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Friday, October 21, 2016

Inspiring the Future

Begins Today! 

Inspiring the future begins with behavior!

This election has been appalling. Not as much for political beliefs... we all have them. Everyone has an opinion as to how things should be done. 

How we react to the circumstance of our life, successes, failures, and the mistakes we make indicates resilience, accountability, and willingness to accept responsibility. How we behave when we don't win the game, indicates our level of sportsmanship. How we talk, react to opinions, judge people, or negotiate a deal indicates our character. 

Our children and grandchildren are watching this behavior. I would never tolerate this language, the disrespect, poor sportsmanship, or making fun of others with my children. I know my parents would not have tolerated that with me.  And yet we are watching this behavior on television... with presidential candidates?

As many of you know my mother-in-law passed, and my husband and I have been working diligently to clean out her house, see what needs to be fixed, and attempt to sell. This is not our first house deal, we have also worked with tenants, house sales, and purchases over the years. Our behavior is always the same... do the right thing, and treat people how you would like to be treated. We have never negotiated anything that would harm someone, leave them with a bad deal, and always worked for a common goal. We have walked away from a contracts if the other side was not on the same level of integrity. 

Watercolor by Tilly Goble

I had the opportunity to meet two incredible women in this process. Vince Campbell from LynnMac Commercial Sales Broker and Property Management who lived across the street. I told her I was selling for sale by owner, and that my mother was an agent too. Then she connected me to another incredible woman, Tilly Goble, Nassance Photography, who was renting down the street with her husband and small son, and had been looking for years for their first home. But due to bidding wars and cash offers they always one step behind.

The Compassion of the Deal
Begins with Character

We were all on opposite sides of the street with the "numbers" for this sale. But because of who we were, we were all playing in the same yard for the goal: I wanted to sell, Tilly wanted a home, and Vinece wanted to help us both make this goal a reality. The complications were many... but we made it happen. Tilly painted the watercolor above and wrote a beautiful letter that accompanied the offer. She had also made us a wonderful video with photos of the home, that brought tears to our eyes.

I had to write about this because of all that is happening in the world, with the election, and with unethical behavior of people scatter about, I'm here to say there are good people and we must always set the positive example. During this process I came across a video that Tilly had made.  She reminds us about the importance of Grace and Honor to All Women.

Imagine if we had
Grace and Honor to All!

Enjoy the Journey!!
XOX Karlene

Thursday, October 20, 2016


In Progress... 

One of my cohort superstars sent this to me...

It speaks Volumes!! 

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene 

Author of:
I am Awesome. The ABCs of me. 

 Flight For Sanity coming soon....
 Catch up on the series so you will be ready!

Motivation and Children too! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Joy of Writing...

Begins By Doing It! 

Authors have all heard the statement, "I'm going to write a book one day." We smile, and offer words of encouragement. But it takes more than deciding to write, or having the vision of a book, it takes action. And once you take action, the words will fly. 

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Lately numerous people have told me they are stepping into the writing business, and I have promised a blog on the subject for quite awhile. 

Why have I been delayed in writing this? 

Because, I have been writing... my fourth novel and the proposal for my dissertation. And, I've been slowly but surely reading and editing a friend's book. Thus, I've been glued to the computer. 

So, you know how to get started? 
Start writing!

The one book the helped me was Stephen King On Writing. He said, "Write for the garbage can." Don't get too wrapped around your writing. Get it on a page then you can perfect it.

Lessons learned from writing my first novel: 
  1. Don't edit along the way. You may find you've spent hours, weeks, a month editing chapters that don't end up in the book.
  2. Write the story, and then edit for spelling and grammar. 
  3. Be flexible. I like to make an outline, but I'm super flexible. My characters begin talking on the pages, and they always take the story another direction. I have a plan, but I go where the story wants to take me.
  4. Develop a thick skin. You can't make everyone happy, and you will get hate, love, you're awesome and I can't believe you wrote that, all from the same sentence. 
More Books on Writing: 

Reach out to the writing community. 

Join writer's groups, sign up for a conference, and if you have a chance find a writing teacher. My mentor, William Bernhardt, taught me the craft, and then sent me on the way. Bill offers an online writing course too.

Nathan Everett is another great source!  When your book is ready, he will help you edit, publish, or any combination there of. He's got some awesome books himself... check out Elder Road Books. Talk about creative genius!

My Friend, and best selling author, Heather McCorkle is an amazing source. She's also an avid blogger sharing writing tips, and she's another creative genius who can help you bring your book to life with her amazing covers.

Another great book was Noah Lukeman's The First Five Pages. He will teach you about hooks, tone, character development, and always... show don't tell. Not to be confused with show and tell.

Remember, writing is a skill that can and will be developed as you do it. How to keep motivated and make the book become a reality? 

Read Flight To Success Be the Captain of Your Life. This book is filled with true stories, many of which include how I wrote my first book, lessons I learned along the way, and I provided contact information, in back of the book, with other authors and my favorite editor, that can help you find your way to writing.

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene 

Author of:
I am Awesome. The ABCs of me. 

 Flight For Sanity coming soon....
 Catch up on the series so you will be ready!

Motivation and Children too! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Motivation

What do you Fear?

