MAKE TIME TO UNPLUG

From someone who used to be allergic to the word “unplug” I somehow managed to (years later) learn how to do so. Not so much to do it but I learned why I NEEDED to do it! For my mind, body and soul…

It doesn’t matter what career you are in, if you work from home or take care of your family. All of these are job and you MUST take the time to unplug, relax and maybe even meditate. Be grateful for what you have. Take the time to write these things down in a journal. Create a zen for yourself. Create a happy place to escape to even if it just in your mind.

When you take the time to do this you will come back to wherever you needed to get to faster because you are feeling so refreshed.

When I gave myself this challenge of writing 30 blogs in 30 days for my How To Series I thought it was honestly going to be a piece of cake.

Ummm…

That was not the case. I had to create a posting schedule for 30 days and five weeks that would make sense and excite my readers. Manage the professionals posts that were sent to me as I had many guests help me create a few posts each week. Then I had to share my story as well as a few others every day. Almost every post was at a minimum of 1,000 words.

And I am so happy and thrilled to share with you that today is Blog #30. The end of my How To Series. I am not going to lie when I tell you how proud I am that I achieved this personal goal of mine. Again…

That being said I am going to take my own advice and unplug this weekend. I’m going to take deep breathes, write in my journal and just escape from my norm…

Aside from unplugging I will be working on The Happy Workaholic Podcast!

I wanted to leave a few of my favorite “unplugged” quotes. Please enjoy them below…

It was true pleasure writing this series every day and I truly appreciated all of the comments here as well as all over my social media channels.

I want to connect and/or stay connected with you! Let me know what is going on in your world…

Comment below and let’s chat.

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Now it is time for me to officially unplug until Monday and I hope you do the same…

KAG

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TEN TRAVEL TIPS FROM A PRO

Everyone has their own way of preparing for a trip. You may start weeks ahead or be a pro at last minute packing. Either way it’s just nice to have a few back ups or new ideas. Sometimes that moment comes along when you’re like “Sh*t I can’t believe I forgot to bring that”! Or maybe a “Why didn’t I ever think of that”? Am I right?

So here are my top ten travel tips! Some you may already do and some may have you thinking I am crazy OCD! However, if you have been reading my How To Series all month you would know more about me and know that being organized times ten is just my norm…

TOP TEN TRAVEL TIPS

1: Do your research.

It does not matter if you are going away for business or pleasure, you should always do your research and prepare. You should look up local restaurants and shops because supporting local is important everywhere! Just saying. Contact a few people on social media that you may want to connect with later on. Ask them for their two cents on some places you’ve found online. I’m telling you this will really enhance your trip. And by doing it ahead of time you are not running around frantic or stressed. As trips are meant to be enjoyed. Even business trips.

2: Plan an itinerary and/or schedule.

You don’t want to be scheduled too much but you definitely want to have some sort of a plan to make sure you don’t overspend on traveling to each destination you are looking to visit. You also want to make sure you see everything on your list! Creating a schedule is just so you are able to see it on paper or a list on your phone. It may remind you of something else you wanted to do!

3: Packing and shipping.

The world we live in now is so different than 10-15 years ago. If you fly commercial you are sometimes charged for breathing room now! Just kidding! But the extra charges are getting to be a bit ridiculous. Not all airlines thank god just some of them. This is where shipping comes in. Next time you have a trip planned and have a lot to take I would definitely suggest looking into shipping a few things. It is cheaper to send a FedEx or UPS box than an checking an additional suitcase at the airport. Check it out. I’m sure you will be able to save some money in this department!

4: Stay charged up!

Bring your chargers for your chargers! Bring batteries. Bring extra batteries to charge the battery pack. These are on the list of you will spend a fortune buying them on vacation if you forgot them at home. Lay out all of your devices on the bed before packing to make sure you have everything you need for them. This is what I do! It makes it a lot easier. Then get those Ziplocs out and ready to go!

5:  Packing advice. Roll everything!

As you may have read this week I used to travel a lot. I would fly almost every week and to a completely different climate. One week I was in Panama, the next Alaska then sunny San Diego and Hawaii. I would have to bring an every day wardrobe as well as a formal work attire in one suitcase to fit all of these climates. How I did this was I rolled everything. I rolled things inside of other rolls of clothing and stacked them in rows. I would then pack my breakables in towels in between them to create layer. You will be shocked when you see how much more room you have packing this way. You also need Ziplocs and a lot of them. Ziplocs can be used to store everything! They will also help save you a ton of room in your luggage as well as keep it nice and organized.

6: Prepare what to eat and what type of food to eat.

