Change and Cheese… by Elise Goldman

Post written by Elise Goldman, Administrative Assistant Elise Goldman

You might be wondering what does change and cheese have to do with one another? Change and cheese reminds me of one of my favorite business books, Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

It’s about four characters, two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two people, Hem and Haw. They live in a maze and are fueled by cheese. Cheese is a metaphor for the happiness and success you want to have in life—whether it’s a good job, a loving relationship, a possession, money, health or spiritual peace of mind, and the maze is the environment for which you look for what you want.

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Is it Time for a Checkup?… by Debbie Eldridge

Debbie EldridgePost written by Debbie Eldridge, Private Banking Operations Manager | Relationship Builder | Jogger | Baker | C.E.R.T. Member

Do you ever open your mail or email and find that reminder for a checkup? Even a well-oiled machine needs to have regular service to make sure everything is running as well as it should be. This includes taking care of our health, homes, transportation, finances, and our businesses. Sometimes tweaks are necessary, but the best news to hear is “everything is looking great, see you in a year!” If we ignore the reminders and skip the preventative maintenance, the results could be costly and we all know that sickness, lack of resources, and equipment failure never happen at convenient times.

After receiving the reminder that it was time for my car checkup, I called to make an appointment. I like knowing how long the service will take so I’m well equipped with all the necessities for a long wait, and they said about 2 hours. With this in mind, I packed up my iPad and a snack to keep me entertained while I waited.

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Lessons I’ve learned from a Parent/Youth Sports Group… by Ben Woodward

Post written by Ben Woodward, SBA Relationship Manager| Small Business Advocate | Road Cyclists | Iowa State Cyclone | Cubs Fanatic |Ben Woodward

We’ve all been a part of a sports activity involving inappropriate behavior by a coach, parent, athlete, etc. Many believe it’s just part of the game, but the ramifications for this type of “role modeling” can have a negative impact on behaviors throughout life.

Sports have a strong presence in our culture, and with children starting to play on youth teams as early as 5 years old, it becomes extremely important to provide positive guidance and coaching to these kids.

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Happiness Is All That Matters. You Can Quote Me On That… by Elise Goldman

Elise GoldmanPost written by Elise Goldman, Administrative Assistant

Everyone wants to be happy, right? It seems to be the universal wish for all of humankind.

For some people, happiness comes naturally…positive energy just emanates from their very being. For others, (myself included), they have to work at it a little bit.

Experts have determined that about 50% of happiness is genetically determined, followed by about 10-20% related to life circumstances. That leaves about 30% of our baseline happiness within our control. Continue reading

Being Thankful in the Midst of Adversity…by Beth Decuir

beth-decuirPost written by Beth Decuir, Relationship Manager / Barn Mom / Exercise Enthusiast / New Orleans Native / KC Adopted

Life is an amazing thing – and the choices that we make throughout our lives make us the people we are.

Most people can easily recall the most memorable times in their lives: their wedding day, moving into their first home, the birth of their children or maybe that big promotion. What most people don’t typically do is give credit to how personal adversity can have a positive impact on their lives.

My story begins when I was 20 years old. One day I realized that my left thumb was unusually stiff and sore. By the end of the night, I couldn’t bend my elbow at all. During the next few days, this stiffness and pain began radiating throughout my entire body. I was hospitalized for one week and underwent every test imaginable to try to determine what was wrong with me: CAT scans, blood tests, you name it. Continue reading

C.E.R.T. : Be Better Prepared In An Emergency…by Debbie Eldridge

Debbie EldridgePost written by Debbie Eldridge, Private Banking Operations Manager | Relationship Builder | Jogger | Baker | C.E.R.T. Member

911, please hold…

Yes, this is a reality. You could call 911 and be placed on hold or told that you will have to wait for help. In a moment of panic, worry, and fear, those aren’t the words you want to hear.

So what are your next steps if you hear these words? Have you prepared for an emergency? What will you do if a large area of your city or community is impacted…leaving you with no immediate help? Resources will be deployed to the most critical areas first which means many neighborhoods could wait hours or days before help arrives.

With that in mind, I’ve recently joined the Central Jackson County Community Emergency Response Team (CJC C.E.R.T.). The purpose of the C.E.R.T. team is to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighborhood in the event of an emergency. I joined this team so that I could feel useful in the event of a community-wide emergency where fire, police, and medical resources might not be available as quickly as we’d like them to be.

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Why I Choose to Laugh My Life Away…By Amy Wilson

Amy WilsonPost written by Amy Wilson, Private Banker

I grew up in a household where there were lots of laughs, endless teasing, sub-par impersonations and practical jokes.

A great sense of humor was definitely a family value. I always took it for granted…always thought it the norm.  As I grew older, I realized not all families laughed together.

One memory in particular forever changed my perspective. A friend of mine tripped in the hallway in high school. Her books flew like projectiles out of her hands and smacked against the wall.

Seeing no one was around and that she wasn’t hurt, I immediately burst out into laughter, had tears in my eyes, and was bent over with hysteria…I mean… why not … it was hysterical! That is until I caught her expression.  She didn’t find it the least bit amusing.  Continue reading