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Member Spotlight: Simone Krasan

I say I am from Seattle, as that is where I spent the longest amount of time growing up. My father was in the military, and my mother liked to travel, so we moved around a lot. I moved from Seattle to Austin, sight unseen, with two of my sorority sisters in 1995. I said I would give it a year…it’s been 22 years now. ­čÖé

Family life:
I met my husband, Sean, when we moved from New York City and he lived next door to me at the Gables on Lake Austin Blvd in 1996. We have been married almost 17 years now and have three AWESOME -most of the time- kids! Max is 14 and will attend Westlake High School next year! Ben is 11 and then “WE GOT THE GIRL!” as my husband always says. Olivia is 10.

Work life:
Currently, I have the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom. I feel like I am a full time uber driver (but without pay) for my kids and their teammates. I also do some inspirational speaking on occasion. Before kids, I was a top sales producer at several telecom companies and later ran two sales offices as a District Sales Manager.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my iGnite experience…
The biggest lesson I have learned through my iGnite experience is how valuable the friendships, connections and community through iGnite are. Neissa and all the amazing women that help lead iGnite are some of the best women out there. Neissa has always had a gift of inspiring others and of bringing women together to share their gifts and talents. I highly value these women and the lovely ladies I get to iGnite life with.

Who or what inspires me most…
The ocean inspires me. There is a quote that I love by Isak Dinesen, and our own iGniter Olivia Osborne, found it for me in a magazine at the Re-New Year San Diego iGnite Retreat. She says “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” Thanks to iGnite, we get to sweat. Sometimes we just need a good cry. And the sea, although it has almost taken my life twice, is my happy place. I would also like to mention our fellow iGniter and my awesome cousin, Nikki McCormick, who inspires me to laugh! You know the belly laugh that makes your cheeks hurt kind of laugh!

I am looking forward to…
The day my book I have been writing gets published. It’s not ready yet – it needs a great editor – but I have been enjoying finally writing a book that has been 25 years in the making. Many of the seasoned iGniters know “my story”, and if you have ever been a newbie in one of Kathleen’s classes that I have shown up for have heard it too, because she lovingly brags about me! In 1991, my new friend and love, Larry, set me up on the railing of an Italian ferry. I fell backwards and plummeted over 40 feet into the Adriatic Sea, and he jumped in after me. At 1:00 am, no one saw us go overboard. It was 18 hours that I floated in and out of consciousness, fighting for my life, before I was miraculously found by nine Austrian men on their 47 foot Clipper who saved me. Tragically, Larry did not survive. I share my story of love and hope in hopes to inspire others.

My guilty pleasure…
Would have to involve hazelnuts, whether it’s a French crepe with Nutella, a Hazelnut Latte or a Kinder Bueno Bar, a candy bar from Italy with a chocolate covered wafter and hazelnut filling. Yum!

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Sweat Today, Smile Tomorrow


Point to Ponder:
Do you sweat at least once each day?

iGnite Neissa

by Neissa Brown Springmann

While spending the month of July in Texas and getting to iGnite my life, one of the many things I loved doing was sweating! After every class (with the exception of yoga and swimming), I was hot, sweaty and shining bright. If you recently peaked at the extended Austin forecast you’ve likely noticed the consecutive 100 degree days that lie ahead, which means you’ll have that sweaty glow and will be shining bright too. If you don’t have water to submerge yourself in or plans to escape to the mountains, you may be finding yourself a little disgruntled and done with the heat! While there’s no doubt that the heat is stifling and the fall season can’t arrive fast enough, I’m hear to remind you of the top three benefits of sweat. After all, since we can’t change the temperature, we might as well look on the bright side and focus on the silver-lining, which is that sweat is a very good thing! It is a necessary physiological process that the body uses for a variety of important reasons. According to the website Fit Day, sweat provides us with the following benefits:

  1. Sweat is Cleansing and Detoxifying┬á– One of the most efficient ways to detox the body, without juicing, is to sweat. Sweating is actually your body’s way of helping to keep your skin clean. Every day, toxins build up in your pores that need to be released. If they’re not, then your skin can break out and cause pimples, rashes and other skin infections. By sweating out these toxins, your skin stays cleaner and, over time, it will appear to look healthier than ever.
  2. Sweat Lowers Your Body Temperature┬á– If you never sweat, there’s a good chance that you have a very high body temperature. In order to prevent this from happening, your body needs to sweat to avoid overheating. It’s one of the reasons that you start sweating when you exercise. Your body heats up to burn calories and keep your energy levels high. At the same time, your body starts to release sweat through your skin to help keep it from getting too hot. You need to stay hydrated if you exercise for this very reason. Without an adequate supply of water, your body cannot sweat and your internal temperature will be too high for you to workout normally. If you do not sweat enough, you can also suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
  3. Sweating Helps Fight Sickness┬á– Getting a fever stinks! So when you get a fever, the first thing you do is run to the medicine cabinet to reduce it. However, a fever is actually your body’s way of fighting off sickness by trying to help you sweat it out.

All in all, sweating is one of the best things we can do to help keep our body, mind and spirit clean of toxins and negative thoughts, especially when it is a result of exercise. Therefore, in the midst of a hot flash, a workout or even running errands in the Texas heat, remember to embrace the sweat and all of it’s healthy effects. The positive benefits will allow you to smile tomorrow and everyday there after.

Action Item:
As you sweat, remember to embrace all of the healthy effects that sweating has to offer.

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