Friday, January 1, 2016

♥ Happy New Year 2016 ♥

Happy New Year to all of you beautiful souls out there♥ 
May all your dreams come true































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More informative info related to cabin crew here:::

http://cabincrewdreamer.blogspot.se/2013/04/summery-for-newbie-cabin-crews.html

Saturday, June 20, 2015

When Your Hometown No Longer Feels Like It’s Your Home



What It’s Like When Your Hometown No Longer Feels Like It’s Your Home



http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/hometown-is-no-longer-home/1067113/

By: Gigi Engle

 

It’s like you feel homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist. Maybe it’s like this rite of passage, you know?
I don’t know, but I miss the idea of it, you know. Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place. – “Garden State”
There will come a time in adulthood when you make that cherished journey back to the place where you grew up.
A time when you book a plane ticket and embark on that familiar voyage back to the place where you lost your first tooth, where you had your first kiss and where you learned your first lessons about life.
You leave the life you’ve been creating for yourself, the life that seems so small compared to the one your parents made for you.
You take a deep breath and make that trip home.
You get to your hometown and drive down the same streets you still know like the back of your hand.
You see your family, you reminiscence and you go to sleep in your old bed. Somewhere along the way, it will hit you.
As you lie bathed in the echoing memories of what feels like a hundred lifetimes ago, it slithers in.
The thought will creep up on you, as you lie awake, listening to the sounds of the house that sheltered you long before you were exposed to the harsh realities of the world, back when this was the only life you really knew.
It’s a sad feeling, really. One that is ripe with loss. As you stare at the cracks in your ceiling, as you trace your fingers over the initials you carved into your bed frame at the age of eight, suddenly, you realize you don’t feel comfortable like you once did.
You feel like a stranger inside of a place you used to know so well. It feels like you’ve stepped inside the memories of another life.
It suddenly becomes very apparent your old house, in your old town, is no longer home.
Where you imagined you would feel so safe and at peace, you instead feel lost.
It’s overwhelming, and it’s strange. It hurts to feel this way, to find yourself feeling so disconnected in a place that is supposed to be the epitome of your comfort zone.
It’s daunting to have to face the harsh reality that this place you used to call home is no longer that place for you. Your heart is no longer there. You no longer belong.

Everything has a past, but you don’t see a future.

You drive past your old high school, your favorite sandwich shop and that worn-down playground.
Everything is dripping with nostalgia. Everything here has a story. Yet, you don’t see a future.
You don’t see yourself ever wanting to come to these places again.
You don’t see yourself raising a family here, putting down roots. It feels like a closed chapter book, and there are no new memories to be made.

It feels more like a vacation spot than it does home.

You used to feel so content here. Everything suddenly feels like a novelty.
You don’t come here after being away from home; you plan to come here after being at your home.
Home stops feeling like a place of rest when you have to use a few of your allotted 14 vacation days in order to go there.

You realize the only thing you had in common with your old friends is you grew up here.

Once you left high school, you suddenly realized the only thing you had in common with your “high school friends” was the fact that you went to the same school.
Where you used to miss your friends so much, you now don’t want to see anyone who grew up with you when you need to leave the house.
Once you get out into the real world, you find people who have similar dreams and aspirations. They left their hometowns for the bigger picture, just like you.

You see how far you’ve come.

You realize you’ve evolved, but your hometown hasn’t. You see people doing the same things they’ve always done, and you don’t want to do those things. You see how much you’ve grown.
Sometimes it takes going back to your old hood to see just the true trajectory of your progress in life.
You see the girls from high school who are married with kids, still living on the same street; you see the dads playing golf and pumping their gas in middle-class suburbia, and you realize this may have been the life you grew up with, but it isn’t the life you want for yourself.
It may make them happy, but it could never be enough for you.

Activities you used to love have now lost their luster.

You used to love going to the mall and going swimming in the lake. You adored mini golf and running around in the local woods, drinking 40s.
All of those activities and places you used to put so much importance and significance on now seem shallow and pointless.
A trip to the movies used to feel like the most incredible thing in the world.
When you’re home, you become strangely aware of how much of an adult you have become.

You feel like an outsider because you are an outsider.

