About me


Me and Jason at the top of Crowder’s Mtn

Hi there and welcome to my blog!

Southern Fly Girl is about a new chapter in my life, a new adventure that began when I turned 50.   I hope you will enjoy the ride with me.  Along the way,  I want to share with you the process of obtaining your Private Pilot License (PPL) and experience the joy and excitement of flying with me as I work to get my PPL. I have loved airplanes my whole life but never really thought about getting my license till I actually went up in a small plane this year. I was so inspired by the whole flying experience that I wanted to share my excitement with the world.  I want to get you as excited and enthusiastic about planes and flying as I am.

I am a grandmother of 2 and the mother of 3 wonderful children Jason, 9,  Shelby, 18 and Paden, 23. Yes, I know, they are really spread out and it wasn’t planned that way.

I turned 50 last September and realized that I wasn’t getting any younger.  There have been many things in my life that I always wanted to do and kept saying that I’ll do that when…and when just didn’t seem to be coming.  I knew it was time to make a plan, get off my butt and do something or I might never get around to doing anything.

I was not happy with myself and it was time to do a little self assessment. I was carrying more weight than I’d ever carried non-pregnant.  I was crazy hormonal and having migraines that were becoming more intense and lasting longer. I was becoming depressed.

November 1, I started walking 30 minutes everyday.  I changed my diet to the Paleo Diet (you can learn more about it at www.marksdailyapple.com ).  It’s not an easy change but 3 weeks into it, I had lost 15 lbs and hadn’t had a migraine.  I have tried other diets but this one was the only one that really dropped the weight and gave me more energy.  After 8 months, I’ve lost 30 lbs, haven’t had another migraine and I have more energy than I had in my 30’s.  I have added weights to my daily routine to strengthen and tone my body.  My family and I have added hiking at local parks as well. I wake up everyday embracing life with a new zeal.

I say all that so that you will know how I got to here, My Bucket List.  The hiking has turned into adventures with a whole lot of ‘firsts’ for me, rope climbing, rock climbing, zip lining, whitewater rafting and now flying a plane!  With a new outlook on life, every weekend has turned into a new adventure.


Rope Climbing at NC Whitewater Center

I have always been interested in airplanes as far back as I can remember.  I was born and raised in Pensacola, FL, home to the Navy’s Blue Angels.  I joined the U.S. Air Force when I was 19 and left for Texas.  Of course being in the Air Force, you see planes on a regular basis.  I learned many of them by their shape and model.

My favorite airplane is still the SR-71 Blackbird.  They are retired now but I saw one when I was stationed in San Antonio, Texas back in the early 80’s at an air show. It was the most amazing plane I had ever seen and still remarkable for today’s standards. Check it out here :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_SR-71_Blackbird

My wish is that through Southern Fly Girl you will be inspired not to wait till ‘someday’ or ‘one day’ any longer to find your dream or to check something off Your Bucket List. I don’t want you to think you’re too old to try something new. I want you to embrace this life and make the most of everyday you have because you aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.

Today I am a new creature, the same as yesterday but more, for today I have wings!

Thank you for visiting,

Angela Sells, Southern Fly Girl

Follow me on Twitter: @Southernflygrl



  1. Ralph Henderson

    Thanks for sharing your new found passion. Godspeed.

  2. Hello, Just found you and appreciate your sharing of the aviation training. Just keep on going and the rewards will be many. Don’t stop. Cheers, Curt in Maine

  3. Thanks for sharing your steps along the way to your PPL! I started blogging about 10 flights or so into my training, and I’ve found it a great way to express both the awesome joy and some of the frustrations I’ve encountered along the way. Keep flying & keep blogging!

    Wishing you blue skies from Indiana,

    “SR-71. This is what an airplane’s supposed to be. Ugly on the ground, leaks like a sieve. Up around Mach 1 the seals expand, she dries out, leans into the wind and flies like a bat out of hell!” – Tommy Lee Jones as ‘Hawk’, Space Cowboys

    • Thanks Brian! I do love writing about flying and yes, training has it’s frustrations for sure. It’s amazing though and I can’t imagine not doing it. Love the quote! 🙂 I enjoy connecting with other pilots that are training too. It’s nice to bounce stuff off each other and see how things are going. Thanks for stopping by. Blue skies to you too!

  4. I love your blog and I share your passion for aviation. I also fly a Cherokee 140! Thank you for sharing your story about cancer. I’m often terrified something like that will ground me. I just turned 40 and it’s time for me to start getting those screenings. I’m feeling a little braver about it after reading your brave tale. I hope you get your wings back very soon!

    • Thank you so much, Tracey for your sweet words. Do get your screening! It can be scary, but it’s better than finding out things when it’s too late. If they tell you that you have dense breast tissue, ask for a 3D or tomography. It would have shown up sooner for me if I had been had one of them earlier. It’s so good to meet other women pilots! I hope to be back training in the fall, everyday behind me is one day closer! Thank you again for stopping by the blog! I’m so ready to get back to writing about flying again!

  5. Nice site. I’m not a flyer but I love old military planes. I’m not well educated on them but the Air Force showed me alot. Robins museum is great. Holds an SR71 also!!!!! Keep you dreams flying. Stay well! Ron.

    • Thank you for stopping by! My downtime from flying has given me some time to appreciate the old warbirds. Photographing them is as much fun as flying planes for me. I would love to see an SR71 again. It’s such a beautiful plane. Take care!

  6. Great site! I’m going to keep checking on you from time to time. I sure appreciate all your pictures and enthusiasm. I’ve been around aviation my hole life…you have a great eye for beautiful things.
    Big fan of yours,

    • Thank you so much for the kind words. To say that i’d rather be flying at this point would not be completely fair, I have come to love photographing almost as much as flying. I look forward to getting back to flying, and only hope it further’s my opportunities to take more pictures. I’m so glad you stopped by to check out the site.

  7. Elizabeth Hutcheson

    Hey Angela,

    I started reading and enjoying your blog after seeing that you liked some of our Southern Flyer posts on Instagram. I’d like to send you one of our locally grown, locally made shirts at no charge and see what you think of it!
    Currently, we have our Georgia cotton red and black short sleeve available in S, M, L and XL. If your interested please email me at southernflyershirts@gmail.com and we can make arrangements.
    Thanks so much,

  8. Ma’am,

    My name is Ken Szarek. You took a pic of me and my family at the Beaufort air show. Can I get a copy? Is this how I reach you?

    • I should have just given you my email but sometimes a .com is easier to remember. Thank you for reaching out, I’ll email you the pics soon. It was a great show! Nice to meet you and your family!


    • Ken,

      I sent you the pics. Please let me know if you got them. I want to make sure I got your email correct.

      Thank you, Angela

  9. Your story is fun and inspiring! Maybe it will help to push me forward in my goals. I got my private license at 17 years old. My career didn’t exactly go as I dreamed it would. I was in my forties when I jumped back in. I got my instrument and commercial and I’ve talked for years about becoming an instructor. Not getting any younger!! I need to get after it! Thanks!

    • I think very few of us have plans that go according to how we think they should, life always gets in the way. However, I’m learning that you can make changes sometimes if you can find the courage and motivation to do so. I’m still trying to figure out how I want to go forward with my flying. I’m not really looking for a new career, but just enjoy it and challenge myself and hopefully inspire some folks along the way to try it. If being an instructor is what you want to do, you should definitely pursue it. That is in you for a reason. Thanks again for leaving a comment and stopping by.

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