How to Save for a Trip

Hi, if this is your first time reading my blog, thanks and I hope you stay!

Today’s blog post is going to be about saving money for a trip or life!

If you’re like me, you’ve got a lot of bills: car payment, car insurance, student loans, rent, cell phone bill, etc etc. These things add up and can seem like it’s impossible to save for that dream trip you’re dying to take. It’s really difficult to save and traveling is expensive. Hotel costs, food, souvenirs, tours are just a few things we anticipate paying for when we’re on a trip. I want to help alleviate that stress so I’ve written about a few different ways I save so I can take the trips I want.

*Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor so please make sure to do research and choose the best option for you.

1. Qapital App

I found the Qapital app while browsing NerdWallet two years ago and I’ve been using it ever since. This app allows you to determine how much you save and what kind of savings you want. Once you connect your bank account to it, you can set up how much you want it to save. The reason I like this app is it creates a separate savings account that I can’t see when I log into my bank account. It’s only accessible via the app so I often forget I have it, but it’s very easy to transfer money from the app to your bank account. However this savings account does not accrue interest.  There’s a few different settings that they have so I’ll just write the ones I use.

The first is the round-up savings. Every time I use my debit card, or pay a bill, it will round up to the next dollar and withdraw the change into my savings account. (Example: I spent $3.50 on coffee, it’ll withdraw $0.50 and put it into a savings account for me).

The second setting I use is 54 deposits. This starts out withdrawing $1 on the first week, $2 on the second week, $3 the third week and so forth. You do not however receive any interest on your savings.

There are many other settings you can choose to increase your savings and different goals you can create. You can sign up here.

2. Acorns App

I really like this app because it’s very basic to use and allows you to invest easily. This uses a similar model that Qapital uses by rounding up and taking the change and saves it for you. Th only difference is this app invests the money rather than putting it into a savings account.

This does come with a monthly fee of $1 (or $2/$3 if you want more features). I honestly don’t know more about this app except that it takes my money and invests it, I watch it grow and can withdraw it pretty easily.

3. Save your tax return

This is probably something you hear from your banker or financial advisor (if you have one) but saving your tax return and investing it can help you in the long run. Every year I take my tax return and place it in a CD for 12 months. This way, I can’t spend the money, and I’ll be penalized if I try and withdraw it early. By placing it in a CD, I’m also allowing it to be invested. After the CD matures, I only withdraw the money that was earned on it and keep the initial tax return in the CD. I use Marcus by Goldman Sachs for my CDS.

4. Recurring Savings Deposits

This is something else I do that has been really helpful. Through my payroll department, I’m able to have a recurring deposits withdrawn from my paycheck before it comes to my checking account. If you are able to do this at your company, I suggest you enroll in this. For me, this means I am able to put money aside every month without having to do it myself. These savings are is also not connected to my daily bank account but is easily accessible to transfer money to and from. For me, the best way I’m able to save is if I don’t see the money. I use Barclays Online Banking for this savings account.

Hope this was helpful and not too boring. Do you have any savings tips that you think are really useful? Let me know in the comments below.

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Blogger Recognition Award

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First off, I want to say, the blogging community is an amazing community. I have met some of the most supportive and nice people through blogging and I am honored to be nominated by Grace from Prayers and Passports.

Let’s get started by first covering the rules surrounding this award as I will be nominating some other wonderful bloggers!

  1. Thank the blogger for nominating you and link to their blog
  2. Write a blog post on your website showing the award
  3. Describe the story of why you started your blog
  4. Write two pieces of advice you have for new bloggers
  5. Nominate more bloggers
  6. Notify nominees of their nomination

Why I Started My Blog

When I first decided to jump back into the foray of blogging, I was nervous about being “another travel blogger”. I thought that it would be hard to find my niche, but rather than limiting myself to just blogging about travel, I decided I was going to blog about my life. About what I am going through and my life as a flight attendant.

Being a flight attendant isn’t an easy job, it sounds glamorous, but like any jobs it has its up and downs. This is my way of showcasing that and helping educate others on what it is like to be a flight attendant in hopes you will treat us with a little more kindness. So for everyone who has read my blog, thanks so much!

Two Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers

My first piece of advice is blog about what you know and love. This makes it easy to blog. My second piece of advice is don’t try and extend yourself too early. Create quality over quantity!

My Nominations

I’m nominating

My Soul Travels

Plating Pixels

Rock A Little Travel

Seersucker Optional

Jess // The Crown Wings

Happy New Year & My Resolution

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Happy New Year!

