Wednesday, July 18, 2018

#amwriting


I never considered my self a writer but when the kids were little I would jot things down that would inspire me throughout the day in a notebook and when they would go to bed I'd go to my computer and just start typing. I've written five children's books.


My littles when they were little!

One time when Christian was about five we were weeding in the backyard and these root looking things kept coming up as we hula hoed. When he asked me what they were, I made up this whole story about aliens and beetle bugs and weeding! Later that night I wrote, "Justin Tyme's Risky Business," a young reader.
Christian Tyler Five years old


Another summer while I was watching my girls play in the living room and listened to what they were saying, I had an idea to capture their different personalities. I started writing a story about three sisters, but to my own surprise, the sisters were already in high school. It turned into a young adult novel. I mainly wrote for myself. With the thought that maybe one day I'd give the stories to the kids.


Alina (2) Micaela (3) Rylee (9 mos)


My first year as a flight attendant I remember standing in the back of the galley with so many flight attendants just chatting and gossiping. I'd listen as they told me all their stories or rumors they had heard about flight crews. I never encountered any of it myself, to be honest, but it intrigued me. So, on the back of an airplane with a notebook and pen, I started to write the novel, Flight Tales! And this year I finally finished part two! Again, It was just a story I wanted to tell myself, with characters I fell in love with, a story I wanted to know the ending to.
Flight Attendant Graduation Day

I never had any intention of publishing it, because I never wanted anyone to tell me it sucked, for one. But, two, I was also afraid no one would read it. After a few people did read it and said how much they liked it, I decided to try and publish it. I started researching my options and began to write query letters to agents and publishers.
One day, I was working on the Embraer 120 one of our smaller Aircraft (a 30 seater) from LAX to SBA.  The pilots had asked me to sit early due to some turbulence. The jump seat on this particular plane was right in front of row one and I could hear the conversation between 1C and 1D.  And from what I gathered 1D was "somebody" They were talking about books and screenplays and 1C was really excited to be sitting next to him.
I have always felt that you're put in different places, situations and people for a reason and that you should never pass up on something that could be an opportunity, so I decided to chime in. I told them about my book and how I was in the process of querying etc. And this is what 1D said, "There are so many avenues for you to get your work out there if I were you I'd start looking into them, with so many resources on the internet, self-publishing is a great option. Because unless you're someone famous or you've already published a book, big house publishing companies aren't going to publish you. And nowadays you really don't need one too anyway. If I had tried to publish today what I did 20 years ago, he laughed, it would have never seen the light of day and that's the truth. "
We talked a little longer until finally, I asked him what it was he had written.
He said, "Oh, it's just a little screenplay, maybe you've heard of it, its called Rain Man," it was Barry Morrow!
The very next day I looked into self-publishing, I hired a graphic designer and did my own editing.
Flight Tales: First Class, Sex and Lies

That was 3 years ago. This time around I hired an actual editor and will be re-releasing Flight Tales Part One with new edits as well as Part Two. I may not be a well-known author (yet) or a famous play write but I am a writer. And I'm proud of myself for not letting other peoples opinions of me and my work stop me from writing. Now I think, whether anyone ever reads my books or not, doesn't matter. I want to be an example to my kids to believe in yourself, and to shoot for the stars because It doesn't hurt to try!

Be on the lookout for Flight Tales: First Class, Sex and Lies AND  Secrets and Scandals. Out this fall!! I should advise you that these books do have adult content.
On a scale of Rylee to Christian. None of the kids have read it.

One day it's my dream that you will be able to purchase my children's books:
Tyler's Treasures
Autumn's Pink Pajama's
Isabelle's Grand Adventure
Chanel and the Ava Bird
Grandma Sana's Handkerchief

My Young Reader:
Justin Tyme's Risky Business

& My Young Adult Novel:
Growing Up Fiore

Until then you can head over to Amazon THIS FRIDAY and buy my short story trilogy! Here's the synopsis:

When Francie and Bird met on the plane all those years ago they believed it was love at first sight but when Bird realizes who Francie really is, he'll have to go against everyone he knows to protect her.

Discover the truth in this Rashomon style short story trilogy
by: AJ Marc





On a scale from Rylee to Christian, these are suited for all ages.

Buy Bird, French & Montana on Amazon this Friday!!!! Leave me a review & tell me what you think! And if you would like and share this post too, I'd appreciate it very much!
Thank you
~That Flight Attendant Mom

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Monday, July 2, 2018

The Tired Life of a Fabulous Flight Attendant Mom

From dining in tree-houses and finding sake speakeasies to going to baseball games, if you follow me on Instagram you would think that work trips are fun-filled weekends away from my kids. And you would probably find it hard to believe that more often then not I'm what crews call a "slam clicker"
Meaning once I get to my room I close the door, lock it and you'll be lucky to see me at breakfast. Why you ask? Because this Mama of four is tired and I value my alone time, even if it means I have to schlep trash and deal with cranky travelers from time to time to get it!!!
So in this weeks blog post and first "Room Service" post. I wanted to share a day in the "no gram" life of a flight attendant mom. (I think I just made that up, "no gram" do you get it? Like, not Instagram worthy... Okay moving on!)


Thanks for the ride to work SWA!


