Hey! My name is Andréa Zimmerman but my friends like to call me Dre or Drea.
I've been a flight attendant for 12 years and I used to think it would be the best career for me, one that made my 'real' life 'look' better. It would hide all the things I was hiding. You see, deep down inside, I was struggling. Working 3 jobs to pay off 60K in debt that no matter how hard I worked, it just seemed to increase! I was mentally paralyzed by fear, anxiety, indecision and feelings of unworthiness. It was a never ending cycle of despair and before long, it led me to a total breakdown.
My search for a way out meant stress leave and trying various anti-depressants that, ironically made me even more depressed. I'd felt like that before...back in my teenage years. It was a profound discovery when I found out I'd been dealing with a significant attention problem I never knew about my whole life!
This realization allowed me to see myself in a different way. I DO have more intelligence than I've given myself credit for! I am capable of more than my diagnoses! Yes, I'm great with people but I have more value than just my social skills.
As I started taking better care of myself I realized I no longer wanted to be a flight attendant. I couldn't accept the lie I'd told myself! I'm meant for more! It's been a great job and an amazing education for me but I'm spreading my wings further and farther and higher in life than I've ever allowed myself to go.
Today, I'm Pharma free and in the drivers seat of my brain and in harmony with life. I decided not to stick to a job that gives standby benefits when I can live my passion and create my own freedom that includes spending more time with the people I love and exploring more of this beautiful planet.
I'm turning my 24hr layovers into a lifetime of adventure!