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Member Spotlight: Madeleine Tilin

grey-big-smile-filter-5652Roots:
I grew up in Lubbock, graduated from UT Austin with a degree in journalism and moved several times before coming back to Austin in 2011. My children’s father and I both worked in publishing and enjoyed some great cities together as a result – Boulder, Chicago, Santa Fe and Oakland. We moved to Austin in 2011.

Family Life:
I live with my partner, John, and I have two children, Isaac (17) and Leila (14) who are in high school at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. We also live with John’s two sons, Graham (17) and Lucas (14) who attend LASA. It’s kind of like the Brady Bunch without Alice. 🙂

Work Life:
I have spent my work life as a visual communicator – magazine art director, graphic designer and photographer. I’ve been an event and portrait photographer for the last 9 years and am transitioning to having my own female centered contemporary portrait studio out of my home. I’m excited to develop as a fine artist using my photography as a basis to create photo encaustic work, a medium that uses beeswax and oil pant to create beautiful, one of a kind art pieces for my clients. It’s been germinating for a few years. It’s finally becoming a reality, and I’m super excited! That said, my job as a mother trumps all. It’s clichĂ©, but I don’t think I really knew how big my heart could grow until I had children. I’m so thankful for this journey.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my iGnite experience…
Working out in community is way more fun and motivating. 🙂 I have always valued my friendships with women, so iGnite is an extension of that. I appreciate that there are women of all ages, perspectives and life experiences.

Who or what inspires me most…
It’s hard to narrow this one down! My children, my girlfriends, nature and my yoga practice. First, my children inspire me with their kindness, sensitivity and openness to life and all kinds of people. Second, nature, particularly the ocean and redwoods in Northern California and the high desert and mountains in New Mexico. As a photographer, I’m always observing the quality of light in new places, and I inevitably think the last place is the best…like how could it ever get better?! This is a great metaphor for life. 🙂 Just when you think you have experienced the most amazing, sublime light, you arrive in a new place or time and something different and just as beautiful is revealed. Nature perpetuates a sense of wonder that is so very important to happiness. My closest girlfriends near and far inspire me with their big, generous hearts and willingness to dig deep and help each other be the best versions of ourselves. My yoga practice has enriched my life in ways I could have never imagined when I started practicing 22 years ago. It has been my close friend and refuge most of my adult life, and I can easily say that it has made me a better human being. I am eternally grateful to my many teachers who have passed on different aspects of this beautiful practice.

Something people may not know about me is…
I sang vocals, played keyboard and flute in two different bands in Oakland. They were both groups of parents who were getting their groove back. 🙂 It was a ton of fun and learning how to play with others was a whole new experience.

Three words to describe myself are…
Creative, warm-hearted, free-spirited


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Member Spotlight: Chelsea Tauzin

Roots:
I’m originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana. I moved to Austin last Halloween!

Family Life:
No significant other; no kids. My parents live in Lake Charles, and my siblings are scattered in TX and LA. I have two brothers (twins!) and a sister (who actually moved to Pflugerville just a couple of months before I did)!

Current/Previous Occupation:
I’m the Creative Director (which is just fancy talk for “I do the graphic work”) for a small science education company called Scientific Minds. I also do freelance graphic design projects when I’ve got the time!

Biggest lesson learned through my iGnite experience:
I am stronger than I think I am, and every week I am surrounded by some pretty incredible and encouraging women who help me realize this.

Best piece of advice and from who:
I’m super close with my family, so a lot of advice I pay attention to comes from them.
“In life, find balance.” – Dad
“In all things, find happiness.” – Mom

I am looking forward to:
In September I’m making my first trip (EVER!) to Europe! I’ve been dreaming about this for years, and I’m practically bouncing out of my skin Im’ so excited to make this happen.

If I were a pair of shoes I would be:
Chucks — they’re nothing flashy. They come in a jillion colors, but they’re just a no-nonsense, classic pair of sneakers. They’re my favorite pair of shoes.

My guilty pleasure is:
Watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette….I’m such a sucker. It’s not even good TV, but I CAN’T STOP!