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I'm New, Where Should I Start?

These are the key points of my journey, from the first idea to preparation to execution.

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The Start
A few more leaps and bounds on the long road
Summary of My Earnings
Isaac's Flying stories Ep 2: Working a Young Eagles Rally
2016 Kansas City Turkey Shoot
Lining up a deal for a project!
The Most Exciting Roadtrip Ever
Going to Kansas City to Pick up my Kit




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And of course, once you accomplish something in your kit, don't forget to celebrate!