What Goes Up, Must Come Down

Jun 2, 2011

18 months ago I packed up my life and boarded a plane bound for Dubai. I'd never felt so many emotions at one time in my life... I was terrified, excited, happy and heartbroken. I'd spent years dreaming of that very moment. After great perseverance I was finally going to be able to call myself a flight attendant. I was off to see the world.
Leaving didn't come without sacrifice. I said goodbye to my boyfriend, my family, my friends, and my puppy. It wasn't easy, but this was the opportunity of a lifetime and I was definitely not going to let it slip through my fingers.
And so I set off for what would be a great adventure. I made amazing friends and experienced more in most months than many do in their entire lifetime. It's been one incredible journey. Without further ado, the purpose of this blog post is to inform you all of my resignation from my airline. A couple of weeks ago I went to meet with my manager to break the news. I'm leaving. It's been amazing, but it's time for me to move back to Canada and start the next chapter of my life.
This job and life in the Middle East has come with its share of ups and downs. I've dealt with homesickness and loneliness but I've also experienced happy moments that will live in my memory for the rest of my life. I'd be lying if I said that I won't miss it, but I'm looking forward to the future and all that comes with it.
What exactly does the future have in store for me? Well, I'm still trying to figure that out myself. If all goes to plan I'll be working in the same industry, because truth be told I really can't see myself doing anything else. You know how they say that some people are born to be doctors or teachers... it might sound silly, but I'm meant to fly. The sky is my home and for the first time in my life I've looked forward to going to work. I'm going to take some time off to relax and enjoy being back home, but stay tuned, my travel tales are far from over.
As most of you know, my non-career life has big things coming too. Ryan and I are planning a January 2012 wedding and I can't imagine being married and separated by an ocean. No, it's not the sole reason that I'm going home, but yes, it most certainly was a factor in my decision. I've never met anybody more suited to me. We are both so passionate about travel, photos, food, and aviation... in fact, just last week in Toronto he surprised me by announcing that while I've been hopping around the world, he's been in the process of obtaining his pilot's license. It's something that he's always wanted to do, and it means a lot to me that we share that common interest. The flight attendant will marry her pilot... how romantic!
This job has been hard work. I've been challenged emotionally and physically, dealing with jet lag and missing home more than I ever thought possible. If you ask me, it's been worth it. I feel like I'm a different person than I was a year and a half ago. I'm more adventurous, brave, and I know exactly what I want in life. I've accumulated dozens of passport stamps, hundreds of stories, and a bit unrelated, but I even gained a fiance.
It's not the end, but rather a new beginning. New memories are to be made, new adventures to be had. I'll miss the people that made this place that much more bearable. I've made some genuine friends and I'll never forget them.
Thanks for following the most crazy journey of my life so far. This blog evolved to become more popular than I could have imagined, and I'm truly grateful for the kind words and support I've received from those of you who read it.
Stick around, I promise to keep you updated as I continue my travels... and don't worry, I still have a couple more layovers that I'll be sure to write about before I depart the sandpit for good.
I'll leave you with a slideshow of some of my favourite moments that I've been blessed to experience.

Thank you, buh-bye.


Unknown said...

I have been following your blog for over a year now and being a flight attendant myself I can pretty much relate to everything you say. Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was reading you and follow your journey. Best of luck for the future and I hope things turn out exactly as you hope them to be. Keep smiling and keep blogging.

Nicole said...

I'm so happy for you and I think it's the best choice ! You can still write your blog while working for another airline, maybe Canadian one !:) I wish all the best to you and I'm not leaving yet. As long as you're going to post something new I'm still going to stop by :)

P.S Love the slideshow. Beautiful photos!:)

Aviation Crazy said...

I should have made that effort to come say hi to you, in the lobby of the hotel you stay when you had the YYZ layovers!!(Work five minutes away, and am usually rushing past it on my way to Union to catch the GO Trains to the surburbs!!).

It's been fun following your blog especially with the Canadiana thrown in from time to time. I truly hope you continue to remain in the aviation Industry in Canada!! Will definitely miss reading the tales from the pit and your world travels. You have a wonderful style of writing that is truly unique!!!

beaners said...

I'm so excited for you! Congratulations on moving on to another chapter of your life. Sounds like you're happy with your decision. :-) Can't wait to hear what else life has in store for ya.

Nicole_Star said...

Krysta, all the best for your new chapter! What a wonderful 18months you've shared with us about your life in Dubai! Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures with Ryan and not forgetting the wedding blog post :) congratulations and good luck!

GigiRouge said...

Happy for you Krista! Your blog post only increased my desire to become a flight attendant. Homesickness sucks, especially when you live in a country so different from yours. Hope you continue with your f/a adventures with a Canada based airline! xx

sheisjetlagged said...

Really sad that you're leaving the UAE, your adventures will be missed.

Good luck Krysta! xx

P.S. I'm secretly rather jealous that you get to escape before me! :p

Fraggle said...

have been reading your blog from England, and love your adventures and how you write and photograph them. Best wishes for your future, and am sure you'll still be blogging your new life, look forward to seeing how it goes!

RetroJetGirl said...

Knew this was coming for awhile but it still sucks!!! Happy you're going on to something new and fun though!!! =)

Am sure you will have no problems getting back in to Canadian skies.

Okay, brunch time!!!!! Hahaha

Just Another Mummy Blog said...

I've loved reading your blog, Krysta! I hope you keep blogging! Good luck with the next chapter of your life. :)

Christina said...

Aw I have to say I'll miss reading about all of your travels! I can't believe you are done so soon! But I've been around since your first 365 so I know you will still crank out some beautiful pictures! Best of luck back here in Alberta!

Anthony said...

I've been reading your blog for some time, and I've really enjoyed it. Very best wishes for the future - and keep posting, please, both the pictures on Flickr and here. I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures when you take to Canadian skies!

Crystle said...

I sent you an email months ago telling you I had came across your blog and that you had truly inspired me with your life and attitude towards it.

You were kind enough to email me back and I've avidly read your blog ever since. I will definitely miss seeing your posts and your travels from around the world, but I must say, I'm very happy for you and I hope your future is fabulous.

My best wishes to you. :)


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