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Lift Higher

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Point to Ponder:
Who lifts you higher and who do you lift higher?

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by Neissa Brown Springmann

With an unbelievable one hundred and five of us in attendance at our tenth birthday bash on Thursday night (crushing all previous party attendance!), all weekend I have contemplated the conversations, smiling faces and old and new friendships that filled the room. It was a humbling, exciting and inspiring evening that will be difficult top. While I continued to reflect, what keeps coming to mind is the quote listed in the picture above, by Oprah, “Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.” This describes the iGnite community, made up of both our leaders and members.

iGnite’s official birthday isn’t until October, but in addition to celebrating in a variety of ways, one thing we will commemorate during the next six weeks are the people in our lives who have and continue to lift us higher.

For the sake of today’s journal, I’m starting with our amazing iGnite team, who are some of my dearest and best friends. Some people may think that mixing business with friendships/pleasure is an irresponsible idea, but for me, working with people whom I admire, respect, love and want to “do life with” is non-negotiable. My personal philosophy is that if I’m going to spend my precious time that God has gifted me to work, it will only be with work and people I love.

Due to schedule and routines, it is difficult to get to every leader’s class and beyond that, getting to know each leader on the same intimate level as I do is challenging. As a result, below is insight from everyone’s bio that sheds light as to why they naturally lift myself and others higher. I also encourage you to click on each of their names, which will take you to their personal iGnite page where more inspiration lies.

Sha Klatt

SHA KLATT   I’m Most Inspired By: My parents are my inspiration! They are in their 80’s and still lead very active lives. They continue to try new things, eat well, exercise daily, travel and most importantly are very involved with their family. They have wonderful relationships with their 3 children and 6 grandchildren, who all adore them. Any gathering is more fun if my parents are there!

Favorite Passage: May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

paula-hPAULA HARNISH   Personal mantra: Keep calm and carry on!!

My Favorite quote, from the book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz:

1. Be impeccable with your word
2. Don’t take anything personally
3. Don’t make assumption
4. Always do your best

Molly Daniels

MOLLY DANIELS  What Inspires Me Most: Like I mentioned above, I am inspired daily. Being one of the youngest on our team, I look up to all of the women I work with. I treasure and value their advice and take it to heart. The iGnite community inspires me. It is amazing getting to teach women from all different walks of life. I learn something new from them every day. My parents, who have been happily married for over 30 years, inspire me in a new way now that I am married. I seek their wisdom. And lastly, but not least, God amazes me and blesses me every single day. He calls us to serve, love and share, and I feel like I am doing just that in iGnite.

The Best Advice I’ve Been Given: My dad has always told me “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”

Kathleen Parker

KATHLEEN PARKER   What Inspires Me Most: Staying strong and healthy is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. I believe that if we make fitness a part of our lifestyle, it becomes increasingly easy to LIVE and be well. I am truly inspired every day by the men and women I am blessed to train, and strive each day to make a positive impact on their lives. This life God has blessed me with just gets better every year! I look forward to each day as a new adventure, just as my father does. I am truly enjoying the “ride” and can’t wait to see where He takes me next!

My Favorite Quote: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

babe-bio-4KATHLEEN “BABE” KEAHEY   Who Inspires Me Most: My mom and dad. My mom inspires me to always be true to myself. She is the most unique and caring person and is never afraid to be who she is -which can be a rare quality to find in this world. My dad because of his incredible patience and optimism. He had to deal with not only my mom, but three girls – that is a lot of women to handle in one house and I honestly don’t know how he does it! But he does it with so much kindness and patience, and for that, I thank him.

My Favorite Quote: “Let my faith be stronger than my fears.”

Jill Watts

JILL WATTS    Personal Mantra: “Everyday is a new day!” It’s pretty simple, but sometimes not so easy to live by. I have learned over the past few years as I have had some major changes in my life and as my children have become older (tweens and teens) that things just don’t always go as planned. You can’t waste too much time being stressed or upset. The day will come to an end no matter how hopeless it may seem at the time, and things always seem better in the morning. Each day you can have a fresh start with a new perspective. Teaching and participating in iGnite always helps me too!

Favorite Quote: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain!”

iGnite_JessieJESSIE D’ANDREA  Favorite Quotes:“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and now grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” Isaiah 40: 31 / “Everyone smiles in the same language”

What Inspires Me Most: I am inspired by God’s creations: sunrises and sunsets, family, relationships, children, my job I could go on and on. But when I think about who inspires me the most, my sister, Jacky, always comes to mind first. Jacky is a God fearing women who loves her Savior first and her family second. She is a devoted mom to four beautiful children, a loving wife and daughter, and an inspiring big sister.

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DELAINE TEEPLE   Favorite Quote: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and you minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:7

My iGnite Experience: When I got involved with iGnite 6 years ago, my light began to fully shine again after the accident. My love and appreciation for the outdoors was rekindled. The positive and inspiring environment that iGnite provides led me out of my comfort zone and into a much more exciting way of living. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be on this team as well as learn from all of the amazing women in iGnite.

