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Melanie Curtis is a life coach, speaker, author, professional skydiver, and ball of light. This book is chronological anthology of every single Blue Skies Magazine column she wrote for every single issue for over a decade. Also every single feature article and in-depth interview. As you listen, you will hear Melanie grow and evolve as a professional skydiver and person. You will hear her more superficial sharing at the start open up into her biggest life breakdowns and move through to her deep healing and spiritual radiance on the other side. You will hear so much of what led her to becoming powerful light and leader she is today. 

She is a passionate entrepreneur, influencer, and activist. With over 11,000 jumps and 25 years experience in the sport of skydiving, Melanie is the co-founder of Highlight Pro Skydiving Team and the Executive Director of the Women's Skydiving Network nonprofit. She co-creates the podcast, Trustthejourney.today, where the depth of sharing you hear in her writing continues in real-time conversation and community.

©2019 Melanie Curtis (P)2020 Melanie Curtis

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You don't need to be a skydiver to LOVE this book!

I had read the book a few years ago when it first came out, but hearing it now in Melanie's own voice made it even more enjoyable and meaningful.

Melanie manages to be funny & hilarious while at the same time sharing some deeply thoughtful and inspiring life lesson with us all.

My alternate title for this book is "How to Life" as I do not think you need to be a skydiver to love this book.

I listened to it in the car with my daughter on a long road trip and the stories in the book had us pausing the audio for several wonderful daddy daughter conversations about life and humor and fear and courage.

I highly recommend you listen to this book and the insightful stories as told by this wonderful, funny, thoughtful human being!

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I can't imagine anyone else reading this book!

No one else could read this hilarious, life-changing book other than the author! It's a must listen! So many lessons to be used in everyone's life, for those who crave rich, deep experiences, and a life well-lived. Not just for skydivers!

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HILARIOUS life lessons that are applicable to all.

Get this audiobook! I have read the book, but somehow listening to Melanie Curtis deliver the content of "How to Fly" in her own voice lends to hilarity and wisdom at the same time. That's a guarantee for goodness all around! I'm a former skydiver and I was able to relate to every column. I highly recommend this for any skydiver, no matter where you are in the sport. And, I highly recommend this audiobook for every non-skydiver! Even though I've retired from the sport, Melanie's effectiveness as a professional life coach comes through in every single chapter. The chapters are short enough to fit a few a few in during a commute. Or, spend an afternoon reflecting on the multitude of awesome stories that will make you feel like you're not alone in whatever challenges and triumphs you face. This is a great listen. Personal faves: Feature 1: How to Be a Film Festival Winner, C23: No Sh*t There I Was, C30: Clear the Lint, C39: 50 Awesome Things, C63: Psychological Warfare, C81: Every Ounce of My Respect. Happy laughing, loving, and reflecting!

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Life Advice Beyond the Sky

Hearing Mel’s voice as she read her articles brought me right back to my family’s dining room and the time she sang, with the choreographed dance (duh!), “These Boots are made for Walking”.
But, for real, Melanie’s circumstances, adventures, mishaps and life metaphors spoke beyond the sky to me and obstacles that have come along the way of my life. Replace the word skydiving with any life obstacle, be it cancer, abuse, addiction, etc, and it is relatable to everyone!
Thank you for being brave and sharing your life experiences, both good and bad, providing advice to help others and let everyone know they are not alone!!

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Fantastic Listen

Open your ears AND your heart to let this work soak in! thank you Melanie 🙏

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A loving heart wrote this book and gave it voice

A brilliant series of anecdotes, practical advice for an unforgiving sport, and thoughts about navigating life in a kind and fulfilling way. You don't have to jump out of planes for fun to derive so much positive information from Ms. Curtis' columns.

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Every article hits right where I've been

This is a great collection of her articles. Although Mel's skydiving career began pretty much where mine left off, we crossed paths while I did accouting work for Skydive Elsinore. Her articles touch everything I have gone thru in my skydiving and post skydiving life. Thank you for your insights into life and adding humor back into it.

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Fantastic insights to life!

Melanie’s audiobook of How to Fly is an absolute delight.
I always enjoy hearing the author narrate their audiobook - it really helps you understand the meaning behind their words. They encourage the listener to speak up, engage, and find an inner peace navigating life’s challenges. Her unique perspective as skydiver and life coach make her short stories a joyride of a listen, and lets the mind take flight!