Paige Elijah Kelly
Hey yall, I’m Paige. I am a woman working full-time, raising 2 boys, married to an absolutely amazing husband. I have had an incredible career as a flight attendant for 18years.
I still love to travel and meet new and interesting people. I love to craft and write… and sometimes workout.
I only have two speeds to my personality. High speed and off. If you spend five minutes in a room with me you probably know my entire life story. You also most likely desperately want a cocktail and a bar of soap. One to ease the pain of my speed talking. The other to wash my mouth out for all the curse words I managed to string together in one sentence.
“I love Jesus, but I also cuss a little.” And if we’re putting in orders, I’ll take a vodka tonic, with two limes, please.
When I’m not on the plane or performing in my role as “the professor’s wife”, I struggle constantly to manage the day to day routine. I am a mom that pretty much detests cleaning, cooking, and laundry and I’m always looking for an easier way to get things done.
WHY I STARTED WRITING
I started thinking about creating this blog after spending two days working in the back galley of a Boeing 737 with a new 30 something-year-old flight attendant. Jennifer was worried she was falling behind in the life game compared to all of her girlfriends.
And I realized at that moment, she was literally fretting over all of the same things that my best girlfriends and I had spent countless wine bottles crying and contemplating life over.
And as Oprah says “ I had an aha moment.
We all think someone else is doing it better. We all think everyone else has it figured out. But the reality is every one of us has our own journey and time table. And personally, I think we all probably feel like a hot mess a lot more days than we would like to admit.
And while I’m personally trying to remember whether or not I took my Prozac with my morning coffee and to defrost the chicken for dinner; other women are rocking the single travel life wondering if they’ve lost their window for a partner and kids.
We are all worried. We are all scared we’re not doing it right. And it was at that moment I realized I wanted to tell other women just that. I wanted to tell you:
YOU WILL BE OK
It is ok.
You are ok.
And You will BE OK.”
So fasten your seatbelt, raise your seatback and tray table in the full, upright, and locked position and embrace the turbulent ride.
Neither is better. We are just in different places. It is my hope that by sharing my story you find a village in yours.
I agree with Shonda Rhimes, “We can have it all. Just not all at the same time.” This is simply my story navigating mixed race, parenting, and chronic pain and I invite you to build a village of incredible women with me.
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