These days most restaurants can accommodate any diet restrictions but you want to make sure you find those great places to dine beforehand so you are not stressed right before a meal. Going out to eat should absolutely be enjoyable not a stressful situation. Make a list of what type of dining you want to enjoy too! Italian, Mediterranean, Asian cuisine etc. In Vegas especially choosing your dining can be overwhelming because there are just so many options. And going off the grid aka off “the strip” is also a great choice! Pick a day of your trip to go where the locals go.

7: Carry on your essentials and back ups.

I am by no means telling you this to jinx you but you always need to plan and be prepared. God forbid your luggage gets lost and you are on your way to a deal making meeting. Please do not pack anything for that meeting in a suitcase you check! You MUST have those items on you or ahead of you. Feel free to refer back to Tip #3 packing and shipping if you need a reminder.

8: Download Apps and save money!

This is one of those tips that a lot of people don’t think about doing. Some apps are only available in certain cities and if you are a new customer you are sure to save! No matter what the case may be. Hotels also have many ways for you to save. A players card or VIP member of some sort. Just research these before you hop on that flight so that you can start saving as soon as you land. Social media is the easiest way to find these codes and/or apps. Contact me here if you need any Vegas deals…

9: Make lists on your phone.

I have lists for my lists. I am not kidding! I know that is extreme but it keeps me organized and prepared at all times. On the down time you have flying or sitting in the car put together a plan for your stay. This is to make sure you don’t forget the attractions, places or restaurants you really want to go to. We all know trips can be a bit stressful so why not try to avoid that!

10: Experience and enjoy!

You are on a trip for a reason. Whether it’s for work or personal you just need to enjoy every moment of it! Take lots of pics, videos and your journal if you have one. But not to the point where you are not fully present! Trust me I used to be one of those. Enjoy every moment because you deserve it…

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KAG

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TRAVEL LIKE A PRO TO LAS VEGAS!

I cannot believe I have lived in Vegas for almost six years! That is a record for me! As someone who has lived in ten cities over the last ten years you can only imagine how odd that feels. I always get asked…How do you live here all year long? or Why am I not on the East Coast? To be honest with you I’m not sure I could do what I do anywhere else. As more of my business has moved online I could work from anywhere. However, what I want and need would not be at my finger tips as it is here in Vegas! And most of what I want is here in Vegas and just not found anywhere else!

The reason why I moved to Vegas in the first place was because I took a promotion with a company I was working for in the world of private aviation and luxury vehicles. Per usual, I said YES! Packed up my two 70 pound suitcases and hopped on a flight from San Diego. Seriously! I didn’t even have time to look for an apartment because they needed me right away. I got to live in various hotels on “The Strip” for quite some time. So if you ever need to know how to save money on “The Strip” I am your girl! Contact me here…

I wanted to share some tips with you from a few of my friends who have some pretty demanding and reputable jobs here in town. In my opinion they are the best at what they do! And as I always say SERVICE IS KEY. In any industry but especially in Las Vegas and they all do just that!

A few tips I would like to give you is to hire someone who knows the ins and outs of the city. Someone who can create a complete itinerary for you with your budget. Someone who will be able to save you money in one place to be able to use the extra in another. For example: Locals get great rates on attractions. That would save you money. Then that extra money you would have used can be put towards better seats at a show! Get it! By the way I create a pretty dam good itinerary. Just saying…

Always hire a Professional to help you create the best experience for you. It doesn’t matter if you are here for a convention or bachelorette! There is always time to get things done. Vegas is 24 hrs!  I’m speaking from experience as I have had clients email me lists of what they need prior to their arrival. I shop for it so it is here for when they arrive and deliver it to them. That saves them time and money and that is just something simple.

If you are looking to come to Vegas just to get away you should keep in mind holidays and calendar holidays as rates are much higher. If you are coming with a group and you have been nominated to plan the trip then absolutely contact someone to help you plan everything. Your trip will be so much more enjoyable without the stress of you planning it all.

