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Dear ____, I Am Grateful for YOU


“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
– John F. Kennedy

Point to Ponder:

When was the last time you took the time to write and send someone a hand-written gratitude note?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

I feel certain you’ll agree that receiving a hand-written note in the mail never gets old. There’s no doubt that computers and cell phones make it very convenient to communicate a nice gesture, but there’s just something extra endearing when we send or receive a hand-written note. Call me old fashion, but I think this is an extremely important action. Unfortunately, writing a note, addressing it, putting a stamp on it and walking it to the mailbox is no longer the way we do things, which is why taking the time to write a note is so very special. And, because during the month of November we are focusing on gratitude, this week we thought it would be appropriate to write gratitude notes.

If you attend any of our classes this week, we will provide you with gratitude notes so you hand-write that special someone a note. We will collect your sealed gratitude note and see to it that it has postage and is dropped in the mail so your special someone will receive your note by Thanksgiving.

To me, expressing gratitude on a daily basis is one of the keys to living a meaningful, connected and joyful life. However, our busy lives, daily challenges and stressors often cause our gratitude to get derailed and we forget to say “thank you,” so maybe remembering that science has proven that expressing gratitude has endless health benefits including increased energy, higher emotional intelligence, more forgiving attitudes, less depression, less anxiousness, more feelings of connectedness, better sleep and fewer headaches will help us stay focused on gratitude. Therefore, whether or not you are able to attend class this week, we encourage you to take the time to hand-write and send at least one gratitude note.

In the event you need help getting your gratitude flowing, below are our Leaders’ notes to the people in their life they’re grateful for, and know that we are grateful for you and so very grateful to have the opportunity to share life with you.
friendsDear Friends,
I am so grateful for the love and support you have shown me while dealing with the loss of my Mom. Your caring notes, hugs and listening ears have helped and continue to support and uplift me. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by strong and caring women who fill my heart with love and remind me how to fly again when my wings feel broken. I am so grateful for my girlfriends!
love, Amy


Dear Mom,
I don’t think I have ever told you how thankful I am for you. Thank you for teaching me to be independent and for allowing me to learn from my many mistakes. Thank you for not saying, “I told you so,” even though I know that statement had to be at the tip of your tongue on more than one occasion. Thank you for your sense of humor and for the many phone calls when we laugh so hard that we have to hang up, gain our composure and call each other back. But most of all thank you for your unconditional love for me and my children.
I love you!

taylorjack_caryDear Taylor and Jack,
There are two beautiful tunes inside of me, and each began playing on the days that you were born. I couldn’t hear your music until I held you each for the first time, just a few days after you began your lives, but once I heard your notes and lyrics, they were lovingly familiar. These tunes changed as you grew…sometimes they were soft and soothing, bright and fun; and sometimes I heard songs that I did not want to sing along with. Thankfully, the music plays on, no matter what…stirred by your very presence, and I now know a beauty that is true and deep. Thank you for that, thank you for being my boys.
– Mom (Cary)
unnamed-56Dear Mom,
I am so grateful for you! I am grateful to you for all you did for Missy and me in setting an incredible example of how to be not only an incredible mother, but also a great friend and a hard-working, independent woman. Through your example, you taught us the importance of never taking ourselves too seriously, to laugh at ourselves and at hard situations, to always enjoy a good ol’ hamburger and potato salad, to maintain close friendships, and to not obsess over food, beauty or physique. I still can’t believe you never got angry when I was little and would call you at work asking what you were cooking that night! Now that’s incredible…I can only hope to be half the mother you are. I am so so grateful for all you’ve done and continue to do, so selflessly, for me. You’re my hero Mom!
Love you, Catherine
I am so grateful for YOU! You bring joy into my life everyday. I love receiving a beautiful bible verse from you each morning when I check my texts. It makes my day! You support me in all that I do. Your unconditional love for all those around you is a perfect example of Christ in you. I learn so much from you even thought you are only 19. You make me want to be a better version of myself. Your integrity, values and beliefs are those of a person way beyond your years. I love that you love being on the lake with me! I will surf tandem with you any day! I am so thankful for you Babe!!
With much love,
Aunt Boo (Kathleen)

unnamed-58Dear Family,
I am so grateful to my parents who have held up carpool duty, so I can stay out of the car. My kids for setting the table, carrying their own bags and picking up the house because it is hard for me. I am grateful to my hubby for still making me feel good about me, when I don’t feel like myself. I am a lucky woman even when I am struggling and healing!