Day one
I woke up at 2:30 am and was out the door by 3:30 to catch a 5:15 flight from my home airport to my base. Normally I can catch a direct flight to San Francisco but because of the flight schedule and when I started work, I flew to Oakland then took Bart to SF. Talk about a commute hu?!
I arrived in SFO around 8 am. I grabbed a much needed cold foam sf vanilla iced cappuccino from  Starbucks which they got wrong by the way and went inside the terminal to wait for my plane. I'm not going to lie, I was a little upset it wasn't what I asked for. But, more importantly, that I had just paid $5 for that drink. But that's beside the point.
We worked three flights that day until we finished at 9 pm in Salt Lake City, Utah. The hotel shuttle was running late, and we ended up waiting almost 30 minutes. I had to use the ladies room pretty bad and to say I was exhausted is an understatement!  When I finally got to my room, I unpacked my toiletries, hung up my uniform and did 100 squats. I just started a 30 day 100 daily squat challenge and will keep you posted on my results. It literally didn't take me very long and it made me feel good about myself.
I washed my face, brushed my teeth and set my alarm. I talked to my girls on the phone over a makeup crisis they were having at Dads and slid into bed.

Day 2
8:30 am Hotel shuttle to the airport
Werk Werk Werk Werk Werk with three more flights for the day and done in Omaha, Nebraska at 5:30 pm. I actually had dinner plans with a friend who lives there, that turned into a late night speakeasy find (see Instagram) So I forgot to do my squats but it was totally worth it!
Sake Cocktails from Kaitei
Omaha


Day 3
7:30 am Hotel shuttle
Day three and a little too much Sake made for a very exhausting three flights but since we started in central time we were done by 2 pm back in Salt Lake City. I did my squats, thought about doing a 30 min body-weight workout but ended up watching the latest episode of A Handmaids Tale. In retrospect, I should have watched it while I did the workout but instead I took a nap. Well, it was more like I accidentally fell asleep while watching the show, whoops! I woke up, heated some brussel sprouts, brown rice, and chicken I brought from home and ended my night with a nice hot bubble bath...


Okay and finally Day 4. Go home day!
7:20 am Hotel shuttle
Just ONE flight to SFO before catching a flight home!

Maybe that doesn't seem so bad to you, but try to remember..I don't get to sleep or watch movies on these flights, I hardly even get to sit down!

 The hardest part about this job isn't my aching feet at the end of the day though, it's that there is no such thing as routine. There is no such thing as a schedule. And half of the time if you do plan something there will most likely be a delay or a cancellation that ends up ruining said plans.
The second hardest thing is FOOD!
If you're trying to maintain some sort of healthy lifestyle this lifestyle makes it challenging! But it can be done.
What I've found that works for me is intermittent fasting. It's easier because I don't have to pack as much food since I'm basically eating two big meals and a couple of snacks during my eating window.  But it can also be hard when you wake up on the East Coast so it's 2:30 am Pacific time and you're hungry by 9, but you're going to Chicago and can't eat until 2 pm because you usually break your fast at 12. Still with me? Ha
I try my hardest to stick with it. I drink lots of water to help me get through those days where the pretzels and cookies are begging me to eat them. But I also listen to my body and let my self enjoy the places and food from around the country because...YOLO! My kids are going to make fun of me for saying that but, whateves! Lol
The third hardest thing is keeping up with a beauty routine. Because nobody wants to travel with all of this nonsense...


I used to just use coconut oil for everything on the road. To take off my make up &wash my face, to moisturize even to shave my legs. But as I started to notice a few more wrinkles and age spots I wanted to use products specifically for that. I tried Dermologica's anti-aging travel size kit and absolutely loved it. It's convenient and already fun sized but its also quite pricey for how often I was buying it. (I was also using it at home) So I switched over to DermaE. I cleanse with Derma E's rose oil cleanser which works great to take off my eye make up and use the vitamin c moisturizer for both morning and night. At home, I add the night cream and microderm scrub that you only use twice a week anyway. I love how my face feels, I love how it smells  I love that it's vegan and cruelty-free. And I love that the ounces are already within travel guidelines.
I also use a rose water toner/spray, on the plane to keep my face hydrated! It's called "So Fresh" from Free Bird Remedies. I buy it at my local farmers market but she ships ladies!!!

There it is a day in the four-day life.
I think my best advice after 7 years of flying is this:  Keep it simple! Drink lots of water and always try to get a good nights rest. Whether you need 6-8 hours, I feel like quality over quantity is best, and when traveling everyone needs a little help getting that! Some flight attendants use Zzzquil others Melatonin or Yogi Bedtime tea. I take a night time probiotic from Ideal Fit that works wonders!
Go check it out and use my code
ADRIANA-RL for 10% off. You can thank me later!

So yes, sometimes work trips are fun-filled weekends away from my kids and other times they're not. At the end of the day, there is always some work involved. If it was always fun it wouldn't be called work, right?

Next up on "Room Service" A quick bodyweight workout you can do anywhere and what I pack in my Six Pack Fitness bag for a four-day trip!

I feel like I should sign off with something cheesy like Have a good day, hope to see you on my next flight. Love, That flight attendant mom.... but I think that might embarrass my kids too!



Here's the link for Ideal Fit (Try their protein, it's amazing too!)
https://www.idealfit.com/

Here's the link for the beauty organizer I have at home:
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073JL38MR/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_6X3nBb3W1TY65

I buy Dermalogica at Ulta

You can also buy Derma E from Ulta,  Amazon, and Walgreens who is having a buy 2 get one free sale as you read this!

And here is the link for the "So Fresh" Facial Toner

https://freebirdremedies.bigcartel.com/product/so-fresh-spray

Update: Check out my Amazon store for products I"m currently using.


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