What Flight Attendants Want You To Know Before Flying

Hey beautiful babes! As you know (or may not know) I work as a Flight Attendant for a major airline in Dallas. I was training the Flight Attendant’s for a little over a year and I LOVED it. Now that I’m back to work flying full time though, I wanted to share a few tips, tricks, do’s, and dont’s when traveling in the friendly skies. I think even if you don’t fly often, it’s important to be properly educated and prepared so we all can have a great flying experience! Let’s find out what Flight Attendants Want You To Know Before Flying.


Here we go!

1. DO purchase snacks inside of security if you know it’s going to be a long flight. Some airlines have great food choices, others unfortunately don’t, so come prepared! Almonds, bananas, oranges, Chex mix, and binto boxes are my go-to choices! Most airports have little snack stores or even full blown restaurants. Grub away!

2. We all have to go, and when you’re on a four hour flight, you more than likely will have to use the lavatory at some point. While the airlines try their best to keep these clean for the paying passengers, they usually don’t deep clean them everyday. GROSS. So, bring some hand sanitizer, sani-wipes, and please for the love of all that is sanitary…WEAR SHOES! Yes. This happens.

3. For the mother’s out there, y’all rock. Traveling with children is probably way harder than it looks, so props to you! I understand you may need to change your baby’s blowout in a jiffy, but please DON’T use the tray tables. Even if you have a changing pad, people eat off of these things. There are changing tables on most if not all aircraft. DO ask a Flight Attendant to direct you toward one, bring those handy sani-wipes, and go to work, mama.

PRO TIP: Ask the Flight Attendant for a garbage bag to dispose of the diaper in. The lavatory trash cans don’t get changed as often as you think and we would totally appreciate it if you put the poopy diaper somewhere where we can’t all smell it. For everyone else, maybe bring some Lysol wipes for those trays. 😉

4. I’m always SO cold when I fly as a passenger. So I try to wear some comfy workout clothes, sneakers, and I bring a small blanket.

PRO TIP: Sit towards the back of the aircraft and middle if you like being a bit more chilly. It’s Antarctic up in there. Everyone else, go towards the front, it’s a bit warmer!

5. DO get to the airport about 2 hours before your flight DEPARTS. This will give you plenty of time to check bags if you need, get through security, get something to eat, and board without rushing through. If you’re late due to traffic or poor planning, please DON’T take it out on the workers trying to help you.

6. If you choose to sit in the very front row without a seat in front of you, your bags will have to go up in the overhead bins. DO plan for that if you’re itching for the leg room or to zoom off the plane! We totally get it, but just please cooperate with the rules of the bulkhead. DON’T get upset when the Flight Attendant’s ask you to put it up. I promise you, we are NOT singling you out nor are we trying to pick on you. Flight Attendants want you to know and understand that it’s just a Federal Aviation Regulation and we are just doing our jobs. 😘

7. DO press your call light button if you need anything during the flight (after we have taken off and it’s safe for us to get up.) DON’T press your call light button while on an active taxi way just to get a Coke. PLEASE.

8. DO press your call light button at any time during the flight if you experience a medical emergency. We are highly trained and will be there to help you immediately.

9. DO make sure to have eaten something before you fly and drink plenty of water during the flight. Being 40,000 feet in the air does some funky stuff to our bodies and if you are slightly dehydrated or malnourished when you take off, you’ll be at risk of possibly passing out or worse during the flight…which flight attendants want you to know…we don’t want.

10. DON’T under any circumstances tug on our clothes or poke us just to get a refill or for us to take your trash. We don’t touch you, please don’t touch us. It’s not a petting zoo. UNLESS it’s an emergency of course. We are there to help!

