Donít sweat the stewardess Ė the life of a flight attendant
Friday, 17 August 2018
Paula is a flight attendant, Instagram star, influencer, successful blogger and a pretty cool girl to be around. We’ve taken a rare opportunity to catch her on the ground and asked her few questions about her glam life & of course the hosiery.
SD: Why did you decide to become a flight attendant?
Paula: For nine years, I’d worked a busy corporate job as a Marketing Manager in the fashion industry. I loved the hustle, but I was burning myself and during a trip to the USA, I decided that it was time for a change. I fell in love with travel and wanted a job that would take me places! So I set my sights on the sky and landed a job as a Flight Attendant. Five years on it’s become a lifestyle change that I love and I can honestly say I’ve never looked back!
SD: You are living a dream of a lot of girls out there but is it all rainbows and puppies as you show us on your Instagram Don't Sweat The Stewardess?
Paula: Some days it really is! My job has taken me to some amazing places and I have met some truly incredible people. My year working as an International Flight Attendant in Bali was without a doubt the best year of my life!
However, working as Flight Attendant is not always as glamorous as it looks. There are so many challenges including rude passengers, delayed flights, exhausting hours and the pressure to always look fabulous (even when you have been on your feet for the past 12 hours!)
SD: You have a pretty amazing blog answering a lot of questions we all want to ask such as: How do you all look so amazing at all times? or How can you manage relationships whilst being constantly 37,000 feet above the sea level? What made you start the blog?
Paula: Maintaining a sense of health and well-being whilst flying for work is definitely challenging! At first I felt lethargic all of the time because my diet wasn’t the best and I wasn’t exercising. So I joined a gym and starting focusing on nourishing my body to get the best out of it! I drink lots of water and catch up on sleep whenever I can.
However, maintaining relationships is much harder! I miss my family a lot as I am now based interstate and majority of my friends are flight attendants since it can be hard to catch up with people who work a regular 9 to 5 .
I work late nights and most weekends, which also makes it really difficult to date! I started my blog, Don’t Sweat the Stewardess, as I wanted to share my story with other women who are also struggling with this. It can be challenging sometimes to go against the norms of society and chase your career instead of getting married and starting a family (which I do hope to do someday! ) But until I stumble upon my soulmate, I’ll happily continue to travel solo!
SD: I imagine the passengers ask you a lot of questions. What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked?
Paula: A passenger once asked me if I could open the windows on the plane to let in some fresh air. (To be fair, we were on the ground. But I wasn’t quite sure what to say!) Ummmm….. NO!
SD: My favourite part of flying is landing because I can really enjoy the view from my window. What is yours?
Paula: OMG me too! As a passenger, I still love the view from the window seat! To be honest, though, the view from my crew seat is not that great; mostly, I’m just looking at my door, mentally taking note of how to open it if we had to evacuate. But I can sometimes get a glimpse of the city lights as we are coming in for landing. I do try to take a moment to enjoy the view whenever I can though!
The pilots are so lucky as they have the most amazing view of all and it certainly reminds you how surreal it is to be skyhigh when you enter the cockpit! Whether it be when I catch a glimpse of the sunset during the inflight service, or when I’m entering the flight deck, they are times when I really do think I have the best job in the world.
SD: The 5 key things I always make sure I take on board with me are passport, wallet, phone, headphones and a book. I imagine this is very different for you, what are they?
SD: I imagine, you must get through a lot of legwear yourself, how many pairs do you think you go through every month?
Paula: I’m always so careful to try and avoid getting a ladder! But it’s such a struggle, since they are so many things to snag your stockings on when you work on a plane. Usually one pair of tights will only last me a couple of shifts, so normally I need to buy at least 5-10 pairs a month, depending on how many flights I have!
SD: What are the key attributes you’re looking for when you’re buying your tights?
Paula: Airlines have a lot of rules and each airline has different runway guidelines. Personally, I prefer stay-up stockings, but we are not allowed to wear them! I like tights which feel silky and give the legs a nice sheen, so I’ll always look for a sheer gloss finish and the colour is so important!
We are required to wear a skin tone, so finding the perfect dark bronze is my ultimate goal since I like to look tanned. I’m always happy to pay a little more for a good quality pair of tights which are comfortable to wear, as it adds a little bit of luxury to a long day on my feet!
SD: You have decided to help us out to spread the word about our Aviation Rewards Program where we help women in aviation by allowing them to save money on the legwear they need as part of their uniform. Why do you think this is important?
Paula: Buying tights on a regular basis can get super expensive (and personally I’d rather spend my hard earned cash on a trip to The Bahamas!)
For Women in Aviation this is an ongoing expense. So I’ve partnered with Stockings Direct as an ambassador for the Aviation Rewards Program to offer Women in Aviation a discount. By signing up for the rewards program, you can also earn loyalty points and ultimately this means you have the potential to earn free products!
SD: Thank you for spending your rare spare time to answer our questions Paula. We wish you lots and lots of successful miles up there in the air and keep us informed on your travels either through your Instagram, Facebook or your awesome blog.
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