All Good Things Must Come to an End – I Quit the Airlines

One of the most beautiful things in life is when you stop listening to others and you begin trusting your own head and heart you are making the best decision for yourself.

Now, I know I do not have to explain myself to you, but I do feel as if it is necessary to give a background of why I quit my role as a flight attendant because some of you all have been a part of this journey since the beginning. Or you have made such an impact on my life that I feel it is only important to explain my departure with you.

So here goes..

For those of you who are close to me can understand that the last three years of working for the airlines has been a MAJOR challenge for me both mentally and physically.  I was in a dark place many times and always feeling guilty that I could not accept this job was not for me.  I saw others loved it, but why didn’t I?  I constantly questioned if it was just me.  But through many pep talks, self-reflections, and trying to stay in a positive light over the years, I decided to re-focus on all the opportunities I was being given by being a flight attendant.  So, I went for it ALL.

Being a flight attendant gave me the opportunities to fulfill dreams I never thought were possible.  I would have never been able to attend several fashion weeks in New York City, Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, or the American Music Awards in Los Angeles if it were not for being in this time and place in my life.  And let me just add that I had never traveled outside of the country until I accepted this role, so it was truly “A Whole New World”.

Through solo traveling, I gained more independence and strength as I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone in maneuvering around foreign countries. And being a FA also taught me how to “try” to be more patient with humanity, and learn to like people (which, I still kinda-ish do not so that never changed). I also gained a few pounds, but that’s besides the point I suppose.

But in all seriousness… while being on reserve and managing an unstable and inconsistent lifestyle I learned that the fear of the unknown is okay and to keep living life in the moment instead of fearing what “could happen”. And last, this experience also taught me that all of our daily problems, or the things we complain about the most, are so small compared to everything else going on in our world today.

Through this journey, I am also thankful to have met some of the most beautiful people through my travels whom showed me beauty in simplicity.  I was also very lucky to gain sassy, fun, compassionate, and astrology-different co-worker friends that brought out the light in my life.  I will never forget all the hundreds of therapists I gained while sitting on a jumpseat.

The whole experience has truly been humbling and I am so grateful for all of the good times, as well as the struggles that gave me the self-growth I needed.  But, I always knew my flight attendant chapter had an expiration date.  And through many prayers, counseling, and the help of friends, I decided to quit my role as a flight attendant because I felt as if this role no longer served its purpose.

Now, I do not take quitting anything lightly.  I do not quit anything unless I’ve measured every angle.  How can I quit something that has given me sooo much in return?  I know it’s “just a job” but anything I put my effort and emotions into is not just a job.  Especially when my job has gave me everything it could given until the sand ran out of the hourglass.

So after five years of being away from home; from the time I moved to Los Angeles without a plan and feeling lost; then moving across the country to New Jersey for the role of being a flight attendant; I discovered that my new purpose is waiting for me in Indiana.  Our farm family business, my cool beans family, and my two 70 year old grandparents whom are my world.  I feel as if this is my new calling and where I need to be in my life right now.

I could go more into detail of the MAAANY reasons I decided to leave the airlines, like the dreaded 2 am ringtone that still makes my heart stop every time I hear it or how my brain felt like it was not being stimulated, but I feel as if this was all by personal preference and my reasons for leaving outweighed staying. Everyone is different and it takes a special person to be able to be a flight attendant. There is no other job like being a flight attendant.   I am just SO happy I can now take off my mask and stop being an actress…showee I feel like I can finally breathe again.

The end of this chapter is bittersweet, but I am SO THANKFUL and humbled that I can one day look back at this experience thanks to the thousands of photos and memories I made.  Thank you all for following this experience and all those who were a part of this absolutely dramatic, exciting, yet one of the most beautiful rides I have ever been on. I certainly enjoyed sharing this chapter with you all.♥️

And one last note, and I don’t mean to brag, but I am just so dang proud of myself for moving outside of my hometown of Indiana, then going out into this world and making so many of my dreams come true!!!  I will take these experiences and continue to evolve into the next phases of my life.  I can only hope I inspired others to follow their dreams as well.✨

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19 thoughts on “All Good Things Must Come to an End – I Quit the Airlines

  1. Congrats on continuing to listen to your higher self and follow its lead!! I am actually getting more involved in my family farm in Ohio too!! We are farm neighbors!! ❤️💙💜

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  2. Rachel, I’ve so enjoyed following your journey of travel and self discovery. And I completely understand the feelings of guilt that come with quitting. When I decided to leave teaching after 20+ years, it was the easiest, yet hardest decision to make. Know this… quitting does not equate failure! You’ve already learned and experienced so much in your young life. Keep enjoying the journey…

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  3. you’re an absolute inspiration to me ❤ traveling the world in itself is a feat but to make it your job is absolutely extraordinary. Any service job takes a toll on you and I feel for the people who become “lifers.” But the courage to leave and grow into the person you truly are is even more inspiring, I hope one day to travel as much as you have, experience the unknown, and meet my true self on the other side 😊 Thanks for sharing your life, you’ve changed mine.

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    1. BRB CRYING!!!😭 You are seriously the sweetest person and I needed to hear that I at least inspired one person tonight. You will one day travel as far as your heart desires and find yourself. The best is yet to come for you!! Thank you so much for reading and understanding.♥️♥️♥️

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  4. Proud of you! I know that the feeling of quitting a job, in hopes for something more, is so challenging – especially when it’s given you so much. You wonder, “am I not grateful enough?” and “is there something wrong with me?” but you know deep down in you heart that you’re meant for something else and when something is no longer serving you. I’ve been there and it’s a struggle, but you listened to your heart & not many people can say they’ve done that. So congrats! This is just the beginning of a new chapter for you!

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    1. Thanks soo much for THIS. It makes me feel human that I am not the only one who struggles to make decisions. I also feel comfort that so many people are understanding when I thought it would be harder to explain. Thank you again for the support and following my journey. ♥️

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  5. Dear Rachael! It was a big surprise to hear that you leaving united but knowing you since 2015 i can only say that you are one of the best person i ever know in my life .
    You are beautiful out side and inside . your eyes always smiling. i only wishing you best of luck and i know im gonna see you again soon ..love you girl .. Eyal class 1533 🙂

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    1. Awww Eyal!! Thank you so so much for reading and supporting my decision. I always loved being around your energy. You are a great person and I am so happy we got to be in training together and graduate together. Take care!! (:

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  6. So proud of you I just spoke about you yesterday to another Flight Attendant saying you would make a great model …follow your dream my love hopefully one day on the runway …your Vegas photographer lol gonna miss u girlie
    Felicia Alexander
    (Mama Lisa)❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. LOL runway is not my calling 😂 But thank you for seeing that in me, and being such a pleasure to work with. You were another one of my favorites and I hope you’re doing great!! Take care and Happy Holidays!♥️

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