My Journey

I’m Back!!

…From an extended and unexpected break!!

For my followers that were around back in the spring, you may have noticed that I took about a half year break from blogging and writing. Unfortunately, when I started my job with the FAA back in June, I was advised to stop writing because of the potential conflict of interest… I was disheartened that I couldn’t keep up with my favorite hobby. But, it was also a blessing in disguise. I was able to really focus on my training at the FAA Air Traffic Academy and managed to graduate top of my training class. I’m now training to be an en route controller at Fort Worth ARTCC (air route traffic control center).

As of today, however, I have received clearance (pun intended) to start writing again!  I will likely stray away from topics directly related to my job, but I’ll still be writing on aviation topics that spark my interest.  I recently purchased a new DSLR camera & I live right by DFW airport – I’m certain that there will be some good plane-watching shots coming up soon. Standby for more!

I’m so excited to be back in the game…What should I write about first? What’s hot right now? Anything you want to know more about? Do you know of any up-in-coming publications that could use an aviation expert? What have I missed in my 7-month leave of absence?

I’m so happy to be back. Thanks to everyone that stuck around during my radio silence. I can’t wait to be back writing for you guys again very very soon!

Till next time!! xoxo,

Chrissi

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Writing Services I currently offer include:

  • Aviation & Aerospace articles
  • Technology and Safety articles
  • Copywriting Services (Brochures, Promotional Materials, Website Text, Advertisments)
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  • Research Assisting

Pricing starts at $20 per hour or $50 per article (500-700 words). For ongoing projects, discounted rates are available!

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Commercial Aviation, Technology, The News Hub

Advances in Aviation

Not Your Typical Airplane

New technologies are replacing conventional aircraft manufacturing processes.

(photo source: BBC)

NEW POST on The News Hub!!

A look at two new technological advances taking place in the aviation industry right now! Super cool!

To read this new article, click HERE.

Help me get paid for this article by reading, up voting & sharing with your friends!!

To read all my posts on The News Hub, click HERE.

xoxo Chrissi

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My Journey

Getting through Writer’s Block

I’m sitting here staring at a blank page. This is the third day in a row that I’ve been unable to write about all these wonderful experiences I had at the Professional Women Controller’s conference. That I’m unable to put my research down on the screen. I’m so excited about all the topics I’m learning about…. But apparently I’m digesting it still. I can’t form sentences. I can’t form paragraphs. I can’t form stories.

I want to write. I have deadlines to make. Two weeks ago I was pouring out 1-2 articles a day. This week I can’t even form a sentence. Why?

Two words: Writers Block.

“The thing is, sometimes there is no story to tell. Or, you have stories but they’re not ready to be told yet. The blank page does not have to be your enemy. It is not a sign of failure. It just means: Not Now. – “Not Now,” Michele Catalano

I started reading how to get past this block. Why my fingers don’t want to type. Why I avoid writing like the plague. I’d rather clean my room than write. That’s not how this is supposed to be! I should be writing down all these ideas that are running through my head.

So I’m using the tips I’ve read about. I’m going to write stories in new formats. I’m free-writing by hand to “clear the cobwebs.” I’m writing just to write. This blog is my journal. Like I’ve said before – this is where the good, the bad, and the ugly lives. I highlight my successes but also sometimes need to express my failures in order to get past them. I’ve written about hardships in my life as well as my biggest successes.

One of the most interesting things I read was to take the pressure off myself – write just to write. That’s what I’m trying to do here. So far it’s working.

“That despite a life that unfolds on the internet, we can still write with no intent to publish.” – Cheri Lucas Rowlands

I found myself in this same place of writer’s block in February and again after the Women in Aviation conference. I had all these great ideas for stories. All these inspirational women that made me feel like I could do anything, all these grand ideas. Yet it was like pulling teeth to sit down and transcribe or write. I just couldn’t do it.

The last time this happened, it took me three weeks to get back into the groove of things. I can’t wait three weeks. I’m actually lost when I’m not writing. This is how I express myself. I can have a conversation with someone and never ever get to my point. But when I’m writing I know: hook, main point, backup content. In that order, every time.

When I’m not writing I feel lost. I feel like I am a train running 200mph down a track with no plan on where I’m going. I’m just going. No plan, no map, just riding until the track runs out.

I’m using my blog today as a way to just get something down on the screen. As to break down this mental barrier my mind is putting in front of me. I hope to be back up & writing my typical content in the near future. Deadlines are approaching and I need to get to work. I will get back to work.

Any additional tips from fellow writers out there?? 

Thank you for following my not-so-organized journey.

 

Xoxo Chrissi

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Disciples of Flight, Embry-Riddle, Equality, My Journey, Published Articles

My Journey through Aviation

Hello everyone!

I’ve recently been adjusting to life in Oklahoma and putting time into multiple little projects – I feel like I’m dabbling in a lot of different things right now, but all equally amazing.

