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Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Motivation: Decide and Get It!

"Choose today, to
decide what it is that you
want and just go out and
get it. Not tomorrow
- but today."


Last Friday Jun Nishioka flew in to Seattle to stay with us for four days, on his way to Vero Beach Florida to become a pilot.

Despite the Japanese government not allowing him to attend their aviation program of his eyesight not being 20/20 without corrected lenses, Jun is still pursuing his dream to fly.

He decided what he was going to do, and he’s doing it.

There will always be reasons, obstacles, and people telling you that you can’t do something. Or the visibility is too low to fly and kids to babysit on the beautiful day. The point is, it's up to you to decide if you want it badly enough to pursue whatever it is. It's only the things you have to work the hardest for, are the same things worth having.

Be careful for what you ask… you might just get it!

On his way to Florida, Jun got to visit my life with the holiday craziness of the remodel, grandkids, and lots of busy running around. We managed to sneak in a few surprises for him too.

Saturday was a quick visit to Seattle and the Aquarium with two of the grandkids. The weather was beautiful.

Sunday we visited the Renton Airport, and Austin had planned on taking Jun up as a surprise in his floatplane ~ Thank you Austin! But the weather had dropped below VFR. Instead, Shad took Jun on a flight in BEFA's new simulator and Austin gave him a ground lesson sitting in the plane.

What have you decided to do, today?

Don't wait for tomorrow... it never comes.

Happy Holidays!

XOX Karlene


  1. What an amazing young man Jun is, and how wonderful that you could have him stop and visit with you on his way to Florida. With his enthusiasm and determination, he will make a great pilot!

  2. Go Jun! I'm really excited to hear about anyone learning to fly! And how great of you guys to have him and show him around. Best of luck with training Jun!

  3. Thank you so much for taking me to the surprise tour,and thank you so much for the warm comment!!Me too.I really like to hear these news as well.Good luck to you with your training,and have a safe flight!
    Have a great holiday,

  4. Thank you so much Critique sisters for the nice comment! He will make a great pilot. I know!

  5. Thank you Daniel! I know Jun appreciates all the support he can get!

  6. Jun, you are so welcome! I'm excited to hear how your studies go.


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