I had a group of 18 last year that I had planned every dinner, transportation and event for. I had concierges doing meet and greets and texting me throughout the trip so I knew when and where that group was if I wasn’t there myself. I do this because I am a perfectionist and want every single person I deal with leaving Las Vegas extremely happy and wanting to come back for more…

Over fight weekend a few years ago I had 48 people I was personally in charge of. That was just completely insane! I manged it (through many miracles). And everyone left happy. We all made a lot of money but then I ended up in the hospital. I was prepared times ten but that weekend was definitely out of the norm. I had armed protection with me at some points. It was just insane! My point is hire a professional to take care of your trip. If my clients tried to book anything themselves that weekend they would have been in their rooms. Even the pools had 3-4 hour lines to get into. It does not matter what you plan on doing or spending. The point is you deserve the best service when you are here. So you must try to plan as ahead as you can. And that is what I did for those groups. They all left happy and that made me happy…

So if you are planning a trip to Vegas let me know and I can help create THE BEST itinerary for you! If you are in need of an Event Planner I can also do that! When someone contacts me to produce an event for them I send them a document to fill out. It is just a list of questions to answer so that we are on the same page. Budget, design, purpose, branding etc. This is one of my favorite ways to work with clients coming to town. Producing and designing events…

Here are a few tips from a Concierge for first timers…

Tip #1: Don’t try to cram everything into one trip, there is just too much to do in so little time. Pick a few key things and stick with those.

Tip #2: Plan in advance! Too many people wait till the night of or the day before to buy tickets or book a reservation and then get upset when they don’t get what they want. Trust me, the price won’t go down for good shows just because there are empty seats.

Tip #3: Trust your Concierge. The last thing we want is to spoil your vacation and send you somewhere you won’t like. It’s our job to make you happy and give you the best trip possible!

Why use a Concierge?

Yes, you can read reviews online and even book your experiences so why use a Concierge? As the old saying goes, time is money. It’s simple really, Concierge saves you time by being your one stop shop for everything you want to do (as long as it’s legal and ethical). You don’t have to waste hours on end researching that best seat for a show or picking from the two dozen steakhouses. Give us some info and we guide you in the right direction. Our goal in the end…make you happy! Hotels pay us to make you happy so why not use us, we’re free (although gratuity is always appreciated).

Another Concierge tip…

Always sign up for a Player’s Card at properties. It doesn’t matter if you gamble. There are so many more benefits such as restaurant and shopping discounts that are definitely something you should take advantage of! The more you spend and swipe the more discounts. Also room upgrades are possible. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Thousands of people come to Las Vegas just for the club scene. And out of that large group I would say 75% of them have no idea that the lines to get into a club here can be 3-4 hours long (depending on the DJ). All I can say is that you must use a reputable Host. You have to spend the money to have the best experience. Do you think if someone gave you free show tickets it would be the best show and seats on The Strip? I don’t think so…

You need to use a host that has been in the business for years and has built a strong following based on excellent service. That host for that I would recommend is Johnny Reyes.

See Johnny’s Do’s and Dont’s below…

Do: Always get a Host to help sort out your itinerary. They live here and know a lot more than what you think or have heard. Let them know: How many people in your group, budget, likes and dislikes, dates, and other activities you might want to do.

Always tip, an average tip can range $100-$200 per club. If you have a good Host they will get you faster entry, better tables, girls, and take all the worries out of your trip.

Ask what time to arrive and try to be there on time. Sometimes clubs do sell out and it sucks having to tell people “I told you so”.

Don’t: Don’t ever prepay someone you don’t know! Don’t worry about having everything setup before you come out. Many people change their plans day of or book a club within hours of opening. Don’t shop around different clubs and Host thinking your gonna get some crazy better deal. Most Hosts know each other and we also talk. If your thinking of another club just let us know, you don’t have to make up some huge lie and give us the run around.

I hope this information will be useful in planning your next trip. And I would love to help you with any questions you may have so that you can have the most enjoyable stay here in Las Vegas!

And be sure to contact Johnny next time you are in Las Vegas for any and all day and nightclub bookings you have and be sure to tell him I sent you!

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MY STORY AND TIPS FOR YACHTING

Once upon a time (2007) I lived in a Crew House. The best way to explain a crew house to you is that it is like a sorority and fraternity house combined and everyone who stays there works on yachts. Either you are dry docked (boat is out of water for maintenance), a day worker (working on a variety of yachts per day as extra crew) or in between boats (looking for a new job). Most of these houses are located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which is basically the hub of yachting as well as the home to the largest boat show in the world.

I had a friend in yachting that suggested I should stay in a crew house to meet some new people in the area. Back Story: I was in the FT. Lauderdale/Miami area because I had just resigned from my cruiseship life and traveling all over the world. I was definitely ready to enjoy a few weeks off and figure out what my next step would be. At this time it was Boat Week. Basically like the Super Bowl of yachting so I was lucky to even get a room at a crew house.

From the moment I walked into my crew house I was asked which boat I had come from? How long I had been in yachting etc? My answer was I’m a Pro Makeup Artist. Their response was all the same. How the hell did you find our crew house? And why are you here? Do you do makeup on yachts? lol.

