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GenYWCA Event is an Opportunity to Return to "Real Life"

Posted on Fri, Jan 13 2012 8:45 am by Sarah Raser, YWCA Development Officer and Volunteer Coordinator

I think I'm finally returning to "real life" following all the holiday excitement, rested up from all the gift shopping (and unintentional personal shopping), from all the cocktail parties and potlucks, and from all the general holiday cheer. Real life to me means getting back into the swing of the everyday and focusing on my New Year's goals (which I refuse to call resolutions because I am afraid of failure) to exercise more, try new things outside my comfort zone and finish my wedding photo album before my second anniversary. Luckily, next week, the real life of work will coincide with an opportunity to have fun and socialize at the GenYWCA Happy Hour.

I might have the best job in the world. As the staff lead for the GenYWCA, I get to work with a fantastic committee to plan events for young people who want to be more involved with the YWCA. The next event we've planned is a happy hour of networking, free appetizers and happy hour drink specials at Uptown Cafeteria on Wednesday, January 18! 

I hope to impress my good friend Spectra (who loves games that encourage conversation) with our networking game "Boggle Blender." And I know that everyone, regardless of their New Year’s resolution, is into onion rings -- especially when they are free.

But GenYWCA is not all fun and appetizers: We are asking you to bring a preschool or kindergarten age-appropriate game or art supply as a donation to the YWCA's children's centers. (Donations of cash accepted too, of course.) We'll hear a brief message from Anita Patel, Vice President of Racial Justice and Public Policy at the YWCA, about our public policy work around Early Childhood Education. Plus, Uptown Cafeteria will extend their happy hour drink specials exclusively for the GenYWCA group until the event ends at 8:30 pm. 

It's time to brave this (unseasonably warm) January cold and get back out there in the world. Welcome back to real life. See you Wednesday – and bring along your friends!