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Class Highlight: Lake Escape

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Lake Escape

Kathleen Parker

Leader Kathleen Parker

If you are in need of the perfect mid-week mini-“stay-cation” then Lake Escape is for you!
Set on beautiful Lake Austin, our class heads out from Walsh Landing at 9:30am on Wednesdays for our fun adventure on the boat.

 

Whether it is trying out water skiing, learning to wake surf {which by the way is the most fun you can have on the water} or just riding on the boat, your “inner child” will surely be brought out! You may end up jumping off a rope swing or doing a cannonball off the back of the boat, so come with a fun and adventurous spirit!

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IMG_1412We arrive back by 1:30pm at Walsh Landing, but you won’t want to get off the boat!

So, if you want the PERFECT ESCAPE to SUMMER FUN, come out and join us!
Life is too short to stay on the shore and watch the boats go by….JUMP ON!!
You will be hooked!

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Member Spotlight: Nancy Dacy

IMG_4010Roots:
I grew up in Midland, Texas. I came to Austin in 1975 as a Junior in college to attend The University of Texas as a transfer from SMU. I have been here…wow…40 years.

Family Life:
I have been married to David, an Austin native, for 35 years. We met here at UT. We have 3 children: Catherine, 29, Christopher, AKA “Cricker” 28 and Alexis, 24. And as I am sure everyone knows, we have 2 grandchildren: Grayson, 3 1/2, and Madison, 4 months.

Current/Previous Occupation:
I taught Kindergarten a LONG time ago. I have done a little health coaching but primarily I have lived my adult life volunteering in many different capacities. My focus now is the Helping Hand Home for Children.

Biggest lesson learned through iGnite experience:
I have gained so much from iGnite, but I think the biggest lesson is that I/we are capable of doing so much more than we think we are. We just need to take advantage of opportunities and with encouragement, all we need to do is step out of our comfort zone and give things a try. You never know until you try. As I have said, I never dreamed I would be surfing without a rope on my 60th birthday. That was 100% iGnite and Kathleen.

Best advice given and from who:
Not sure where I heard this but it has stuck with me ever since: Everyone takes responsibility for their own happiness. Happiness is a choice that comes from within. Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. There are choices you can make every day to feel the effects of happiness. Choose to do something meaningful. Choose to take care of your body. Choose to be around the right people. Choose a good attitude. Choose to express gratitude. Choose to forgive. Choose to focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.

In my free time…
My first choice is to be on the lake. It is truly my happy place. I love to travel – just need to do more of it. I am working on a needlepoint stocking for Madison, my granddaughter. So, more time than usual, is spent in front of a LifeTime movie stitching. Otherwise, I am with Madison and Grayson a lot.

Who is your celebrity look alike?
Well, for some reason, people are ALWAYS telling me I look like someone they know. It is really the oddest thing. But, for many years, everywhere I went (and I am truly not exaggerating), people told me I look like Cindy Brooks who used to anchor the Channel 5 news here in Austin. I had no idea who she was because I didn’t watch that channel. Finally, I did. Of course, I didn’t really see the resemblance. Many people said it was the smile. And…again, I don’t see it, but many people have told me I look like Jane Fonda. All I can picture is Monster In Law.

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Q&A with Instructor Kathleen Parker

Teaching members how to wake surf at Lake Escape class on Lake Austin

iGnite instructor and water sports enthusiast Kathleen Parker shares what it is that makes her tick and gives her that contagious enthusiasm we all know and love.

1. How did you come to love the water so much?

I grew up on the water.  Being blessed with a family lake house since childhood, my siblings and I were on or in the water all day every summer.  I am the youngest of 6 kids, so keeping up with 4 big brothers and a sister forced me into the water a little earlier than most.  I learned to ski at the age of 5 and was driving the boat and pulling skiers at the age of 9.

2. Any advice for someone who hasn’t ever tried water sports and is intimidated to try them now?

Water is a “happy place.”  I read somewhere that people are 60% happier when they are in, on or near water.  Wake surfing is a gentle sport for ALL ages.  The iGnite Lake Escape is a safe and fun environment with supportive and encouraging women cheering you on.  It does not get any better than being on Lake Austin on a Wednesday morning!!

Teaching members to ski, slalom & wake surf at Lake Escape class on Lake Austin

3. What is your teaching philosophy?

I have always loved the saying “Challenge leads to change.”  I think this covers all of what we promote in iGnite.  Challenging the body, mind and spirit to reach new levels keeps us healthy and strong inside and out.  My dad always told us that if we keep our body fit and strong, our mind will follow.  Just like keeping a car running–when one part goes, the car stops running.

Leading Cross Training in the park

4. What is the best piece of life advice you’ve been given and from who?

I would like to share TWO.  My Dad is fearless in all aspects of his life. He wakes up every morning looking at the day as a “great adventure.”  He is 90 years old, a successful real estate investor and still wants to race me down his driveway.

Second, Neissa Springmann (the founder of iGnite) led me to find my passion and follow it and live each day with purpose.  I would not be doing what I am doing now if I had not taken that to heart.

5. What is something people may not know about you?

I have triplets!  And I can still do the “splits,” but I cannot throw a ball.

6. Outside of iGnite, what is your favorite way to stay active and fit?

Anything that involves having fun!  From April to October, water skiing and wakesurfing.  In the winter, snowboarding, but we were actually water skiing through December last year!

In Austin? Join Kathleen weekly this summer at one of her many classes:

Cross TrainingCardio CircuitTotal Body Strength & ToningLake Escape and Cardio Core

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