I was welcomed by 17 other roommates that evening as we of course were hosting a party for another crew house. That’s right! There were 18 of us! It was like the Real World of yachting. I was having the time of my life and meeting the most amazing people from all around the world which I was used to and loved! I think I was one of maybe four Americans in the house at that time.

We partied hard! That I do remember. And somehow everyone woke up at 5am to get to their yacht to make sure they were polished and in pristine shape. I did not know how they pulled that off every day in the hot sun especially after a night of drinking.

One of these afternoons while I had the house to myself the crew house phone rang. I answered it. The gentlemen on the other line said he was a Captain of a boat and needed an American Stew ASAP. And by that I mean they had already left South Beach and were driving to Ft. Lauderdale to come and pick up who that American would be. That is how fast paced the world of yachting works. I said yes I was American but I am a makeup artist. I was once a stewardess on a small cruiseline but I had never been on a yacht before. They said that’s ok we will show you everything. We just need you for three days. He didn’t really give me a chance to ask any more questions or say no. So about 60 minutes later I was all packed up and in their car driving back to Fisher Island with them to work on a yacht!

That’s how my life in yachting began. That one boat decided to keep me for three weeks. And after that I was hooked! I was officially a “yachtie”. I may have looked like a guest on board at some times because of the amount of luggage I always had with me. Knowing how to store all of that in the smallest of spaces became my forte! This is why I am a Pro at organizing anything and everything. Side note: Most “yachties” travel with one bag! I had two 70 pound suitcases. lol.

After the first yacht job was over I realized that if I wanted to stay in the industry I would need an agent or agents. So I got four! I submitted my CV (Resume) to all of them and waited for a boat to call for a permanent job. In between the waiting I ended up working for another owner and a circle of his friends. The yachting world is very small so if you work your ass off and excel at your job everyone will know! And that is what I did.

Cut to almost three years later I had worked on over 20 motor yachts. I traveled all over the East Coast, Caribbean, West Indies and South and Central America as well as the Panama Canal. Bucket list was checked for that 13 times! I held many positions throughout this time period. I was a Stewardess, Chief Stewardess, Makeup Artist, Manager, Stylist, Cook, Nanny, Personal Shopper and Assistant. I did it all! NO is not a word in the yachting vocabulary.

I met some of the best crews out there and are still in touch with them of course through Facebook, Instagram and Skype. Thank god for that. My career was definitely not the norm as most stay on one boat with a contract. I hopped from boat to boat because I had created relationships with owners, captains, crew and my agents. When the next job was up I went! I’m not sure I ever said no! To a day off either! The job was addicting…

That is the very short story of my yachting career as crew. Years later I have held other positions for owners. Whether I provide them help finding crew, redesign interior or table setting layouts or find them a client for an actual charter, personal shopping or assisting. And by shopping I mean you have 4-5 Escalades full of new items for the boat! It’s like you robbed the store but paid on your Black Amex you carried around. No big deal right?

You honestly never know what will be asked of you? But I made sure to always get the job done 150% so of course they continued to call. I was and am still extremely lucky in that department…

I wanted to also share an Owner and a Chief Stewardess perspective on yachting so please continue to read on below…

Charlotte is an incredibly poised Chief Stewardess that worked in yachting for over 5 years. See what packing tips she would like to share with you…

Tip #1: Take lots of shoe bags & loads of ziplocks for dirty and wet things.

Tip #2: Split cards and currency up into two different places. It’s awful having anything stolen, but it happens, splitting these ensures you can still function. It happened to me arriving at Nice Airport. €1k Euros gone and a few cards. Thank goodness my phone and another card were elsewhere and I got some breakfast and a coffee and got on the phone.

Tip #3: Pack Silks. Easy to steam (way easier than linen) out and teeny tiny to pack so more outfit options in hotter destinations.

Tip #4: Adapt your moisturizer and make up according to the weather. Sports makeup has come a long way. Great for humid conditions and ski fields.

Meet David. Owner of a MY Champagne based in San Diego, CA.

When booking a charter (rental of a boat) he suggests that answering as many questions asked (by your broker) as possible is the key to a great trip!

What type of event/charter?

Party or relaxed trip?

What size group?

Budget?

Location/Itinerary?

When most guests charter they want to experience a lifestyle that they would normally never be exposed too. Whether it be for two weeks or two nights.

That is what a yacht charter is all about…

And here are a few more tips from me…Kelly…

Always hire a broker or agent. This will ensure any request is properly and legally taken care of. Customs and transfers of large sums of money can be a bit tricky!

