Its a Blog-hop - what fun!

I took a class this summer and made some great artsy girl friends.  They put together a Blog Hop.  I had never heard of it!  Basically a Blog Hop is a list of people participating who are all writing a blog post on the same day, related to the same topic - and including a list of the other "hoppers"!  Fun! Our post inspiration is called Flying Lessons.  That was actually the name of the class - about learning how to fly high in the art business world.  But for me, it held a dual meaning.  You see, I am a pilot.  I have had my Visual Flight Rating (VFR) license for about 10 years.  I had dabbled with getting my Instrument Flight Rating (IFR) - meaning you can fly in the clouds and marginal weather.  I dabbled with this for all 10 of the years I have been flying.  But I wasn't truly motivated...just didnt have the drive to finish it. Then this summer the flood in the midwest hit.  I had to evacuate my house and my business.  It basically turned my entire world upside down.  Imagine that....packing everything you own and moving it the span of about 3 days.  Everything.  And having the threat of your property being totally destroyed hanging over your head. I craved the feeling of security.  Everything in my life was in turmoil.  And I deeply needed to feel that I still had the freedom and independence to make choices - not be trapped by what the flood dictated.  It was already dictating where I could live, and where I could work.  So what did I do?   As I took the Flying Lessons class for artists, I also took Flying Lessons of a different kind.  I finished my IFR. Now I can pick up at any time and fly pretty much anywhere I want to.  Now I don't have to deal with pesky security measures, or even planning way ahead to book a trip.  I can go anywhere, at pretty much any time.  And that, my friends, is my version of freedom and independence.  And in that, I found a measure of the security that I was craving. The flood has come and gone, and we are once again back home.  Daily we are putting our lives and homes back together.  And I look back at the summer and am proud - proud that in the midst of turmoil I still found the strength to fly! Check out these other great bloggers participating in the blog hop!  You will find beautiful art and lovely inspiration. Amaranthine Violet: Amy Hillenbrand: Beatriz Peñas B.: Beth Cougler Blom: Carmen Patti: Carol Bray: Christina Fajardo: Cindy Jones Lantier: Connie Rawlins : Dana Brock: Deborah Velásquez : Elissa Brown: Hillary Courson: Jacquie Williamson: Jane Paynting: Janet Forrest: Jennifer DeVille: Jill Lambert : Julie Hamilton: Kanchan Mahon: Karen Claverie: Kari DeSaulnier: Kathleen Conard : Kathleen McKinnon: Kathy May: Kelley Miller: Kelly Corso: Kelly Hoernig: Kim Hyer: Kris Lanae Binsfeld: Lenore Angela: Linda Barutha: Lisa Michele Products: Liza Zeni Baker: Lynn Richards: Lori Leissner: Lori Moon: Mary Cottingham: Mary Sterk: Megan Schmitt: Melanie Douthit: Michelle Dwyer: Michelle Reynolds: Rachél Payne (Rae): Rain Hannah: Rhiannon Connelly: Ruth-Mary Smith: Sherry Richert Belul: Shirley Ann: Stacey Chadwick Brown: Susan M. Walls-Beverly: Teresa Cash-Czech: Tina Carlborg: Tonya Love: Ursula Smith: Zulma Cadena: Mary Cottingham
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chelle said:

Thats a great story Mary, great that you came to be in the Fly tribe with us x


amyhillenbrand said:

Wow you really did have your fears tested didn’t you? Hearing your story makes me want to find my way out of my comfort zone. Enjoy your flights.


Mary said:

Wow, Mary, you really are a Flyer! Congrats! Love your colorful blog header!

Lori Moon

Lori Moon said:

Awesome! Reading your story makes me want to stretch my wings even more and make the time to do my art even when my day job beats me down. Inspiring story! Thank you!


Linda said:

Hi Mary! Very interesting post. I’m so impressed that you can fly a plane! I’m not too keen on flying in a plane as it is, so I’m that much more impressed;D So glad to have you in our tribe! said:

Flying in all senses, glad you found the courage and motivation to do both!

Ruth-Mary Smith

Ruth-Mary Smith said:

What a great story Mary – you really have had an amazing year!

Jane Paynting

Jane Paynting said:

Hi Mary that is amazing that you can literally Fly a plane. I’m glad you have come through a difficult time and found the courage and strength to Fly~

Elissa Brown

Elissa Brown said:

Beautiful blog Mary! So bright and cheery! Thanks for sharing with all of us!


cherishdesigns said:


Your blog post was very touching, I cannot imagine trying to pack up everything and move in three days and the feelings of insecurity and worry you must have had! I love that you too the negative and made it a positive… Both of my parents are pilots and when I was 16 I took Flying Lessons… back then I had to choose between flying lessons and cheerleading… guess what I chose? Yup, cheerleading! Congratulations on your IFR, what a huge accomplishment! Thanks for sharing with us and hopping! I hope things settle down for you! :-) Kris


tatterednworn said:

Learning to fly (a plane, that is!) is one of those things I never thought I wanted to do until I flew in a small plane in Alaska last year. How fun it must be! And I’m so glad you’re doing the other flying with us!


tinachicky said:

Congrats on getting your IFR! I am SO happy that you are flying in the air and in your creativity!

Kathy May (@kathymaydesigns)

Kathy May (@kathymaydesigns) said:

Mary, Wow!!! Good for you getting your IFR!!! Huge accomplishment that I cannot even imagine!!! Great blog, thanks for sharing the story. I am so glad that we’re flying together! Kathy

C M Rawlins

C M Rawlins said:

Wow, so great to hear about a “different” kind of flying. I guess all types of flying need encouragement. Continue your soaring.


Lori said:

What a great story! Congratulations! I’m so happy to have the opportunity to get to know you better. I also took a peek at your 10/31 post. That’s beautiful! Now that I know you are here….I’ll be back. :)



Carol said:

WOW Mary, you really can fly!! I’m happy to hear that you went back and finished what you started years ago. I’m also happy to know that you’re back home and picking up the pieces. Love you art, too.


Ursula said:

I luv’d your post, Mary!! You are soooo brave to learn to fly an airplane, especially after all you have been through!!! Also- I luv your blog header image!! It reminds me a little of flying ;)


Rainy said:

How fantastic is this, to fly! Yay! Go you… you rock!


Michelle said:

Congrats on getting your IFR and thank you for being part of the Fly Tribe.

Kelley Miller

Kelley Miller said:

How Awesome you can Actually fly… that!! Congratulations on getting your IFR and I hope things are normalizing for you a bit at home :)


lizazeni said:

That is a beautiful story of how you’ve come to be here with us Mary, thankyou for sharing this and congratulations on obtaining your IFR, YAY! That certainly is freedom to fly in the true sense of the word (o: I must say I am a fan of your beautiful artwork too, gorgeous. It’s been wonderful to have met you. Liza xxx

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