I can’t quit thinking about my flight from this past weekend. It all started with a reroute out of Spokane, WA (where I had a reservation to rent a car to go hiking with my flight crew in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.) Well, that didn’t happen! I know, I know ... they always say, “if you plan something, you will get rerouted.” But, I will keep planning, because I have to and because my heart was born for adventure. “Two more flights,” the Scheduling Department said….”to Boise and to Denver.” And, oh by the way….”These customers have been waiting for 4 and a half hours to go to Boise because of a broken plane.” We were a bit disappointed but my flight crew and I pressed forward.
As I was getting drink orders on my very quick 43 minute flight, I noticed three ladies dressed in really pretty dresses. I immediately asked if they were going somewhere special and the one on the aisle blurted out, “We just missed my son’s wedding!”Oh. My. Goodness. My heart just about dropped and she instantly burst into tears. While holding her close and letting her cry on my shoulder, I told her she could come back to the galley at any moment for another hug. Moments later, amidst sloshing drinks and throwing peanuts, I had a plan in mind. I wanted to help turn her rough day into a positive one.
So, moments later, after finding out her name and her son and daughter-in-laws names, I preceded to the front of the aircraft. “Ladies and Gentleman, we have a very special lady on the plane today. Barbara missed her son’s wedding today. Being that we are the “LUV Airline” here at Southwest, we want to get each of you to share a little LOVE with her and her family. If you could write down some marriage advice for the newly married couple, Justin and Candice we would so appreciate it! We will be by shortly to pass out pens and napkins for you all to write on.”
The smiles from the rows and rows of people before me just about melted my heart. They were so excited to help out and make a difference in a strangers life. I should have known, as we at Southwest Airlines have the best customers in the industry, in my own opinion, of course! My customers wrote the most encouraging and kind things for the newlyweds:
“Never go to bed angry”
“Learn to compromise”
“Keep God as the center of your relationship” ~Robin, married 36 years
“Dance in the kitchen”
“Go on lots of dates and watch lots of movies” ~Jaren, Age 8
“Make each other laugh”
“Marriage is like a Southwest Flight. Sometimes turbulent and sometimes
smooth. But all in all we have great landings.” ~Susan, married 42 years
We then presented these words of love to Barbara to give to her son at the reception that she was trying to make!
I’ll never forget this day on the plane. It was a short flight, but it was a memorable one. This story has reminded me to stop and notice people more ... to be present in the moment. So all in all, did I miss hiking in the panhandle of Idaho? Nah, not at all. Seeing Barbara and her family smile made all the difference!
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Traveling doesn’t always mean taking a vacation from your workout, does it? During my seven years of working as a Flight Attendant for Southwest Airlines, I’ve found a variety of ways to work-out in my home away from home! Of course, most hotels have a complimentary gym, but what if it is crammed full of people, doesn’t offer enough equipment, or have the size weights you need? Well, no worries! Thankfully, with a smartphone paired with a fabulous Tone-It-Up workout on YouTube, you have just what you need. These workouts are free and use your body weight for resistance. You can also watch these videos or even bring your P90X or Insanity DVD’s on your laptop or a small DVD player. Another thing I love to throw in my roller bag are my resistance bands. These bands are perfect for on the road workouts! Here are a few exercises I do with my bands: Alternating Chest Press Wrap the band around a sturdy object behind you at chest level. Begin with the elbows bent to 90 degrees, forearms parallel to the floor. Keep the right arm stationary and press the left arm out. Bring the left arm back and then press forward with the right arm. Continue alternating arms for a total of 16 reps on each side. Bicep Curls Stand on the band and hold handles with palms facing out. Keeping abs in and knees slightly bent, bend arms and bring palms toward shoulders in a bicep curl. Position feet wider for more tension. Return to start and repeat. Squats Stand on the band with feet shoulder-width apart, keeping tension on the band by holding a half-bicep curl. Lower into a squat, keeping knees behind toes, and pulling on the band to add tension. Return to start and repeat. And, last but not least... my all-time favorite work out move in my hotel room: Chair Dips for Triceps Sit on a bench or chair. Begin with the hands next to or slightly under the hips. Lift up onto the hands and bring the hips forward. Bend the elbows (no lower than 90 degrees) and lower the hips down, keeping them very close to the chair. Keep the shoulders down. Push back up without locking the elbows and repeat for 10-16 reps. I’d love to hear about any workouts you love while on the road! Happy travels!
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Did You know March is National Nutrition Month? Eating Healthy on the Go is a March series to help highlight healthy choices while you're traveling, brought to you by a variety of our great Southwest Crew Members! Eating lean, green, and clean is a goal of mine even while traveling for a living as a Flight Attendant for SWA! With a little hard work and planning ahead, it can definitely be achieved! One place, while on the road (or in the air, I should say) that I like to stop by is the restaurant Au Bon Pain. This café and eatery has a variety of healthy choices like Mediterranean chicken salad, black bean burgers, and Napa chicken avocado wraps, as well as oatmeal and yogurt. I really like their French Moroccan Tomato Lentil Soup which is Vegan, low fat, and gluten free.
In their cafés, you’ll find nutrition kiosks, which allow you to easily find the information you need, to make the smartest eating choices. They have removed all artificial trans fats from their menu and use all-natural chicken in all of their sandwiches, salads, and wraps. They also offer low sodium menus and vegetarian options.
Definitely stop by one of these Au Bon Pain airport locations the next time you are traveling and needing something yummy and healthy: BOS MDW BWI ATL LGA IND PHL Enjoy!
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