11. DO use headphones if you choose to watch or listen to any media on your phones or iPads. This is just to be courteous to the passengers around you who may not want to listen to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or Baby Shark over and over. 🙂

12. DON’T down four Jack and Coke’s in the airport and try to stumble your way onto the plane. If we suspect someone may appear to be intoxicated, we can refuse boarding due to foreseeable issues at 40,000 feet. If you choose to order some drinks on the flight, DO understand that we are not just a free for all flying bar. There are rules. We will limit alcohol intake and can “cut you off” if we feel it is unsafe to continue serving you. Think about it, no one wants to be stuck in a metal tube, zooming through the sky with someone who may be unstable for a long period of time. Don’t get us wrong though, we want you to enjoy yourself and have a great time, just please be aware of this.

13. DON’T under any circumstances consume your own liquor on the plane. Once again, we have rules and we can only allow you to consume alcohol we provide you from the time you board until the time you deplane. You are absolutely allowed to bring mini bottles of alcohol onto the plane with you if they are under the 3.4 oz liquid limit. However, please don’t drink it on the plane. People get those confused.

14. DO understand that when the forward lavatory is occupied, we can’t have ANYONE standing or waiting by it. This is due to heightened security measures and I promise, we are NOT just trying to pick on you. Once again, we are here primarily for your safety. It applies to everyone.

15. DO enjoy yourselves! I work for a great airline that encourages fun and love around every corner and we want YOU to experience the best flight of your life. Share with the flight attendants where you’re traveling to and why. Let us know what we can do to help you on the flight. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or life event or mourning someone you lost. We are here to help make your experience more enjoyable and an unforgettable one. Although we are primarily there for your safety, flight attendants want you to know that YOU matter and we really do care! 


Overview of North Shore Oahu, Hawai’i Trip

If you’ve ever been to the Hawaiian islands, you know how breathtaking the ocean and mountain views are, how AMAZING and fresh the seafood is, and how gorgeous the beaches are! Michael and I recently took a trip to the North Shore of Oahu and had the most incredible time together! I wanted to share the best places to grub, the MUST SEES and MUST DOS while you’re there, what beaches to bum at, and much more! Ready? Let’s go!



We chose to rent an Air bnb in Laie, Oahu and we are so glad we did! The host was wonderful and gave us tips on where to go, what to do, and even offered us a few surf boards to use. (UM YES PLEASE!) Not to mention, right down the street from the house was a private beach that had private access. Michael decided to go snorkeling there the last morning of our trip and said it was the best snorkeling he had seen so far! If you want more information on where we stayed, DM me on Instagram (brea.mcewen) or email me at to get the location!


The North Shore, Oahu is definitely where people live the simple life. There’s not 5 start restaurants everywhere you turn nor is there even a WalMart or Target close by. And the locals and myself personally LIKE it that way. So, if you’re not scared to eat from food trucks or holes in the walls, this place is for you sister.


Have you ever had a Poke Bowl? I’m sure. But you’ve never had one from Pūpūkea Grill. And if you don’t know what Poke is, it’s raw tuna fish seasoned all sorts of ways. Literally it’s the most delicious piece of heaven in a bowl I’ve ever tasted. I’m craving one right now and might have to convince my hubby to take me there again in a few months. It’s THAT good. Order this with a Lemon or Mint flavored Yerba Mate for a nice refreshing and refueling meal. Located across the street from Pūpūkea Beach Park and Shark’s Cove, you won’t want to miss this gem!


Who goes to Hawaii without ordering some Banana Pancakes? Like Jack Johnson says, “there ain’t no need to go outside” when it’s raining and you just need some grub! Head over to Papa Ole’s for a super good and super unhealthy breakfast. Located in the middle of a grocery store parking lot, this little hole in the wall doesn’t look like much, but boy does it hit the spot. Order a 2 Stack Banana Pancake meal and a side of spam for a truly authentic Hawaiian experience. 🤙🏼


Alright I’m pretty sure this is a chain that started in Utah but dude it’s sooo good. It’s kind of hidden behind a shave ice place in the middle of a dirt lot filled with a ton of other food trucks, but I’m so happy we found this place! While you eat, I hope you don’t mind cats or chickens, because these cuties are everywhere! Order the Ahi Steak and the Coconut Shrimp for a filling and mouthwatering dinner for two and enjoy the sunset togedda.


