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Monday, December 5, 2011

Tis the Season to be Jolly!

"Let me not be anxious this
day, because in the grip of my
anxiety, all that I wish to achieve
- is made elusive to me."


The holidays are upon us, and while it’s the time for joy, what often happens is we get so busy trying to make everything perfect that in the midst of the holiday bustle, many of us feel stressed and anxious. For those who are writing, working, flying, and trying to keep up with their normal life, this time of year can sometimes be overwhelming.

Happy 21st Birthday Christine!

For me, I try to focus on one thing at a time and not look at all the Christmas ornaments I’m juggling. I remind myself that everything will get done, as it should in the right time. Christmas will come and the smiles we can hold throughout will make it perfect.

Today I’m flying to Minneapolis for bounces at 0600 on Tuesday. Then after my sim session, I’ll be running to the airport to fly back to Seattle in time for the SANTA EXPRESS! 65 minutes from simulator to departure, but if I miss that flight... I'll have a five hour sit and then be landing 30 minutes after the activities begin. The 115 children will be checking in, and that should take about an hour. I'll make it.

Santa Express... what’s that you ask? You’ll have to come back tomorrow and find out. More holiday gifts... this time from Flight To Success to you!

Happy Holidays!

XOX Karlene


  1. I stopped by your amazing blog today.

  2. Great post, Karlene. Stress can be self-induced sooo easily this time of year. We need to relax and enjoy the journey for sure. Yes, things WILL get done in the time they're supposed to. Fly safe and breathe deep. (p.s. Hey, Christine, Happy b-day!)

  3. Thank you! :D Christmas can definitely get stressful, and it seems like it shouldn't. We all need a reminder that it's supposed to be fun.

  4. Santa Express sounds promising, I can hardly wait to hear about it! And ah yes, the overwhelming holiday season. Sometimes we just have to remember to slow down and appreciate the things that matter. :)

  5. Hi Cozy in Texas! Thank you for stopping by. Come again! :)

  6. Thanks Linda... breathing deep. Babies will come when they want. Dinner guests will arrive ... despite if the house is a mess. lol. All will work out!

  7. Hey Birthday girl... it is fun! I hope today you're have more than most!

  8. Santa Express will be great! I'm really looking forward to it! And... it's so close to home. I can walk.:)


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