Aviation for Women

MAR-APR 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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22 AviationforWomen M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 had to reinvent her life as a single mom raising her young children. Now that her children are young adults, Janine spends time flying both in Australia and Wyoming sharing her love of airplanes and aerobatic flying with her new husband, David. "Flying is perpetual," Janine says, and now she is busy traveling, speaking, and re- cently spent a month in Africa flying and enjoying the country's beauty from an aerial perspective. "You might be able to have it all, but not at the same time," she says. "When I was raising my children, fly- ing went on the back burner. I decided I could revis- it that and come back to my flying, so now I pick and choose—speaking or writing. That's been very impor- tant to me, being really present at a specific time." W hile her bones did heal after her accident, Ja- nine still experiences chronic pain. "I do a great job of looking normal, but I'm a walking paraplegic. I have tendonitis in my hips, and sometimes I have to ask for help. That's difficult for me to do, but it's another chance for people around me to help me." Coping with recurring physical ailments, Janine has realized that self-nurturing is critical. "Women are amazing. We do so much, and take on so much— pressure with our career, running our home, and give, give, give—we have to practice self-compassion and say no to things. She says daily mediation, stretch- ing, daily swimming, and time on her own when she turns off email and the cellphone have been important to her, and she encourages women to do the same. "This provides us with the opportu- nity to reconnect with our- selves—to nurture our own soul and spirit." In 2017, she wa s includ- ed in the new movie Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy. Based on the book by Napo- leon Hill, the feature-length docudrama chronicles stories of some of today's most renowned entrepreneurs, cul- tural icons. and thought leaders. As part of the Great Australian Heroes series, Janine's life was also made into a TV movie starring one of Australia's most recog- nized actresses, Claudia Karvan. The movie, Never Tell Me Never, tells the story of Janine's recovery. For now, Janine has made getting back into flying her number one priority, as well as her speaking en- gagements. "When I stand on stage and share my sto- ry, I feel like I am holding a mirror for others to con- nect with their own vulnerability, their own defiant human spirit," Janine says. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Murphy, WAI 2397, is editor-in-chief of Aviation for Women and director of communications for WAI. Janine flew with aerobatic champion Sean D. Tucker and became the youngest and only female director of Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The mother of two daughters and one son, Janine says her children are all incredibly resilient, emphathic, and courageous with their own lives. "When I was raising my children, flying went on the back burner. I decided I could revisit that and come back to my flying."

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