Last week, I was approached by Disciples of Flight to start writing two articles per month for them. I’m going to be focusing on ATC topics and some aviation history but I’ll also have the flexibility to propose different topics as I see fit.  Today, my first article went live on their website! “How I fell in Love with Aviation Years Before my Discovery Flight.”  Read it HERE!

SPOILER ALERT:  There’s a video from the USAF Thunderbird’s performance at Wings & Waves 2014. Go check it out!!

This article showcases how I became interested in flying & aviation and the steps I’ve taken thus far to hone in on what exactly I wanted to do in the industry.

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Photo with my Flight Instructor, Bill right after my first solo

I’ve also been putting the finishing touches on a story for Air & Space Magazine and have one other article for them that’s ready to go and should be published soon. The News Hub also has me on assignment for a new article… And I just started a new (temporary) job to help pay my bills until I start my ATC Training. I finally got my start date:  June 12, 2015!!!!  It’s all so exciting!

This whole process has been absolutely amazing. Never did I expect to get into journalism let alone get published this often. I’m truly awestruck. This experience has been absolutely amazing. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for sticking with me throughout my journey. Thank you for providing the inspiration and support throughout all of this. And thank you for continuing to read my words even if you have to go to another site to see them.

I will hopefully be back posting interesting content here (instead of just links to other websites I’m publishing for) very soon. I still have recaps from the WAI conference I want to share and some other little stories I can’t wait to share. This weekend, I’m going to the Professional Women Controllers conference in Kansas City & can’t wait to share my experiences there!

Thank you so much for being here. Till next time!

xoxo Chrissi

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Equality, My Journey

Inspiration for the Next Generation

As everyone looked forward to the Super Bowl for a great game, I was actually looking forward to the commercials more.  Budweiser had already released their adorable video of their puppy and Clydesdales and I couldn’t wait to see it again because who doesn’t love puppies and horses?! (and beer?)

The Dove Men+Care ad had me “awww”-ing at the men with their sons throughout all phases of life and the Coke commercial made me feel like I myself could somehow make the world a better place (#MakeItHappy).

But the ad that inspired me the most was the Always “Like a Girl” commercial. Anyone that saw it can understand why.

As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I pride myself in having the confidence to stand up and fight for my right to equal opportunities in the industry that I love. But there was time in my life, a time in every girls’ life, where I did not have the confidence to stand up and fight for my thoughts and for the treatment I deserved. But some women unfortunately never gain the confidence they need to stand up and fight.

But this campaign may just make it so eventually we don’t have to fight anymore.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m not some crazy feminist that DEMANDS equal pay for equal work. I just want to be treated like a person. I understand men & women have inherent differences, but I also know that this world can be a very cruel place for many women. We need to stand together & make things easier for one another, not tear each other down or try to make a men vs. women war.

This ad may have started a trend, an understanding, or even a societal movement to change the perception we all have of women.. of what it means to be “like a girl.” Twitter was a buzz because of this ad, and I sincerely hope it will spark some sort of social change.

Then just two days after the Super Bowl, I woke up to Twitter making the hashtag #QuestionsForMen famous.  This hashtag highlighted the sexist comments geared towards women and spun them around towards men.

Would you ever ask a man on an interview how he’s going to juggle home and work? Would you ever ask a man if he’s had trouble breaking into his chosen field because it’s a “girl’s club?”  And would you ever ask a man if his body has been compared to an unlocked car, wallet or other object that can be carelessly left unattended?

The #QuestionsForMen and #LikeAGirl hashtags were only the beginning of this fight. But it’s progress.

Being a girl does not make you inferior. It makes you a warrior. You are strong, intelligent and capable. You are the force that can move mountains. And you are the force that can make change in this world. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Air and Space, Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Published Articles, Safety

Surprise!!!

So this morning I lounged around for a bit (as any college senior that doesn’t have to go to class would do…)… then finally got around to checking my emails. BOOM! The editor at Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine sent me an email.  He needed clarification on one measly thing on the most recent article I wrote and was waiting to hear back from me so he could PUBLISH IT. TODAY.  Now I’m so surprised because I had only sent this to him yesterday… and he only had 1 question?  That must mean that I’m getting better at this whole writing thing!

So I hopped on my computer, cleared up what he was confused about and send it back to him. Before I even had time for BREAKFAST it was published!

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AND on top of all of that… I got my own link on AIr & Space! It’s where all the articles I’ve written for them will show up in one spot.

Tony (the editor) also assured me that the other story I’ve been working 2 months on (yes these things take time… and then some more time…) will be up sometime next week!  Three hits on Air & Space!! I think I may be on a roll.

If you had asked me a year ago that if I thought I would ever do ANYTHING with my communication minor I would’ve literally laughed in your face. But now… I read and write all the time and have found a real passion for all of this.  I thank everyone that follows this blog and encourages me on Facebook, IG, and Twitter. Y’all are really making me fall more and more in love with this hobby & I hope to one day make it part of my career.

Till next time… Blue Skies!!

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