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BETTY CUNNINGHAM   The Best Advice I’ve Been Given: “Look up.” Between carpools and the crazy pace of having 10 children, my mother would pull things out of the air to make us think, especially when we were arguing over things like who had to ride in the “very back” of the station wagon. One of the things she said that has stayed with me is: “Now just think about this, what if God had decided not to share. There would be nothing. No people, no cars, no bikes, no schools, and not even the sun or the moon and the stars. Nothing.”

Personal Mantra: I think I can, I think I can

Amy Younkman

AMY YOUNKMAN   Personal Mantra: “Lord work through me, with me and in me.”

The Best Advice I’ve Been Given: Several years ago my mom, two sisters and I were on a “girls getaway” weekend during which my sister asked, “What is one piece of advice you would like to pass on to us, Mom?” I continue to reflect on my Mom’s reply: “Never look to someone else for your happiness. Find it for yourself.”

Amy Casual headshotAMY CHIBIB   What I Love: I believe life is a delicate balance! I have found that joy in helping others, which is why iGnite and my life and career coaching is the perfect balance for my life. I founded Creating Lives that Work and have passion for promoting people, products, and causes and helping others.

Favorite Quote: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” — Joseph Pilates

Alli Phillips

ALLI PHILLIPS   What Inspires Me Most: My 5 wonderfully rambunctious and active children, Delaney age 16, Sally age 13, Lucy age 13, Ellie age 13, and Liam age 8, along with their iron-man-daddy, David, to whom I’ve been married 21 years, inspired “Backyard Fitness” and continue to inspire me, every. single. day.

Favorite Quote: What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8


Action Item:
Recognize somebody who lifts you higher and make an effort to elevate someone else.


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Favorite Finds from Trader Joe’s

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With back-to-school approaching, we asked our team to share some of their favorite go-to’s at Trader Joe’s. From microwaveable brown rice to yummy dark chocolates, this list will inspire you (and save you some money) on your next grocery run. We would love to hear your favorites in the comments below!


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Jessie’s Picks

Frozen chocolate covered bananas – I love these frozen treats because they are a quick yummy frozen dessert for kids and adults!

FullSizeRenderCranberry-orange iced scones – These yummy treats only come out during the fall and I love them! They are great with a cup of coffee.


Cauliflower rice
– The cauliflower rice is IMG_0303an easy substitute for normal rice and it tastes delicious.


Pizza sauce
– We make homemade pizza every Sunday and we discovered that TJ’s pizza sauce tastes the best to us!


Sha Klatt

Sha’s Picks

Chocolates – Trader Joe’s is my go to for my favorite chocolate fix. I love the cocoa powdered almonds and the dark chocolate peanut butter cups! Healthy antioxidants right?

IMG_0296Flower department – It’s a great place to pick up a fresh potted succulent.

Birthday cards – There is a great selection of  greeting cards that are only 99 cents.


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Amy’s Picks

Baby beets –  Found in the produce section, the roasted beets are great for salads and juices.

FullSizeRender-1Mini Brussel sprouts – These are found in a bag in the frozen section. The perfect size for roasting!

Wine – Trader Joe’s has a great wine selection that is very reasonably priced.  Perfect for your next party!


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Delaine’s Picks

Produce – The organic strawberries are much less expensive than at other grocery stores – as are the naval oranges and bananas, my kids’ favorites.  I always grab some avocados as well.

IMG_0307Organic Brown Rice – This rice is found in the frozen section and is easy to add to a quick family meal – usually fish and salad.

Frozen Turkey Bolognese with Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Pasta – I tried this not too long ago in the back tasting section of Trader Joe’s. Great for a quick meal that FullSizeRender6is always on hand and something the whole family will love.  (I add sauteed onions and garlic to the bolognese) Include a green veggie or a salad and you have a 10 minute meal.


Mini Ice Cream Cones
– My daughter and her friends have loved these tiny chocolate dipped cones as their summer treat.  They think they are great because they are so cute and I think they are great because the  portion size is much smaller!


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Neissa’s Picks

Dark chocolate – You cannot beat their Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt covered almonds, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups and dark chocolate IMG_0305covered mints. They all are to die for!

Fresh Flowers – Trader Joes has the best deals and their variety is always beautiful and fresh. I love treating friends with an occasional vase full of flowers and Trader Joe’s allows me to do that without spending a fortune.


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How a Home Garden Can Create a Healthier You

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Point to Ponder:
What is your favorite produce? Have you ever tried to grow that produce at your own house?

