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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Give a Child

The Flight of His Life...

My friend Brian, from Renewed Pilot, and his wife have raised five incredible children. But they always wanted to adopt, and provide an opportunity for a child who may otherwise be lost. They are now making that dream come true and adopting a little boy from Africa.  However,  as Brian said...

"After two years of navigating through a sea of bureaucracy, we're getting ready to travel to Africa to meet the little boy who will become our son. We need to make two round trips for a total of four weeks in the country. (No "non-revving" for these trips!) That's a lot of airfare, lodging and meal expenses! (Combined with all the other expenses, let's just say it's a LOT of money!

How can you help?

I ordered one for myself and hubby... 

Get yours today and help
change the life of a little boy!

It's time we create change for a better world. That means to place our focus on where change begins... with the children. Brian and his family are making a difference in the world by giving a little boy a chance at a life. A renewed life... and we can help them. Please take a moment and order your shirt.

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Activity is a Blessing

Keep Moving! 

"Being busy is a blessing 
because being bored is a sign 
that things are going very wrong 
as there is so much to accomplish in life."

 There is so much to accomplish in life. Are you filling your destiny? Often I'm told that I am too busy.  But I am busy filling my days with passion and conviction of making better jobs for our fellow aviators, and safer skies for our passengers.  As Jeremy said, if I was feeling board.. I would not be accomplishing all that needs to be done.

What appears to be busy to one...
is passion to the other living the life!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Purpose in Life

To Help Others... 

"Our prime purpose in this life it to help other. 
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." 
Dalai Lama

Sometimes we can take our lessons from children who help to lift stones, not throw them.  Our world appears to be filled with anger, hate, and harm. It's time to change that pattern. We must help, not harm. Help carry the load of others, and if you can't, avoid throwing stones. It's about Integrity and doing the right thing. 

Find the secret to 
your purpose in life! 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Up or Down...

The Choice is Yours 

"Habits create the tapestry of life 
in the fabric of existence. 
They will either lift you high 
or hold you down. 
The choice of which is yours." 

Karlene Petitt

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Find Strength

In your efforts!

"Let today be a new
beginning so I can rejoice
in my efforts - rather than
be ashamed or live with
any regrets."

~ by Eleesha,
Author of - The Soul Whisperer
The past does not equal the present but will impact your future. Find strength in learning from your experiences.  Do not feel ashamed if different choices would have been made, because you can make different choices in the future. Leave the extra baggage behind for your journey through life. Lighten the load and you will fly high and strong! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Dream...

"Never be daunted when
you go in search of your dream.
Just be guided by what it is you desire -
not the journey about how to get there."

~ by Eleesha
Author of - The Soul Whisperer
This next 10 days will be Focused 
on the Power of Inspiration!

Join me each day to find words of wisdom 
to inspire, encourage and find strength. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Help Support our Children

While you Shop! 

Did you know that while shopping at Amazon, 
Amazon will donate to your favorite charity?

Next time you shop on Amazon
Add our favorite charity:

"Children's Museum of Central Oregon"
(then select the Bend option) 

My eldest daughter works at Amazon. My middle daughter has started a non-profit the Children's Museum of Central Oregon, the connections continue.  

The museum desperately needs help to get off the ground! With your help, we can make it a reality, and it costs nothing. We can let Amazon fund the experience!

All proceeds from I Am Awesome, the ABCs of Being Me also go to the Museum. 


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Congratulations Graduates

The World is Your Playground 

"I am always willing to 
venture into uncharted waters, 
because it is here that I will find - 
all the treasures that I seek."
~ by Eleesha,
Author of The Soul Whisperer

Live Honest,
Believe in Yourself,
Care for your world
and each other
Enjoy the Journey! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Things That Fly

They're just majestic! 

"For all that I am let me
be trusting of myself - to
be guided towards my
greatest goals."
~ by Eleesha,
Author of - The Soul Whisperer

Friday, June 10, 2016

Chris Warner and Don Schmincke

Friday's Fabulous Flyers

 Chris and Don

Chris Warner 
Chris is a more than a entrepreneur, he's an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and climber who has led more that 150 international mountaineering expeditions. He is also an educator who teaches leadership development and founder of Earth Treks, a chain of climbing centers.

Don Schmincke 
Don is the "mad scientist turned business sage", who has utilize his anthropology and evolutionary genetic background to remedy the high failure rates of business leaders. As a keynote speaker, and guess on CNN, he's been featured in many forums such as the Wall Street Journal. He is also the founder of the SAGA Leadership Institute.

Chris and Don are the authors
of my newest favorite book!

For all those who say they don't have time to read, I say... make time! Especially for High Altitude Leadership.  What does leadership, mountain climbing, and life have in common? The parallels are outlined in the chapter titles: Fear of Death, Selfishness, Tool of Seduction, Arrogance, Lone Heroism, Cowardice, Comfort, and Gravity. But the culmination comes when the Journey Begins.