You feel like a stranger in a strange land in a place you used to call “home.”
You realize the idea of “home” is very subjective. Just because you grew up somewhere doesn’t mean you’ll always belong there.
You know this place will always hold a small piece of your heart and will forever contain some of your fondest memories — and yet, this place is no longer home.
It’s a curious thing that happens when you’ve grown up. It comes on unexpectedly, but it always comes.
The place you’re meant to call home is out there, waiting for you to find it.



Friday, April 3, 2015

Hector & the search for happiness



´´A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness´´

If you guys have the chance to see this movie DO SO :-) truly a motivational, interesting movie, that will make you reflect over your own life. Will make you reflect over a lot of things in life. Regardless what kind of movies you are into, this movie will 100% make you smile. You will for sure shed some tears watching this movie, you will laugh a lot and be a bit sad too watching this movie. This movie will truly touch your soul. 


 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Interview With an ex Etihad CC :-)






The lovely Rosaine Dalila Scruff had a interview with me a while back, i thought i would share it with you guys :-)
The interview is about a lot of things related to my past with Etihad and my thoughts/emotions about the Cabin Crew job and more :-)

You can read it in Eng here:::


The Portuguese version is here:::



Rosaine Dalila Scruff is a ex cabin crew as well as the author of a book called
 ´´ Crew - The Pain of Glamour´´ which can only at the moment be read in Portuguese. The title of the book in Portuguese is: TRIPULANTES - A Dor do Glamour. I totally recommend reading her book :-)
If you guys want to read her book, the links are at the end of the page via this link:::


TRIPULANTES - A Dor do Glamour Facebook Page: 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015





Happy New Year lovely souls out there
May the new year fill your hearts and
homes with warmth, happiness, peace,
good health, prosperity and love

 May good news and success come your way
Never give up on your dreams and chase that dream of yours that keeps you awake night/day
May 2015 be the best year yet for you guys

May all your dreams come true
 hugs/kisses
ccd





















Monday, December 1, 2014

17 Things that change forever when you live abroad ♥






 17 Things that change forever when you live abroad

Source:

 http://masedimburgo.com/2014/06/04/17-things-change-forever-live-abroad/#sthash.H9gOIsvz.dpuf

By  Angie Castells


(((( I LOVE this article and all the 17 points are so true, i feel once you set your foot out of your home country NOTHING will ever be the same again in your life. You will never be the same again))))

1. Adrenalin becomes part of your life.

From the moment you decide to move abroad, your life turns into a powerful mix of emotions – learning, improvising, dealing with the unexpected… All your senses sharpen up, and for a while the word “routine” is dismissed from your vocabulary to make space for an ever rising adrenalin thrill ride. New places, new habits, new challenges, new people. Starting anew should terrify you, but it’s unusually addictive.

2. But when you go back… everything looks the same.

That’s why, when you get a few days off and fly back home, it strikes you how little everything has changed. Your life’s been changing at a non-stop pace, and you’re on holidays and ready to share all those anecdotes you’ve been piling up. But, at home, life’s the same as ever. Everyone keeps struggling with their daily chores, and it suddenly strikes you: life won’t stop for you.

3. You lack the (and yet you have too many) words.

When someone asks you about your new life, you lack the right words to convey all you’re experiencing. Yet later, in the middle of a random conversation, something reminds you about ‘that time when’…, and you have to hold your tongue because you don’t want to overwhelm everyone with stories from your ‘other country’ and come across as pretentious.

4. You come to understand that courage is overrated.

Lots of people will tell you how brave you are – they too would move abroad if they weren’t so scared. And you, even though you’ve been scared, too, know that courage makes up about 10% of life-changing decisions. The other 90% is purely about wanting it with all your heart. Do you want to do it, do you really feel like doing it? Then do it. From the moment we decide to jump, we’re no longer cowards nor courageous – whatever comes our way, we deal with it.

´´´´It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to´´´´

5. And, suddenly, you’re free.

You’ve always been free, but freedom feels different now. Now that you’ve given up every comfort and made it work thousands of miles away from home… you feel like you’re capable of anything!

