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During my final semester at University, I told my best friend, “I think I’m going to do this whole yachting thing!” She replied with “When do we go?” Over seven years later I’m still traveling around the world, enjoying adventure and friendships as a Super Yacht Chief Stewardess.
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Hey, I’m Gemma.

Vancouver girl with a heart for community, obsession with baked goods, and love of yachting. Striving to help as many yachties as possible to find a balance between work & travel.

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I’m ecstatic to share that I won the @acrewyachting award for Social Influencer this evening ✨

I wish I could eloquently put into words how much this platform means to me. I’ve met some of my absolute best friends through Instagram & have had the absolute pleasure of chatting with so many of you. Thank you for sticking around even when I’m not online as often and thank you for being members of this beautiful community 🌸

So what’s next? Season TWO of @theyachtstewpodcast and my new training venture (launching SOONish)💗

Here’s the celebrating with wine instead of tea tonight! 🍷

Social Media has felt quite heavy the past few days (or weeks if I’m being honest)! And I haven’t been posting on this grid as I didn’t want to add to the constant noise. But, I woke up this morning & I just really wanted to read something positive and uplifting. 
So, to finish off the week, lets spread some joy, light & positivity. What was something that made you smile recently? Has a crew member or friend helped you recently? Follow a social media account that brings you joy? Share something positive & uplifting below 💗
This week I’m celebrating a brilliant therapy session (my kind of self-care), another week spent with my hubby & beautiful voice notes from @cupcakeatsea @ellenanette & @she_is_a_wanderess 💗

Beautiful photo by the smiley @veebock 🌹

#yachtie #stewardess #lux #luxurylife #ocean #yachting #superyacht #yachtieworld #travel #travelbug #stewardesslife #summertime #yachtblog #theyachtstew #cervicalcancerawareness #eventplanner #nautical #yachtstew #yachtstewardess #chiefstew
I shared on Friday about my struggle with acne and how hard it was to be put down by a Captain. While we all have different struggles, I wanted to share what I repeat to myself in my head when I’m put in an uncomfortable situation. This helps me to find inner strength & tackle situations with a clear mind. And when all else fails, I tackle a creative task, such as setting the table!

Hopefully this mantra will help you 💗

Repeat as MANY times as you need ✨
1) I am smart
2) I am capable
3) I am courageous

If you have any tips or tricks for dealing with hard situations, please share below 💗
Here’s a little shoutout to the chefs 👩🏻‍🍳🧑🏽‍🍳

I met @cupcakeatsea exactly one year ago while having girls drinks at Rybovich. While we had been chatting on Instagram for years (I first offered her a job onboard in 2015!), we had never actually met. When I finally got to work with Jackie, she always ensured our bellies were full of delicious, nutritious & sometimes naughty (hello cinnamon bun Sunday’s) food. I truly believe that Chef’s have one of the hardest jobs onboard as EVERY SINGLE person onboard will have an opinion about their food at some point. 

So here’s to all the brilliant, creative, kind & wonderful chefs. 🙌🏻 and a big shout out to Jackie for encouraging me to learn to cook 🍽
The best part about this social media community of stews?! Watching incredible women flourish in the industry!
@eloise_moolman & I first started chatting in 2018, a year before she started on her first yacht. In the past few years, I have loved watching her become a brilliant stew and be apart of amazing interior teams. She is such a positive light & it’s a joy to follow along on her yachting adventures. 
What are your favourite stew accounts to follow?! Share below!
Ever feel completely overwhelmed?! This week @theyachtstewpodcast is dedicated to YOU 💗

A few weeks ago, a brave stew messaged me sharing that due to Covid, the guest trips on her boat were becoming incredibly long & tiring. The amount of work felt overwhelming and she wondering if it was something I had dealt with myself. And YES, I know that feeling well!

I asked how others dealt with this on my stories and 3 lovely ladies messaged me with their tips & tricks. So I decided to turn these chats into a podcast mini-series. All of the episodes are 15 minutes or less with workshop style teaching.

I hope through this episodes, you find something that helps to release the stress & tension 💗

📷 @motoryachtawol
Happy Friday! This week was a BIG one for me (will share lots of details soon). In the meantime, let's finish off the week on a positive note? Share 1 good thing that happened to you this week below!
My hubby surprised me with flowers yesterday 💐 (it made me cry) and totally made my entire week!
Photo by the ever-so-lovely @madlittlehead
When looking for a job, it can feel as though you need 8 arms to keep up with replying to emails, updating your CV, staying on top of required visas, continuing your education & keeping crew agents in the loop. 
But what happens when something is out of your control? What if a previous employer is giving you a bad reference?
✨Reach out to that specific person and see if you can reach a resolution (do you now have a greater understanding of their POV? do you feel you can genuinely move on?)

✨Explain your situation to a Crew Agent, so they can speak to the HOD that's interviewing you

✨Be honest during the interview if it comes up, being genuine and upfront is crucial. What did you learn from the experience? How are you remaining positive and moving forward?

✨Ensure you have as many positive references as possible {written references are great, however, it’s even better to have references that are willing to answer calls and emails}

✨Keep you references updated with your plans so they aren't caught off guard with phone calls & have time to prepare

What advice would you give to someone in this situation?!


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