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Life & Work with Josie Benavides

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josie Benavides.

Hi Josie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Joselyn, or Josie as many people know me by my nickname. I’m 28 and currently living in San Diego. I was actually born in Mexico City, and came to the USA when I was 11. I’m a flight attendant and a content creator along with a couple other side hustles/hobbies. Traveling has always been a big passion of mine, especially because I grew up going from Mexico to the US quite often with my family. That planted a lot of curiosity in me about seeing the world and made me wonder what I could do in my life to be able to see and learn from other cultures and people from varying backgrounds. Creating content and focusing on learning about photography, editing and social media didn’t become an interest to me until recent years.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I believe the biggest obstacle I’ve faced was coming to the United States. Growing up, and even today, the USA is seen as the land of opportunity- a golden ticket in a sense. So it was exciting, I was 11 years old and on the verge of something new and awesome. I learned English and French in school so I was prepared, somewhat. However, it was pretty challenging in the sense of learning to adapt. On one side I had a Mexican family, and on the other I was trying to fit into American society, going to middle school etc. It was a big challenge back then and even today it’s sometimes difficult fitting in as I still have a lot of my culture and speak Spanish, but sometimes I certainly run into people that can be discriminatory or racist, especially with the job that I do where I can see and interact with thousands of people a week from varying backgrounds.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines. I started working for Delta in 2013 as a ticketing agent in Indianapolis. After a year in, I applied and interviewed to be a flight attendant and got a job offer- which is probably one of the things I’m most proud of. The year I got hired, a statistic was going around that it was harder to get I hired as a Delta flight attendant than it was to get into Harvard.

I started out being based out of Minneapolis, transferred to New York and now I fly out of Detroit. I’ve now been flying for 7 years and hoping for many more!

Aside from my day to day job, I have begun to create more content and consequently have been able to partner with more brands and just make incredible connections with extremely talented people. It’s all becoming a big passion of mine and I’m striving to learn as much as I can about social media, marketing and photography. Currently a lot of what I focus on is geared toward lifestyle and travel. It’s a niche that really aligns with me well, and is very genuine, which I love because I think sometimes people get caught up in putting a certain image out there, that they lose a sense of who they are.

What makes you happy?
My son, my boyfriend and my dog are my rocks and happiness. However I will say that there are a lot of things that make me happy, and I don’t mean that in a cheesy way. Growing up I had a lot of insecurities and some anger for a lot of reasons but as I got older, especially in the past couple of years I have learned that we really can create our own happiness. We all have things that make us happy whether it’s family, significant others, etc but I purposely try to find happiness in my day to day life. It’s up to us to have a certain mindset in life and I try, although of course sometimes I don’t succeed, to see positive and good things at work and in what I do day in and day out- we only have one life and I think it’s important to enjoy it and be happy as much as we can

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