you own or have is washed away with the blow of a wind and silent moving water. I recently fell victim of Hurricane Harvey in a worse way. I am a flight attendant with a little over 18 months on the line and I truly love the job and the people I work with. Just recently, the true meaning of brothers and sisters of my winged family showed up to what remains of my home with hammers and brooms to help me start to rebuild. The labor of tearing down the house has started yet now I am at the point where I need to start putting money back into what is currently a washed out spot that my home once stood to bring it back to a livable and safe place for me to live. I have recently brought my family to the US from Saipan and normal day to day life is hard, but now I can honestly say the next step is just to far too steep, without the help of friends and family. I am normally not one that ask for pocket change, however, as the water flowed it also took my pride and made me aware that I am at the point that I can’t do this alone and that I need any help that can be spared in this major time of need. Only contribute is if you have the means.”


Nate is in the black shirt second from the right!

Let me tell you, if you are still trying to figure out how you can help, please consider donating toward Nates cause. His family is so sweet and deserving to be blessed and helped in this time of need. I know there is a ton of tragedy and natural disaster at the moment but heres a way to help Houston.

https://www.gofundme.com/techurharveyrelief

Also keep praying for Houston! This is going to be a long process of rebuilding.

Should You Apply to be a Flight Attendant? Let’s Find Out!

Flight Attendant Thoughts

In case you didn’t know, now is an exciting time for airlines! So many airlines are currently hiring pilots and flight attendants which is so exciting! If you follow my Instagram or blog and wonder if you could do this or if it’s a career that intruiges you then keep on reading! Let’s talk about the pro’s and con’s and see if you are a perfect match!


I’m not going to lie. I struggled the first 10 months. It was a difficult adjustment and I wasn’t sure if this was a job I loved enough to stick it out. At around a year it just clicked. I hadn’t been traveling or doing any cool trips but I think I finally got the hang of the job and realized how blessed I am. Yes there are bad days but the pros totally outway the cons for me! Let me know if you have questions! I would love to answer them. I hope I can inspire some people to join me in the skies!

P.S. I am going to add application links to the bottom of this post of airlines who are hiring as of July 2017! 

Do you love to travel? If the answer is yes then you are on the right track. I’ve been flying for a little over a year now and have left the country more than twenty times. Mostly for personal travel. I have gotten to explore states like Omaha and St. Louis on layovers and have visited friends and family from coast to coast any time I have a chunk of days off, which is multiple times a month. (Pictured: Kotor, Montenegro! Probably the most beautiful view I have ever seen!)


Do you want to travel in first class?  Who doesn’t?! I recently returned from Bosnia through Munich in Business class for under 100 dollars. I may not make much money but the perks of flying in first class on international flights is something I never imagined at the age of 24. (When I fly internationally I tend to pick flights I know I can get first class on. Once you upgrade it’s hard to go back!)


Do you want to bring your family and friends on your adventures? Guess what? You totally can! My family has come with me to Munich on a layover and use my benefits to travel the states whenever they want or need to. They can also upgrade to first class and take full advantage of it! Standby can be risky but to anyone who is flexible it is an amazing opportunity. (Pictured: December 25, 2016 I cried half the day as I was missing my first Christmas and spending it alone. The next day I called my dad at 5 am told him to pack his bags and come on my 5 day Munich, Germany layover! My sister also tagged along!)


Do you want a flexible schedule? If you want a Monday-Friday 9-5 job then the airline industry is not for you. But if you want more than 8 days off a month in chunks at a time look no farther. For example this month I have a week off in the beginning of the month which means I can either go home or do a vacation or both! (Pictured: My most recent trip to Plitvice Falls in Bosnia)


Are you tired of everyday looking the same? A benefit of this career is that no Day looks the same. You will change planes, crews, work positions, states, countries, hotels, time zones, etc. No day is ever alike and I love that! I was so over sitting at a desk for 8 hours following up with the same phone calls, chasing paperwork day after day. I now find myself never getting bored and it is awesome!

Are you tired of spending money on office attire? Let’s be real uniforms aren’t great and definitely are not all flattering but it is nice to have consistency without worrying about staying fashionable. Despite a strict uniform policy you still have flexibility when it comes to makeup, heels, hair, skarfs, ties, etc. Good alterations are key to feeling your best! It definitely takes some of the stress and time out of getting ready for work! 


