Annual Leave – Challenge Charlotte

Annual Leave – Challenge Charlotte

I have 15 days off flying. What do most people do when they have Annual Leave? Go on holiday right?! Well not me – I run!

So if you were following me on Instagram last summer then you will see that I set myself my first ever Challenge Charlotte whilst I was waiting to start my Cabin Crew training. The challenge was that I had 7 days to complete 5 runs of 5km or more! I managed to complete it by running four 5kms and one 10km.

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This year the time scale is a bit longer so I have decided to make the minimum distance a bit shorter and vary it a little bit. So here it is..

15 days of Annual Leave
Run 2 miles minimum for 10 day
At least five 3.1 mile (5km) runs
At least two 6.2 mile (10km) runs

Easy right?! For some yes, but my running has taken a bit of a back seat from where it was this time last year, so I am hoping that this will bring me back up to speed and by writing it here makes me accountable to actually get up and do it!

Have you ever challenged yourself to anything? Let me know in the comments.

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February Roster

February Roster

So this week we got our rosters for February. We always get them 12 days before the end of the month at 10pm – although the system tends to crash at 10pm when thousands of Mixed Fleet crew try to log in at the same time, so it’s usually 11pm before you can really see any hint of a roster!

We also have a bidding system in which we can state our preferences of places we would like/not like to fly to, days we would prefer off and times of the day we would prefer to start/finish. We can then put these preferences in order to show which we would prefer to have the most. Not everything is granted and we are always told not to try and write our own rosters otherwise we would be disappointed.

This month I decided to bid for Doha – as I’ve never been to the Middle East and would love to check it out! My next bid was a 3 or 4 day Tel Aviv trip – again, I fancied something different and want to check out the city and the culture. I also nearly always bid for a nightstop in a European city, usually changing the destination each month – this month I chose Venice!

After doing 6 Johannesburg trips on the A380 since the beginning of December, I was praying for a break from them! Not because I don’t like the place – don’t get me wrong the hotel is stunning, the weather is gorgeous and the steak is to die for – but I just wanted a bit more variety and, like most people who want to/do become cabin crew, I want to see the world!

So, this is where I am heading in February…

Miami x2 – On the A380 again ha! Miami can be a difficult trip with the packed flights, time difference and only 24 hours in the city before leaving again, but I actually really like it there! I flew to Miami quite a lot when I first started so have made a couple of friends there that I am looking forward to seeing 🙂

For my first trip, I actually fly out on 31st Jan but I guess it counts for Feb! And I also have a team trip to Miami which I’m looking forward to as I haven’t met any of my team yet – apart from my manager!

A Eurotour – this is where we are technically away for 3 or 4 days but keep flying in and out of Heathrow to different European cities – in this case, I have 8 flights over 3 days and it can often be more exhausting than a long haul trip!

On this Eurotour I will fly to Manchester, Vienna, Belfast and Warsaw – with the nightstop being in Vienna and Belfast. I have visited Belfast before but was so tired I just went for a nap, swim and Nando’s! So this time I might actually venture out. I only have about 12 hours in Vienna but I’m determined to at least have a little walk around and find somewhere for dinner as it will be my first time there – hopefully my crew will want to do the same!

I also am back in the training centre for 2 days this month as I am Training to deliver the service in Club World (Business Class). I’m looking forward to this although I have to admit that I have already worked in business class a number of times already due to there being a lack of people trained in it on various trips! But this training will give me a bit more variety of where I work on the plane which will be nice.

My final trip of the month is the 3 day Tel Aviv that I bid for (yay!) – a lot of people don’t like this trip but I’m looking forward to exploring somewhere new!

I then start my second lot of Annual Leave this year – I know it’s only February ha! – I will have 2 weeks off in total, 1 and a bit in Feb and just under a week in March. I looked into going away but right now I can’t really afford it (I need to pay my credit cards/bank of Parents back!) so I’m just going to have some chill time, lots of gym time and running and hopefully see catch up with friends! It can be pretty hard to have a proper social life in this job but I’ve always worked all the hours and not ever had a conventional job/life/social life so not that much has changed haha!

Anyway I’ve rambled on – thanks for reading if you have managed to read this far without getting bored and feel free to ask any questions about rosters/flying etc in the comments. I’d also love to hear any tips or recommendations you have for any of these destinations!

On-The-Go Breakfast Muffins

On-The-Go Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast is on the menu for my first meal recipe!

It is the most important meal of the day and whopping 25% of people NEVER eat breakfast! As well as kick starting your metabolism, eating breakfast increases your productivity and concentration throughout the morning. If you eat a good breakfast you are less likely to snack throughout the morning or eat rubbish for lunch because you are so hungry.

The way I see it, is your body is like a car – you wouldn’t try and drive your car without fuel, so why would you work your body with no fuel?

So this is my absolute FAVOURITE breakfast to make! It is so easy and you can even take it on the go if you are in a rush! I make these when I have morning flight or short haul because the breakfast that we eat on the plane is full of unwanted salts, fats and extras that I don’t even want to think about! This is a low carb breakfast that will keep you going all morning and will hopefully curb the mid-morning snacking!

EGG MUFFINS 🍳

You will need –
Coconut Oil
2 small/medium eggs
A couple of finely chopped mushrooms
1 rasher of good quality bacon
A pinch of feta or cheddar cheese
A muffin/cupcake tray

  1. Pop your rasher of bacon under the grill until it is cooked to your liking (I personally like it crispy) and then chop it into small pieces
  2. Fry your mushrooms in Coconut Oil
  3. Coat the inside of 3 cups in the muffin tray with a small amount of Coconut Oil so the muffins don’t stick
  4. Whisk your eggs and then pour evenly into muffin tray to fill 3 cups about 3/4 full
  5. Add your chopped and cooked mushrooms and bacon and sprinkle a little cheese in each cup
  6. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes at 200 degrees
  7. Remove from oven and stand to cool for 2 minutes – you can then eat them straight away or leave them to cool and take them with you.

These are just my fillings of choice – of course you can choose different fillings if you wish – a few ideas could be peppers, spinach, chicken or even salmon!

Have a go at making these and let me know how you get on – feel free to post pictures of your attempts below and if you find a filling that you love – I would love to hear about it!

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