So, after a few years of working low-paying jobs I decided that there has to be more to life. More to see, more to experience, more to learn and more to give. By that time I have been working at my company for about 3 years already, and have lost a good friend and colleague before her time. That made me realise that you only get this one life, and wishing will not make things happen. Only doing will. I sent my resume to a few of the branches of the same company that was based in Cape Town. Within a week I got a telephonic interview, a week later I got the job! Success, right?!
Kind of… That opened up a whole new set of challenges: where would I stay? How do I get to work? (I did not have a reliable car yet, and couldn’t afford one). Will I be able to afford it on my slight increase in salary? I had no idea about the area I would live and work in, other than that is was far away from my comfort zone. Luckily, after lots of brainstorming sessions with my mom and a can-do attitude, things got figured out and I packed my bags and loaded up my (very) small car and set out on the 950 km to Bellville, a Northern Suburb of Cape Town.
After a very long day of driving, I finally arrived at my new home : a 5 bedroom shared house with other young professionals and students. After a couple of days settling in and exploring the area, I made first contact with my new housemates. This from a girl who is an only child of a single mom and who had never had to share a kitchen and bathroom in her life… The other 4 housemates consisted of 2 students and 2 more young professionals. Naturally I found more in common with the 2 working people, although the students were sweet too when our paths crossed.
As the universe would have it, the other 2 workers were cabin crew of a domestic airline that just opened up a Cape Town base. Now, first a bit of backstory… I absolutely love to read! The escape of a book is my favourite pastime and when I was about ten, I read a book about a flight attendant. Immediately I fell in love with the nostalgia of travel, seeing different places and how experiences assure that you will never be the same as you were yesterday. It was then that I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life. Challenge was, no-one in my hometown knew how to get into the industry, if they even knew the job existed at all. And after all those years and low-paying jobs, here I was in a different city and the first people I should meet would be cabin crew! So, naturally I used the opportunity to learn as much as I could from them. The fact that they were amazing people with generous hearts was an added bonus, and I am still friends with them both to this day.
So, that was where my dream started to become a plan. But more next time…
Until then, I would like to hear about your journey: How did you start making your way to achieve your dreams and goals? How far have you come and how far still to go? Any advice for other young ones trying to move to different places in order to become their own Boss Babe? Drop a comment below.