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Member Spotlight: Jeri Brock

I was born and raised in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. I moved to Texas when I was 19 and never left. 🙂 Vaughn and I have lived in Austin for 31 years.

Family Life:
We have 4 boys. Johnson is 29 years old and lives in New York City. Cameron is 26 and lives in San Francisco. Marshall is 23 and lives in Chicago, and Grayson is 15 and lives at home. YAY! Oh, and my dog, Buddy!!

jeribWork Life:
I went to Baylor University and graduated with a BS in Education. I taught school for 2 years before becoming a full time Domestic Engineer and Momma.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from my iGnite experience…
The biggest lesson I have learned from my iGnite experience has been the beautiful friendships and strong sense of community among all the iGniters and leaders. What a sweet gift!!

The best advice I’ve been given…
The best advice I’ve ever been given is from the Bible, “For the goal of our instruction is love, from a pure heart a good conscience and sincere faith.”

Something people may not know about me…
I was on the Spring Break giveaway commercial with the Beastie Boys on MTV in the late 80s.

Three words I would use to describe myself…
Passionate, animal lover and loves to have fun.

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Increased Vitality


Aliveness is energy. It’s the juice, the vitality, and the passion that wakes up our cells every morning. It’s what makes us want to dance. It’s the energy that moves a relationship from the status quo to something grander and much more expansive, something that makes our hearts beat faster, our minds, and our eyes open wider than ever before. Everything is of interest to a person who is truly alive, whether it’s a challenge, a loving moment, a bucket of grief, or a glimpse of beauty.
— Daphne Rose Kingma

Action Item:
 Surround yourself with friendships and fun and let the joy of the season lift your spirit and life!

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

This weekend we celebrated my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday with a surprise 80’s party. You got it, a party to recognize the greatest generation or at least the best era that I grew up in that was rich with sequins, bows, big hair, oversized shirts, lace and rubix cubes. Tim, my brother-in-law, was pleasantly surprised and humored by the various “80’s looks” that ranged from Bon Jovi, Madonna, two Tom Cruise ‘look-alikes’ from the movie Risky Business along with plenty of glitter, blue eye shadow and men wearing mullet wigs. It was obvious by the festive party-goers that everyone, including myself, had anticipated the opportunity to relish our youth. With 80’s music playing and a strobe light flashing on the living-room dance floor, the celebration was a hit!

As I chatted with friends throughout the party and mentally revisited the fun experience afterwards, I continue to conclude the same results, which is that friendships and fun create increased vitality. The definition of vitality is “the capacity  to live/grow and physical or intellectual vigor,” and while I realize that unfortunately every day can’t be an 80’s party (even though I purchased ALL of my costume from Target so the 80’s styles are apparently coming back in style), we DO have the ability to have fun and enjoy friendships everyday. And, experiencing increased vitality produces physical, mental and spiritual energy which leads to an enthusiastic life!

iGnite leader Sha is all smiles at her swimming class she teaches each week.

With 21 days until Christmas, now is the perfect opportunity to increase your vitality, as the season is youthful, magical and festive. From holiday songs, the gift of giving, and the smiles of children when they wake up Christmas morning, let the joy of the season lift your spirit and life! And, for extra convincing that friendships and fun do create increased vitality, check out the difference between Buddy and his boring/all-business Dad.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- What are you most excited about this holiday season?

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
— Marcel Proust

Action Item:
Make time to “water” the friendships in your life, new & old, and watch them grow!

By April Black

By April Black

Is there anything more important in life than relationships? Busy as we are and amongst everything we juggle, it’s the people in our lives that make it all worthwhile. The hardest part about leaving DC was leaving my friends, and not surprisingly, the most challenging part about coming to Austin was not having any when I arrived! It was a big transition in my life and while I was determined to make it work, I had many lonely moments without a support system here in Austin. I am an independent person and perfectly comfortable doing things on my own; however, having people with which to share in life’s journey makes it far more enjoyable, and much more rewarding.

Fast forward eight months, and I feel extremely grateful for the people I’ve met and friendships I’ve developed deep in the heart of Texas. iGnite has been a huge part of that, and all of you have helped me develop a sense of home in a new city. I have had to be both patient and proactive at the same time throughout this process. Like plants, friendships require time and loving care in order to grow – it takes time to meet people and establish relationships, but you also have to make an effort and invest in others to foster the budding connections. The same holds true for longstanding friendships (or relationships of any kind, for that matter) and too often we take those in our lives for granted. A plant left alone will not thrive or be as vibrant as one that receives water, sunlight, and trimming. This is a constant.

As we continue to think about living our legacy, I cannot think of a more important and meaningful way to give of ourselves than through the relationships in our lives. Friendships feed the soul, and the most amazing part is that the street goes both ways. Far beyond material things, giving the gift of your friendship and love makes a lasting impact on the lives of others, and gives back to you ten-fold. I encourage you this week to take the time to reach out to friends – new and old – and share of yourself with them. Whether it be a phone call, a note, a meal, or a walk, prioritize the “gardeners” in your life who make you happy and encourage you to grow. I could certainly do a better job of reaching out to my friends who don’t live in Austin, as well as making an effort to further develop (or even make new!) friendships here. Look at the Weekly Intention Guide for a helpful layout and inspirational ideas.

Thank you ALL for leaving a piece of your legacy with me and sharing your light through iGnite. I am grateful for you!

You can grow your own TX butterfly garden with these tips… “if you build it, they will come!”

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- Who are the friends you are most thankful for? 

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