Send the yacht any food allergies and/or menu requests when booking charter. This goes for floral decor and liquor/wine requests as well. You may not be able to get what your guests asks for last minute because you are anchored away from a very small island! No one is going to be able to drop you what you want from the sky upon mid charter request. Although some guests think so 🙂

If you are “green” (brand new) to the yachting industry or looking to charter any size vessel please feel free to reach out to me any time. You can contact me right here…

Maybe you need help building an itinerary or you have a random yacht question? I promise I will be able to have an immediate answer for you…

I hope you enjoyed my story and learned more about yachting today.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to leave a comment below with your question…

KAG

 

TIPS FOR FLYING COMMERCIAL

Are you planning a flight sometime soon? Counting down the days until takeoff? Trying to squeeze all of your belongings into that new suitcase? Today I want to help you and share with you a few points of view from cabin crew and pilots before you book your next trip. With years of experience flying commercial aircraft both domestic and internationally these friends of mine offered to give me some great advice to share with all of you. Listen up passengers! These tips may have you thinking and acting a bit differently when you board your next plane…

A few tips from a cabin crew member…

Tip #1: Travelling together, check in early (in person or online) you’ll almost certainly get to sit together. Going solo? Leave it last minute, you’re more likely to get upgraded (if you look the part).

Tip #2: Minimize jet lag by snoozing lots, eating light and only drinking water…might sound boring but you’ll be glad you took it easy when you leap outta bed day 1 of your trip!

Tip #3: Make the crew love you! Don’t freak cause we ran out of chicken or poke me in the ribs when you need extra sugar. Make my job easy and it’s amazing how often I forget to charge for liquor (I know I said just water but you’re on vaycay. It can’t hurt).

Tips and Advice from a Pilot

Always be at the airport on time, even if the weather is good. Good weather means more traffic at the airport and longer lines going thru security.
During bad weather, give yourself extra time to get to the airport. Check traffic for accidents or construction that will delay your arrival at airport..
Pack necessary clothing. According to destination, but always a light jacket and long socks just in case a warm day turns into a chilly day.
I always put my socks and underwear inside my workout shoes. It gives me more room to take other stuff.
If you forget something at home, like toothpaste, toothbrush etc. most hotels will have it.
Always check the airport van schedules and pick up and drop off locations. Sometimes Uber is a lot faster.
Once in the air..if you like to use the bathroom often, take an aisle seat, if you like to nap, the window.
If gate agents are offering to check your bags to your destination, do it…saves time when you deplane.
Obey the announcements from the crew, be courteous and patient during a delay.
Be nice to the flight attendants, they notice who is not a good passenger.
At the end of flight a good thank you for a great flight or what a nice landing, makes our day better.

 

Another Pilot’s perspective…

Check weather where you are going and where you are connecting.  Final destination may be good but where you are connecting might be snowed in.
If on a cruise allow some time cushion on both ends. Planes fly all over the country or world and a lot goes into the overall experience so if it’s delayed, don’t get mad.
Unless the agent is being rude, always be nice and courteous to airline representatives. Many will go out of there way when you’re nice and compassionate.
Know that a lot goes into flying massive planes with passengers into crosswinds and weather is a big factor. So it’s not always easy to make the smoothest flight or landing.
A ton of work goes into just the flight from creating a flight plan, the dispatch flight release with all the weights/fuel and best route.  Not simple get on bus then get off. Proper preplans and execution are a must!
Tips for new pilots…Be prepared and budget for an unplanned overnight at hotel in case flight diverts or breaks down. Have something basic in carry on.
It’s Kelly now…
It’s always great to hear another perspective and point of view isn’t it? This is why I have asked a number of my friends in the travel industry to be involved this week.
For some who travel frequently and perhaps everyday they don’t think twice about all the planning, prepping and safety measures that go into a smooth flight. The flight that you may be on your phone/computer the whole time. Next time you board look up and greet your flight attendant. Don’t stare at your phone. It’s just nice to be acknowledged.
Everyone in any service industry deserves a smile and a thank you. I mean if you’re really excited a high five or hand shake too! In all seriousness, next time you fly be sure to thank your crew and anyone that helped you before, during and after your flight. It’s just the right thing to do…
Until next time…
KAG
PS Do you have an in-flight story you would like to share? Leave it below in the comments. Let’s talk about it!

TIPS FOR FLYING PRIVATE

As you may or may not know I have been working in the private aviation industry for quite some time. And have held various positions throughout the years. I’ve been a personal assistant, a makeup artist, a charter broker, a stylist, a flight attendant, a social media manager, an interior designer and I even provided luxury vehicles for passengers for when they land.

