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How Kathleen is In the Game

Vulnerability Lost is Intimacy GainediGnite - Share your StrugglesPoint to Ponder:
Are you struggling with something that you haven’t shared with others out of shame or fear of being judged?

by Kathleen Parker

by Kathleen Parker

I am truly not afraid of trying anything new, especially if it involves a good dose of adrenaline!! But since childhood my biggest fears have been failure and judgement by others.

In my classes I have often shared my father’s philosophy on happiness: “Happiness is found through your accomplishments.” Growing up with this mantra was quite scary. If I was not winning, getting a promotion at work, or raising perfect kids, I was not going to be happy. I was so proud and would not share any of my misfortunes with others. Even my best friend in high school didn’t know about my crazy family situation I was going through for four years! My four daughters were FAR from perfect and gave us a wild ride for many years. It wasn’t until the last few years that I embraced my NEW mantra: “Vulnerability lost is intimacy gained.”

Being afraid to show vulnerability kept me from having fuller and deeper relationships for years. How great it feels to be transparent and hopefully help others through all of the trials I have lived in my 54 years!

Facing my other fear — the fear of failure — I still have. When it comes to competing in the Austin Fittest Competition each year, I go to win, not just to compete. That sure makes it less fun. iGnite member Martha Lynn Mangum opened my eyes this year to focusing on having fun and enjoying the competition and not thinking about the win. I have to say it was the most fun out of the four years I participated! I took down my guard and got to know my competitors on a deeper level afterwards and the day ended with all of us being friends instead of competitors. The bonus was I still won, but had much more fun!

Action Item:
Consider opening up to a loved one about something you’re struggling with, and notice how your relationship deepens and your burden is lifted.

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Congratulations to iGnite Instructor Kathleen, Austin’s Fittest Woman age 50-59!

Kathleen Parker Austin's Fittest Woman 50-59

We are so proud of you, Kathleen!

Read Kathleen’s bio here.

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It’s All About Attitude


It was such a fun and challenging competition!! I am going to try my best to win again, but in the end it was more about just participating in life and not sitting on the sidelines watching. – Kathleen Parker, iGnite instructor and winner of Austin’s Fittest Woman Ages 50-59

by Catherine Hearn

by Catherine Hearn

When asked to compete in Austin Fit Magazine’s FitTest competition this spring, iGnite leader Kathleen Parker pushed aside her initial fears of failure and of the unknown and asked herself “why not?” After answering that question, she not only decided to compete, but placed FIRST in her age group!

Kathleen didn’t let any fears creep in and stop her from trying. After all, what did she have to lose? Money? No, the registration fee was minimal.  Pride? No, she wasn’t participating for the notoriety. But, what could she gain? An opportunity to meet new people, try something new and encounter a physical and mental challenge? YES! In addition, and most importantly, Kathleen was honoring her spirit by participating in something that she wanted to do. And that is the kind of can-do attitude (along with being in incredible shape) that allowed her to rise to the top.

CONGRATULATIONS Kathleen on an incredible accomplishment!! Click on the image above to read the inspiring article!

Taking Kathleen’s experience into account, what opportunities are you passing up because of fear of the unknown? What challenges do you shy away from because of fear of failure? It’s something we all do. The moment we are confronted with a challenging opportunity or a situation outside of our comfort zones, our natural reaction is to immediately focus on reasons why we “shouldn’t” try or “can’t” accomplish it…  But why not turn things around and pledge to start reacting to those situations with a more open mind — asking yourself “why not?” and “what’s the worst that could happen?”  Once you answer these questions, you will soon realize that giving it a go will have more positive results than negative, no matter what the outcome. Most importantly, you will never look back and regret, saying “I really wish I had.”

Check out Kathleen in this month’s Austin Fit Magazine and also check out the iGnite weekly class schedule and come by one of her classes!

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- When was the last time you wished you would have asked yourself “Why Not?!” instead of “Why Should I?”

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