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Why We Share

“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving.”   -Steve Maraboli

Point To Ponder:
Do you view your obstacles, successes, struggles and experiences as an opportunity to share and be a gift to others?

Action Item:
Continually share your life and gifts with others and view them as an act of service.

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by Neissa Springmann

This weekend I had the fortunate opportunity to speak at a Christian women’s retreat called Soli Deo Gloria. It was a created and facilitated by a young woman named Jen Ferguson. Jen contacted me in February and shared her vision of the weekend, which was to highlight that life is an adventure and that sometimes God asks us to step out of our comfort zone and take risks so that we might grow and be challenged. She said plenty of other wonderful things about her plan, but outside of her first description I was not interested in additional information as her theme was right up my alley!

So, on Saturday, from 11:15 a.m to 12:15 p.m I spoke on the importance of honoring our temples. From regular exercise, eating a nutritious diet, the people we surround ourselves with and the information we read and listen to, all of these things pertain to honoring and keeping our temples healthy so we can live our best lives and ultimately be a gift to others. I also explained our iGnite philosophy and the blessings that occur from predominantly exercising outdoors and with positive, encouraging and fun women.

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my opinions, however my favorite and most memorable moment was when questions began coming in, as having women share and open up about their experiences and struggles is like icing on the cake! Witnessing the bold and courageous act of standing up in front of others to comment, ask questions and express fears is very inspiring.

During this time, one of the women posed the following question, “What if I wasn’t feeling confident enough to exercise with a group and chose to exercise at home, alone?” I explained that exercise is very personal, and done in any fashion or environment is great; however, the bigger question is her lack of confidence and if not dealt with it will continue to show it’s ugly face and inhibit her from being her best and living her best life. Then, in the midst of our dialogue the topic of isolation arose and Jen eloquently interjected some of the most Biblical profound wisdom I’ve ever heard. She said, “Iron sharpens iron and we can sharpen one another, however when we’re in isolation we cannot be refined or strengthened. Therefore, when we share ourselves, our stories and our lives, not only do we have opportunity to sharpen someone else but we too will be sharpened in the process.”

I knew I would enjoy my speaking experience, however; I must admit that I was sharpened much more than I sharpened the women attending the retreat. Therefore, I encourage you to be iron for those around you, and guaranteed you will be sharpened in return.

Watch this week’s video and be sharpened!

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Occupation & The Power of Purpose

Your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don’t make it wait any longer.
-Steve Maraboli

By Neissa Springmann

By Neissa Springmann

When we think of occupation, often times we think it has to be a salary paying job, however I like to think of it as anything that involves passion and purpose. From a career, family, friends, faith, community or all of the above, our passions should feed our purpose, allowing us to make the greatest impact in the lives of others and experience daily and abundant joy!

Below are helpful tips that can help you define your purpose and enhance your passions.

Here’s to finding a purpose filled occupation, whatever they may be!    ~Neissa

Did You Know…

…that you have at least one purpose in life, but before you can determine your purpose you must know what purpose is.

Purpose is…..

  • The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal
  • A result or effect that is intended or desired; an intention
  • Determination; resolution
  • The matter at hand; the point at issue
How can I apply this to my life?

Determining your purpose is actually quite easy and fun, and just takes a couple steps. As you answer the questions below, avoid over-thinking them and simply let them come from your heart, and not your head. Think in terms of joy, and not right or wrong, practical or impractical or what others will think. Put all judgement aside! The good news is this is your purpose and your life so the opinions of others are irrelevant.

Step #1: List Action Words you Connect with
Examples include: educate, accomplish, empower, encourage, improve, help, give, guide, inspire, integrate, master, motivate, nurture, organize, produce, promote, travel, spread, share, satisfy, understand.

Step #2: Answer Key Questions

  • What are you naturally good at: (skills, abilities, gifts, etc)
  • What do people typically ask you for help in?
  • If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
  • What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
  • What are your deepest values?
  • What do you want to do?
  • Who do you want to help?
  • What is the result?

Step #3:  Create Your Bumper Sticker Purpose

Examples include:  dream big, educate children, end poverty now, world peace, dance, have faith, smile, live laugh love, iGnite Your Life! iGnite bumper stickers coming soon!! 

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What’s your bumper sticker purpose??  

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