I decided to take a brief blog hiatus so I could focus on being with my friends and family and not worry about everything that blogging entails. I forgot how time consuming blogging can be. I hope everyone had a good Christmas/holiday/ and well deserved time off. It helps to have a few days off and reset from the business of work and being an adult.

Every new year, I always sit down and write down New Year resolutions that I know I’ll forget about. This year I decided I wanted to change that. I spent a lot of time reflecting on the past year and the challenges that I faced and what I really wanted to work on this year and it came down to one thing: I want to be a better friend.

Friendship is really hard and something that is incredibly fluid and ever changing. There are periods of our lives where we are incredibly close with some people and as we grow older we grow apart from those friends and we make new friends. This is normal, but for some of those friendships that you have cultivated and that you have shared time and memories with, there is an inherent desire to want to maintain that friendship.

I’m going to work harder at being more present, being better at making time for friends and being there for them when they need me. However, it’s okay to also say that a friendship isn’t beneficial and to let it fade away. I did a lot of that this past year, realizing I didn’t want to put energy into friendships that didn’t reciprocate or weren’t positive. I’ve spent too much time wondering why people stop talking to me or why a friendship fizzles out to worry about it now. I spent a lot of time this year wasting my time on people who, I’ve come to realize, have no interest in being my friend. They ghost until it’s convenient for them, or until they need something from me. As I get older, I realize I don’t have the time or energy to waste time on such trivial friendships. I’m going to work on friendships that are meaningful and important to me, and that’s my focus this year.

I’m excited for the new year, for a fresh start and to be a better friend.

Do you have any New Years Resolutions? Let me know in the comments below!

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13 Books That Are Worth Reading Again

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As much as I try and read new books and try and make my to-read pile smaller, sometimes I just want to pick up a book that I am familiar with. I often describe rereading a book like reuniting with an old friend. You forget how great it is when you’re together, and you always have a good time. That’s what rereading a book is to me. I often reread books if I’m in a book slump, or I’m transitioning genres. I’ve been trying to read more nonfiction this year, but I do love a good young adult book. These are the books that I am always eager to reread.

  1. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  3. The Children by David Halberstam
  4. Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  6. Cheating at Solitaire by Ally Carter
  7. Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  9. Definitely, Maybe In Love by Ophelia London
  10. Holes by Louis Sachar
  11. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
  12. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

What are some books you could reread?

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15 Movies In 2019

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2018 was a really hard year for me for many different reasons that I’ll get into later this month, in my end of year reflection post. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to 2019! Out with the old, in with the new! Here are a list of 15 movies that are coming out next year that I’m excited to see.

  1. Avengers 4
  2. The Lion King (live action remake)
  3. Dumbo (live action remake)
  4. Star Wars Episode 9
  5. Mulan
  6.  Us (JORDAN PEELE, WINSTON DUKE, LUPITA NYONG’O need I say more?)
  7. Greyhound
  8. Where’d you go Bernadette?
  9. John Wick Chapter 3
  10. Ford vs Ferrari
  11. Artemis Fowl (Judi Dench can do no wrong)
  12. Captain Marvel
  13. Godzilla
  14. The Lego Movie
  15. Rocketman

Any movies you’re looking forward to seeing?

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19 Christmas Romantic Comedies

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Who loves cheesy Christmas romantic comedies (rom-com)? I LOVE THEM. Hallmark, Netflix – you name them, I’ve seen them! There is something so wonderful and cheesy about watching terrible movie plots, fake snow and two people falling in love within two days of meeting each other. It’s exactly how I would want to fall in love with someone during Christmas (just kidding). But in all seriousness, Christmas rom-com are some of my favorite movies and I love that this is something that other people are jumping on the bandwagon. Thank you Netflix and Hallmark for taking on this momentous task and doing a superb job.

Let’s start with Netflix’s greatest release this year: The Princess Switch starring Vanessa Hudgens. If you didn’t this was rom-com gold, get out of here. Buzzfeed did a quiz about which guy from A Princess Switch you should marry and I got Hot Baker Dad Kevin and I was ecstatic (you can take the test here). You should also watch their movie The Holiday Calendar, also released this year because it is magical gold.

Netflix released a total gem last year called A Christmas Prince and this changed my life. It made me realize that journalism is a viable career path if it means meeting a prince (currently looking into journalism schools that have internships in countries with royal families, so far – there are none). Netflix is releasing a sequel A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and frankly, I think it’s a bit cheeky of them to use The Royal Wedding. As if to completely ignore the fact that THE ROYAL WEDDING already happened earlier this year (cc Harry and Meghan Markle).  Anyways, at the time that I am writing this post, the sequel hasn’t been released so I can’t give you my opinion, but rest assured I am sure I will love it.

