Thank You Savannah, Georgia!

November 30, 2014


If we’re connected on Facebook, then you already know how I spent last week circling the East Coast for a possible business opportunity(s). It was a wonderful trip for many different reasons, which I will break up and share in the next couple of posts.


First and foremost, I must express my deepest gratitude and thanks to my host(s.) But, also to the Hilton, American Airlines, and the driver who was holding a sign with my name on it :) I haven’t felt that spoiled in a very long time (well, with the exception of a friend who also spoiled me for an evening here awhile back.) Normally, I am hosted where ever I go for business, and am very grateful for whatever accommodations and arrangements are made. But, this was above-board and felt like first class treatment, so it was just a neat experience to have. It was the first time in awhile that I got to dress up for dinners/meetings and go out on the town again too, which is always fun, no matter what the purpose. A big thank you to Savannah, Georgia as well, for all your charm and grace once again ~ it was good to be back!

Up, Up and Away!

So, I am terrified of flying, right…? Well, I had five flights to take during that week. There’s nothing like a whole lot of practice to get you over yours fears real quick, lol! Feel the fear and do it anyways my friends! :) It reminded me of our Hawaii experience all over again. At least I’ve come to know my preferences for flying now, so if you share this fear, perhaps these ideas could help you too.


First, I learned that I can feel claustrophobic at times (well, just when I’m trapped in some tiny, roaring airliner without a parachute strapped to my back) so I found that if it’s a smaller plane (3 seats or less) then having an aisle seat greatly helps reduce the anxiety I feel. However, if it’s a larger plane, I definitely prefer a window seat, so I can take some fabulous pictures!

(I might just add that we’re speaking of commercial flights here. My experiences and feelings flying on some Learjet or private aircraft have all been very good. Perhaps, it’s a trust thing, or simply the intense zoned focus which accompanies a mission… At any rate, I was assured on my very first flight out that the pilots were both sober and well rested, lol!)

Secondly, and in either case, the most important aspect for me seems to be sitting as close to the front of the plane as possible ~ or at least, ahead of the wings. I learned that, due to noise and rattling, this can greatly reduce the feelings and thoughts that the whole plane is literally going to fall apart, upon take off or while landing.

It also appears that if you seem to be losing consciousness or something, the stewardess will make that horribly loud dinging sound a couple of times to help bring you back around, so at least you can trust that someone’s keeping an eye on you.

Last but not least, don’t forget the gum! This was a rather helpful tip from my daughter. I chew gum like crazy ~ both when we’re taking off and as we begin our descent. It helps keep your ears popped open too (if you know what I mean.)

Taking the Good with the Bad

So, I had a couple of flights on the smaller planes where I was an absolute mess. I’m pretty sure I was experiencing a panic attack when the Captain came back one time and had me switch seats with a nice gentleman in A1, so I could be right behind him. Yes, my friends… I needed a babysitter, but I’m OK with that, lol! It helped me get through things and not be so scared on the next flight. 

The other 3 flights I had were on their new air crafts and were a much different experience though. In fact, they made me think, “Ya, I got this!” It was like going from a cab ride to a limo ~ even the stewardesses were a lot nicer (I can understand, for if I had to be crammed on those smaller flights all the time, I’d be grumpy too, lol!)

The Dallas airport in Texas was by far the largest I was in, but Charlotte North Carolina was definitely the busiest. I got to meet some amazing people and had some very interesting conversations along the way too. When all was said and done, I began this journey being terrified of flying, but by the end of it, I was fascinated instead! Just look at the magnificence I got to capture!


More to Come…

Besides facing my fear of flying (again) there were plenty of other lessons learned during this trip, as well as a promising business partnership and private opportunity. This will be the third time in the last decade where I have sought to create a tight inner circle… I must admit, despite the adjustments in my career, it is always nice to keep some familiarity in the ways that one can, and to be surrounded by like minded individuals.

I will write about more personal insights and lessons learned in my next post. Meanwhile, enjoy the few pics I was able to take downtown during a brief stroll, in the warm rain, on that particular afternoon in Savannah, Georgia.

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16 Comments on “Thank You Savannah, Georgia!”

  1. April Says:

    I love Savannah! I’m happy that we are close enough to drive there. I have a huge phobia of flying, but I have been facing my fears. The last flight I took, wasn’t so bad. Unfortunately, I won’t get the repetitive exposure to conquer that fear…but I’m determined to quit letting fear control my life. I’m missing too much.


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      I agree April, that fear can make us miss out on so much! I already feel like I’m getting too old to indulge such things anymore, lol :) It’s funny though, how the very things which have the power to imprison us, are also the very things which can set us free ~ it’s absolutely true, so I encourage you to keep facing your fears. Blessings and best wishes!


  2. tonyasmithauthor Says:

    Love the pictures Jessie. Awesome things are happening in your life! So happy for you.


  3. deutschtrailers Says:

    Beautiful Pictures, big thanks Jessie….💗💗💗


  4. brianwilliamsen Says:

    Fun stuff Jessie! And good for you for overcoming your fear of flying. I am not a fan of it myself. I will do anything to avoid flying, in fact. But the last time I was on a plane, I ended up reading the entire Book of John and I was fine, lol. Coincidence? I’m gonna go with no. Doesn’t mean I’m rushing to get on a plane anytime soon but I am gonna be reading the next time I fly that’s for sure!


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      Fun indeed my friend! And as we know, probably no “coincidence,’ lol! Reading and writing are my thing and yet, I found myself too emotionally charged to accomplish anything. I did well taking pics and browsing through magazines though ~ more mindless types of activities (something I usually don’t care for.) However, in the end, the easiest flight came by being engrossed in great conversation :)


  5. blessedaaron08 Says:

    I really enjoy your story, but I gain hope watching your desires unfold. You are brilliant and creative and you inspire me to press onward in pursuit of my dreams. Thanks so much for the transparency.


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      What a joy you are! Thanks so much for being yet, another reason that I’m smiling this morning :) I’m grateful to know that what I put out there is helping people in some way. Blessings and hugs to you!


  6. billgncs Says:

    gotta love those fine root-beers !



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