Oh, hello there!
It seems you have found the “about me” page. I’m not sure if you accidentally clicked this tab, so I’m going to give you the opportunity to just go ahead and click away now.
Did you do it?
Obviously not, as you are currently reading this.
Very well then. I guess I’ll tell you a little bit about myself.
My name is Josh (in case the website address didn’t give it away). I’m happily married to a woman that is way out of my league and goes by the name Cheyna (pronounced Shane-uh) as that is her government-given name.
I come from a large family; I have 2 younger sisters and an older brother. Then there’s my mother and father who are a teacher and a pastor respectively.
Teaching was kind of in my blood, so when I got my college degree in English it was assumed I would follow in their footsteps and become a teacher as well.
Funny thing is, I don’t want to teach people that don’t want to learn. Secondarily, the politics that go into being a teacher or a preacher are absurd. Which made me not want to do that.
Side note: it’s ironic that people play politics within churches and schools because those are places of both enlightenment and learning. In fact, Jesus said politics is dumb and there’s no need to concern yourself with these trivial matters when there is something as serious as eternal life and spiritual health are at stake. I’m paraphrasing of course, but still.
Basically, I decided the triviality of the institutions became somewhat of an encumbrance to the ultimate goal. That doesn’t mean I’m not a Christian (I am, devoutly so) or a fan of learning (I learn something new every day). It means I didn’t want to deal in these professions and would rather find some other way to achieve my goals.
That’s when I fell into aviation.
I needed a job and an airline (who shall remain nameless) was hiring flight attendants. I applied and got the job. 2 weeks before going to training, my then-fiance and I decided to say “SCREW THE SYSTEM!” and eloped to Orlando then went to Disney World.
Now, I’m a flight attendant who is in training to become a pilot. That’s another funny story for you with my aforementioned wife who is way out of my league.
I’m either really good at fooling people into doing stuff, or my wife has yet to realize she could do better.
Either way, I won’t complain.
Anyway, the idea to become a pilot story. Here it goes.
I was on a Disney trip with my wife, as we are wont to do because what’s the point in living if you’re not going to do fun stuff and be a kid occasionally. But we got to Disney on my flight attendant benefits and I said, “You know, if I was making pilot money, we could do stuff like this literally all the time.”
Like the wife who is way above my level that she is, my wife said “You should totally do that!”
After some research and a discovery flight, I did like all the best millennials and posted it on social media that I was going to go to flight school.
A friend from college reached out and told me her husband just opened a flight school and I enrolled. It’s all been uphill from there.
I know the saying is ‘downhill from here,’ but uphill fits my situation better. I made my decision but I now have to study and memorize stuff and get my certificates. Once I’m an employed pilot, it will be downhill.
You can expect plenty of blogs about it when that happens too.
What This Blog About Though
I’m sorry. I get a bit wordy sometimes.
The heart of this blog is two-fold.
First off, I want to write a little bit about the flying lifestyle. I love working in aviation. It’s more than just a job, it really gets in your system, and no how hard you try to leave, you can’t.
A downside of aviation (or upside depending on who you ask) is trying to be healthy. It’s difficult to try and maintain a regular eating and exercise schedule when you’re in a different city every night for days on end.
But I want to show that it is possible to be healthy, fit, and happy while working in aviation. I am NOT a doctor or a personal trainer…or a chef…or anything more than a dude telling you stuff on the internet…so don’t take my word as law. It’s just proof that it’s possible to do this.
The second big thing I want to focus on is writing. I’m in pilot training, and it is far from cheap. That’s where I got the idea to take my writing seriously and pursue freelance writing more seriously to get some side money.
This turned out to be a pretty good idea and I make a solid amount of side gig money. So, I want to show other people that it’s possible to do that. I also would like to demonstrate that it’s super easy to get started!
You just have to get used to rejection. I can help you with your first rejection now: I don’t want to date anyone else. So, no.
I’m married and want to keep it that way.
In all seriousness, you will get passed up a LOT when getting started. But that’s okay and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Make sure you follow the blogs to see the latest on all of this info though.
That was also a joke. I think I’m funny. I hope you do also and you will follow along here.