Today is Easter- it was one of those sunny days in Denver filled with exquisite lighting, happy people, and the warming beams of that pre-summer goodness that reminds you to take a deep breath and love this moment. I hope you lived it up today, leaning into what you love. I don’t think I have laughed as much as I did today, in many years. Today will be marked by belly laughs, genuine smiles and yummy food.
It has been a while since my last post! Why did I wait so long? Well, I vowed never to force the blog. It flows when it flows and it slows when it slows. Faking the fun and the freedom of this place of expression goes against the whole idea of encouraging the interesting & juicy stuff. Here’s a little update on the flight for this summer. Planning, organization, airplanes, business plans, and nerves have exploded all over my iPad. Compared to the Oakland to Miami flight… ha… well, I will just call it complicated. I take advice from every source I can squeeze it from. I have an enormous amount of respect for those of you who have pulled something like this off. When things get tough and I want to quit (which has happened more times than I can count) I just think about what it will feel like when I complete my first ocean crossing. To see the glistening sea beneath the plane, to know that my goals are in my hands, that will be the best feeling in the world. The prep work for this kind of trip is almost just as tough as the flying! I am STILL working towards my instrument check ride (I need to take my own advice, I know!) and am working in the studying for the written exam as much as humanly possible between the tv station, meteorology school (finally a senior this year), flight planning, and a little fun here and there. No excuses, just being honest here- obtaining the instrument rating is hard as hell and you really have to dive into it without distraction to give it the learning and the attention that it deserves. Obtaining the instrument has been such an ego-checking roller coaster ride of hard work- but what I have come to learn is that if you just commit to increasing your understanding of what you are striving towards by 1-5% per day, things come together quite quickly. Learning to spend time each day with each of my goals, giving undivided attention is a good way to climb the mountain, steady and strong.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe. -Abraham Lincoln
So what is next? It is time to take things to the next level. What I have realized over the past year is that personal adventure is great, but leading by example and encouraging others to rock their own lives is the most amazing aspect of the whole big, long, process. I am now officially in the beginning phase of setting up a Denver based foundation that will get young women flying. We are about to have a whole lot of fun, mentoring one another, flying around this big beautiful world, while learning about ourselves in the process. Eeeeeeee I get so enthused just thinking about it that I instantly sit up straighter, toes start tapping, these are good signs that the energy to pull this off is right on track. Much more detail about the foundation will be coming soon!
So this turned out to be a little but more of an update post than anything else, but the main idea I keep coming back to popped up in the first paragraph…
Live it up and lean into what you love
Encourage your crazy, out there goals by loving them with all of yourself. To the ones who tell you it can’t be done, let them waste their breath. While they are telling you it can’t be done, you’ll be doing it. Wow, it feels awesome to write that down! Only give meaning to the encouraging, healthy, upbeat people in your life. Be a radiant source of those great feelings for the ones who need it the most. Big sigh… here is a good one to call it a night with…
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss
Here’s to falling in love with your adventure and to cheering others on as they dive into theirs.