And like that, August is nearly over. How?
I cannot believe I’ve been flying for nearly 4 months. I’m 2 months away from the end of probation which determines whether or not BA want to keep me as part of their Mixed Fleet cabin crew haha. I have my progress meeting with my manager to discuss exactly how I’ve been getting on.. looking back through various observational assessments I’ve had along the way as well as from colleague feedback, and what I still need to do in order to pass probation in October. It’s also a good chance to talk about where I want to be heading in my career with BA, and I think I have some idea.. it’s just whether or not I’m good enough!
August was a month of a little bit of struggle for me, mainly financially, but it’s pay day tomorrow & I’m going to get back on track with budgeting. It’s so easy in this job to get carried away with spending money when you visit new destinations.. buying things, going out to different places and getting caught up in the moment, so every once in a while you have to step back, re-assess and be realistic. The one thing I’ve learned through travelling for a living is the work/life balance. I’ve still got so much to learn, don’t get me wrong, but I think I’m finally getting there. Jet lag is hard.. sometimes you can just power through but other times you really do need to listen to your body & give it the rest it needs when you can. It’s amazing just how tiring this job is on your body.. I’m finding that my mind is working ten to the dozen, but my body just won’t catch up from time to time, and it’s purely just finding what works for you in order for you to enjoy it to the best you can, and stay alive haha.
The autumn is coming which means winter is to follow.. and with that comes my S.A.D. It’s going to be very interesting to see how I handle the early morning alarm calls when it’s pitch black and freezing outside and I need to get my butt in gear for work. My mum and I both struggle with S.A.D so I know I’m not alone in the feelings, but I’ll be doing this on my own. I like to think I’m going to be able to find a coping mechanism and a way that works for me.. maybe the thought on the day that I’ll get jetting off to sunnier climates might help?
So many people are still asking me if I love the job, and the answer is simply yes. There’s still so much I need to learn, but that keeps it fresh for me.. I never get the feeling of boredom. There’s always something new to discover and every month I’m excited to see where I’ll be heading to. There’s been challenges on the way so far, but they’re only helping to mould me.. I learn from my mistakes and I experience the amazing things when they come.
The second half of the year is looking pretty positive from where I’m sitting right now. Yes I have to get through my probation, but that brings new opportunity – being trained in a higher class on the aircraft so I’m able to add variety and work in a different cabin.. it will mean that I’m not so new any more and that I actually have enough knowledge to be able to help someone I fly with who’s newer than me.. and the benefits of staff travel are something that I’m very much looking forward to! There’s a lot to be excited about in my personal life too! I have my best friend’s hen party later in the year with her wedding in December.. and who knows where I’m going to be for Christmas 🎄?!
I know I’ve been quiet this month, but I’ve taken some time for myself to sort out the necessary things such as my finances, and also to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while.
I’m striding into September with a positive outlook.. are you coming?