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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.


Amy Younkman

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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Why Water?

Inspiration from the iGnite Archives

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Point to Ponder:
Do you drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of water each day?

Sha Klatt

by Sha Klatt

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! How many times have we all heard this? We know we should drink at least 1/2 our body weight in ounces of water each day and it’s actually more important than you may think. Recently, I have heard several scary stories related to dehydration. Five people in our community, ranging in ages from 16-60 lost consciousness and some were seriously injured when they fell, leaving them hospitalized and placed on IV’s for several days, ALL because of dehydration.

I have had three less-serious dehydration scares (but non-the-less painful) of my own. In the past several years, I have had more and more headaches. Last year I had three unbelievable migraines that sent me to the emergency room for very expensive headache relief. I tried to figure out what was triggering the migraines. A glass of wine? A margarita? The high altitude of an airplane flight?

Finally, I realized the common thread… all of these activities were dehydrating. After an 8-week experiment, I have become a HYDRATION ADVOCATE! I started paying attention to my water intake, making sure I was actually getting the recommended daily dose, and lo and behold, I haven’t had one headache since! I can have a glass of wine or a margarita and not get a headache, as long as it’s accompanied by a large glass of water. Now, when I feel a headache coming on I start drinking water and POOF, the headache is gone. It’s so simple, yet magical! Plus, I really do feel so much better when I’m properly hydrated.

Staying hydrated is such a tremendously important topic that I am challenging you to pay extra attention to your water (not tea, soda or coffee) consumption, especially in this scorching summer heat. I promise you will be doing your body a huge favor! As a reminder, here are the proven benefits of water and adequate hydration:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Healthy skin
  3. Fights infection
  4. Rids body of toxins
  5. Heart healthy
  6. Reduces joint pain and arthritis
  7. Boosts Energy
  8. Prevent Constipation
  9. Improves Productivity
  10. Helps fight cancer (science is now telling us that cancer cells look for dehydrated cells to live in and spread)

So, let’s start each day with a giant glass of water and don’t forget to drink a LOT of water before, during and after you iGnite. Make sure you get at least the daily recommendation of 1/2 your body weight in ounces, and avoid using the grocery store purchased water bottles, as our landfills are filled with plastic, (which takes 450 to 1000 years to decompose!) and is actually very difficult and costly to recycle. Instead, refill a reusable water bottle with filtered water, and in the event you need a new and fun water bottle to help you drink all of the water, our 32 oz., pba free and wide-mouth water bottles (which means you can actually clean the inside of them!) have arrived! They come in three bright colors: turquoise, purple and clear. If interested, you can check them out and purchase in our online shop, HERE. Cheers to your glass of ice cold water and bottoms up!

We would love to hear how your water drinking is going and how great you feel! Join in the conversation…comment below!


Action Item:
Start each day with a giant glass of water and drink a LOT of water throughout the day as well as before, during and after exercising. Make sure to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water each day.


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How to Effectively Glide in Your Breast Stroke

The versatile breast stroke can be used as a relaxing or safety stoke as well as a powerful, racing stroke.  In this video, iGnite Swim Instructor Sha Klatt explains the correct form to use while executing the breast stroke.  Using long-time iGnite swimmer Janet Chastain as her model, she demonstrates how to focus on the glide.

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Our Favorite Austin Patios to Enjoy This Spring

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Springtime in Austin is patio weather! With so many visitors in town this week and throughout the spring, a little guidance might help to find the best patio options.  Here to help, our iGnite team is sharing their favorite patios around town for eating, drinking, getting together with friends and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Molly Daniels

Molly’s Picks:

El Alma – love their patio for a Saturday afternoon margarita with friends!

Perla’s – Best champagne cocktail! I love the crab wedge salad, and the hushpuppies are a bonus too! Perfect date night spot.

Polvo’s – YUM! Fish fajitas are the BEST!

Sha Klatt

Sha’s Pick:

My husband and I love the patio at Matt’s El Rancho.

We go there for “family dinner” most Sunday nights and love catching up with our grown kids lives, sitting out by the fountain eating chips and Bob Armstrong dip. The Patio is in a classic, beautiful Mexican style with great ambiance and lots of fun energy. I even bring blankets and extra jackets for everyone if its chilly outside because we only want to eat on the patio! My husband and I often share the chicken fajita tacos, and my kids love the tostada compuestas!

Alli Phillips

Alli’s Pick:

FoodHeads – a true austin original. It is a fun, funky cafe with ample outdoor seating “on the porch” and “in the yard.”
Delish sandwiches, soups and salads and the best home made pickles on the planet. They serve unique contemporary twists on old classics with locally sourced ingredients .
LOVE this place!