On our last night in Oahu, we decided to meet up with some family at a well known food truck called Giovanni’s. Nestled near like 20 other food trucks, this one stands out with all of the signatures written on the face of the truck and the bold lettering. They have a simple menu, ITS ALL SHRIMP BRAH. And it’s oh so good. I got the lemon butter shrimp which was magnifico. My hubby got the spicy shrimp and I’m pretty sure he is STILL recovering from it. We love spicy foods but BEWARE this stuff is flaming hot. 🔥


First things first, there is SO much to do in Hawaii. Surfing, snorkeling, beach hopping, hiking, eating, just straight up adventuring. And A TON more. I want to share with you guys the best beaches we went to and which beaches honestly to AVOID, the best hiking spots, and more!


A local beach located in the heart of North Shore, you’ll find surfers and plenty of waves here. Known for its massive swells that come through in the winter time, Bonzai is a great place to watch the surfers ride the waves, sun bathe on the soft sand, or take a stroll along the water’s edge. Beware of the 10 foot crashing waves though, they can get up to 20 feet in the summer and swimmers aren’t usually found frolicking here…unless you’re like iron man and can hold your breath for 3 minutes.


This gorgeous sandy beach is one that both locals and tourists alike enjoy. Here, you’ll find bodysurfers, swimmers, beach bums, rock climbers, and thrill seekers. Located on the edge of the beach lies a large rock that only the bravest of heart dare to climb. Lol no I’m kidding it’s not that crazy but so much fun! Climb to the top of this 25 foot boulder and JUMP! Michael and I did it and had a blast! Just be careful of high tide, large swells, or you know people just chillin at the bottom. 🤙🏼

P.S. SORRY! No pictures on this one, we decided to leave our phones in the car and enjoy this one together.


There are countless spots to hike on the beautiful North Shore, Oahu, but Pillbox rounds them out to my top 5. Located across from Lanikai, this hike isn’t for just anyone. It was surprisingly steep and muddy at times, so be careful. Michael and I enjoyed the challenge and when we reached the top, we took in a picture perfect panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Try saying that five times fast.

P.S. I wore these adorable leggings on the hike and they were so comfortable and breathable. Also, it has pockets. BONUS!


Visiting this incredible place was definitely a highlight to this trip. Being that Michael served his mission in Samoa, he was so excited to show me all about the Samoan and Polynesian cultures. We purchased the “Ambassador” package and got to tour the six Polynesian islands throughout the center. It was remarkable to see all of the different traditions and practices each island displayed. New Zealand was my favorite!

Throughout our tour, Michael actually ran into three different people from his mission, over nine years ago. It was such a tender mercy and a beautiful reunion. I highly recommend touring the PCC at least once. The proceeds of your purchases go toward supporting the students of BYU Hawai’i. BONUS!

At the end of the night, we were treated to HA Breath of Life show and a scrumptious crab leg and steak dinner. I think we paid about $300 for all of this for two people and it was worth it! Plus your park admissions last for 3 days! So if you don’t get to see everything in one day, you can come back!

Be mindful that they are closed on Sundays!*

The Island of FIJI! ^^

Loving this time together!

The island of Samoa showing us how to properly climb a coconut tree! SO COOL!


There you have it loves! We had a blast touring the North Shore, Oahu and we never wanted to leave! All in all, enjoy your time and have a blast but PLEASE respect the island and the culture, respect the beaches and pick up your trash if you have any, and always try to use reef safe sunscreen !

*This post contains a link that I make a small commission off of (like $.025-$5.00) and it doesn’t cost anything to you! It just helps me to continue blogging and making my dream of becoming a full time blogger a reality! I so appreciate y’all following along with me on this journey! Please feel free to message me if you have questions!


The Moment I Learned What Perfection Means To Our Heavenly Father



For most of my life, okay maybe for literally ALL of my life, I’ve strived to be perfect.


“Make sure to have perfect hair and makeup before you leave the house. You don’t want others to think poorly of you, do you? Don’t forget to say the perfect thing to someone who needs you because they are counting on you, Breauna. Always remember that in order for someone to keep loving you and stick around, you need to be their idea of perfection.”

