You see...being a flight attendant does have it's downfalls. It's not exactly all glitz and glamour like everyone thinks it is. For example, working on NYE. My phone went off at 3:00 am this morning. It was crew scheduling. UGH...They've put a 3 day shift into my schedule and I had to be at the airport for my flight to Calgary at 5:00am! Who want's to work on NYE? No one. I rushed and checked all the flights to see if Jon (my husband) could fly out and come with me on any of my layovers for the next 3 days , but unfortunately they were all sold out! Go figure. I celebrated NYE in my hotel room in Hamilton Ontario this evening, wearing my polka dot socks (if you're Filipino...you know exactly why I'm wearing polka dots) and Facetimed with my family. Jon stayed in ALL DAY to Facetime with me when I arrived at my hotel until the NYE ball dropped so I wouldn't be "alone" on NYE. So adorable and amazing, isn't he? What did you end up doing on NYE?
It's hard to believe that 2017 is just around the corner....literally. This year has been an amazing year for me with a few highlights....and like any other human out there...lowlights.
The main highlight of my year was my husband's return . After 3 long years, he finally moved back home after finishing Law School in Toronto. Thank God I'm blessed with the job I have (Flight Attendant), which allowed us to travel to each other on a biweekly and sometimes weekly basis. I truly have to give it up for couples who live apart, and see eachother once or twice a year. I do not know how they do it. Being away from Jon was definitley a challenge, but one we accepted and embraced. We knew that we had to be strong for one another in order to get through the next 3 years ahead of us. Facetime.....thank god for Facetime. We constantly facetimed with each other on a daily basis, anytime the both of us had any free time. I remember Jon being so busy with studying that I'd literally be watching him on the screen study for hours. But that was enough for me, as long as I was able to be connected to him in some way. Between flying, and having my boutique (Paperdoll Clothing), I did find time flew by nicely for us. Speaking of Paperdoll Clothing....here is where my LOWLIGHT begins...
Paperdoll Clothing was where it all started for "@paperdollsarah" . My business partner and long time friend Marlette and I owned a boutique called Paperdoll Clothing which we opened April of 2011. We both dreamt of owning a boutique in our high school days, dreamed of all the clothing we'd collect, dreamt of the clothing orders we'd place, and simply dreamed of running our own women's clothing store. It was an amazing 5 years for us at 214 McDermot Avenue (In Winnipeg Manitoba) which is where I'd like to begin my lowlight of 2016. In early March 2016, Marlette and I received the news that our landlord will not be renewing our lease due to the expansion of his business which was situated above Paperdoll Clothing. We had to really ask our selves if we wanted to relocate our boutique or end the era of Paperdoll Clothing. Myself, being newly married and on the verge of trying to start a family, and Marlette purchasing a brand new house and also wanting to start a family, we knew that we had to put an end to our lovely business. It was a hard decision to make, but we knew it was the right decision. Paperdoll Clothing allowed us to grow as entrepreneurs, grow as women, and grow as a team and we will never forget the life lessons it has taught us. We met amazing people during our jouney with Paperdoll, participated in countless charities, learned priceless lessons from other entreprenurs and couldn't be more grateful for the experiences. I look forward to new business ventures that I know life will soon bring me. Paperdoll, thank you for the life experience that you have given me. xx, Sarah
Photos courtesy of : Bert Celestino @bertcelestino