"Perseverance jump-starts the climb 
when all momentum seems lost"
I had the honor and opportunity to speak with Don about Safety Management Systems, and one thing lead to another and I learned he had written a couple books. So I bought them. I will start the second tonight. However, I couldn't put  High Altitude Leadership down.  

One page you will be on the mountain with Chris, and the next in the boardroom with Don, learning parallel skills needed to manage a business, or save your life.  This book pulled together my favorite subjects of why we do what we do, and how we are the masters or our own lives, be it on a mountain or in business.

"Maximize chance opportunities 
by being open to new experiences"

Everything comes when we need it most. This was one of those times.  There was section toward the end of the book that helped me with a personal dilemma. We have all found ourselves in a situation when it's much easier to give up, than press forward. 

I was facing one of those moments of knowing the right thing to do, but the pain I would face would probably be long lasting.  I had to take that next step, but I wanted encouragement.

And then I opened the book and read, "the biggest challenge wouldn't be the physical but emotional"... I knew that was true, and then I would feel "doubt and despair, when the reality of the challenge would exceed the passion..."  Does that sound encouraging or what? But, then the book reminded me that when we want to give up, that's the time we need to keep going... 

"Take the pain and the discomfort with you 
onward and upward. 
Just keep taking one more step."

Sometimes life is about taking one more step!

You do not have to be a mountain climber or a CEO to appreciate the power within the pages of 

Enjoy the Journey! 
XO Karlene

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Flying it Forward in 2016

Mark Your Calendar 

September 24 and 25, 2016
At Seattle's Museum of Flight

Miles of Smiles
Will Take to the Sky!

We have our team lining up... 

To Take Flight! 

Rachel and Daniel
Let me know if you want to be 
part of the flying fun!

We need Pilots and Ground Support! 

Young Ladies, if you want a Free Flight Contact Cale at the Seattle Museum of Flight and ask about getting your ticket to an experience of a lifetime! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Training Pilots

Is More Than a Science

It's a passion! 

A week ago I visited PMI, The Pacific Maritime Institute, during their program development and harbor pilot training.  I had the opportunity to watch training development, and pilot testing.

PMI wrote the training program with event sets similar to that airline pilot program training events.  The difference was the testing process. There was team of subject matter experts that sat in a room and observed a the first group of harbor pilots being tested. We all observed them on the video, monitoring their actions and dialogue.  Then the debrief was from an operational perspective, what the pilots did, why, what worked with the program, what didn't ... why or why not. They tweaked the program, and then...

They had another crew, who had no knowledge of the program, go into the simulator and they were the next test subjects.

What this all reminded me of was the power of continual improvement, subject matter experts, and videos in the simulator!!

The photo above, center screen, was the simulator we watched the pilots and captain. The top screen displayed what the instruments were doing, and the lower screen not only showed the instruments, but the ship track, radar, radius...etc. Basically we saw everything the crew did, watched how they set up their instruments, and at the end they discussed their  what they would do differently and why.

The airline industry should adapt the process of how PMI trains harbor pilots, to training airline pilots.  If anyone wants cameras in the aircraft think twice.  I say put cameras in the simulators to improve the quality of training through quality debriefing. That's how we learn. 

Thank you PMI 
for allowing me to share the experience. 

For anyone who wants to 
exercise and improve your boating skills

I recommend PMI!  
The leaders in Maritime Training

1727 Alaskan Way S
Seattle, WA 98134

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene
Author of:

Monday, June 6, 2016

Be Empowered

To Direct the Course of your Life

"Upon the realization, that I am an integral part
in determining the outcome of my life.
I am instantly re-assured and empowered."
~ by Eleesha,
Author of - The Soul Whisperer
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene
Author of:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Cleared For Takeoff

Time for Adventure!

Guess what found it's way into my mailbox? 

An advanced readers copy of There I Wuz, volume 3. This book is filled with stories of adventure and real life, with a whole lot of aviation that I couldn't put down. I don't think you'll ever find a compilation of stories in one place like this. The photos also make this series incredible, as it's fun to put a face to the story, and see the plane after the typhoon. My favorite photo is that of Eric's Dad, Petty Officer, Richard Auxier... too cute!  But there is so much more... 

There are even stories from our good buddies 

The There I Wuz series just keeps getting better!

Pre-order your kindle: 

If you haven't read There I Was volume 2...

Most importantly, you can find all 

A perfect gift... 
Just in time for graduation 
for your favorite aviator! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Thursday, June 2, 2016

All about the Pilot

Military Pilots:

They are cold, steely-eyed, weapons systems managers, who kill bad people and break things. However, they can also be very charming and personable. The average pilot, despite sometimes having a swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring. These feelings generally just don't involve anyone else.

Have a GREAT Week!

Enjoy the Journey and remember to smile!
XO Karlene