This may sound a bit over the top or dramatic, but truly these are the types of things I began to believe throughout my life as I strived to be my idea of perfect. As you can imagine, overtime I began to become exhausted. How could someone always look perfect, always say the perfect thing, and always be someone else’s idea of perfection without utterly going insane? The answer is you can’t and please don’t try to, take it from me!

I think part of my struggle with depression and anxiety stems from my unrealistic view of how to uphold myself. The standards I have set for myself throughout my life have been incredibly difficult to reach and each time I failed to reach that pedestal, I would verbally abuse myself. “You aren’t good enough, Brea. You never will be. You won’t be successful in this life if you don’t figure this out. Can Christ even love you with how miserably you keep failing?” This dialogue would become an almost everyday norm for me and NO WONDER I COULDN’T GET OUT OF BED! If someone else were to push you like that, to demean you that way, you would do the right thing and separate yourself from their influence. It’s just not healthy. But we can’t escape ourselves. How do we cope? How do we deal with this?

Frequently, I would cry myself to sleep with how frustrated and defeated I felt. How was I ever going to live up to what the Lord had in store for me if I continued to fail this way? I felt like such a loser and certainly not worthy of the Lord’s comfort and love. I remember I began to struggle with personal prayer. Why would the Lord want to hear from me and what would I even say to Him? I began to tell myself that He didn’t want to hear from me unless I was praising Him and that my problems were minuscule and that He did not have time for them. SAD. SOOOO SAD!

Let’s call this what it is, shall we? This is Satan. He is the father of all lies, the master deceiver and a bully. He does not just work in one simple way. He is cunning and will use our weaknesses against us. Satan will continually tell us that we need to meet some sort of expectation in order to be worthy, accepted, loved, or useful. Then, when we fail to meet those standards (because we are HUMAN), he kicks us when we are down and makes us feel like we are nothing. He was the one telling me those horrible things and for a long time, I thought it was just me being hard on myself. NAH girl.

The thing about Satan that I have learned is that he takes half truths and tries to convince us that we see the whole picture. For instance, I truly am not perfect, no one is in this life except Christ, but that doesn’t mean that Jesus Christ doesn’t love me. See what Satan does there? On another note, Satan just flat out lies to us which is such a jerk move. Listen, Heavenly Father ALWAYS wants to hear from His children, even if they are having a horrible day, week, or month. WE ARE HIS CHILDREN. Heavenly Father loves us so much. Don’t let Satan tell you otherwise.

One evening while I was studying the scriptures at home, I got sidetracked (shocker) and decided to look up the word “perfection” in the dictionary. My Google search came up with this, the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects. Now when I think of perfection, I think of this same definition: to be free from all defects. WOW THAT IS A LOT OF PRESSURE. How does Christ expect us to be “perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48) in this life? That’s the difference right there, IN THIS LIFE Christ DOES NOT expect us to be perfect and there is a very real difference between the world’s definition of perfection and the Lord’s.

So, I continued my quest for answers. I stumbled upon a talk given by President Russell M. Nelson entitled Perfection Pending. As I read a passage from this talk, I felt my mind become lighter. My heart began to soften and I was finally able to understand what perfection means to our Heavenly Father. The passage read, “In Matt. 5:48, the term perfect was translated from the Greek teleios, which means “complete.” Teleios is an adjective derived from the noun telos, which means “end.”The infinitive form of the verb is teleiono, which means “to reach a distant end, to be fully developed, to consummate, or to finish.” Please note that the word does not imply “freedom from error”; it implies “achieving a distant objective.” In fact, when writers of the Greek New Testament wished to describe perfection of behavior—precision or excellence of human effort—they did not employ a form of teleios; instead, they chose different words.”