unnamed-59Dear Dad,
I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for you and mom and all that you’ve done for me for 26 years and for Clayton for 4 years. I know I talk to mom more on the phone (but that’s because we women like to gab and you are a quiet man of few wonderful words), but I am a total daddy’s girl. Thank you for supporting my dreams, for always encouraging me to work hard in a field I love, for loving me unconditionally, and for teaching me that “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar”. You are the best dad, and father-in-law around, and I am so thankful you are mine! Clayton also loves learning from you, and he’s going to have a wonderful example when we have children one day. I love you so much!
unnamed-60Dear Russell,
I do not tell or show you nearly enough, but I am so grateful that you are my husband. I am grateful for your relentless hard work to provide a great life for our family, as well as for your constant support of my goals and dreams. Thank you for believing in me and being my rock. You are an amazing man, selfless and giving husband and father and a remarkable human being. I am so proud of you and blessed to be married to you. You make me better and I am so grateful for you and the life we have together.
I love you so very much,

Action Item:

This week, take the time to hand-write and send at least one person a gratitude note.

View Your Life as a Bank Account


If you allow people to make more
withdrawals than deposits in your life,
you will be out of balance and in the negative.
Know when to close the account.
-Christie Williams

Okay, okay. It’s quite possible we’ve sent mixed messages. Last month we encouraged you to say “YES!”, and this week we are urging you to say “NO!”. However, we think you know what we mean. Definitely say “yes” to the things that you really want to do, but for sure start saying “no” to the things that you really don’t want to do. For clarification and inspiration, check out our BFF, Brene Brown, as she describes her brillant “No saying” strategy…

Tell us what will help you get the courage to say ‘Enough!’ when it’s right for you. (Your comments can be anonymous)

What we Want vs. What we Get

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Sometimes what you want isn’t always what you get, but in the end what you get is much better than what you wanted. (Anonymous)

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

With Halloween less than 24 hours away, we encourage you to indulge and enjoy plenty of delish treats! And (unlike the inspirational quote suggests) we hope you DO get all if your favorite candy and more, as it does a spirit good.

Also, while trick or treating, beware of dancing trash bags hidden in dark allies or placed indiscreetly in your home or office…
Check out the video below, have a good laugh and Happy Halloween!!!!

Tell us what’s YOUR favorite halloween tradition ?

Make Your Own Future

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love.
– Bradley Whitford

Johanna Quaas is an inspiration, indeed!  At 86 years old, she’s the oldest gymnast in the world and man does she rock!  There’s no doubt she has infused her life with action and is living the ‘YES I CAN’ motto.

Tell Us What This Amazing 86 Year Old Woman is Inspiring You To Do! 

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Oh Wait, Yes I Can!

The longer you wait for the future the shorter it will be.
– Loesje

Point to Ponder:
What opportunities or experiences do you turn down because you are waiting for the perfect time or simply don’t think you can?

Action Item:
Stop waiting for the “perfect time” or doubting yourself and start saying “YES I CAN!”

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

This summer during the Smoky Mountain Monarch Escape we enjoyed rich and plentiful conversations. You name it,  we talked about it. There was so much wisdom thrown around and shared that I finally just started taking notes on my iPhone. It was that good.

One piece of inspiration came from iGnite member Claire S.- as to how she made the decision to join the trip. Originally, she wanted to attend; however, due to a few potential obligations she felt it was best to stay home. Exactly one week prior to the getaway, still eager to go and realizing her potential obligations were just that, Claire remembered the words from her dream/vision board which read “Oh Wait, Yes I Can!”  Seven days later, Claire was rock climbing for the first time, mountain biking, white water rafting, zip lining and feeding her spirit with nature, adventure, laughter and friendship. Needless to say, she was thankful she gave herself permission.