That’s a lot of hats I know. And guess what? That is not even all of them! In this industry you have to expect the unexpected. And you MUST always be one step ahead and on your toes at all times! You work an extremely demanding schedule (with a smile on your face) and you are away from family and friends. And for long periods of time. You are however traveling the world, schmoozing with celebs, the elite and brilliant businessmen and women from around the globe. And if you are really lucky you get to work with crew that become your family. Welcome to the world of private aviation…

I asked a few of my friends in the industry to share some tips and stories to give you a feel for what it is like to work and travel in luxury and aviation. Scroll down to meet Heather, David, Claire and Lauren below…

Heather Mendoza is a Private Client Services Manager for BJETS out of Beverly Hills.

Please read her three tips for booking your aircraft…

Tip #1: Book Early

BJETS can accommodate clients with as little as 3 hours notice, but if your travel dates fall during peak holiday periods or you have the given flexibility, do your best to book early.  This will allow you to avoid paying the high premiums that go along with booking a private jet the day before a big holiday weekend for example.

Tip #2: Choose a Destination, Not a Nearby Airport

Always ask your charter professional for his/her recommended airports for your trip. In Los Angeles, it might be Van Nuys, Santa Monica, Burbank, or Ontario. In San Francisco it might be Hayward, Oakland, San Carlos, San Jose, Concorde, Napa, etc. There are so many choices; I hate to see people spend more money for an airport that is less convenient for them.

Tip #3: Ask Questions

Last but not least, ASK QUESTIONS! If there is anything you’re ever unsure of, make sure you’re working with a knowledgeable charter professional whom you trust to give you honest and educated advice.

 

David has been a Pilot for 28 years and has a few thoughts on time and money.

Tip #1: Always allow yourself enough time to get to your destination. If you have a meeting scheduled for 9:00am you will want to make sure that you land around 7:00-7:30am not 8:00-8:30 even if your meeting is 10 minutes away from FBO. In most cases you will always run late. Commercial Airliners are always given priority on the ramp which can cause a delay taking off. Another delay can be your transportation on the other side that is late picking you up. You always need to prepare for earlier departure to ensure an on time (if not earlier) landing to get you to that meeting or destination on time.

Tip #2: Make sure to have an iPod or some sort of music device and headphones with you so that you can sit back and relax on your flight. This is the ultimate definition of a “power nap”. This is your time to recharge.

Tip #3: In any service based business it is common courtesy to tip. You tip your bartender, waitress and butler. So please do not forget to tip your pilots and/or flight crew. Going rate is $100 per crew member. Obviously if they went above and beyond then you can tip them accordingly.

Meet Claire who is a Corporate Flight Attendant based in LA. She would like to share some tips for Aspiring Flight Attendants…

I am constantly told “Wow, you have the coolest job ever! That must be so awesome!” I am asked even more how I got into this business.
There really is no secret, like with any career that is overly glamorized you must get the necessary education (FACTS training is great), and most importantly NETWORK. Your location is also key when it comes to private aviation. New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas are where most of the women in private aviation live because these places are where most of the demand is.
It took me a year and a half to get this job. I went to countless private airports submitting my resume, harassed people on LinkedIn (which is how I know Kelly) paid to have my profile on flycontract.com (which is how I got my first job opportunity). Sometimes I wanted to give up but I kept reminding myself I had spent all of my college graduation money to move from Tennessee to LA to do this so giving up wasn’t an option. Eventually someone finally came a long and gave me a chance. PS: You’ll get told a lot they only hire girls with experience, which can be super frustrating. However, the fact of the matter is these customers are paying thousands of dollars an hour to fly on these private jets so our service must be superb.
Again, everyone on the outside thinks this job is super glamorous. Yes, it can be but there are cons like any other job out there. I have had nights of staying up all night looking for miniature pineapples for example with a 12 hour flight the next day. If a customer requests a certain food item you have to find it. The word “no” does NOT exist in private aviation. When the trip is over you don’t walk off the plane and go home no matter how long the trip is. You are the one who cleans and details the plane to perfection after the trip is over. In private aviation there is only one flight attendant in almost all cases. A lot of us work 20 days on and 10 days off, so be prepared to spend long amounts of time away from your family and friends.
I have seen a lot of the world. Places I never thought I would ever see in my lifetime. Essentially I am traveling the world on someone else’s dime and getting paid for it. Pretty cool if you think about it right?! I have met people who others would die to meet. Sometimes I get to stay in amazing hotels for days and just be a tourist. Other times I land somewhere, go to sleep and then fly out the next morning. It’s a very fast paced lifestyle point blank.
This job has taught me confidence and helped me to mature into a strong professional. Let’s face it-You have to be strong when you’re the only girl traveling with two male pilots for weeks on end . If this sounds like the job for you don’t give up on your dream too quickly. You will probably get turned down a lot, but as we all know great things never come easy.