What a beautiful insight to that word. As I read it, I finally began to understand that there is a distinct difference from the world’s view of perfection and God’s view. He does not expect us to be perfect in every situation of every moment of our lives. He does not demand that we perfectly meet all of the required standards every second of every day. He does not expect us to be “free from all defects” NOW. He knows that we will fail and He knew we would fail when He sent us to this earth. That is why Jesus Christ is our Savior, Mediator, our Advocate with the Father. He bridges the gap we so desperately try to build ourselves. All that the Lord asks of us is to give Him our heart and a willing mind. He just asks us to TRY. And let me tell you something sister, I KNOW YOU ARE TRYING. I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know and see that you are trying. They see your efforts and are pleased with them.

No one except Jesus Christ was or ever will be perfect in this life. But how beautiful and wonderful it is that we have a Savior who paid the price we could never afford. He is the answer to your questions. He is the difference between where you are now and where you long to be. Turn to Him and seek to become more like Him. I promise He is there and He is eagerly waiting to help you. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to become perfect NOW but instead continue to TRY and to work toward your goals. The Lord will help you every step of the way.








The Miracle of Modern Medicine


The room is spinning and I can’t seem to find my feet. My heart is beating out of my chest and I can’t find a pulse. I’m in a crowded room all alone. I’m a smile on the outside while my soul is trapped in a box. I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious, furious, frustrated, sad, lonely, confused, and numb all at once.

I’m depressed. I’m anxious. I’m tired.

Have you been there? Have you felt the crushing weight of guilt and anxiety flooding your lungs like a wave swallowing you up? I have. I lived like this for so long.

Many people don’t have a clue that their best friend, husband, wife, son, daughter, grandmother, mother, father, teacher, classmate, or sister suffers this way. Because why would we show it? Why would we want to drag you down into the depths of sorrow and anguish, pain and fear? My family has always known I have suffered from these feelings because I chose to let them in when I had no where else to turn. Many others, however, had no idea. Until maybe now.

I can’t sit here and tell you that I’ve had a terrible life or that I have had something severely traumatic happen to me, because my life has been incredible. The Lord blessed me with a healthy body, a wonderful family, an amazing career, a beautiful man to share my life with, friends who are always there, and a safe place to rest my head. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached to me and I have accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. MY LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. So, why? Why do I feel these things randomly? Why when I am in a public setting on Saturday, I have a panic attack, but when I’m in the same setting on Tuesday, I’m fine? Why do I wake up feeling like there is someone sitting on my chest or shoulders and I can’t seem to shake the excess weight? Why on some days do I feel so unmotivated and sad that I physically cannot get out of bed?

If I could explain to you why I have experienced severe depression and anxiety for most of my life, I would probably be writing a book trying to help others. But, instead, I’ll be vulnerable and tell you I HAVE NO IDEA WHY I HAVE THIS. But I am writing to you here in hopes to lighten someone’s burden, to help heal their wounded soul, or to give them hope that they are NOT ALONE.

I’ve asked Heavenly Father to take this from me for YEARS. It’s a burden I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It comes on without warning and stays far longer than it is welcome. It hinders relationships, jobs, creativity, health, love, motivation, etc. If left alone and untreated, it can cause one to become completely numb until they ultimately find there is no better solution than to leave this earth.

This may seem dark to some or morbid to others, but to those who suffer from and have seen their loved ones suffer this way, it NEEDS to be talked about. It needs to become perfectly okay to express these types of feelings without being judged or dissected.

Although my faith in Jesus Christ is steadfast and immovable, I have come to understand that this has been given to me in this life. I have been asked to carry this cross. I used to yell at God and ask Him why He had abandoned me, but I have realized that He has never left my side, but has gently and lovingly led me to where I am today.

I am not perfect nor has my depression disappeared, but I have, through the guiding counsel of my Father in Heaven, been able to manage it. For YEARS, I fought medicine like it was a burglar trying to steal my purse on the street. I knew in my heart of hearts that Christ alone could heal me from this. But year after year, it remained and I began to become hardened. WHY would God not answer such a desperate plea to his daughter who was suffering? WHY would he abandon me like this? This wasn’t the God I painted in my head and I didn’t like it.

