Living the life of a flight attendant, I am constantly on the go. It's definitely not your typical 9-5 job. With any career that involves constant travel - insert the multiple time zone changes, the long flights, living in and out of hotels, trekking through busy airports or tackling the subway system in NYC let alone any public transportation - it can be struggle and at times frustrating with learning how to manage a daily routine and maintain a healthy-well balanced lifestyle. What drove me to create The Fit Flight Attendant was to give other flight attendants or people who live life on the go a place to be inspired to make the time to live their best life while keeping their health and fitness in check. It's all about balance and managing your time well. You can still experience all the joys that life has to offer, but most importantly remember to take care of yourself thus my motto: Go Live. Stay Fit.
Most people call me Shelbs. I guess it’s just a nick-name that came about on it’s own and stuck. I couldn’t even tell you where it started! But there’s more to me than just a name. From the title of my site alone without diving into the bulk of it, you can easily make the assumption that I am a flight attendant, and you’d be right, but there’s much more to my career than the title itself, which I buy brand name Clomiphene online can tell you how that started.
I kind of fell into being a flight attendant. After graduating from college with a degree in Communications, emphasis in Public Relations, and being passionate about sports ( I even used to have my own sports blog), I had wanted to work in the just that - the sports industry. My dream was to be able to travel while I worked and go to every sport’s stadium. Being from Atlanta, I’ve worked with the Falcons and the Braves and did brand ambassador work for NCAA basketball tournaments, companies like Gatorade and NASCAR races, which were amazing opportunities, don’t get me wrong, and Atlanta is a great city, but I didn’t like being restricted to just one place.
I spent a summer working with a collegiate baseball team in North Carolina, and after that was over I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I started working in a retail store for women’s athletic apparel, and while I loved the company, the fitness aspect of the brand and the people I worked with, I hated the job itself. I dreaded going to work, being confined in a “box”, essentially, for hours on end, sometimes with nothing to do. It was always the same day in and day out. I always wanted to be somewhere else, to go somewhere else.
One of my managers and I used to talk about how we wanted to move to New York (her being from New York City), and I just wanted the opportunity to break out of the monotony of retail. I’m not sure why I wanted to move to New York. I guess I just always saw myself in a bigger city, with the hustle and bustle, a city of dreams and ambition and New York just fit that vibe. I saw a quote before that “If you’re greedy for life, that’s what New York is all about!” I used to tell my mom: “By the time I’m 25, I’m going to live there!”
I wanted to feel free again, go somewhere new, make a fresh start for myself. I started applying for jobs in marketing and PR in NYC, but no luck because I didn’t have enough experience nor the right experience. I almost gave up on the idea of the Big Apple, until my friend who works for Delta told me to apply to be a flight attendant. I didn’t really think much about it until she sold me on the concept of spontaneity, adventure, travel and new experiences – all of which were things I wanted. She had mentioned applying with jetBlue, a company I had never even heard of, but I decided to wing it (no pun intended). I sent in my application, attended a couple interviews, got accepted into training, and I made the move to New York.
Looking back now, as a kid I never had a dream to grow up and be anything in particular like how a kid dreams of being a doctor, a firefight, a performer, an athlete, etc. etc. I think maybe this career had always subconsciously been in the back of my mind.
I was that kid who loved taking airplane rides, but I never thought too much about anything other than just getting to go somewhere. I’ve always felt this rush of excitement of taking off and going places even if it was just to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas or to visit for a week during summer vacation. My sister and I used to fight over who got the window seat. One of us would occupy the coveted seat flying to the destination, and the other would get it on the return flight home. I remember I used to get sad whenever I would get off the plane after coming back home, because to me it meant the trip was over, the excitement removed until next time.
Flash forward years later, and here I am with the same feeling of excitement I had as a kid, but this time it doesn’t have to end. I still love the feeling of traveling somewhere, even if it’s a place I’ve been to over and over. It’s a career I have grown to love. Of course it has it’s ups and downs (the long days, delays, unruly passengers, time away from loved ones, missing out on important events, not to mention it can get lonely), but all of that said – I believe you make it work, how you want it to – given what you have control over. Not only do I get to experience new places and meet new faces, but I get to love what I do – and they say if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
For me, being a flight attendant isn’t just a career. It’s turned into a passion. . .
It’s funny I used to be so shy when I was little, but as I got older I found I really just enjoy people. Put me at a bar, a baseball game, or on a flight and I can start a conversation with just about anyone, whether I’m with company or by my lonesome. In my profession I am around people all day, but more importantly – within my profession, I’m in a position daily where I can create experiences for those people, make an impact on someone, possibly inspire others.
I help connect family to loved ones, friends to friends, people to their dreams (whether they are going somewhere for work and love what they do like me, or going to a new place, a vacation, crossing something off the bucket list). For me, it’s not about just getting people from point A to point B. It’s making the journey a good one whether I’m recognized for it or not. Being a flight attendant is a pretty thankless job, but it’s one I am thankful to have.
I can’t wait for my next adventure, the next culture I’ll experience, the food I’ll enjoy, the people I will meet, to cross things off my bucket list, to see what items I will add to the list, to try new things and to chase life. I can’t wait to see what else the company I work for has to offer as they continue to grow. The possibilities are out there and the opportunities are endless. and who’s to say you can’t create your own?
While there’s so much more I want to do and see, I can’t help but feel blessed to experience this beautiful life and all it has to offer, and it’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.
Being a flight attendant allows me to be fearless. It’s not about searching for the things that could be found. It’s about letting the unexpected happen, and finding things you never searched for. Each day is different. Some days are more challenging than others, but I believe this is where I’m supposed to be. I don’t know where I’m going next, or what the future holds, but I do believe in something bigger than myself. “Maybe the next best moment of my life will happen on my next big adventure,” and there’s nothing more exciting than that.