Christmas With My Family

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Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas break! My Christmas vacation has been a good one so far! All accept the fact that I came down with the flu a few days ago. It has really been kicking my butt. I have lost six pounds in two days. I was finally able to eat something today and I am starting to get back up on my feet. Before this whole sickness I was able to enjoy my Christmas with my family. We woke up that morning and instead of opening presents we decided to wait until that evening so we could help Mom get ready for our family holiday lunch. It actually worked out great! We had our family lunch and then opened presents with all of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandma. We decided to wait till everything was over to cause less stress for my Mom so when it was our time for our family to open presents it left some excitement at the end of the day! It was great to be with my whole family again. Every year we play “Yankee Swap” where everyone brings a gift worth twenty-five dollars and then chooses a random number out of a hat. We then go in order with the numbers and you have the option to open a new present or you can steal a present that has already been opened. So that makes it fun. We decided to do this a few years back when we realized it was just easier and more fun then trying to buy everyone in our family a gift. I received my Sporty’s trifold made for my mini iPad but Santa also included a mini clipboard that fits in the bands for my maps so it works out great! My grandma bought me a new watch for flying and some highlighter tape and pencils from Sporty’s as well. I can’t wait to try them out and get back into the air! It was another great Christmas not only for the presents I received, but the reason for the season and how blessed I truly am.

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Preparing for Christmas

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Hello bloggers! I hope everyone’s Christmas break is going well! I just got home from celebrating Christmas Sunday at Church. The sermon was a good one as well as the covered dish lunch following it. Nothing beats church dinners or lunches, they are the best!
I had an easy drive home this past weekend after I finished school. I met my family in Charleston, West Virginia, which is three hours from Richmond, Kentucky for a the state cheer competition. My family went to support our neighbor, Hallie, who cheers for the high school team at home. They ended up getting runner-up in the state so we were happy and proud for her. After the competition we decided to do some Christmas shopping in Charleston and then started to head home later that night. My sister rode in the car with me so it made the rest of my journey home much better being able to talk to someone rather than just singing to myself in the car! Ha! I have just been meeting up with friends and family, enjoying my break and trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for everyone. My Christmas shopping is still not complete… Some people are just so hard to shop for! My family has been asking me for Christmas ideas for myself. Of course, I started thinking about what I could order for flying! I started to think how I have been pulling out my cell phone for the time while “cross-country” flying. So number one on my list was a new watch. Not necessarily a fancy one, but just something I could strap on my wrist so it is one less thing to hold. Number two on my Christmas list was a kneeboard with pockets to strap around my thigh while flying. Just another tool to help me stay organized and not have a messy cockpit. I learned that the hard way while I had to ask my instructor to hold my maps while landing… Things just don’t feel all together with a messy cockpit and it could be very dangerous. So, lets hope Santa comes through and delivers me some new toys! Merry Christmas everyone!

How Can I Make an Impact?

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It’s healthy to have many short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Some of the happiest moments in my life all revolved around finishing a goal that I set out for myself. For example, my high school basketball career, making it to a college of my choice, first solo, first solo cross-country, and many other things. These all made an impact on my life because I set out a goal to do something for myself and accomplished it. After making the final decision to go to school for aviation I started to dream about how I could help others in the future by being a resource for them. I told myself when I would become qualified I would help others learn more about aviation careers by effectively using social media and volunteering to speak to students in high school and middle schools. I want to eventually become a mentor and provide guidance for students (especially girls) in small towns that have less resources since this is something I have experienced first-hand to be very challenging. I have many dreams and goals when it comes to aviation, but if I had to pick or choose one that would be most rewarding to see it would be broadening the horizons of young students in my hometown. I want to show them how there is a big world out there and that it is possible to achieve and do anything that you set your mind to do as long as you have the right mindset and ability to work extremely hard. I am at the point in my life where I am happy and working hard towards my goals. I hope to inspire, instruct, and even improve others personal standards and mentality for them to never quit, and set the bar high for themselves. I will never quit.

Reflecting on Fall Semester

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Hey Everyone! I finally finished up my first semester here at EKU! I still cannot believe that it is already over. Time really does fly. It flies even faster while you’re flying. I finished all of my exams and have maintained my good grades. I now have twenty-seven credit hours under my belt since I took college classes in high school. I am already prepared for spring semester as well. I scheduled my spring semester classes a while ago as well as my flight lab. I will also be staying in Clay Hall’s “flight deck” next semester. So I am set! I am not really sure if you can call it a flight deck for me though. Being a girl, I live on the ninth floor of clay when the actual flight deck is the male’s tenth floor. There are a total of three girls in aviation on the ninth floor “flight deck” including myself. The other including my roommate, Rachel, who just switched her major to Aviation Management and our friend Tori, who is also majoring in professional flight and just finished up her instrument ground and is working on her instrument rating! Before school started I was expecting how awesome it was going to be living in a living learning community for Aviation! I was expecting at least one side of the hall to be filled. Then it turned out to be just us! I don’t know why I was expecting a bunch of girls considering I chose a male dominated field a long time ago, but I do know that it is growing. So why is it that the field is still so male dominated? I really believe that lack of mentors is a big part. I also knew before I started into this field I wanted to share my love for Aviation with others back home and around my hometown and home airport, 4G7. Anyways, I think I am going to do my next blog on my future goals and how I want to make an impact so I don’t get too far off subject… I am headed back to West Virginia tomorrow and my friends have already left for home. This semester was a success and I don’t know how I would have made it without my new friends and great professors. Until next time bloggers…