What I appreciate most about Claire’s “mantra,” if you will, is that it’s the opposite of how the human mind typically operates. Even though I consider myself an optimist, “yes I can” is unfortunately not the first thought that comes to mind when offered an opportunity to go on a trip, join friends for dinner or stretch myself personally, professionally, physically, mentally or spiritually. Instead, I think of all of the reasons why I can’t — which is not only ridiculous, but is the opposite of how I want to live my life.

I suppose saying “no” is an instinctive and somewhat unconscious way of protecting ourselves.  Our tendency is to wait for “the perfect time” (a.k.a. when we have more money, our children are older or we are retired) but wouldn’t life expand exponentially if before rushing to “no” and all of the reasons why we can’t, we paused and said, “Oh wait, yes I can!”

Of course we can’t say “yes” to everything, however next time you have an opportunity to try something new, fun or participate in an experience that could create growth (personally. professionally, spiritually, mentally or physically), how about putting all of your energy into why you CAN rather than why you can’t?! Ultimately, give yourself permission to enhance your life by joining Claire and adopting her “Oh Wait, Yes I Can!” mantra.

What do you think? Leave us a comment & tell us your thoughts


Out of Every Ditch, A Path

iGniters running on one of our favorite paths in the midst of downtown Austin.

The things you think are disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.
– Hilary Mantel

As mentioned in this week’s Journal, Malala Yousafzia is an extraordinary example of courage.  She has turned a horrible situation into an opportunity to share a powerful message.  Check out this week’s inspiring video, mixed in with a little Jon Stewart humor.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION- What do stories like this inspire you to do? 

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What Life is REALLY All About

iGniters pushing the limits at Molly's Cross Training Class- Pease Park

iGniters pushing the limits at Molly’s Cross Training Class- Pease Park

Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.
– Holstee Manifesto

Just like the saying by Napoleon Bonaparte “a picture is worth a thousand words,” this week’s video is also worth a thousand words. Check it out and be inspired to keep living an awesome life!   ~Neissa

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- Life is Short. If this day were your last, what would you be doing? 

Start Where You Are

Happy October!!

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you START.
– Nido Qubein

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

Per this week’s fabulous journal message  ‘Goals Schmoals, Just What Do You WANT?,’ have you ever WANTED to be so free that you dance without worrying what others think? Dancing, for sure, is one of the greatest expressions of freedom and joy, and this week’s video is a great example of doing what makes you happy (with confidence!), regardless of age.

Here’s to starting where we are… now!

Living Forward

The only way to live is forward, but every now and then you’re permitted to look back, remember and laugh.  But, don’t waste too much time looking back…start moving forward again…it’s the only way to live.

Per this week’s Journal theme- to make it a goal to overcome negative and hurtful words or past experiences- this week’s video could not be more perfect! Check it out and remember these two things:

    1. To appreciate your past (even it was hurtful)
    2. Don’t let it keep you from living forward!

In the event that you are human like us, you can sometimes get stuck in the past, which does not add value to your present or future life. Living an abundant and joyful life (which we know is what everyone wants) is all about the positive energy we carry and pass on to others around us. In the event that you have yet to set any goals, or are having trouble determining a goal to set, you might consider letting go of and moving on from something hurtful in your past. After all, life is too darn short to carry anything that doesn’t serve us and our loved ones well.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION– What do you need to let go of to move forward with your life? 

Do You Get in Your Own Way?


Jane F. skiing like a pro at Lake Escape class

The only thing standing between you and your goals is the B.S. story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it!

WOWZA! Did the quote hit you between the eyes like it did ours? It’s so true!  We determine our success, which is directly related to our attitudes and beliefs about ourselves.  Don’t limit yourself, judge what you want or worry what others think.  Make up your mind and GO FOR IT!  Goals always turn out better than you imagined- much like the kid in the video below.  I am sure the flip was a goal of his, but not the outcome! SO COOL!

JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Who are you going to share your goals with?