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I Love You Because…!

What’s Love Got to Do With It, Part II

Feb7_2016

Point to Ponder:
How often do you tell the people you love why you love them?

iGnite Neissa

Neissa Brown Springmann

We have an exciting week ahead of us! Yes, it’s the week leading up to Valentine’s Day and therefore, there are many Valentine’s festivities, but what I love most is that we are bringing back our ‘I love Your, Because…..’ note cards . As it relates to a day of romance, I think Valentine’s is a bit overrated, however it is a sweet celebration of love, and anything that promotes loving others and expressing our love to and for others is a great thing.

The recommended action throughout the week is simple: download, print, fill out and give the ‘I Love You Because….’ note cards to anyone and everyone you love. This naturally includes your family, but don’t forget about your close friends too. Then, if you are interested in being entered into a “sweet treat drawing”, snap a picture of how and where you use your cards and post them on Instragram and/or Facebook. When doing so, use the hashtag #iloveyoubecause_iGnite and be sure to tag iGnite. Every posted picture equals an entrance into the drawing. (iGnite Instagram = @igniteyourlife_ iGnite Facebook = @iGniteYourLife )

While the note cards are very simple and on a cheap piece of paper, they are heartfelt and personal, which is ultimately what makes them so special and will make the biggest impact in the lives of those you love. And, equally as great — this activity is inexpensive, sweet, fun, calorie and sugar-free. It doesn’t wilt and will last a life-time. I’m not sure it gets better than that!

Action Item:
Download, print and fill out the ‘I Love You Because’ note cards and give to anyone and everyone you love. Then, if you are interested in being entered into a “sweet treat drawing”, snap a picture of how and where you use your cards and post them on Instragram and/or Facebook. When doing so, use the hashtag #iloveyoubecause_iGnite and be sure to tag iGnite. Every posted picture equals an entrance into the drawing. (iGnite Instagram = @igniteyourlife_ iGnite Facebook = @iGniteYourLife )

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The Road Map & Magnets In Your Life

Mantra: Look up & live now

“Your thoughts bear fruit. Think good thoughts and the fruit in your life will be good. Think bad thoughts and the fruit in your life will be bad. For as you think in your heart, so are you. ”
(Ending Your Day Right)

Point to Ponder:
Have you put off determining your mantra?   Don’t over-think it, just jot down a phrase that inspires you!

Action Item:
If you haven’t already, determine your goal/mantra/intention for Spring & repeat it to yourself first thing each morning.

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

There’s no doubt that our thoughts and words act as both a road map and magnet in our lives. If we think and speak words of encouragement and positive affirmation to ourselves and others, not only will our day and lives move in a positive direction, but the people we attract will add meaningful value to our lives.

Thoughts and words are magic. They can tear down or build up. They can quickly make a bad situation worse, like throwing gas on a fire, or they can boost our spirit in times of complete and utter frustration, annoyance and anger. They can quickly put life into perspective. They, our thoughts and words, have the power to transform our lives and the lives of those around us. Lucky us, because every thought and word we choose to think and speak is a choice, so choose yours wisely!

As we focus one more week on creating our mantra, motto or determining a goal for the spring season, iGnite leaders Betty, Meg and Sha have shared their comical and heartfelt mantras below.

“Look Up & Live Now”

Betty Cunningham

by Betty Cunningham

Too often I let the circumstances of my life overwhelm me and I begin to focus on the negative. “Too much to do, not enough time,” “Complicated problem, can’t figure it out,” etc. If I simply take the time to look up and put my problems into perspective, it changes my reaction. In 2014, I will ‘look up’ more and fret less. Even if it means looking up to the heavens and saying, “Really?!  You have got to be kidding me!”  This gesture at least gives me and God a good laugh.