There were also some great holiday rom-com blockbusters such as The Holiday – which I recently discovered Hans Zimmer wrote the score for. Hans Zimmer, the composer who wrote the score for Inception, The Lion King, Driving Miss Daisy, Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Carribean, the list goes on and on, wrote the score for The Holiday. It kills me. I digress.

Anyways here’s list of my favorite holiday rom-com (in no particular order because I honestly couldn’t rank them so please don’t ask me).

  1. The Princess Switch (hello KEVIN)
  2. A Prince for Christmas
  3. The Holiday Calendar
  4. A Princess for Christmas (Hi Sam Heughan)
  5. The Holiday (I’m just here for Jude Law)
  6. Love Actually
  7. White Christmas
  8. A Christmas Kiss
  9. A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale (I’m just here for the dogs)
  10. Crown for Christmas
  11. A Very Merry Mixup
  12. A Christmas Detour
  13. Christmas Inheritance
  14. Christmas with a view
  15. Christmas in the City (Ashanti is in this, need I say more?)
  16. Christmas Crush (or Holiday High School Reunion starring AARON SAMUELS – who’s real name is Jonathan Bennett but did anyone actually know that?)
  17. Holiday Engagement
  18. My Christmas Dream
  19. The Spirit of Christmas (kind of weird, but kind of love it)

What’s your favorite holiday rom-com? Did I miss any good ones? Let me know in the comments below!

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22 Things About Me

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I’ve been blogging for almost a month now and I first want to thank all my followers! Thanks so much for your support and reading my blog. Also, shout out to my mom who’s been promoting my blog on her facebook page and she only has 44 friends, that’s dedication and love. You can also follow my food adventures on Instagram or follow my tweets.

Now that I’m getting into the swing of blogging (again) I thought I’d tell you a little more about myself. Here are 22 things about me!

  1. I grew up in Seattle, WA
  2. I’ve lived in Los Angeles, St. Paul, and Seattle.
  3. I studied abroad in Geneva and I spent a month in Greece.
  4. In 2016 I backpacked throughout Europe and visited 10 countries in 3 months.
  5. I plan to travel to three or four countries next year.
  6. I once flew to the UK to see Ed Sheeran.
  7. I’m a Liverpool FC supporter.
  8. My favorite bookstore is Powells.
  9. My favorite movies are Ocean’s Eleven and Shawshank Redemption.
  10. My favorite Disney Movie is Mulan and Finding Nemo.
  11. I bought my first car last year.
  12. My goal is to have all my student loans paid off by 2020.
  13. The first time I drove a car I backed into a pole.
  14. Alaska is my favorite U.S. State.
  15. I’ve been to 27 states and I want to go to all 50 eventually.
  16. Maui is my favorite Hawaiian Island.
  17. I want to donate my hair in 2019.
  18. My favorite piece of jewelry is a ring my mom got me for Christmas in 2014.
  19. I can’t wear contacts (seriously I’ve tried).
  20. I once flushed my cell phone down the toilet (sorry Earth!).
  21. I know all the lyrics to Hamilton.
  22. I’m a Ravenclaw.

Whew! That was a lot. Any fun facts about you? Or what Hogwart’s house are you? Comment below!

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Thanksgiving in Vegas

Like many people who work in customer service, holidays and weekends are rare things for us to get off. While we can get them off, as a junior flight attendant, it’s really difficult to. I’m okay with this, as I understand it’s part of the job and I have the incentive that I get paid double time to work holidays. Last year I spent Thanksgiving flying to LAX, sitting for 8 hours in the airport and then flying to Anchorage. This year I flew to San Francisco and then Vegas. My layover was in Vegas and my friend Phil (the same Phil from Chena Hot Springs) lives in Vegas so he picked me up and showed me Vegas as he knows it.

Vegas is a really interesting place, for most of us, we imagine Vegas as this glitzy, glamorous city that we visit. It’s rarely a place we think that people actually live in. Phil hates living in Vegas and has told me repeatedly his first goal is to save up so he can move from there. Vegas from a resident point of view is so different and so fascinating. Phil took me to the Seven Magic Mountains which is an art project outside of Las Vegas. It’s about a 25-minute drive that is easy to get to, (pretty much a straight shot) from Vegas, but you’ll need a car. The Magic Mountains are 25 ft. boulders that are colorfully painted. After the Magic Mountains, we went to the Container Park which is the coolest thing I’ve been too!