One night in my hotel room in St. Louis, I called my mother out of desperation. I was so tired and upset that I was still dealing with these feelings and emotions after over a decade without any ease. Her words pierced my soul as she spoke, “Breauna, maybe the Lord is being silent right now because He is trying to make you strong.” I immediately thought of my Savior and how he had to not only endure MY pains, burdens, heartaches, and anguish, but EVERY SINGLE PERSON’S. And did Heavenly Father take it from Him? No. Jesus Christ HAD to perform the Atonement alone. He had to be strong in that moment for me, for you, for each of us carrying our crosses. We may suffer in this life, but we can rest our burdens on the shoulder’s of He who bore the weight first and knows exactly how heavy it can get.

Over time, my heart began to soften to who my Savior really was. He lives and He understands me completely. So, one day I decided I was going to make an appointment with my doctor to talk about anti-depressants. For so long, I turned my nose up to the idea because I wanted Christ to answer my prayers the way I WANTED. I wanted Him to wipe away all of the anxiety and sadness so I could go on living my life and proclaim His goodness. But I have learned through trial, patience, and long-suffering that Heavenly Father answers prayers in many different ways and in His own timing. In this case in particular, he answered them through modern medicine.

I have been taking these anti-depressants since November of 2018 and I can honestly say that they have been such a tender mercy from the Lord. A path I never thought I would decide to take has turned into a miraculous answered prayer that I will forever be grateful for. There are still difficult days of course, but I feel much more in control of my thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I feel like myself again and I have been able to move forward the way I’ve wanted to for so long.

I know that my Redeemer lives and I know that Heavenly Father hears our prayers and is mindful of each of us. Whether you are struggling with addiction, depression, illness, loss of a loved one, or financial burdens, the Savior can lighten your loads. He may at times carry you over shards of glass, or hold your hand as you walk side by side, but He will NEVER leave you. He loves you. He loves me. He is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God and no burden you carry, no mistake you have made is ever too heavy for Him.




How I Gained 1,000 REAL Instagram Followers in 18 Days With This Online Course

Happy Friday Babes,


I hope y’all have had a great week so far! Mine has been a bit hectic and I actually called out of work sick today because my allergies are going psycho. #dallasweather

Anyway, I wanted to share with you guys some truly incredible and valuable information I have recently stumbled upon. If you’re scratching your head as to how exactly I managed to gain almost 1,000 Instagram followers in 18 days, your eyes aren’t deceiving you…IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED and I’m honestly just as surprised as you are.

With this online course, I was able to gain a little under 1,000 REAL followers in just 18 days! Throughout this post I will walk you through the program I used back in December to learn the methods I now use each day to build my following. If you’re asking WHY you need this, stay tuned! If you are a serious blogger/entrepreneur and want to build your online presence, THIS IS FOR YOU!

Let’s get to it, shall we?!



You may or may not be aware that Instagram has a complex algorithm and while we don’t know ALL of the ins and outs of this system, this online course walks you through ways to get around the algorithm so people are actually able to view your content. Listen, you work way to hard for your beautiful content to not be seen by your desired audience and this online course guides you step by step on how to get followers who are actually interested in your niche, to view your feed, and engage with you content. YAY!



A lot of online courses get you to pay for this service they are wanting you to invest in, only to find out that not ALL of the valuable information you sought was included. Now, you have to purchase yet another course and by this time, you’re either frustrated or unmotivated. I’VE BEEN THERE. It’s not fun. With this online course, Mal teaches you ALL of the methods you need that you can use DAILY to gain the audience you’ve always dreamed of. It’s not a Follow for Follow method, nor is it some “bot” service that makes you pay for fake followers who don’t even care about your niche. She guides you step by step on how to target your desired audience, market your product and/or brand to said audience, suggests best times to post, posting frequency, and she even reveals TWO KEY APPS you’ll need to manage your following. Um amazing right?!