Do you want the ability to take months of work off at a time? We have medical and educational leaves of absences that can be applied for but there are also opportunities every once in a while to take one or multiple months off. My company has given leaves for 1-4 months over the past year. I have actually applied for a month off in September so I can travel! Who can do that?! (Pictured: Sunset above Houston)


Do you like people? Yes? Perfect! No? Me neither! I’m kidding but sometimes I wonder what I got myself into. The reality of this job is that you will be serving hundreds of people daily. Some days are smooth and people are friendly and thankful other days you are getting yelled at and puked on for 14 hours. At the end of the day you get to relax in a free hotel to decompress and remind yourself how amazing this job is. (Pictures is Malmo, Sweden) 


Can you live with missing holidays? This is the hardest part of the job for me. Over the past year I have missed every holiday with my family. We were able to celebrate thanksgiving a week early and my dad and sister came on my Munich layover the day after Christmas but other than that, every holiday has been spent in Texas. The worst part is that I am currently on reserve (on call) and usually don’t get a trip on a holiday. I’ve spent most holidays alone in Houston and despite the extra pay it really does suck. (July 4, 2016 was spent with flight attendants at a Darius Rucker concert. July 4, 2017 was spent alone in Houston with a standby assignment at 8pm. You win some and you lose some.)


Are you flexible? This job requires early mornings flights and redeye turns. You are required to be cell phone available 24/7 on work days. Flights are constantly getting delayed and cancelled. A 6 hour day can become a 14 hour day. You are not always able to control your schedule. You may not get the base you want. Nothing is set in stone and you always have to be prepared for change, both good and bad. Sometimes a delay can cause a misconnect leading to a 30 hour layover and sometimes a quick turn can turn into 14 and a half hours of hell. Even as a flexible person it can be difficult but keeping the big picture in mind I promise you will survive and love what you do. Well I hope at least! (Pictured: Downtown Houston is a really cool city when it’s not 500% humidity in summer)

Are you willing to move? When we got to training our instructors would ask us at least once a week if we were willing to reallocate and everyone would yell out “YES!” When reality hit and almost 50% of the class did not get their first or second choice everyone went into meltdown mode. Some people quit and others pouted for months until they were able to transfer. Not gunna lie despite saying I was willing to move anywhere I wasn’t happy to be placed in Houston but am so glad I was given houston over any other base option. It may not be a forever home but it is centrally located and cheap which is ideal for travel! I promise moving is not the end of the world especially when you can fly for free! (Pictured: Despite moving away I am always able to make it home when it counts whether it’s a wedding, birthday or just a last minute spur of the moment trip! Family and friends learn to adjust to the sporadic schedule!)

Are you looking for a change? I was! I was in between graduating college and a job and knew I needed to travel before settling down. Maybe you are looking to travel for a year and then apply for your dream job or maybe your dream is to be a flight attendant or pilot. I have flown with men who applied for the woman and travel intending to fly for a summer and are still flying 25 years later. There are recent college graduates, recently married or divorced and people who just needed a change of pace. I highly recommend looking into it if you have an incling! I love my job so much and know so many of you would to!

Currently hiring:
United Airlines

American Airlines

 Hawaiian Airlines (I couldn’t find an application but there are interviews in fall in the states!)

Southwest

Not hiring at the moment but here’s the link to check!

Virgin America/Alaska Airlines 

Delta 

JetBlue (Website is too confusing for me!)

Reading My Way Though Summer ’17 

Flight Attendant Thoughts

My new best friend is the half priced book store but airport book stores and Amazon still get the best of me. Here are my summer reads so far with many more to come! 

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapina: This book kept me interested from page one as a baby is kidnapped and details constantly emerge complicating the matter. Highly recommend!


THE BEACH by Alex Garland: This book is about a hidden island paradise that turns into a horror scene. It was a good read but dragged on a little too long for me.


BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty: So I didn’t know there was a tv series when buying but the book was so much better! Highly recommend this mom drama murder mystery! 

SEE ME by Nicholas Sparks: Currently finishing up this book and was hooked from the prologue. I highly recommend this complicated love story mixed with the drama of a stalker. It is quite the page turner!


THE GIRL IN THE ICE by Robert Bryndza: This British murder mystery kept me guessing until the last few chapters. Highly recommend! 

