Know This Before You Get On a Plane

Things You Should Know Before You Get On A Plane

Air travel is so much easier than you think.


When I first moved out of state, I was so worried I would never have time to see my friends from home - 800 miles away. This was a place I had grown up in and had been a part of for nearly fifteen years. At the time of my move, I could not drive and I knew that family road trips would be nearly impossible. Air travel became the move and I began using a cheap and easy airline to either fly my friends down or travel up there myself.

There are a few things I have learned since I have started flying a lot more frequently. I know that there are quite a few people my age and even older that have never flown and I wanted to write an article about the few lessons I have learned to educate and ease anxieties that may come with flying. The idea of being so incredibly high in the atmosphere while a pilot takes control sounds more terrifying than it actually is.

To start, flying is so much easier than what you would expect. It's very straightforward and as long as you can find your gate, you will be fine. Think of it as going in line to ride on a roller coaster at a theme park. A small anxious feeling may be building in your lower stomach, but your mind knows that many engineers worked on this roller coaster to ensure your safety. Yes, there have been other roller coasters that have malfunctioned, but nothing is perfect. The ratio of an incident happening to you on a roller coaster is ultimately slim to none. This is the same mentality I have with flying. Just enjoy the flight and put your fears to rest. SO many engineers and scientists have worked on these planes and these pilots have been trained for years. Much like a roller coaster, the flight is over before you know it anyways.

I also recommend packing light. When I used to road trip, I would over pack and bring way too much in fear that I didn't have enough. My excuse would be to "always be prepared", but I have learned that sometimes it's better to be unprepared and let life take you where it's supposed to. Allow spontaneity, bring what you need, and enjoy your trip. It will also help at the end of your trip when you are packing up to return home because you won't be so stressed out about what you may be leaving behind.

Bring a book or a journal and headphones. Being able to write, sketch, or read while listening to music makes the flight so much more enjoyable. All fears escape as you allow your brain and imagination to run away with you. I prefer to bring a book, but it's obviously a personal preference. It's so much better to have outlets for your mind and to be able to physically do something rather than sit there anxiously with nothing to do.

Last but not least, charge your phone to one hundred percent right before. You will need it from boarding passes to calls from your mom to ordering an Uber to pick you up. You may not be able to use data during the flight, but listening to music offline is worth it anyways. Don't get on draining apps beforehand unless you're charging your phone simultaneously. Just stay present and let the waiting begin. Maybe get a snack before you hop on and don't forget to breathe.

Air travel feels like you are traveling through space and time. It honestly blows my mind that two hours and a hundred bucks are all I need to see my family and best friends from home. Your mind is a powerful thing so tell yourself that air travel is fun rather than something to fear. This may sound cliche, but it's only terrifying if you let it. Get on the roller coaster, enjoy the ride, and before you know it, you will be right where you are supposed to.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.

Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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The Rejuvenating Qualities Of Panama City Beach

There are definitely some healing properties in these ocean waves.


We have gone to the beach quite a few times this summer season. We live around 2 hours away and try to make it to Panama City Beach at least once a week. It's a venture for sure, but compared to the 7-day drive from The Rockies of Colorado to the Peanut Capital of the World, Dothan, Alabama (a time in which no one has heard of) we can't really make any excuses.

Now, I am sitting here typing away in the early morning while watching a summer storm blow in over the sea but, make no doubt about it, the ocean and its shores are one of the most healing, rejuvenating places on this planet. There is a calm in the break of the waves on the shoreline, and yet it pairs with an unspoken knowledge that the ocean is this uncontrollable force.

This isn't a speech on saving the planet and being eco-friendly, recycling and watching out for our beaches, which is a topic I am very passionate about and a post I would totally create. This is simply an open letter to those who might need to get away in order to revive their souls.

If you are anything like me, you have emotions pulsing through you at all times, ideas about everything under the sun, a longing to explore and adventure, and a deep need for rest, all at the same time. There are not many things in this world that truly satisfy me. There is a lot of disappointment. There is a lot of wrongdoing and suffering. It's overwhelming.

That is why I come to the beach. It removes the overwhelming things.

You see, there is nothing complicated about the waves (unless you make it complicated, but we stay away from people like you). They are simple. They are peaceful. And 99% of the time in my life that is what I need, simplicity and peace. I over-complicate things myself, I make excuses and I feel hurt in most moments of my life. I lived an exposed, vulnerable lifestyle that drains me.

That is why I love the ocean. It replenishes my drained soul. It energizes me. It is motivating and inspiring, relaxing and unwinding.

I don't pass out advice. I never have. I do, however, try living an honest life, always in the moment, so I can share my experiences in hopes that others might find them helpful. That is precisely why I am writing this. Because if you could just get to the beach, to a shoreline, it might change you. Seeing this vast landscape changes your perspective on the situations in your life you thought might overtake you.

The ocean speaks. It heals. It tells your worries to cease and your mind to rest. It tells your body to relax and your busy schedule that there IS time to take a moment. Don't forget to take a moment for yourself this summer season.

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