This was 4 years ago, almost to the day .
November 15th 2012, when I was starting a new and scary page of moving to DUBAI to start my career as a flight attendant.
Bleached blonde hair, bangs, and a few tears later I boarded my plane. I told myself if I really hated it I could quit and go home.
I thought, “If I can just make it one year, I will be proud.”
Well… one year turned to two years… turned to three years… and unbelievably turned to FOUR years.
And every year has been a different experience. I have ALWAYS liked the job. But living abroad held different challenges and experiences.
First one was thrilling, fun, new. The friends I made at the beginning were so important for me not to up and run back home!
Second year was a little more lonely , some of those close friends quit, the homesickness pull was stronger , some days I hated being in Dubai. I was at a critical part of my time here, trying to decide if I should quit and move home or stay and get a car.
Third year showed an improvement in my idea of this city, I had stayed and gotten a car and that really was a life changer. I started enjoying this crazy place!
Fourth year was the best year. I was finally in business class, so the job wasn’t as emotionally difficult (passengers in business have much better manners). Exploring Dubai (and other places!) with my car was my favorite. I think this was the year I did the most trips during my days off to other places besides home.
So here I am, putting in my resignation. A little sudden, a little unsure, but excited about what comes next ! And having a little normalcy return to my day – to – day. Seeing my family without fighting jet lag. Being home for Christmas. BABIES!
So lets see what 2017 holds.