The Container Park is located in Las Vegas in the Fremont area. Fremont is considered the “old original” Vegas. They have a really cool LED Canopy that does 5-minute show on the hour. I recommend you go just to walk around and to see the show! The Container Park is full of boutiques and local restaurants, but I liked the area because it was quiet and pretty low-key for Vegas. Also, all the boutiques were local shops, not chain stores like those on the Strip so I liked knowing I was supporting a local business.

I always have a good time when I’m in Vegas (sometimes too much of a good time), but this was a different and fun experience because I saw parts of Vegas I never would’ve thought to go to. It’s fun to see Vegas from Phil’s point of view, and I definitely want to see it again.

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Container Park, iPhone X

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Seven Magic Mountains, iPhone X

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Currently listening to: Podcast Edition

I know Podcasts have been around for a while, but I didn’t really get into them until my friends Emily and Alyssa launched their own podcast. I had listened to Pod Save America for a few episodes, but honestly, politics is a love-hate relationship and I had to stop listening.

I recently moved and my drive to the airport is now about an episode-long so I have been listening to their podcasts to and from work. Listening to their podcast has been a great way to keep me awake during my drive home, or help me sit through traffic on my way to the airport.

I really enjoy their podcast for numerous reasons but mainly because it makes me feel like I’m right next to them on the couch (not in Washington while they’re in Minnesota). Another reason is that it’s an authentic podcast that is exactly how they are in person. They talk about all things that millennial’s have to deal with: dating apps, friendship, adulting, job searching, etc. They are also extremely funny and I often find myself laughing at random times when I’m reliving their podcast.

I highly recommend you check out their podcast. If you’re looking for a something to listen to, want to feel like you’re hanging out with two great women and need a few good laughs: go check out Floral Couch Conversations. They are available on the Podcast App here, Soundcloud here and Spotify here. You can also follow them on Instagram here.

I give them a 5/5.

5 Star

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Some musings of a Flight Attendant

Hi there, thanks for reading my blog and hope you enjoy it. Feel free to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions you want me to answer or any topics you want me to talk about.

One thing I’m often asked “how is life as a flight attendant” and it’s a really hard question to answer. Like any jobs, there are pros and cons, but I love my job.

What I love about my job is the flexibility. I can work as much or as little as I want. This year has been a pretty chaotic and stressful year. The beginning of the year my grandmother passed away and that was a devastating blow that affected me more than I thought. I ended up taking a lot of time off. Additionally, I love the ability to take off time to travel. Early this February I went to Madrid last minute because my friend happened to be there on the same days that I have off. That was an exciting last minute trip that I feel grateful I had the opportunity to take. There are times when I want to be home, but I’m flying for four days instead.

What is the most frustrating part of my job is the behavior of the passengers on the plane. For the most part, a majority of passengers are nice, respectful and listen, but there are always a handful that just make you want to bang your head against the wall.

One thing I would like to point out is 99% of everything we do or say is based on safety. We don’t ask you to put your tray table up and seat backs forward to be annoying. We do it because landing and takeoff are when plane accidents happen. If we have to evacuate the plane, we want to be able to ensure you are able to get off the plane. It’s a lot harder to get out of your seat if your tray table is down and the seat in front of you is laying on your lap. The other 1% is telling you we don’t have Pepsi.

A confession I have is sometimes I really admire other flight attendants who have told me they met their significant other on the plane. I often wonder how that went down. Did the flight attendant slip their number subtly? Did the passenger come up and give them their number? How did they connect? Was it love at first sight? These are important questions! On a side note, I’ve actually had two passengers give me their numbers.

The first time was my very second flight ever and I was saying goodbye to the passengers as they deplaned and he gave me a piece of paper that had his number on it. I didn’t text him back, I felt awkward.

The second time we had landed was when I was flying to Cuba. I had been working first class and he was a first class passenger who literally slept the whole entire flight. Once again, as I was saying goodbye he got up and said he enjoyed the flight and wanted my number. As we were in Cuba, and I didn’t have any cell reception, I didn’t get any of his messages until I landed back in the United States. Needless to say, that didn’t go anywhere.

Are there any questions you have for a flight attendant? Or a really cute/funny story about how you met your significant other?

These are two pictures I took in Cuba on a Fujifilm XT-10 and edited on VSCO.

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