6. You no longer speak one particular language.

Sometimes you unintentionally let a word from another language slip. Other times you can only think of a way of saying something… with that perfect word which, by the way, is in the wrong language. When you interact with a foreign language on a daily basis, you learn and unlearn at the same time. All the while you’re soaking up cultural references and swear words in your second language, you find yourself reading in your mother tongue so it won’t get rusty. Like that time when Homer took a home winemaking course and forgot how to drive.

7. You learn to say goodbye… and to enjoy yourself.

You soon realize that now, most things and people in your life are just passing through, and you instinctively play down the importance of most situations. You perfect the right balance between bonding and letting go – a perpetual battle between nostalgia and pragmatism.

8. You have two of everything.

Two SIM cards (one of them packed with phone numbers from all over the world), two library cards, two bank accounts… And two types of coins, which always end up mysteriously mixing when you’re about to pay for something.

9. Normal? What’s normal?

Living abroad, like traveling, makes you realise that ‘normal’ only means socially or culturally accepted. When you plunge into a different culture and a different society, your notion of normality soon falls apart. You learn there are other ways of doing things, and after a while, you too take to that habit you never thought you’d embrace. You also get to know yourself a little better, because you discover that some things you really believe in, while others are just a cultural heritage of the society you grew up in.

10. You become a tourist in your own city.

That tourist trap you may not have visited in your country only adds up to the never-ending list of things to do in your new home, and you soon become quite the expert on your new city. But when someone comes over for a few days and asks for some suggestions, you find it really hard to recommend but a few things – if it were up to you, you’d recommend visiting everything!

11. You learn how to be patient… and how to ask for help.

When you live abroad, the simplest task can become a huge challenge. Processing paperwork, finding the right word, knowing which bus to take. There’s always moments of distress, but you’re soon filled with more patience than you ever knew you had in you, and accept that asking for help is not only inevitable, but also a very healthy habit.

12. Time is measured in tiny little moments.

It’s as if you were looking through the car window – everything moves really slowly at the back, in the distance, while in front of you life passes by at full speed. On the one hand, you receive news from home – birthdays you missed, people who left without you getting the chance to say goodbye one last time, celebrations you won’t be able to attend. On the other hand, in your new home life goes by at top speed. Time is so distorted now, that you learn how to measure it in tiny little moments, either a Skype call with your family and old friends or a pint with the new ones.

13. Nostalgia strikes when you least expect it.

A food, a song, a smell. The smallest trifle can overwhelm you with homesickness. You miss those little things you never thought you’d miss, and you’d give anything to go back to that place, even if it were just for an instant. Or to share that feeling with someone who’d understand you…

14. But you know it’s not where, but when and how.

Although deep down, you know you don’t miss a place, but a strange and magical conjunction of the right place, the right moment and the right people. That year when you traveled, when you shared your life with special ones, when you were so happy. There’s a tiny bit of who you were scattered among all the places you’ve lived in, but sometimes going back to that place is not enough to stop missing it.

15. You change.

I’m sure you’ve heard about life-changing trips. Well, they’re not a commonplace – living abroad is a trip that will profoundly change your life and who you are. It will shake up your roots, your certainties and your fears. Living in Edinburgh changed us forever in many ways, and if it weren’t for that experience, we probably wouldn’t be about to embark on our next life adventure right now. Maybe you won’t realise it, or even believe it, before you do it. But after some time, one day you’ll see it crystal clear. You’ve evolved, you’ve got scars, you’ve lived. You’ve changed.



16. You fit your home into a suitcase.

From the moment you squeeze your life into a suitcase (or, if you’re lucky with your airline, two), whatever you thought ‘home’ was doesn’t exist anymore. Almost anything you can touch can be replaced – wherever you travel, you’ll end up stockpiling new clothes, new books, new mugs. But there will come a day when you’ll suddenly feel at home in your new city. Home is the person traveling with you, the people you leave behind, the streets where your life takes place. Home is also the random stuff in your new flat, those things you’ll get rid of in the blink of an eye when the time to leave comes. Home is all those memories, all those long-distance calls with your family and friends, a bunch of pictures. Home is where the heart is.

17. And… there’s no turning back.

Now you know what it means to give up comfort, what starting from scratch and marveling at the world every day feels like. And it being such a huge, endless world… How could you choose not to keep traveling and discovering it?