Member Spotlight: Meet Austin Member, Carolyn Meakin!
iGnite IS our members! They make us what we are, which is why we LOVE spotlighting them! This week, we invite you to meet Austin Member, Carolyn Meakin! You'll never see this spunky 'youngest of 10' without a smile on her face. She's fun-spirited, up for anything, so strong and all around amazing! Meet Carolyn...
How long have you been a member?
5 1/2 years
Where do you live and how do you iGnite?
I live in Rollingwood, TX right down the street from where most Austin iGnite outdoor classes are held. Lucky me! I attend in-person classes and just recently added Yoga.
How did you become a part of iGnite?
I walked down the street and talked to Kathleen while she was loading weights into her car and she encouraged me to give Ignite a try.
What class do you most look forward to and why?
I really like Yoga. I'm new to this class and really enjoy Amy's approach. I'm recovering from a hip and shoulder injury and this class grounds me and makes me focus on quality stretching, breathing and posture. I'm also very fond of Thursday's Cardio HIIT with Alli!!
Where did you grow up?
El Paso, TX - born in Minnesota
Favorite exercise song?
"Rock your Body" by Justine Timberlake
Most Favorite Word:
What word to you mutter while doing burpees?
"You're woking off that chocolate, you're working off that chocolate"
What do you usually do right after class?
Who’s your biggest motivator and what do they do for you?
My husband Christopher is my biggest cheerleader. He takes care of me daily by bringing me coffee in bed, preparing meals when needed, rubbing my sore muscles and planning our weekly lunch date. My kids are my greatest motivators. Everyday I try to set a good example and make sure I take care of me so that I can effectively take care of them.
What’s something about you we'd be surprised to learn?
I'm the youngest of 10 children
What's been your favorite job and do you still do it?
Over 30 years ago in 1987 (after I graduated) I took a job with Sysco Foods right here in Austin. I loved walking in the backdoor of restaurants and bars to interact with staff and management to help them choose tools and products that could assist them in further delighting customers. My office was my car and booths at various cafes & coffee houses. I loved it! I later took jobs at Fortune 500 companies thinking that's what I needed to do with my degree and life. I still find myself pining for that wonderful job at Sysco.
Favorite local and not local social media accounts to follow?
My favorite local Facebook page is Buy Nothing Westlake Hills. It's a place where you give, lend, share, (stuff/things) show gratitude and connect with your local community. Check it out, there may be available for your community.
What’s saving you right now (seriously or humorously)?
I love to plan vacations! I'm always planning one so I can dream about visiting new places (or even, places I've been) with family and friends. It keeps me going!
What do you love most about iGnite?
Working out and playing outdoors is by far my most favorite thing about Ignite. When I'm outside, I take it to the next level.