• Archna Bhatt

A Bee Was Born - I Named Her The Archive xx

What is The Archive? Why did you decide to start Youtube? What the buzz is going on?

Where do I start? I think I'll have to take this from the very beginning.

HI, my name is Archna (Arch-Nuh). I am a BEEautiful cultural concoction. Both my parents are Gujarati and were born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa. My mum comes from a line of Ismaili’s and Persians thanks to my grandmother’s side and Rajput’s on my grandfather’s side. My dad comes from a long line of Hindu Brahmins, AKA priests. I think this is the favourite characteristic of me and my family, that we are so culturally diverse.

I myself, was born in a little city within the United Kingdom called Watford, Hertfordshire. I grew up in a town called Hayes until my family decided to move up north, about 2 hours away from London. I don't enjoy this new place called home.

I applied to become a jet setter over 4 years ago, I kept it super hush because I wanted to surprise everyone, and I had only told my mum! I remember sending my Dad a picture of me with my uniform when I eventually decided to surprise him, that was the first time he said he was proud of me. We decided that I would start documenting my trips and journeys, and that he would give me knowledge into the basics of photography and film, in exchange for cheap flight tickets. I don’t think he was joking about this trade. Dad had his own business in photography, he was so knowledgeable about his field of work, and I really hoped he would pass this knowledge down to me.

6 months in, I really enjoyed flying, I was getting used to staying up at odd hours, eating food at random times in the day and just getting the hang of the different roles and responsibilities on each flight. I passed my probation period, bagged my staff travel and flew to India with my mum, dad and brother for a nice family holiday. I was honestly living my best life, until the biggest life-altering event occurred, and I sadly lost my father to a fatal heart attack 3 days into the vacation. It honestly hit me hard. Dad didn’t make it to my 25th birthday that year, and my motivation to start my blog and YouTube with his help collapsed.

I didn’t grieve him properly until June 2019, when I was in a constant state of depression, I remember taking 6 months of therapy and time off from flying because I genuinely couldn’t cope with his absence. I had so much on my mind and so many regrets regarding Dad that I was in a constant state of numbness, and I often made many mistakes at work that got me into trouble.

By the end of 2019, I had recovered a lot and went back to flying in December. Fast forward March 2020 and Corona Virus was in full swing and the UK was preparing for a nationwide lockdown. I flew until the end of April, catering to repatriation flights and freighters. I think it all got a little too much for me and I decided to finally send in a request to be furloughed. I was furloughed for two months, which was more than enough for me.

I had an epiphany and decided to make use of my time being furloughed and not waste the precious time gifted to me. I had deleted all of my social media for just over a month to focus on what I really wanted to do and things that I had put off for so long. I finally decided to venture into my dad’s work office and do a big clear out with my mum. I quickly realized that dad had a lot of equipment that I could potentially use to kick start my YouTube journey. I knew this all along but it completely slipped my mind. I’m actually using his laptop to write this, even though it's ancient and takes what feels like 84 years to load, I feel as though I’m still connected to him.

I think the first thing I did was make my YouTube channel, and source a nice logo for myself and my platform, I researched into how to create my own website and here I am now, writing my FIRST EVER blog! So for everyone asking why, how, when did I decide all of this, I can say that it has been a long time coming. I just needed some alone time to see my vision in one straight path.

I cannot tell you how excited I am that I have finally found the courage to do this. I honestly can’t wait to take you guys along with me on my travels, show you what I get up to and show you how much fun it is being a flight attendant.

We have a saying in my industry...it’s crew life, or no life.

I wanted to give a big BIG thankyou to Aaya at @deyasel_designs for spending countless hours on making my logo so special for me! Only we know how fussy I was and how many changes you had to make until I finalized my design!

The Archive - 31/07/2020

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