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A Balanced Approach to Resolutions

iGnite - fireworksHere’s to a New Year with New Beginnings and — Balance!  This year, let’s think about a more simplified approach to resolutions and try to make those resolutions realistic and sustainable. One way to do this is to prioritize your goals as you come up with ‘Less is More’ resolutions.  When we focus on doing less and doing it well, instead of doing more and assuming it’s better, we’re less scattered, more deliberate, less stressed, and more present. Our leaders are sharing their ‘Less is More’ Resolutions to encourage a more balanced lifestyle for 2016. Enjoy and be inspired!

Neissa Springmann

Neissa Springmann

Less Caffeine, More Water

“Rather than use water, wholesome food and proper hydration to boost my energy, when my energy is low I drink MORE caffeine. I absolutely know better, and when I do eliminate or decrease my caffeine conssumption and only drink water, I feel amazing!” – Neissa

Less Thinking and Over-Thinking, More Prayer

“I like to think of myself as a faithful person, but waaaay too often (almost always), I do not turn all of my questions and decisions over to God in prayer. I’m not a worrier or really an over-thinker, but I am an independant minded do-er, so too often I don’t include God in my daily decisions. I want every minute of my day to be directed by God and in order for that to happen, I need to include him in all decisions- big and small.” -Neissa

Less Spending, More Giving

“Having recently moved I purged a lot, however I am still amazed at how much excess I still have and frankly, I don’t need, and will likely never use. There are so many people who are in great need of basic things, all of which I have plenty of. Therefore, in 2016 I am going to make it a priority to spend less on “things” and give more.” – Neissa

Less Judgement, More Love and Compassion-

“Shamefully, I am amazed at how quickly I will judge someone or make an assumption about them when I don’t even know them! To be called to love one another means that we love despite flaws and having a ton myself, I certainly want people to love me and my family despite ours.” -Neissa

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Less Cooking & Cleaning, More time on the Lake

Less Collecting Stuff (Clutter), More quality time with friends and family

Less worrying about getting everything done, More time traveling with friends and family

Less focusing on wasteful errands, More time BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, of course that happens a lot on the lake!

“I am at a phase of life where enjoying every day is a requirement!
Each day is such a gift.  I am not waisting one more in 2016.” – Kathleen

Cary Fyfe

Cary Fyfe


Less time worrying, More time in prayer

“This takes that yearly reminder to reboot. And then again throughout the year…friends hold me to this as well.” – Cary


Sha Klatt

Sha Klatt

Less time thinking about being active, More time being active.

“I’m trying to do something active everyday.  It usually helps if I get it done first thing, but a 20 minute walk in the evening works too.  It really makes a difference for me to do something active everyday.” -Sha



Molly Daniels

Molly Daniels

Less time spent on technology, More quality time with my husband

“My husband and I both work from home, so it’s hard to “turn work off”. We are aiming to do our technology turn-off every night for at least one hour so we can spend quality time together.” -Molly

More yoga, Less cross training

“Thanks to Amy Younkman teaching her wonderful Vinyasa Yoga class at Treehouse Yoga, I now have found a wonderful class I really enjoy and get excited to go to once a week. It reminds me to slow down and take time for rest – I don’t always have to be going 90 miles per hour.” – Molly

Amy Younkman

Amy Younkman

Less time using technology, More time using my own thoughts.

“In 2016, I plan to tune out the need to constantly be “plugged in” to technology and instead tune into the “Amy app” where I am checking in with my own internal wisdom and guidance.” – Amy



Jill Watts

Jill Watts

Less time talking, More time listening

Less time complaining, More time being grateful

“I am trying to do these things especially with my kids” – Jill


Delaine Teeple

Delaine Teeple

Less eating out, More cooking at home

“It is so easy with the multitude of after-school activities and sports for our kids to just eat out on the way home instead of prioritizing a home-cooked meal and calm evening together.  I know that everyone makes healthier choices at home, and I enjoy cooking for the family.” -Delaine

Less multi-tasking, More being present with my family

“With a little more prioritizing during the school day, I could get more done (or cut things out completely!) which will enable me to be free when the kids and my husband get home to enjoy my time with them and be present in the moment.” – Delaine

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Loving Yourself to Love Others & Life

iGniters Francis and Susan making time to SUP on our beautiful and calming Lake Austin.

