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.
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
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