My dad gave each one of us a nick name when we were in babyhood. My nickname was Short Fat and Ugly. My sister Theresa (a type A+++++ personality & complete overachiever) now calls me the, Short Skinny Procrastinator. It’s so true! (well maybe not the skinny part.) I must say that I am fairly accomplished at completing my day to day to do list, however, it’s the BIG to-do’s that I miss. Therefore, LIVE NOW is my mantra for 2014, especially when it comes to the relationships in my life. My kids will soon be off to college and living their own lives. It’s time to LIVE NOW and love all the laundry and dishes!

“Take Time For Me”

by Meg O'Connell

by Meg O’Connell

“What is necessary is to continue to love. How does a lamp burn, if it is not by the continuous feeding of little drops of oil? When there is no oil, there is no light. Dear friends, what are our drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things from every day life: the joy, the generosity, the little good things, the humility and the patience. A simple thought for someone else. Our way to be silent, to listen, to forgive, to speak and to act. They are the real drops of oil that make our lamps burn vividly our whole life.” -Mother Teresa

February is here, the month of love. I have to admit, I get caught up in it all: the cute Valentines for the kids, aphrodisiac dinner parties with friends, and champagne and chocolates with my hubby. However, January was more a whirlwind this year than ever before, and because of this, there has been less self-care. As I move into this month’s celebration of love, I feel my desire to focus more on “me.”

With all of the emotional events that I experience or witness, I can easily close off part of my emotional capacity to myself and to others, and as someone who loves to take care of my people, when I don’t take the time to let go of these losses, stresses, and insecurities, I am not able to give. Therefore, in February, I will be taking that time for myself. You will see me on the mat more, running the lake and taking lunches with friends. I will inhale acceptance and let go of all stress when I exhale.

“Be Good to Myself from the Inside Out”

by Sha Klatt

by Sha Klatt

I am at a good place in my life to pay attention to my own daily needs, starting with great nutrition. I’m realizing more and more that ‘you really are what you eat.’  I feel so much better when I eat a healthy diet.

I’m also enjoying and focusing on my spiritual growth. I’ve been attending a Bible study for the first time in decades, and it is wonderful.

Another aspect of being good to myself is of course taking time to be physically active each day. My mom always said, “You have to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.”   It feels good to focus on these words and put them into action!

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A Lesson From Sandy

Friendship

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
-Mother Teresa

As we all know, Hurricane Sandy blew through the east coast causing devastating damage to countless homes. Every night the national news continues to report on the people of New York and New Jersey whose houses are in ruins and are still without power. This of course is unimaginable and almost more than the human spirit can withstand; however, I have noticed a common thread amongst our neighbors in the East: they are sticking together like glue. Each time someone is interviewed they use words like “my friends” or “neighbors,” as they are having to rely heavily on one another to get through each day.

Mary Catherine Jarvis, a.k.a. “MC,” the free-spirited old soul and daughter of iGnite Member Anne Jarvis, lives in Manhattan and was without power for almost a week. MC shared what I think is remarkable perspective.

We are still without power and it is projected that power will not be restored until Saturday. So until then, we are candlelit. The one advantage to this whole thing is camaraderie: without cable, internet or cell service we have had to rely on good ol’ fashioned conversation to get us through. Each night people come over and we sit by candle light, drink room temp beverages, and talk and/or play board games. It has been fun, and tricky since you never really know when people are outside your apartment (no cell, no electricity to buzz people in).

It’s ironic to think that the city that never sleeps, slept, and I can only imagine how incredibly inconvenient and costly this tropical storm will prove to be. However, the gift of human touch, fellowship and companionship is where peace has been found.

As we enter the holiday months, I challenge and encourage both you and I to stay focused on people and the gift of camaraderie. Not only is it good for the soul, but  taking a break from technology is beneficial for reducing physical and mental stress too.

Check out this week’s video that showcases unique displays of camaraderie, proving that we are created to fulfill one anther’s needs which is something that technology will never accomplish.

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Point To Ponder:
When you are with people, are you focused on them or are you distracted by technology?

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Action Item:
Take a break from technology and plug into people.

To your health,

Neissa

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