SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A FRIEND

I need to take a moment and just appreciate someone special to me. A couple of weeks ago, my friend was concerned with how I was doing, and she reached out to me. It’s rare nowadays to have someone actually reach out and express their concerns and feelings. It SHOULD be happening all the time, but it just doesn’t. And it made me appreciate her so much because sometimes I feel like people don’t see how I’m really doing because I try to hide it. Not only did she reach out, she invited me out for brunch and to just hang out. As an adult, it’s really hard to make friends. Even harder to make true, wonderful, loyal friends who actually care about you and your wellbeing. I have to say, that was probably one of the best friend times I have ever had. It was so nice to just sit down with a friend, get to know each other better, and to have deep conversations. I’m so tired of having the typical surface level conversations with people over and over again like, “How was work?,” “How’s your girlfriend/boyfriend?”. I’m sick of those questions. That morning was honestly so amazing and opened my eyes to how I can be a better friend too. It’s not always about going out and making memories, but sometimes it’s just about getting to know the person next to you. Finding out about their family, their fears, their goals in life . Those conversations just don’t happen anymore. And they need to. She’s inspired me so much, and I don’t think she realizes just how much I appreciate her. So Jess, if you’re reading this THANK YOU FOR BEING AN AMAZING FRIEND AND A WONDERFUL WOMAN! Can we please have brunch again soon? Love you to the moon! 

I am challenging everyone who reads this, to reach out to one of your friends whether it’s someone you see everyday, someone you’re just friends with on Facebook, or even someone who just works with you. Reach out to them, don’t be afraid to invite them for dinner, or a drink, or a movie, or even a walk to Starbucks. Do it. Because you just don’t know what’s going on underneath the surface. I promise it’ll be well worth it. 

 

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REWORKING STUCK ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR

I’ve come to the point where I’ve started to evaluate Stuck on the Kitchen Floor and my goals for this blog. When I first started, I just wanted to share my experiences, reach out to other people going through similar situations, giving inspiration and positivity, and provide a place for people to feel comfortable discussing their struggles with depression and finding their place in life. But over time I’ve started sharing more about my travel as well as my latest experiences. 

It’s definitely not easy having a blog, especially when it comes to gaining exposure and creating content. My schedule is chaotic, and just going to become more chaotic as time goes on. I’ve started to schedule my posts about two weeks in advance so that way if I’m too busy one week, I don’t have to worry about not having any posts up. My current schedule has me posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays but I’m starting to wonder if that works for my readers (all 29 of you!). I’ve been thinking about changing my posts from Friday to Saturday, just because I know how busy it is throughout the week and it’ll also allow me more time to create better material. 

I just want my blog to be a place where I can share how I feeling, what I’d like to do with my life, and how I’m finding myself through my travels and experiences. I love that I have amazing family and friends that read my blog each week, and it truly blows my mind when someone tells me they actually read my posts. (Not to mention, I get INCREDIBLY shy about it!)

If you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see more of, less of, when you’d like me to post, let me know! I’m always up for suggestions and constructive criticism. 

SUMMER FLYING IS OFFICIALLY OVER!

Woohoo!!! I made it through summer flying!

Now, for those not involved with commercial aviation, or commercial traveling, let me just tell you: summer flying is the worst. Just the absolute worst. Well, almost worse than holiday traveling during Christmas and winter break. But that’s a whole different story! 

During the summer, from June to September, EVERYONE travels. EVERYONE. And for good reason, there’s so many events in the summer- graduations, great weather, parties, holidays, vacations, etc. But as a flight attendant, it’s not my favorite time of year to work. 

During the untraditional traveling times of the year, most passengers are traveling for business, the occasional vacation or significant event, or just a quick trip to a new city. But those passengers are more experienced. They know what to expect- the long lines for security, the prices for food in the airport, the delays for maintenance or weather, the inconsistency of Wifi/entertainment on the plane, and the different procedures for checking bags, changing seats, etc. 

But during the summer most passengers aren’t as accustomed to the typical challenges of traveling. They only travel once or twice a year, and when they do travel- they expect everything to be perfect. They freak out when flights are delayed- which yes, I understand. But I’m not the one that made the flight delayed, so don’t take it out on me! I just pour the Coke. Or they lose it when they’re not all sitting together and with little kids, completely reasonable. But when it’s you and your two friends, you should have made sure your seats were together when you purchased the tickets. Once again, I have nothing to do with seat assignments, my job is to point out the exits and hand out pretzels. 

All I’m saying is that I am so thankful that summer flying is over! I made it through, and it’s time to relax just a little before holiday flying and the madness begins all over again! 

 

FEELING A BIT DEFEATED

I’m currently working towards my bachelors degree online, and I’ll admit that it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I thought that I would be able to work, study, still visit my family and friends, and also have some downtime. But it’s just not that easy. With this extra expense of school, I’m having to work more and find trips that allow me to study and complete homework assignments while I’m traveling. I hate having to say no to my family and friends because I have school work to complete, but I just don’t have a choice sometimes. There’s just so many things pulling me in every direction, and I want to do well in school. I want to be able to complete my degree so I can become a teacher in a few years. I’ve thought about taking a eight weeks (the length of a course online) off, just to work a lot, spend the holidays with my family and friends, and not be so distracted with everything else going on. But I’m afraid, terrified actually, that once I take time off, it’ll be really hard for me to get back into it. Last time I took a break from school, I didn’t go back for 6 years. I can’t do that again. I’m so proud of myself, and I know my family is proud of me too, for going back to school. I don’t want to stop, but I don’t want to completely overwhelm myself and miss out on significant time with my loved ones. Ugh, I’m just feeling a bit defeated right now.