Learning to love yourself starts with making a conscious decision, an intention to become happy and lead a fulfilled life.
— Evelyn Lim

Action Item:
Practice being self-ish and treat yourself with kind, patient, forgiving and loving words, thoughts and actions.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

Just over five years ago when I began working on the concept of iGnite, I routinely met with my mentor to discuss all the details regarding the idea of a positive, inspirational and fun female fitness community. In the process of playing with names, we discussed the idea of “self-ish.” My instinct was to not use the word which means “lack of consideration for others; concerned chiefly with ones own personal profit or pleasure.” In fact, the direction I was coming from was just the opposite. I saw the need to emphasize doing something each day that would positively influence the body, mind and spirit of women, so much that it would enthusiastically flow into all areas of their life and into the lives of others.

Obviously, I scratched the idea of “self-ish,” however I continue to explore the important act of being self-ish in order to completely love yourself, which opens our hearts and minds to fully loving others and life.

The act of being self-ish is a funny thing because it can easily take the wrong turn and quickly become selfish. Regarding exercise, I never had a problem being self-ish, but looking back, much of it was for the wrong reasons. While regular exercise always made me feel better, my value, love and appreciation for myself was solely based on my physical appearance, which became my self worth. It was apparent that I didn’t love myself beyond my external features, and when I was having a physically “off” day, my mental and spiritual mindsets were suppressed, which negatively affected my day and relationships. You could absolutely say that I was being selfish! On the opposite end of the spectrum, though, I additionally believe that when we neglect our physical, spiritual and mental needs, we’re also partaking in selfishness, as not caring for them negatively impacts our health, quality and outlook on life and our relationships. Take a look at the Weekly Intention Guide for inspiration in thinking about how you can be more self-ish in a way that works for you!

Naturally, all things come with maturity and wisdom. I can honestly say that I truly love both myself and life more than ever, and the funny thing is that I’m not the exercise fiend that I used to be! I exercise in moderation and sometimes it’s a walk around the neighborhood while pushing my son Durant in the stroller. I also spend time each day being self-ish by pursuing my passion in iGnite. It nourishes my body, mind and spirit which enthusiastically allows me to love others and life even more.

iGniters making time for building relationships and celebrating Christmas together.

iGniters making self-ish time for building relationships and celebrating Christmas together during the busy holiday season.

Given the selfish nature of our society, when too much emphasis is placed on exterior beauty, superficial things, and greed, it’s particularly necessary that we are consistently self-ish and remind ourselves of all the important ways to love ourselves. Rather than re-invent the wheel, author Evelyn Lim comprised a beautiful list of 17 ways to love yourself. I completely agree with each of her points and could not have articulated them better. Listed below are the first five, followed by a link to read more, which I highly recommend.

1. Fall in love with yourself. Think about what makes you ‘You.’ Just like a flower that needs watering to grow, learn to nurture yourself in every way. Love yourself for all the good that you see and accept your flaws and the fact that you are imperfect.

2. Eliminate Self Criticism. Do you often berate yourself over the tiniest thing? Is there a little voice inside your head that often tells you that you are no good because you are stupid or make mistakes? If you find that you criticize yourself often, make an effort to stop the self-criticism.

3. Be Kind And Positive. When you start to think kindly and positively about yourself, the love you have for yourself just grows. Make it a habit to praise yourself everyday, while in the front of the mirror.

4. Acknowledge Your Effort. It is not always about winning or coming up tops in everything that you do. Many times, it is the effort that counts!

5. Let Go of Worry. Loving yourself requires you to let go of your worry. It is a horrible way to live a life filled with constant worrying. I can attest to that! Worry does not help in any way. It cannot, on its own, make things happen. Only wise actions can!

To continue reading the rest of them, click here.

Finally, this week during iGnite we’ll practice ways to be self-ish and love ourselves. If you need more examples of ways to affirm and love yourself, there’s always Stewart Smalley to show us the ropes.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- What is your favorite time and place to give yourself affirmations? 

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