So, you have a brilliant blog/product/business you’re dying to grow and get into the hands of your customer. How do you effectively reach your audience and what will it cost? These are the same questions I asked myself. Since taking this program in late December of 2018, I have gained 6,619 followers. That’s an average of 1,891 followers a month JUST AS THE PROGRAM PROMISES. I’ve not just been able to gain a larger following on Instagram, but it has helped drive much needed traffic to my blog and account. Like cue angelic choir please! My end goal is to become a full time blogger so I can stay at home with our kids someday while chasing my dreams and feeding that creative bug inside me. It’s been truly amazing for me so far and I hope it can help you kickstart your dreams too!


With valuable information like this and the help you need to get your dreams going, it’s not exactly free. WA WA WAAAA. But good news, I have already made my money back from purchasing this program and never regretted investing in my future and myself. Think about your WHY and go from there. I decided this was something I was willing to pay for in order to push my blog and dreams to becominbg the writer I’ve always wanted to be.












I went from 650 followers in December 2018 to 7,269 on April 12, 2019! I went from 0 Blog Views Monthly to 500! I went from 400 monthly views on Pinterest to 127K. (YEP!) And 18 followers on LTK to 120 today. I’m still grinding to make blogging a full time thing, but I am so pleased and grateful for Mastery by Mal and how far it has taken me in such a short amount of time. This could be you girlfriend! What are you waiting for?!

Love, Brea McEwen























4 Books To Produce Self-Love (And Spark Motivation)



I’ve honestly never been much of a reader. Not until I became a flight attendant and all I had was down time. I started picking up books just to pass the time on the jumpseat, but then it grew into time spent in my hotel room face first into pages of books I never would have otherwise read if it were not for all the time I had. I read the Harry Potter series when I was younger because well duh, it’s Harry Potter and those books were the peaches n’ cream.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown out of the fiction world and dove into books that I wanted to learn and grow from. So, I started with some mood therapy books to help me at a time in my life where I was struggling to find the light. Those were incredible. Then I transitioned into books about faith, hope, and becoming the best version of yourself. I started picking up books that I knew would spark motivation in me and get me to jump for joy yelling, “I AM GOOD ENOUGH!” Well, okay maybe I didn’t actually spaz out like that, but I was totally feeling these books and I wanted more! I recently took a leap and started reading Rachel Hollis’s Girl Wash Your Face. Um yeah okay, YA NEED TO READ THIS, WOMAN. It’s amazing and full of incredible insights into someone’s life who I promise you will be able to relate to, in some way or another.

With that, I’ve complied a list of my top five favorite books on self-love, self-help, and hopefully some that will spark a dream inside of you, just like they did for me.


1. Feeling Good by David. D. Burns M.D.


This was the very first book I immersed myself in while working as a flight attendant. I was going through a dark time full of anxiety and depression. I was having trouble adjusting to the new lifestyle of being away from home so often and coping with the fact that if I wanted to go home, I couldn’t just tell my boss I felt ill and drive 20 minutes down the road. I was in different cities every night. And while for some, that may be paradise in itself. For me, it was hard.

Among many, many other things that contributed to my anxiety, I realized I hit a place where I needed help. One of the books my therapist recommended to me was Feeling Good by David D. Burns M.D. It is a mood therapy book discussing the relative correlation and bond between mood therapy and anti-depressants/anti-anxiety medications. It was fascinating to learn and become aware of the psychological AND physiological factors that played into my life and my struggles with the burdens I was bearing. Anyone who has ever been depressed or extremely anxious (and I know I’m not alone) can relate to the fact that when you find even one sliver of hope to get help for these things, YOU GET PUMPED. So, I was all in!

In summary, this gem helped me get through one of the roughest times in my life by painting a very real picture of what depression and anxiety are and HOW to cope with them. You can purchase it  ‘ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>The Five Second Rule for just $15.68.


3. More Than The Tattooed Mormon by Al Carraway

Whether you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints or not, this is a wonderful read about a woman who overcame fears, grew immensely, and found lasting happiness through the gospel of Jesus Christ. She tells about her struggles as she chose to join this faith and as her family basically disowned her. It hits home for me because I am a convert of this faith and have faced similar trials and feelings. You can learn about Al’s conversion story