I grew up as a multi-sport athlete and sports fanatic, but somehow, I never played or watched soccer. Now in my late 20's, I have taken some interest in the sport and jumped in head-first to learn about the game and watch it on its biggest stage: the World Cup. more
... they stick to a daily routine. Apparently, When Mozart wasn't writing masterpieces, he was giving music lessons during the day. Freud, no suprise here, treated patients. And Pablo Picasso famously said, "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” more
Over on our runner's blog, Coach Tony Van D would probably give you the following advice: If you start a race, finish it. We happen to know this is good advice - take for instance, Mamie who would argue it's not how fast you run the race but that you finish at all. We love that. As such, crossing the finish could also apply to everything else in life, especially when we, young leaders, seem to be part of the "Now" generation: Instant access. Instant feedback. Instant gratification. At the Y, we hear some of our members' best traits are being nurturing, genuine, hopeful, and welcoming. But what about being determined? more
One of the most impactful lessons that I have learned as a young leader is; you are never done learning. There have been many influential leaders in the world that have advice for young leaders like me. Here are some quotes that I have around my office and house that inspire me to continue learning and growing as a leader everyday: more
DIY: Do It Yourself.
Sahra Vang Nguyen came to the U.S. after escaping Vietnam by boat. Early on, her parents taught her to make her own mark and to define her own path in life. See how this young poet, painter, and filmmaker is part of the DIY Generation and using her own resources to be a successful entrepreneur. more
How much do you know about the new World Trade Center? Does the height have any symbolic importance? When did consturction begin? Have you visited the site? And what stories do you have about this new architectural gem? more
Kushuna wants you to share your voice... and here's why. This is her Y, her words, her and her story. more
Amy's advice: "To be a good photographer, you have to be aware of your surroundings." Find out why this young leader sees the beauty all around her. This is her Y. Her camera. Her Story. more
fashioncurves a.k.a Lisa recently posted this message to our Forum boards: "Need a work out partner." We love seeing when friends from around the country help each other out, especially alyssav1982 and our very own Y storyteller, Leslie Hejnal (who has an amazing story herself!). As young leaders, it's important to build communities both on and offline. Take a moment to browse through our forums and - if you have a chance - show a little support for Lisa/fashioncurves and post whatever's on your mind too.
I'm the Healthy Living Director at the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA in Lexington, KY. Worked with the Y for five years in both as a part-time and full-time employee. When not working or hanging out with my wife, I can be found swimming, cycling or running—all things healthy. This is my Y. My words. My advice for you. more