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Member Spotlight: Marion Forbes

marionRoots:
I’ve lived in Austin since 1994, when my husband Keith and I moved here as he finished grad school. My dad was a native of Austin, his father was an engineering professor at UT, and his half-sister was living here when we moved. She introduced me to walk the hike n’ bike trails in Austin. My parents and older sister all went to UT for college, so we have lots of ties here.

Family life:
I am married to Keith, who I met in college at Duke, where we both were members of a Christian singing group. We married about 5 years after college when I had begun my pediatric residency and he was in grad school. We used to do worship music at various churches over the years, since he plays piano and I sing. We are blessed with three awesome children by adoption, each arriving to us as a baby. The oldest is Louisa, who just turned 18 and is a senior at Austin High. The second is Jonathan, 15 and a sophomore at McCallum, where he plays piano and is in the band. Lauren rounds out the group. She is also 15 but 6 weeks younger than her brother. She is Louisa’s full sister and was a surprise to us! They are the best kids, they get along well and they love their adoption stories.

Work life:
I am a pediatric hospitalist, which I’ve done for the past 19 years in Austin. I used to work at the old Children’s Hospital on 15th but now work at Dell Children’s. I love my job. It gives me joy and great satisfaction to help children and families through the stress of illness. I feel so honored to work with the caring professionals there. It is a wonderful team. And best of all, I get to do it part-time so I can also be present for my kids!

The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my iGnite experience…
I’ve learned to trust my body to be strong and my energy to be enough for each day. I enjoy exercise and the outdoors, and I find it so much more motivating to workout with others, so iGnite suits me well! The other women are so inspiring and encouraging to me.

I’m most inspired by…
My kids inspire me. They are unafraid to be themselves, which keeps reminding me to live an authentic, present life!

In my free time…
I’ve been reading a lot lately. I helped start up a book club in our neighborhood a year or two ago, and it’s been fun to read a big variety of books chosen by the group. I rediscovered books about 7 years ago – when the kids were finally all in school! – and I’ve been a happy reader ever since. I also do some creative sewing and even a little quilting. I’m saving more of that hobby for when I have grandkids!

My celebrity look alike is…
Katie Couric and Princess Leia from Star Wars, so I am told!


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WEEKLY JOURNAL: Your Word of the Year

Inspirational Glass Stones

“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees.Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested. And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect, nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.” -Katie Couric

Each new year, a friend of mine — instead of creating a long and lofty resolution — chooses one word and makes it her supporting focus for the year. She was told, “choose a word that best supports and soothes you and mentally puts you in a place where you are your best”. What a brilliant idea! When I found this out, I was inspired and immediately began working on choosing a word of my own.

Thinking about my word led me down a squeemish and self-reflective path. Determining ‘your word’ requires staying introspective and still long enough to check in with your gut and truly listen to yourself. You have to be honest about your fears, insecurities and imperfections, as well as what you are striving for in life and why. So, after plenty of discomfort and thinking (of which I will spare you the details), I discovered my word for 2013: grace.

Grace, or in other words giving myself a break, is what I need to keep in mind when I am feeling inadequate in one of the many roles that I, like all of us, play in life — professional, friend, parent, spouse, neighbor… the list is goes on. On the days when I am not feeling “enough”, I will remind myself to give myself grace — that while I can always try my best, it is impossible for me to be or have it all, all at once. Even just thinking about it now makes me breathe a sigh of relief!

So, what supporting and soothing word would remind you to come to a place mentally where you are your best? Is it Worth? Adventure? Openness? Listen? Love? Strength? Rest? Peace? Grow? Patience? Joy? Travel? Family? Friends? Career? Energy? Fun? Financial freedom?…

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Point to Ponder:

What situations in your life do you wish you would respond to differently?

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Action Item:

Choose a word that will support and soothe you and remind you to respond to those situations in a way that reflects you at your best. Write it down and put it somewhere where you will see it on a regular basis.  Then, say it to yourself when necessary!