"I'm not afraid of
werewolves or vampires
or haunted hotels,
I'm afraid of what real
human beings do 
to other real human beings."

Walter Jon Williams

My friend sent me this great quote, and I had to posit it. Because the truth is, I have found it amazing (and sad) as to what people are capable of doing to others for money, greed, power, promotion, or because they had their egos bruised, or they are just cruel and have no self-control. But these people keep giving me plot points for another novel. Flight For Sanity coming soon! Make sure you catch up on the series!

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene 

Author of:
I am Awesome. The ABCs of me. 

 Flight For Sanity coming soon....
 Catch up on the series so you will be ready!

Motivation and Children too! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fly Otto

Friday's Fabulous Flyer

Otto might not be a real person. But she is unique in today's world, by creating opportunities to bring the United States together through aviation. My friend Rod Rakic, co-founder of OpenAirplane, inc. has created a unique service for those without their own aircraft, to access thousands of U.S, airports. 

I had not thought about the number of U.S. airports, only that some are trying to close many. But Rod told me that,

"Airlines can only take you to
about 300 domestic airports, 
FlyOtto gives you direct access to 
over 5,000 U.S. destinations, 
on your own schedule." 

So FlyOtto is not competing with airlines, she is just supporting our needs when we have to get to a unique location.

"Wings when you want them" 

This works on any device, and there's nothing to download. This is just another way that creative minds in aviation are providing services for passenger needs. Rod reminds us that, "The next time you could be stuck in traffic on the highways for 4 to 6-hours, or might be standing around in airline terminals all day, FlyOtto can get you there faster and easier."

It's opportunities like this that many people don't know exist. I remember years ago friend's father had a heart attack and he had to get to him. I think he was looking at an nine hour drive, and no airline service. At the time I had an airplane and was able to take him. But how many people know pilots who own aircraft and have the time to fly last minute? This could truly be the answer for that unexpected emergency. Or the planned event you just don't want the extended drive.

This type of business may also keep our airports alive. From a pilot perspective, that's great news!  From a passenger perspective, it just makes sense to know the options are there when you have to get there.  This service actually makes booking a charter flight easy.

Check out FlyOtto  and explore the links to learn about the safety, the pilots, operations, etc., This is a pretty cool operation. I've added all their links below. But for the love of flight, there is no better way than traveling by air.

 Flight For Sanity coming soon....
 Catch up on the series so you will be ready!

Motivation and Children too! 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kenmore Aero

Needs your Support!
Message from Jason Richert
Communications Manager:

"We have been busily upgrading our facility, building a strong customer base, and exceeding our customer's expectations for both service and fuel prices...

The time is upon us to submit our proposal for renewing our lease with King County. Once of the facets of our organization that we wish to highlight and demonstrate is the support of our local community. There are countless folks who have been impacted by Kenmore Aero's presence, from pilots to passengers, the local blood bank, and humanitarian medical flights. 

We are asking our supporters to please visit this page on our website and provide us with a statement of support in the form provided. You can share your experience from the open house, how we are exceeding your expectations as business partners, or even how you would prefer to support a small business instead of an international chain. Most importantly, share how you think a family based, community focused company could impact local aviation and the surrounding community.

I ask for your help and time is of the essence. If you can post your comments by 9:00 am on Thursday the 13th, I would appreciate it. With the help of our community, our continued commitment to service and dedication to excellence, I am confident the lease will be renewed and we will be able to share more exciting plans with you soon."


Jason Richert
Communications Manager
Kenmore Aero Services

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Impact of Civil Drones

On the Aviation Industry
My friend Phoebe sent me an informational post about drones. Today I was watching how a drone took a video of a neighborhood in the North Carolina flood. Then the drone assisted rescue personnel to save the man. Thanks to drones and social media, we had a happy ending... but are there downsides to drones?

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Phoebe says,

"Recently, we have seen a remarkable rise in the use of civil drones and this increased activity is posing a real risk to the aviation industry. This upward trend is believed to be increasing the risk of terrorist attacks or incidents involving aircraft. A quick look at Worlds Best Drone Videos gives us a real insight into the civilian usage of drones and their commercial application in a diversified setting that can include; mapping, videoing, film-television and inspection to name a few examples. The question is, does this undoubtedly positive usage of drones by civilians causing a more widespread threat to the aviation industry?

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Drones: A real threat to civil aviation and society? reports that commercial sales of drones has risen by more than 80% from $261 million in 2015 to an estimated $481 million come the end of 2016. This drastic increase in sales is being blamed for the increased risk of threat to the aviation industry with pilots reporting a number of near-collisions whilst flying at low altitude with a recent report when a BA flight from Geneva was struck by a drone during landing. It just takes one of these drones to fly into the engine of an aircraft to leave us dealing with a catastrophic incident…

Can this increased use of civil drones 
have a positive impact on the aviation industry? 

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If regulated properly to remove the threats that they do possess, their technology can be harnessed to help develop the potential of unmanned aircraft in the future? It is important to recognize and acknowledge the potential that this technology has for innovation and benefit to society. If introduced safely, and that is a big if, it can certainly be a positive development to work alongside existing manned aviation in the future."

Huge thanks to Phoebe for her post!

What do you think... 
Drones are here to stay
How will they impact the industry?