 

Meet Lauren. A Corporate Flight Attendant located in Los Angeles who has been in the industry for four years.

Lauren has traveled all over the world on a variety of airplanes including Gulfstreams, Challengers, Falcons, and Globals. Each aircraft is unique in their flight time capabilities, cabin layouts, and storage space.  Although these airplanes are comfortable and glamorous on their own, each passenger has a different expectation for their in-flight experience. Here are few tips for passengers looking to to achieve the highest level of satisfaction…

Tip#1:  Articulate your exact needs to your travel broker.  An example of passenger needs are: food allergies, budget, luggage size, wifi necessity, etc.  It is equally the passengers responsibility to articulate their needs as it is for crew to facilitate those needs.

Tip #2: Dress appropriately for comfort, temperature, and leisure.  It is often difficult to access bags in the baggage compartment during flight.  Preparing for what you will need during the flight and upon landing will only create added comfort for the passengers.
Tip #3: Communicate and confirm your transportation arrangements to the crew so they can make sure they are standing by. If nothing has been arranged, the crew is able to make those arrangements prior to landing.
Tip #4: Charter companies are responsible for managing the aircraft on behalf of the owners. Therefore, the condition of the airplane must be maintained as best as possible. While chartering a plane, consider that any damage that occurs in the passenger’s possession can be something they are held responsible for.  Be mindful of pens, beverage spills, children’s toys, pet damage, and residue tracked through the plane.
So there you have it. I know that’s a lot of info to take in but some dam good tips and knowledge if I do say so myself!
As always if you have any questions please leave them below so we can answer them for you…
Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram all week for a behind the scenes look at my life!
Until next time…
KAG

 

THREE YEARS AGO TODAY…

It was exactly three years ago today that I decided I really needed to start writing down my thoughts on a daily basis. I had tried to journal before but my constant traveling around for work made it impossible for me to keep a consistent schedule. However, I was ready to try it again…

So three years ago on July 1st, 2014 I went out and bought a book filled with an abundance of blank pages and started to fill them with my thoughts. After a year or so I decided that some of those entries were going to become part of a docu-series which in the end did not work out. As I always say…Everything happens for a reason and I am thankful that it did not pan out. In all honesty, I wasn’t really ready to let the world in just yet. Side note: I had some serious NDA’s I was still locked into and would not be able to (legally) share a lot of my stories.

Once I confirmed the show was a no go I decided I wanted to turn these pages into a self-help book for others. So I then started that process. It was incredibly exhausting trying to piece together this insane puzzle (aka my life). I gave the book editing process a rest but continued to write every single day. It honestly became an addicting type of therapy. A good therapy. And one that I desperately needed! I also had decided on a name. I would call it The Happy Workaholic. The title alone described me and would fit others perfectly. It would be a name that others could relate to!

Cut to today…

July 1st, 2017. Three full years of writing. I know! It is crazy! I cannot even believe I have accomplished such a task as I am telling you about it now.

If you have been following me over the past year you would know that I have an autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO for short). This disease can leave you blind and paralyzed in the blink of an eye. Literally! You don’t know when it will happen which is honestly the scariest sh*t I have ever had to go through in my entire life. The best way to explain NMO is that it’s like an earthquake! It can hit hard and cause severe damage or smaller and more frequently with treatments in hopes of preventing another relapse (earthquake).

Throughout this past month of June I have taken time to give my body the rest it needed after 12 months of scans, lab work, hospital trips and treatments. I also needed to give my mind a rest as well as it is constantly going at full speed. Going through anything health related can take a serious toll; not only on your body, mind and spirit; but your relationships with others too. Your thoughts can become dark and your visions unclear. It’s quite scary to feel like you are becoming a different person. Almost like an outer body experience. And your stress level is always at an elevated level which is the worst thing for you. So I needed the time to be at peace with everything and stay as positive as possible with the changes that I have been having to make in my life. I needed the time to just be still and only worry about ME!