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Food Heads

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Betty’s Picks:

Zax – I love Zaxs off Barton Springs Road! They have an urban garden patio walking distance from the trail.

Winflo – The patio is built under a 300 year old live oak. This Italian inspired restaurant is great for yummy pizza and great wine.

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Neissa’s Picks:

There are plenty wonderful Austin restaurant patios where you can enjoy a nice meal outside and glass of wine. While I could name many, my two favorites are ZAX (as seen in Betty’s article) and

The Grove Wine Bar (Bee Caves location) – Set under the branches of a beautiful and giant oak tree, the patio is covered with lighting which creates the quintessential ambiance for a casual and fun meal with girlfriends or your significant other. And, they have amazing wines and delicious pizza, which certainly doesn’t hurt!

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The Grove – Bee Caves

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen’s Pick:

Ski Shores by boat –

They have the best play list going all the time, cold beer, and great fried pickles.  Also LOVE the 180 degree LAKE VIEWS!!

Amy Younkman

Amy’s Picks:

Olive and June –  The patio offers an upstairs and downstairs option and is surrounded by a 200 year old oak tree. A great Italian wine list and daily menu features that focus on fresh vegetables, pasta, and platters meant to be shared.

Contigo – An east Austin restaurant modeled after Contigo Ranch in south Texas.  It is a great place to sit outside, have a beer or margarita and eat fresh, quality bar food made from fresh ingredients.

Jill Watts

Jill’s Picks:

Shady Grove – An old favorite that is nestled under the shade of a tall pecan grove. They serve Austin-inspired home-cooking including lots of different burger options and great cocktails.

Blue Dahlia – A quaint spot located in Westlake that has a really nice little patio. It is a European bistro using fresh ingredients and have great happy hour specials too.

We hope you enjoy visiting our favorite patios this spring!


 

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Member Spotlight: Rebecca Young

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Roots:
I was lucky enough to grow up here in Austin. My mother went to the old Austin High and was one of the first students to go to Travis High when it opened. 🙂

Family life:
My husband, Russell, although born in New Hampshire, also grew up here in Leander. We met at UT during a summer internship selling books door to door. (A whole other story – ha!) We have two boys – Isaac is 9, and Austin will be 8 in May.

Work life:
In my previous life, I worked at Dell selling servers and storage systems to universities (mostly) in the Chicago area. But have to say I love “retirement”! My husband and kids keep me busy, and when they don’t, the school or other friends/family members do.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my iGnite experience…
iGnite has taught me how to swim! Okay, in more ways than one. Although I do completely credit Sha for any skill I now have in the pool, I can say that swimming is something we all do in everyday life. Sometimes we feel great and can swim hard – sometimes we struggle to come up for air just to make it to the other side. But, the best part about iGnite is who you “swim” with – whether it be at Mecca, TreeHouse or the JCC – it is a wonderful group of ladies to know and be friends with.

I’m most inspired by…
Many people inspire me: friends with large families, friends going through tough times with a smile, teachers who work so hard to teach all different kids in their class, volunteers/philanthropists who never stop the work….what they all have in common is work ethic. They don’t wait around for something to happen. They are the reason things happen! Nothing inspires me more than someone willing to work hard to make a difference in their lives and others.

I’m looking forward to…
Right now we are in the middle of building a house around the corner from where we live. We are pretty excited about seeing it come together and are looking forward to moving in sometime in May. 🙂

If I were a pair of shoes…
They would have to be a bedazzled pair of comfortable tennis shoes. I’m not sure I can properly explain that, but I am a casual person who also likes to dress up and dance the night away.

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Class Highlight: Hydro-Fit

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Hydro-Fit Class

Sha Klatt

by Sha Klatt

If swimming laps is not for you, consider our new Hydro-Fit program! Water exercise is all about moving water and creating resistance to get an effective non-impact workout.

Swim2Hydro-fit is a full body workout that will lengthen and strengthen your muscles, build your cardio endurance, as well as increase your mobility. This workout incorporates the use of a variety of equipment including aqua flotation belt, water resistant bar bells, kick boards, and fins that keep this program fun and challenging. This class is effective whether you want non-impact athletic training or if you need to stay active while you heal and recover from injury.

IMG_0091Benefits of Hydro-Fit Workouts:

  • Builds cardio endurance
  • Increases mobility
  • Provides non-impact resistance training
  • Uses variety of equipment — keeps it fun!
  • Allows for injury recovery
  • Provides full body workout that sculps, lengthens, strengthens
  • Restores your body, mind and spirit with aquatic therapy
  • Ends with Hot-Tub mini spa
  • Feels great all day!

Come enjoy the water, hydro-fit is exercise that feels good!

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