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Member Spotlight: Amanda Schmidt

iGnite - Amanda SchmidtRoots:
I was born in Chicago but became a Texan at the age of 2 when my Dad took a teaching position in Dallas with the business school at SMU. I grew up in Dallas and graduated from Highland Park High School and then from Smith College in Northampton, MA in 1986, after which I worked in Spain for a year. I landed in Austin for law school at UT in 1987 and have lived here ever since.

Basic family stats:
I am married to Dick Schmidt, and we have 3 daughters: Samantha (sophomore at Northwestern University), Sophie (senior at Westlake High School) and Lucy (freshman at St. Stephen’s).

Current/Previous Occupation:
After law school, I got to clerk for Justice John Powers on the Austin Court of Appeals for a fantastic year after which I practiced commercial litigation for ten years, mostly at the firm Clark, Thomas here in Austin. After trying to practice a litigation practice with mom responsibilities and feeling like I wasn’t doing well at either thing, I retired when our third child, Lucy, was born. For the last 15 years I have worked as mom and participated in a variety of volunteer jobs through schools and philanthropies.

Biggest lesson learned through iGnite experience:
I have learned a lot of life lessons from many of the dear women I have gotten to know in iGnite. I’d say the most important lesson I’ve learned is to surround yourself with positive people who support you and don’t waste your precious time with people who drag you down.

Who inspires me the most and why:
My mother is a terrific role model to me and my biggest inspiration. If asked this question ten years ago, I would have picked someone more illustrious like Amelia Earhart for following her dreams and breaking accepted norms for women, but in the last few years I have come to realize what I should have known all along: my own mother lived her life the way I hope to live mine. She was a wonderful and supportive friend to many people, and she maintained an extremely positive outlook on life, living it to the fullest, even after losing her lifelong partner (my Dad) and her youngest daughter in the course of 15 months.

In my free time, I like to:
Other than work out with iGnite, I love to read, see movies, travel (especially to snow-covered mountains) and just hang out with my family.

If I were an ice cream flavor, I would be:
Chocolate because it brings so much enjoyment to so many people; chocolate is a real mood booster!

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The “Way, Way” Ultimate Example

One of the most perfect examples of ‘actual confidence’ comes from the movie The Way, Way Back.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s the perfect summer flick & we highly recommend watching it!

To summarize, Duncan, the main character, has little to no confidence. However, his confidence and life change as a result of meeting his boss Owen at the local water park who builds him up, encourages and loves him.

Enjoy the sneak peek, and go out and connect, relate, listen to, encourage, and love people, which will inevitably result in having a great rest of the week 🙂

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18 Great Summertime Movies

If there’s a perfect time for watching light, fun, feel-good movies it’s summer.  So on your next night in, pour yourself a glass a wine, maybe invite over a girlfriend or two and sit back, escape and be entertained — these get our vote for some of the best summer movies of all time!

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1. The Bucket List (2007) 
2. Dirty Dancing (1987)
3. Eat Pray Love (2010)

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4. Forrest Gump (1994)
5. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
6. A Good Year (2006)

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7. Grease (1978)
8. The Help (2011)
9. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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10. Mystic Pizza (1988)
11. The Parent Trap (1961)
12. The Proposal (2009)

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13. Safe Haven (2013)
14. The Sandlot (1993)
15. Sex & The City 2 (2010)

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16. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
17. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
18. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Know of others  you think we should have on this list? Share them in the comments section below.