As someone who has always been extremely organized and scheduled; the hardest part of this new journey of mine is to learn how to just live each day because you never know when it can be your last and if a relapse with this disease will happen. I needed to give myself a more go with the flow mentality. Which by the way I am still working on! Ugh…It is SO HARD! I will admit each day I’m getting better. I think! I hope…

The reason why I am telling you this is because my everyday thoughts and journal writing that would eventually turn into a book is not in the cards for me right now! The process of writing a book could and would be incredible but not so much if I loose my vision and need to hire a ghost writer. And that would take even more time to explain to someone the last ten years of my life’s work. I’m not saying it will never happen. Just not at this time…

I want to be able to help others now! I want to use my voice and be heard for the ones that are not ready to do so. I want to share my stories and have a platform for others to be recognized for their work. That being said The Happy Workaholic Podcast was born. All of my stories are coming to life for you to hear rather than read…

I had to think of a Plan B just in case my health took a turn for the worst. See. That’s me! Always planning ahead! With a podcast I am still able to record (if something changes for me health wise) and I won’t have to wait to share my stories in a book. This is just one of the next steps in my life that I am able to move forward with and cannot wait to have you along for the ride and maybe even on my show!

The Happy Workaholic Podcast is…

A HAPPY, HEALTHY, POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE SHOW ABOUT LIVING LIFE IN THE FAST LANE, LEARNING HOW TO SLOW DOWN (PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY) AND HOW TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF THROUGH INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION AND DETERMINATION.

As I browse through my social media this weekend I see so many friends enjoying the pool, beach and parties. Spending time laughing while out and about. As half of me wishes I was there I have set deadlines for myself for the weekend in order to create something SO SPECIAL. Hence, why I am on my computer right now and not in the sunshine. The other reason is because Las Vegas is hot as hell right now and being in the AC is a dream. Not to mention being in my comfy clothes on the couch checking off my to-do’s feels fantastic. A glass of wine in hand doesn’t hurt either! I’ll be having one of those shortly. I have had to make so many sacrifices over the last few years so missing out on a holiday weekend for me is a piece of cake! Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining as I chose this life and to set these deadlines myself because I want the bigger picture!

I CHOSE THIS LIFE…

Remember those four little words just mentioned. I Chose This Life…

As I sip on my third iced coffee of the day to power through a SERIOUS work session I have scheduled…

I wanted to share three things that are happening with ME right now!

  1. I am spending more time on Instagram and Stories and would love to connect with you there. I have been sharing a lot of behind the scenes pics and videos you will not find anywhere else. So don’t be shy. Click here to follow me @kkinvegas.
  2. I am recording my brand new podcast The Happy Workaholic all weekend. I have been working on this for a very long time now and thrilled I can finally share it with you. If you would like to hear the first few episodes you can sign up right here!
  3. Lastly, I am preparing my VIP Newsletters to go out for Wednesday July 5th! If you have been following me for a while and/or already receive my weekly email then you would have known that I took the month of June off in sending these out! This past month was the time I needed to spend preparing for the remainder of the year as well as get my health and wellness back to a somewhat normalcy after the year that it has been through. What am I talking about? Well, rather than go on about it here you can read all about on my website.

You will definitely want to sign up for my VIP Newsletter because that is the only place where I will be sharing the “good stuff”.

Business, Lifestyle and Luxury Travel news…

Well folks, that is it for me. I hope that you will join me on my new journey this second half of the year as it is going to be SO GOOD! Seriously! It’s going to be GREAT!

I have prepared so much for you and so excited to finally be able to share it and connect with so many more of you.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, positive and productive weekend!

KAG

 

 

GOING WITH THE FLOW…

Being in San Diego over the past week has made me realize a few things. Slowing down, breathing and just living would be a few of them (which I am in the process of relearning). It is tough. I am not going to lie about that! I have had to comes to terms with the fact that it is ok to just BE. Be still and be true to myself and everything around me. You need to just inhale and exhale your surroundings as well as embrace the new ones and most importantly enjoy life!

Life does not always go as planned and I have recently realized to go with the flow and not get upset that I do not have all the control in my life. Life is way too short to stress the small stuff and even the very big stuff. Everything happens for a reason and that is how I choose to live MY life.

The point of me writing this is because I had originally planned to launch a few more additions to my website and brand this month but really sat down and had a chat with myself this morning. PS I recommend this to everyone! So I have decided to take another 30 days to prep, reorganize, finalize, refresh, recharge and plan ahead for the remainder of the year.

I also need a little bit more time to detox from all of my medical procedures I have had over the last year. It has taken a toll and I am feeling it now! I also need time to get used to new medications and way of life. It is a very physically, mentally and emotionally draining time and need to let myself breathe and just “BE”. This is honestly very difficult for me to do but I know it has to be done so I am doing it!

I have many creative projects in the works and I need this time off from blogging and social media schedules to do just this. Be creative. Be in my own space.

I will be back in July with many announcements that I cannot wait to share with each and every one of you!

Until then you can find me on my website kellyanngorman.com.

Wishing you all a wonderful June!

KAG