Finishing Up The Semester

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Wow has this semester flown by! I cannot believe that finals for my very first semester of college are already here. I have been trying to prepare as much as possible especially these last few days. My professor, Mr. Adams, gave us all study guides to help prepare for his exam which is in Aviation History. So that definitely takes off some pressure. Looking through the study guide I can say I feel sort of proud in a way that I now know more people and events than I ever did before who impacted our world of aviation. Names like Charles Lindbergh, Richard Byrd, Wiley Post, Chuck Yeager, Glen Curtiss, John Glenn and events such as the Hindenburg crash, World War II and many other events in history that have changed our world to get to where we are today. I know I have blogged about this before, but I am just so happy that I can actually sit in a classroom now and enjoy learning about what the instructor is teaching the class. Learning about these men and women and certain events in history is very inspiring and is something that we all can grow on by learning from their mistakes. That is one major lesson that I have learned is key in aviation. No matter how dumb you feel it is important to share our mistakes. It helps others grow and learn along with you. We are all human! Everyone makes mistakes… I was disappointed once again because my night cross-country was cancelled tonight due to weather. Some of the instructors have been saying they think we have broken a record for the most flights cancelled in a row. It is kind of humorous in a way, but then again it is really a pain in the neck because we can’t get work done. I can say that I feel I did make the right decision when choosing a college to further my education. Eastern Kentucky has been very good to me this first semester even with the weather being crappy. I am ending my blog again tonight by saying hopefully I will be able to blog my flight adventures next Tuesday! Until then, I’ll be studying for finals and I can say I will officially be done with my first semester here at EKU by Monday! Woohoo!!

Book Searching

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I found the book, “Women Aviators,” by Karen Bush Gibson in Eastern Kentucky’s main library. For anyone who may be interested, Women Aviators tells the adventurous and heart warming stories of 26 pioneer flights, daring missions, and record-setting journeys. Gibson’s book is filled with amazing stories of women who had the courage to take action.
Women Aviators is filled with twenty-six different biographies all revolving around one main idea that they all had in my opinion, determination. The book tells about some of the most amazing women in the world of aviation including some names I recognized from my Aviation History class at EKU. Gibson even included names and stories that had a major impact on aviation, but didn’t necessarily fly all of the time. For example, one interesting story I liked was Katherine Wrights. I have blogged about Katherine before. She was called, “the third Wright brother” considering her impact she had on Orville and Wilbur Wright. Some interesting facts about Katherine was at the age of fifteen years old it became her job to care for the boys after their mothers death from tuberculosis. She arranged volunteers to help her brothers on the flying machine, and she even managed her bothers business affairs and became an officer in their company later on. Wilbur, Orville, and Katherine were all awarded the Legion of Honor by the French.
Other names and stories told were Harriet Quimby: the first woman to fly across the English Channel, Bessie Coleman: “Queen Bess”, Neta Snook: The Woman who taught Amelia to fly, Amelia Earhart: the most publicly famous female aviator in the world, and many more very interesting, courageous women. I would highly recommend this book to others, especially female pilots because you feel inspired after reading everything that these women did in order to achieve their dreams of flight against everyone’s opinions. Also, I was searching around on GlobalAir today and saw they had a directory for aviation related articles and books! I thought that was pretty neat especially if you’re interested in the field. I plan on checking some of them out after finals. Ill be waiting for the day after finals… Until next time ☺

Thankful for Many Things

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Keeping my Thanksgiving break in mind it is easy to reflect on how thankful I am for so many things. For starters, I am thankful for my health. I am thankful that God created me strong and healthy. Secondly, I am thankful and blessed with the best family a girl could ask for. Everyone tends to get aggravated at some point with a family member, but in the end I know I would not trade any of my family members for the world. I think it is my sisters goal to aggravate me at times, but I know at the end of the day she is someone I can always go to for advice and she has always supported my dreams. I am thankful for my wonderful parents who have supported me in every way possible with my dreams. They are the main reason I am able to attend school here at Eastern Kentucky University and the main reason why I am able to major in professional flight. The costs of flight labs are definitely not cheap and I am thankful I have parents who support me not only with schooling but who have supported me for nineteen years by putting a roof over my head and food on the table. I am thankful for my old flight instructor, Larry, who lives back at home in WV and was in his late seventies when he decided to take me on as his last student. Larry taught me all of the basics of flying at our home based airport 4G7 Fairmont, WV and if it wasn’t for him I don’t think I would have taken the path that I am on now.
So many of us today take the little things for granted and Thanksgiving is the time to reflect on just how thankful we are. I know none of this would be possible without our God and I try my best to thank him for all of the blessings that he has given my family and I.