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View Your Life as a Bank Account

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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.

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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.


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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? 

On a Bullet Train to Nowhere

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things.  And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.
– Stephen Covey

POINT TO PONDER:
Where do the relationships in my life rank in my priority list?

ACTION ITEM:
Identify one way you can invest in a relationship this week that you don’t usually take the time and/or effort to do.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

A few weeks ago I had a run-in with perspective. Of course having a toddler and a five month old always has a way of doing this, however there are many times when I become hyper-focused and move so fast that my priorities and common sense become skewed. For example, Durant, our funny two and three quarter year old toddler just started a Mother’s Day Out program, and as to be expected, cried during the first two weeks of drop-off.  As painful as it was to walk away from him with a smiling face, we knew that if we freaked out, he would freak out more and this would only prolong that difficult phase. Thankfully, on his fifth day he walked in without hesitation, smiled and waved goodbye.

Following his first successful walk-in, my dad and stepmom offered to take both Durant and Malaine (my 5 month old daughter) for the night. Initially I jumped on the offer, but then my inner “Crazy Voice” took over, telling me:  Durant was just starting to make “walk-in progress,” and if he skipped Thursday he would likely regress, which meant more crying. As I began retracting the kind proposal, “Common Sense Voice” shouted, “Calm down sister! “What in the world are you thinking and why in the world do you think that Durant going to Mother’s Day Out is more important than spending time with his grandparents, whom he adores?!  Furthermore, at the end of the day what’s more important? Making memories with his grandparents or making two-year-old “walk-in” progress?”  Thank goodness “Common Sense Voice” prevailed.

Lately, I’ve had several random yet profound life conversations with my husband Russell and friends. We discussed how quickly we can become robotic, get tunnel vision and lose perspective of what’s most important. More often than not, it feels like life moves at breakneck speed and before long we lose consciousness, become a slave to our work, our lifestyle and societal expectations. It’s as if we jump on the bullet train to nowhere and before long we’ve traveled thousands of miles with nothing of real substance to show for it. During this speedy process we may have received a special title, collected things and accumulated different experiences, but in the midst of riding on the accelerated track it’s likely that our most valuable and precious cargo (our relationships with family and friends) have suffered.

We come to classes to push ourselves and be there for each other to become our best selves.

Other than pushing ourselves to become more fit, we go to classes to be there for each other when motivation or reminding each-other of our values is necessary. 

Whether it be family, work, children, friends, or just a typical life situation, it’s easy to lose perspective and focus on the trivial and inconsequential. However, I urge you to stop the train, get off the tracks and make sure the most important part of the ride (time for relationships and with the people you love) are your highest priority. Everything else is replaceable.

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