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by Jessie D’Andrea

This past spring my husband and I decided that we wanted to test our green thumbs. We had so much fun researching the best way to start a garden, from soil, to sunlight, to what will grow and thrive in Austin, Texas. We decided to plant a variety of plants in early March: tomatoes, carrots, okra, watermelon, basil, peppers, eggplant, and squash. From the moment we planted our seeds and young plants we felt a responsibility to help those plants grow and produce. It has been surprisingly fulfilling to watch our beautiful garden grow from seeds to beautiful fruit producing plants within months. I believe humans are like gardens, too. We need to tend to and nourish ourselves with water, sunlight, community, and proper fuel so that we can grow mentally, physically, and spiritually stronger. Gardening has done so much for Jon and me! Here are the top four:

1. Stress Relief: Studies show that gardening can fight stress better than other relaxing leisure activities. We as humans have a finite capacity that directed attention from cell phones and email require. When we reach our limit we become irritable and stressed out. This “attention fatigue” can be reversed by replenishing yourself through nature. When you are outside gardening without your electronics attached to your body, you are able to experience the wind, sunshine, dirt on your hands, and the aroma of your plants. This releases stress and refuels your body. (Lavender is great to grow in your garden and use in your home for a wonderful aroma and stress release herb.)

2. Nutrition: The food you grow is the healthiest food you can eat and it tastes better because it’s fresh and you grew it! I love eating our tomatoes right off the plant! And, studies show that kids who garden are healthier — children tend to eat more fruits and vegetables if they have a garden at home.

3. Exercise and Time Outdoors (what iGnite is all about!): Gardening gets you outside in the fresh air and it also gets your blood circulating! Gardening can be a low impact workout. Digging and weeding are repetitive tasks that require strength and stretching.

4. Community: Gardening has brought us closer to our neighbors. We enjoy spending evenings outside sharing our produce and gardening tips, or just chatting about life. If we had space in our front yard, I would consider planting a small garden in the front, maybe with a turquoise table in the middle!

God has given us this amazingly beautiful world to live in. There is nothing more magical than watching a seed sprout into a flower producing plant which soon gives us food that is nourishment to our body. Lets enjoy it to the fullest by getting out in nature and planting seeds to grow His wonders!


Action Item:
Even though it’s the heat of summer, this is the time to be planting a fall vegetable garden. Go visit your local nursery and learn about what types of fruits and veggies are best suited for the upcoming season so you can start a garden plan.


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Shine Bright & Let Your Freedom Ring

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Freedom allows us to shine our brightest.  How do you let your freedom ring and shine bright? Here’s inspiration from some of our iGniters…

“I believe that we all have a light within us; I think of it as the Holy Spirit and I visualize a candle that burns steadily as we stay connected to our authentic, true source. Sometimes the candle flickers and gets dim and we need others to help us rekindle it. I believe I am shining brightest when my candle is able to light the way not only for myself, but to help light the way for others who may be struggling.”Amy Younkman

“I shine bright when I can teach someone to do something they didn’t think they could do, or when I see three people in one day learn to surf that have never tried it. Women who said they would never water ski again and they do it! The smiles on their faces just makes me feel shiny! Also, seeing 50 plus year-old amazing women racing each other up one of the biggest and steepest hills and seeing women of all ages do pull ups and begin to love them! The freedom to lead the way I want to lead and teach the things I want to teach makes me so happy. Seeing the joy of accomplishment is the ultimate SHINE.”Kathleen Parker

“I let freedom ring through education, religion, and relationships. Through my freedom I am able to shine bright by teaching young minds to be creative, to think for themselves and encourage them to chase their dreams. I am able to shine bright and grow daily in my relationship with my savior Jesus Christ. And, lastly, I shine bright when I am surrounded by friends (new and old) and family. I am inspired and encouraged by how bright they shine in their own way!”Jessie D’Andrea

“I let my Freedom Ring & Shine Bright by being as healthy, independent, and self-sufficient as possible so that I can role model that for my daughters. I shine my brightest when I am connecting with other people whether it be enjoying fun times together, encouraging people through life, listening to live music, sharing a meal, or exercising outdoors in a group with other iGniters!” -Sarah Hamilton, iGnite member

“I shine my brightest in two ways, with one is when I am being someone’s cheerleader. I love to encourage, motivate and yell loud for anyone, whether it be in a competition, in a class or silently cheering in prayer! It makes my heart pound, and I get chills! The second is when I am around children. Kids make me smile and laugh. They teach me to practice patience and how to love hard. They enjoy the small, simple things in life, and they have crazy, amazing imaginations and dreams. I want to live like that.”Molly Daniels

“I feel like I shine brightest, and that I am doing what God has called me to do, when I am with children and youth, specifically when I am leading and coaching them in living healthy, active lives, opening their eyes to the many different ways to do that, and helping them recognize their unique and special qualities and their talents and gifts. And I feel most fulfilled when I am connecting with my own children in this way, through “play,” moving in new and different ways with them and enjoying the miracle of our bodies, while also enjoying nature and God’s beautiful world around us.”Alli Phillips

“One of the ways I let my freedom ring is by owning my own business. I love the freedom of getting to create a business that is an authentic expression of my heart and how I see the world, as well as the flexibility of working for myself and choosing who I get to work with. As for as when I shine my brightest? I feel I shine my brightest when I am leading, teaching, coaching, loving, encouraging, helping others, making people laugh and sharing God’s awesomeness. I am also super shiny when I’m spending sweet time my amazing family and friends, including my two precious children and husband, when there’s lots of playing and dancing.  –Neissa Brown Springmann


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