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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

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, smartphone, App, Apps, Exercise, fitness, Workout, meditation, Mindfulness, food, nutrition, Diary, Journal, Productivity, time, goals

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

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action

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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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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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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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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Travel Anxiety

Earlier this week, me, my fiancé Jonathan and our daughter went on a little road trip from Chicago to southern Illinois. He had a meeting to attend for work and brought the family along for the ride. more

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