How I Deal With Jetlag

Flight Attendant Thoughts

Alright I keep getting asked how I deal with jetlag…As my name states I am obviously jetlagged often and it can be really hard on my body. Flight attendants change time zones hourly so when we finally get to our hotel or home at night (or day) our bodies are often confused.

 This is how I handle jetlag:

1. Listen to my body: After a 10 hour flight you never know how your body will react. If I get to the hotel and I am wide awake I will try and workout and explore. If I checkin and am exhausted I’ll sleep. Sometimes it’s two hours other times it’s 13 hours. It may not be the best when trying to get on the right time zone but sometimes you just have to listen to your body.


2. Stay Hydrated: I struggle with this one but any flight attendant will tell you to drink a ton of water especially because planes will dehydrate you like crazy. 

3. Work Out: This may help wake you up if you are trying to get adjusted to the time zone. Push through the sleepiness and get a workout in to give yourself an energy boost. 


4. A Warm Bath: If you are trying to sleep a warm bath may help relax your body to trick it to sleep. I often try reading a book to help get my eyes tired. 


5. Wine/Coffee: The oldest tricks in the book should not be forgotten. Try some coffee if you need an energy boost to last a few more hours and some wine as a night cap. Sounds simple but sometimes simple is all you need! 


There’s no easy way to deal with jetlag but don’t forget to listen to your body and hopefully these tips will help you out! Let me know what you think!

Pictured: Denver, CO / Honolulu, Hawaii / Fojnica, Bosnia / Houston, Texas

Lavatory Etiquette

Flight Attendant Thoughts

So a dear family friend (shoutout to Tamara!) mentioned how nasty men leave lavatories. I will be the first to say men and women both destroy lavatories. In light of this I decided I should give some common sense reminders as well as friendly tips on how to do lavatories right!

It’s about to get real!

1. Wear Shoes: It may look clean but I guarantee there has been urine and vomit on that floor before. Yes planes are cleaned often but not deep cleaned. If it’s wet it’s probably not water. Just saying. 

2. Close the Door: You aren’t at home, this one really mystifies me. I have actually had men pee while the door is wide open in my galley. Not cool.

3. Lock the Door: Come on y’all, I don’t want to walk in on you and neither does any of my passengers. Also make sure the door is closed when you lock it. Everyday people lock the door without fully closing it. See below….someone is in there and the door is open. So close. 


4. Courtesy Flush: It’s the polite thing to do.

5. Aim for the Toilet: Sounds simple but apparently it’s not…Men…

4. Always Carry Poo-Pourri: If you are someone who has to go after a morning coffee, you have IBS, or just have no problem going in public this is a handy tool. A few drops in the toilet before you go help eliminate odor, the last row will greatly appreciate this gesture.. So will we.


5. Toss Toilet Paper in the Bowl Before Going #2: I have heard this helps prevent skid marks so remnants are not left behind for the next passenger. Gross.

6. Trash: Place paper towels in the trash and toilet paper in the toilet. I’m not sure what happens in there but somehow the floor is covered in trash and the sink is clogged with paper. Help everyone out and put trash where it belongs.

7. Diapers: Please never hand a flight attendant a dirty diaper. We cannot take it from you. Try placing it in an air sick bag and tossing it in a lavatory trash.

8. Puke Bags: Airlines have procedures for vomit so feel free to let a flight attendant know if you get sick. 

I hope this helps you have a more pleasant lavatory experience! 

Walls of Dubrovnik: 3 Must Do’s

Around the World

1. Walk the Walls: Pay the $18 (120kn) and take the time to walk the walls. Throughout the walk you will have different views of the inside of the walls, the hills, and the Adriatic Sea. You will be amazed by the incredibly vibrant colors of the water in contrast to the orange roofs, rocks and castles/fortress’. As touristy as it may be it is a must do your first time to Dubrovnik.


2. Ice Cream Coffee in view of Game of Thrones Fortress: I cannot remember what this cafe was called but hopefully the pictures below will help. It has an ice cream stand out front as well! Anyways, you will have your fair share of coffee in this part of the world. Trust me. But this ice cream coffee was one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted. Trust me on this one and taste a bit of heaven!


3. Cafe Buza: This whole in the wall (literally) cannot be missed but may be hard to find. Enjoy wandering through the city while searching for the opening to this cliff side cafe. Stop in for food, drinks or just a casual spot to read a book and enjoy the ocean breeze. My photos aren’t he best but click on the link for photos and directions, it really is an incredible experience.