“Everyone Is Traveling With Their Own Story And I Get To Be A Part Of It!”

Rylie Brown followed her dream of working as a flight attendant, even though it means time away from her husband.


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Rylie Brown followed her dream of working as a flight attendant, even though it means time away from her husband.

Name: Rylie Brown

Years as a military spouse:


Tell us your job title/profession:

Flight Attendant

Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?

Full Time

How long have you been working in this career field?

7 months

Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?

I work in the sky!

Tell us one thing you love about your job.

I love the amount of people I get to meet. Everyone is traveling with their own story and I get to be a part of it!

How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.

Resume. It has always been a dream job of mine, so once I found the airline I wanted to work for I got to work of perfecting it!

What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?

Don’t limit yourself because of your husband’s career, follow your dreams also.

How do you feel about failure?

It’s there to push you toward something better.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?

Having completely opposite schedules from my husband.

The first couple months I started flying I was based out of Dallas while we lived in Arizona. I did not get to come home much which was a big adjustment from what our family dynamic was used too.

What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received? Tell us the worst too, while you’re at it.

Best: Don’t let your husband’s career, hold you back from your dreams

Worst: Stick it out with a job even if you are unhappy

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Who is in your support squad and what role do they play in supporting your career?

My spouse. He really stepped up on taking care of our home, paying bills and remembering schedules. He pushed me to follow my dream even if it meant being away from him sometimes. I truly wouldn’t be where I am without him.

Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks?

We do. If one of us has a busy week, the other will pick up some slack. However before I go on a trip we always get the house cleaned. It makes it easier on him when I’m gone.

Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:

Have the house cleaned before a busy week. When everything else is chaotic, coming home to an organized house is a breathe of fresh air!

Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without that isn’t your phone.

Ereader, I use books to pass the time

What’s your favorite app for making the most of your day?

Google Music

Must-have song on your productivity playlist?

Would You Go With Me – Josh Turner

If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?

More laundry, seems I can never catch up!

If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?

Probably to read minds, just so I could help everyone without them having to ask.

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