Year Five. #PNW.

Whether you're an international country-hopping air hostess, a regional puddle-jumping stew or just a jetlagged travel addict, here are a few rules that I've discovered throughout my journey.

Here's to creating the (almost) perfect flight attendant life (but embracing the chaos along the way).

Be on time for work, always. (But make your date wait an extra five minutes.)

Get that cocktail on your layover. (But stop on drink number two.)

Learn how to pack, like, really well.

Don’t skimp on shoes.

Always carry an extra pair of nylons (or trouser socks, for the guys).

Don’t iron. Ever. (I’m serious!)

Don’t skip the phone call home, even if the crew is crying ‘downstairs in ten’. That call home is your lifeline.

Find someone who will keep you grounded, even when your feet are in the air. <3

Check for bedbugs, every. single. time. Even at the ‘good’ hotels.

Unplug your hotel room phone.

Be a slam clicker.

Don’t be a slam clicker.

Do what you want.

Cry on the jumpseat (jumpseat therapy is a thing and oohhh if that worn old board could talk...)

Invest in some little luxuries: forty-three dollar lipstick, designer mascara and spritzes of your favorite way-too-expensive smells from the duty free shops.

Treat yo' self once in a while.

Set some of your paycheck aside for a rainy day.

Take advantage of your company’s retirement plan. Seriously. Put in ten percent.

Take your vitamins. Every day.

Make a dentist appointment. Right now.


Drink two liters of water a day.

Adult as hard as you can.

...then go jump on an airplane to Europe, max out your credit card in some small corner of Portugal and kiteboard alongside new friends all while knowing that this life is too short for lists and rules and you’re going to live this grand adventure however it may unfold.

Find your adventure. Live your adventure.

Take everything with a grain of salt.

Love fiercely.

Remember where you came from.

Don’t forget where you’re going.

Remember none of this is going to be perfect (okay, the title was a lie!). But this is your story and it’s not finished yet.

Get out of your head and venture into this big, wonderful old world.

Turn off the laptop.

Get off of social media.

Put down the phone.

<3 <3 <3

Right. Now.

Happy flying!


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