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Approach Your Fears with Child Like Perspective

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Point to Ponder:
Are you a fearful person?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

I’ve always been of the mindset that children have it figured out. It stinks that we have to grow up and often times become jaded, cynical, insecure and obsess over our perceived pudgy legs and numbers on a scale. Children don’t worry about how many steps they take in a day or how many hours they spend exercising. Instead, they simply play — run, jump, spin and dance. They ride their bikes for hours, climb on the monkey bars and enjoy a high-calorie treat without feeling guilt. They stop eating when they are full, don’t talk about others, and without fear or doubt of what others think, they proudly proclaim what they want to be when they grow up, just as my five-year old nephew Cole did at his pre-school graduation when he announced that when he grew up he wanted to own a doughnut shop. Awesome!

Last week while finishing a hike and walking along the beach, I noticed a man, probably in his forties, standing alone in shin-deep water and jumping over every wave that came his way. Like a six year-old would do, each time a wave rolled in, he’d hop over it! It was the most playful, inspiring and refreshing sight. I watched him for several minutes and it was a great reminder that nature gives us everything we need to calm, invigorate and feed our body, mind and spirit. And what I loved so much about this guy was that while he was playing, he wasn’t worried or fearful about what those of us around him thought. In my opinion, the enormity and magnificence of the Pacific Ocean made his fears of what others might think insignificant, while also putting troubles and life stressors in perspective. At least that is what nature does for me. It swallows my doubt and fear and allows me to shine!

Robin Roberts, the always shining and inspiring co-anchor of Good Morning America, has a great line about doubt and fear in her book Everybody’s Got Something. She says:

“We all have doubts and fears. The thing about fear is that it only needs the tiniest space, the size of an eye of a needle, to get through and wreak havoc. Maddening, but true. So, when I was struggling in doubt, I would simply take the next small step. I would stop and think: No, life is not tied up with a beautiful bow all the time, but it’s still a gift. I’m going to tear away the wrapping paper like a kid at Christmas.”

What I love so much about Robin’s wisdom is that instead of running from her fear and doubt or dreading it, she sees it as a gift and looks forward to tearing into it to see what it is, just as a child would and just as Kayla Montgomery, the eighteen year old in the video below, who, despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclorosis and losing feeling in her legs when she runs and when her body heats up, was determined to not only run, but win! It’s their child-like perspective that has kept them curious, eager and willing to conquer their fear, doubt, and SHINE! What a great example for all of us!

Action Item:
This week, try facing situations with the fearlessness, playfulness and confidence of a child.

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Our Good Mood Playlist


What says spring & summer more than a fun, upbeat playlist to put you in a good mood and maybe even dancing around the house? We’ve put together a list of our favorite pick-me-up songs as of late — we hope they’ll brighten your day and get your toes tapping 🙂

  1. Fireball / Pitbull featuring John Ryan
  2. Honey, I’m Good / Andy Grammar
  3. See You Again / Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
  4. My Type / Saint Motel
  5. Uptown Funk / Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  6. Upgrade U / Beyoncé ft. Jay Z
  7. Can’t Touch it / Ricki Lee
  8. Reflections / MisterWives
  9. 1941 / Klaypex
  10. Sugar / Maroon 5
  11. Bright / Echosmith
  12. Angel in Blue Jeans / Train
  13. Ex’s and Oh’s / Elle King
  14. Somebody to Love / Justin Bieber ft. Usher
  15. Come Get it Bae / Pharrell Williams
  16. Want to Want Me / Jason Derulo
  17. Push It / Salt N Pepa
  18. Party in the USA / Miley Cyrus- Party in the USA
  19. Bust A Move / Young MC
  20. Fancy / Iggy Azelea ft. Charli XCX
  21. Roar / Katy Perry
  22. Wobble / V.I.C.
  23. Beautiful day / U2
  24. Shut Up and Dance / Walk the Moon
  25. Girl on Fire / Alicia Keys
  26. All About that Bass / Meghan Trainor

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How Big is Your Brave?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

There’s no doubt that being 100% authentic, embracing all of who we are, accepting others for who they are and fearlessly pursuing our passions requires BIG BRAVERY.  With that, I encourage you to be amazing, be brave, listen to the words of the song and speak them over and over again.  I promise your heart will sing and you will shine!



Spring Playlist

Spring Playlist

There’s something about the newness of spring that calls for a fresh playlist.  So, we asked each of our leaders for their favorite songs of the season – for what’s keeping them movin’ & groovin’ with a smile on their face,  and so formed the iGnite Spring Playlist. Whether you use it for working out, chilling out or jamming out in the car, it’s sure to lift your spirits.  Enjoy 🙂

iGnite’s Spring Playlist

  1. Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips
  2. Feel This Moment – Pitbull (featuring Christina Aquilera)
  3. Daylight – Maroon 5
  4. Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  5. Get Your Shine On – Florida Georgia Line
  6. Between the Raindrops – Lifehouse (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)
  7. Bust a Move – Glee Cast
  8. Home – Phillip Phillips
  9. Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris (featuring Florence Welch)
  10. Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
  11. Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake (featuring JAY Z)
  12. Skyfall – Adele
  13. Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson
  14. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

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Why We Share

“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving.”   -Steve Maraboli

Point To Ponder:
Do you view your obstacles, successes, struggles and experiences as an opportunity to share and be a gift to others?

Action Item:
Continually share your life and gifts with others and view them as an act of service.

About Neissa

by Neissa Springmann

This weekend I had the fortunate opportunity to speak at a Christian women’s retreat called Soli Deo Gloria. It was a created and facilitated by a young woman named Jen Ferguson. Jen contacted me in February and shared her vision of the weekend, which was to highlight that life is an adventure and that sometimes God asks us to step out of our comfort zone and take risks so that we might grow and be challenged. She said plenty of other wonderful things about her plan, but outside of her first description I was not interested in additional information as her theme was right up my alley!

So, on Saturday, from 11:15 a.m to 12:15 p.m I spoke on the importance of honoring our temples. From regular exercise, eating a nutritious diet, the people we surround ourselves with and the information we read and listen to, all of these things pertain to honoring and keeping our temples healthy so we can live our best lives and ultimately be a gift to others. I also explained our iGnite philosophy and the blessings that occur from predominantly exercising outdoors and with positive, encouraging and fun women.

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my opinions, however my favorite and most memorable moment was when questions began coming in, as having women share and open up about their experiences and struggles is like icing on the cake! Witnessing the bold and courageous act of standing up in front of others to comment, ask questions and express fears is very inspiring.

During this time, one of the women posed the following question, “What if I wasn’t feeling confident enough to exercise with a group and chose to exercise at home, alone?” I explained that exercise is very personal, and done in any fashion or environment is great; however, the bigger question is her lack of confidence and if not dealt with it will continue to show it’s ugly face and inhibit her from being her best and living her best life. Then, in the midst of our dialogue the topic of isolation arose and Jen eloquently interjected some of the most Biblical profound wisdom I’ve ever heard. She said, “Iron sharpens iron and we can sharpen one another, however when we’re in isolation we cannot be refined or strengthened. Therefore, when we share ourselves, our stories and our lives, not only do we have opportunity to sharpen someone else but we too will be sharpened in the process.”

I knew I would enjoy my speaking experience, however; I must admit that I was sharpened much more than I sharpened the women attending the retreat. Therefore, I encourage you to be iron for those around you, and guaranteed you will be sharpened in return.

Watch this week’s video and be sharpened!

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