Even though I am only in my mid-20’s, my bucket list is already on the larger side.
It includes writing a book, visiting Australia and helping great companies like Tarte Cosmetics, Target and Southwest Airlines get the word out. Life is short. You need to start living now, not tomorrow. If you want something, go and get it. Like my trip to Australia – I’ll get to check it off next winter. In fact, when it comes to my personal bucket list, I make it a point to wake up every single day and ask myself, "what can I work towards checking off my list today and how can I do it?"
Well, this past month I was able to cross off a major category on my list: working with Southwest Airlines, once again - this time, helping them to promote their newest airplane, the Louisiana One. Spoiler alert – I love working with them. My enthusiasm is heartfelt and they’ve made me feel like family.
When I was invited to fly to New Orleans in early March, I expected another fun and music-filled trip with Southwest, the airline I hold so close to my heart. I was given a detailed itinerary and told to be ready to leave the hotel at 9:00am for a special music performance at an airport hangar. I thought nothing of the location since an airline was hosting this event and didn’t speculate as to the musical guest. When we arrived on site, we were greeted by dancers, musicians, and cocktails. I was already having a blast.
Breakfast was accompanied by a rocking performance by my family's favorite, Trombone Shorty and his renowned band, Orleans Avenue. Then, the Vice President of Southwest Airlines, Gary ___, was welcomed onstage. Shortly after he delivered his speech, the party tent was opened up and we were escorted out onto the tarmac where a brand, spanking new Southwest jetliner was there for us to swoon over.
When I tell you this was one of those "pinch me" moments, I am not exaggerating.
As a travel lover, getting to be a part of an airplane unveiling is something that I could only wish to experience. With so many planes, so many companies and so many other people, never in a million years did I think I would be asked to attend such a momentous occasion. Seeing the aircraft up-close and personal made me appreciate the “miracle” of flight. It’s enormous – and it flies!!
The Louisiana One aircraft took almost 12 days to paint with a crew of 15 people working on it. With 14 different colors, the beautiful Boeing 737 is the latest aircraft to the Southwest Airlines fleet.
The morning gave me a whole new appreciation for airplanes and the work and thought that goes into not only flying but designing, engineering and building them. Experiencing it with the Southwest team, the artist and the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana, was a bucket list moment I will truly never forget.
Next time you travel with Southwest, be sure to look out for the Louisiana One.