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Member Spotlight: Anne Jarvis

iGnite_AnneJarvisRoots:
I was born and grew up in Houston, Texas. I came to the University of Texas in 1975 and have been lucky enough to have lived in Austin ever since. There is no other city I would rather live in!

Family life:
My husband is Tim, and we met at UT my junior year. We dated four years, married in 1981 and are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary this year. We have two daughters, and the eldest is Mary Catherine who is 29 and moving back home from New York City after living there for seven years. Lizzy is 25, lives in Austin and currently works in business development for Corridor Title. We are really looking forward to all being united in the same city.

Work Life:
My work background was in women’s retailing, which includes sales, being a buyer and store manager. My current involvement in the community is as a volunteer. I serve on the Vestry at Good Shepherd Church and am also co-chair of an event this November called Maj for a Mission that supports Victory School in Uganda.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my iGnite experience…
The biggest lesson I have learned through iGnite is to keep moving and how important exercise and community is to promote health and wellness in your life. I thrive better in a supportive group atmosphere.

The best advice I’ve been given…
My mother used to tell me one should never wish for someone else’s life because you never know what trials they have faced, are facing or will face. We need to have gratitude for the life we have been given and never assume we know what others are dealing with.

Something people may not know about me…
I lived in Rio de Janeiro as a little girl for three years when my father was sent to Brazil to manage a manufacturing business. Our apartment was one block off Ipanama Beach.

My celebrity look alike…
This is such a funny question to me that I had to respond to provide a few laughs. People have told me I look like the deceased actress Ava Gardner, Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, and Lucie Arnez, Lucille Ball’s daughter. Who knew? A few years ago, an acquaintance told me I reminded her of someone by the way I talked and said it was Robin Roberts. Really???


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Believe in Miracles, Rejoice in Each Day & Have Fun!

Inspiration from the iGnite Archives: Originally published Feb 12, 2012

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Point to Ponder:
How are you choosing to live? Are you choosing to live a life filled with health, joy and purpose?

Anne Jarvis

by Anne Jarvis

When I was 17 and a junior in high school, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over the next ten years she had two radical mastectomies and eventually died of bone cancer that had spread throughout her body. She was only 59 years old. She was exceptionally brave, a strong believer, fiercely loved by her family and friends and was joyful, even until the end. When I think of my mom’s tremendous bravery and characteristics, I always think of three things:

  1. Believe In Miracles. When she became ill this was the little sign          that sat near her bed.
  2. This is the day that the Lord hath made. Rejoice and be glad in it. She would greet each day with these words.
  3. Have fun. These were her final words. When she passed away, I was an emotional and physical wreck. I lost twenty pounds in a month, was having regular panic attacks, had to quit work and was suffering from situational depression.

Over the next year I had to heal from this place of sadness and one thing I did everyday was walk outdoors and repeat—“God will see you through.” But my biggest ‘A-ha moment’ was when a therapist I was seeing said, “Anne, what are you going to do if you never feel any better than this?” It was at that moment I was given the choice of how I wanted to live my life. I decided I wanted to reclaim a place of health, joy and purpose. I wanted a rich and full life filled with highs and lows. I wanted to live each day as if it could be my last.

I recognize that while life is filled with tremendous blessings, it is also filled with painful moments of loss and great sadness. For me, I have come to my own personal crossroads that has caused me to make choices on how I will continue to live my life. For example, I value my family and friends, my faith, my health, my community, and the freedom to be my authentic self. I want to live each day knowing that I have made a difference not just to myself, but to others. I want people to think of me as someone that didn’t take herself too seriously and found humor in life. I want to keep learning, have a sense of wonder, remain grateful for the life I have been given while also looking towards the future. I want every day to count and have no regrets.

A life with no regrets or living each day like it could be your last is definitely easier said than done. I’ve found that I must face my fears, take risks, believe in myself, take a deep breath and put that foot on the floor each new day. Just this week I have found myself full of fear about having to make the decision to take the Brac breast cancer gene test. I don’t want to find out if I carry the predisposition for breast cancer, but the results might save mine and my daughters’ lives. And, if I claim to value health, then I must do the hard work. Life’s hardships build character and what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.

This is why I love iGnite — as women we are on life’s journey together, helping each other, encouraging each other to live full and happy lives. We are growing physically, mentally and spiritually. We are there for each other in joy and sorrow. So, from the wisdom of a woman who joyfully lived as she was dying, I encourage you to: Believe in Miracles, Rejoice in Each Day, Have Fun.

Action Item:
Choose to live a purpose-filled life while believing in miracles, rejoicing each day and having fun!


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