This Week in Young Leaders

Professionalism in Fitness: Part 2

Jerry knows fitness. And he knows a thing or two about keeping members like yourself happy too. This is part two in his series about professionalism and the three things needed for young leaders to thrive inside and out of the gym.  more

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Food For Thought…We Can End Hunger

After a long weekend, it’s always hard to get back in the swing of things for work. On this particular day, I hit the “... more

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Professionalism in Fitness: Part 1

Jerry Gregory knows fitness. But he also knows what keeps members like you happy. And it has a lot to do with one trait that contributes to being a young leader in our community.  more

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Good Samaritan Nights

My girlfriend and I recently wanted to do something to help the number of homeless people in downtown Atlanta, especially as it starts to get colder. We ended up buying some blankets, coats, and a bunch of pizzas to hand out one cold night recently. It could not have gone any better, and the people more

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Matching Words

Here are some words that are pretty synonymous with 'leader': pioneer, trailblazer, front runner, luminary, and torch bearer. As we step forward into 2015, we challenge you to give meaning to this word by sharing your voice, becoming a volunteer guest blogger, helping to create a community both on and offline, and inspiring hundreds and thousands of other young folks across the country to make a difference in this world that matters. more

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Matching Words

Here are some words that are pretty synonymous with 'leader': pioneer, trailblazer, front runner, luminary, and torch bearer. As we step forward into 2015, we challenge you to give meaning to this word by sharing your voice, becoming a volunteer guest blogger, helping to create a community both on and offline, and inspiring hundreds and thousands of other young folks across the country to make a difference in this world that matters. more

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Top 10 Young Leaders of 2014

They all had something to contribute this past year - and while all of our guest bloggers (over 30 of you!!) had something important (and amazing) to say - here are ten young leaders who got the conversation going and had so many of our readers engaged in 2014. more

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Inspiration to Come

In 2014, we lost many inspirational figures worldwide including Olympian Louis Zamperini, Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and childhood star Shirley Temple. But perhaps one individual that stood out and is beloved by many is none other than Maya Angelou. As we head into 2015, here are some quotes of hope and determination that might mean something to you as a young and upcoming leader. more

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O, Christmas Tree

So, if you're into Christmas trees (or holiday trees in general), these are some really great ideas for cool alternatives. But there's one tree in particular, that I think might not only celebrate the spirit of the giving season, but also social responsibility too.  more

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This Week in Moms

8 Great Smartphone Apps for Creating Positive Habits

As much a I don’t want to admit it, I’m a smartphone addict. Like many moms, I have to maximize my free time as much as possible and my phone allows me to do that. Besides making phone calls and sending texts, I write blog posts, respond to emails, pay bills and everything else with my handheld device. It’s so much easier than having to pull out my laptop or sit at my desktop computer. more

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Stay-At-Home Mom Blues

When I was working a 9-to-5 job, a coworker of mine told me that having a job was so much easier than being a stay-at-home mom. I nodded and said, "I can imagine." I thought I knew, but I had no idea. Let me be clear, I love being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). It's not a life I ever envisioned for myself, but it has turned out to be ideal. more

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Cold Weather Car Tips

It has been several days since temperatures have plunged into the negatives in much of the country (hopefully by the time you read this... more

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Miraculous Morning

Consistency is a struggle I know all too well. Once I had Maya, that became less of a problem. When you have a baby depending on you 24/7, you often have no choice but to get your act together. I was like supermom those first few months, doing it all and feeling very proud of myself. But it couldn’t last and burnout took over. Motherhood came first, but everything else seemed to take a backseat. I was pretty hard on myself, but everyone else was much more willing to give me a pass. more

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Growing up, I didn't view my mom and I as friends. We didn’t have inside jokes or share deep, dark secrets the way I did with some of my school  friends. The way I saw it, she was firmly a provider and disciplinarian. It was a source of frustration to be because I remember having friends who did seem to be BFFs with their moms and dads. It was not my experience, but I knew it was possible.  more

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Gifting and Receiving

This was my first Christmas as a mother and I must admit, it felt a little weird. I’ve always taken great pride in my gift giving abilities. You know, being able to know exactly what my loved ones want and waiting to see their excited faces as they opened their presents.  more

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Going for the Goal

Another year is about to come to a close and many of us are left wondering where  the time has gone. Every year I’m left wondering why I didn’t accomplish more. The answer may not be the same for everyone, but in my case, I know that I have to create measurable goals.  more

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