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Finish What You Started

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

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, determined, determination, now, patience, accomplishment, goals, celebration, Leadership, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, Race, finish line, the y, YMCA

Parenting Tips from a Complete Beginner Who Knows Nothing #1

Yes, there are plenty of well-written and thoroughly researched books, articles, and blog posts on parenting tips written by seasoned parents, retired teachers, and respected professionals in the fields of medicine and psychology.

However, if you are ever in the market for parenting tips from someone who is just starting out and knows absolutely nothing about raising children, here are a few. more

Tags: Moms, reading, tips, parenting, boxes, gifts, walks

Inspiring Running Performances of the Week

Jenny Simpson placed second at the Paris Diamond Leage meet on Saturday with a huge PR of 3:57.22, just .10 shy of Mary Slaney's 31 year-old American record of 3:57.12. Simpson has been running consistently great all season and has a great chance at improving her time this summer. Shannon Rowbury also ran a milestone PR, breaking 4:00 for the first time. more

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Running, performances, Track, Diamond League, USA Junior Championships

Keep on Learning

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

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, inspiration, Education, Leadership, learning, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, the y, YMCA, world service, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado, Boulder, influence, motivation

The DIY Generation: A Young Woman's Story

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

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, the y, YMCA, DIY, do it yourself, generations, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, Vietnamese, Asian, Asian-American, success, social responsibility

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