Sunshine through the walls

first_imgA few days ago I was enjoying a weekend with my husband and my son.We had taken a dip in our pool due to the hot summer day.We had watched a movie together.It was just one of those weekends that you tend to smile about long after they are done.We decided on Sunday evening to take another dip in the pool with friends when we heard a massive crash inside our home.My husband went to investigate and instantly came back outside.What was it? – I asked.Our son’s ceiling caved in – he replied calmly.BE SERIOUS! – I exclaimed.Little did I know at that point, that he was.I remember going into that room and picturing where all of our son’s things were.Where he most often was and how fatal it really could have been had he been in there.All of the sudden all of those “things” were truly just things.All of the sudden we had a vivid reminder of what was really important.Anyone that really knows me, knows that I have anxiety.Although I used to be quite hush hush about it, I have found that talking about it is not only therapeutic but a way to connect with others.Needless to say, this caused a meltdown of epic proportions.I placed a friendship SOS and was greeted with friends and family far and wide sending me votes of confidence and nuggets of faith.Why am I telling you this?Do you know who surrounded us with love and empathy immediately?My credit union family.The people that I have been blessed enough to meet in this movement.Some I have met.Some I just know through the community of financial superheroes.People I had never personally met offering to drive to my home and help the best that they could.Phone calls.Messages.Texts.As I was contemplating what to write about for my article this time, it occurred to me that THIS was exactly what I needed to say.The credit union movement surpasses the financial walls.It doesn’t end at the front door or when the last person leaves the office for the night.Credit union people seem to just carry this magical component with them.Maybe it’s because we learn what caring and empathy means.Maybe it’s because we have seen folks struggle and we have seen them come out the other side better than ever.Maybe it’s just because CU folks are just darn good people.All I know is that I am experiencing a low right now.I am worried, anxious, and every other adult word that makes your spine tingle.Despite all of those feelings, my credit union family continues to lift my spirits and restore my faith that everything will be okay.This is my shout out.My shout out to all of my CU people far and wide.You’re amazing people.You do amazing things.You make amazing connectionsYou make amazing differences in people’s lives.That hole in my son’s room is just potential for greater change.I know that because the credit union movement and the people within it taught me. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nanci Wilson Nanci started her credit union journey due to lack of kindness.That fact is what led her to close her bank account and open up at a credit union.Ultimately … Web: https://www.universityfederalcu.org Detailslast_img read more

Softball: Core group of seniors lead underclassmen through season away from home

first_imgWisconsin softball’s senior class has been providing some highlight worthy moments for the team this year, but more importantly, they’ve been an anchor for a team that is largely made up of underclassmen.Seniors Katie Christner, Ashley Van Zeeland, Taylor-Paige Stewart and Macy Oswald are proving to be the team’s backbone this year, providing leadership and support whenever possible.This kind of support is needed now more than ever, considering the Badgers have spent a majority of their season away from Goodman Diamond. The Badgers have only played 11 out of 44 games at home this year, so relying on a home support system has not been an option for this team.This season has been filled with some high moments, along with some shocking upsets for the Badgers.One thing Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy is thankful for is the persistence of her team in crucial moments and their determination to never give up on themselves.“I think a lot of teams would just fold [after losing to a weaker team] at that point,” Healy said. “It’s gut-wrenching to lose a game that you think you should win.“We have really good seniors, and I think that speaks volumes. Katie Christner came in and she was the story of the day. She was a senior that’s had knee surgery and been battling injury. She and Ashley Van Zeeland, all of them, they keep the team believing.”Of course, every team will find themselves losing a game at one point in time, but Christner knows one of the key elements of success for any team is to not only push past those losses, but to just keep moving forward.And it is not like the Badgers have much time to dwell on any past games, considering they play anywhere from four to six games a week. This kind of fast-paced schedule means the Badgers cannot let any past games become a hindrance to future success.“I think our team handles [the fast-paced schedule] really well,” Christner said. “I think our team is really good at making sure we’re not dwelling on games. Once a game is over, we’re automatically looking at the next game, which is something that I think we have going for us.”Courtesy of Jack McLaughlinIf the fast-paced schedule seems to be becoming too much for the younger players, they look to their seniors.From the outside, you would have a hard time believing that Stewart had just pitched her 20th inning of the week, or that Oswald had just been up to bat for the fourth time that weekend.Van Zeeland knows that, as a senior, sometimes the best thing she can do for her team is just to be a leader for them. Whether that means trying to get a scoring drive started, or pushing through the third game of the weekend, Van Zeeland always leads her team by example.“I think just being a leader [helps the team succeed],” Van Zeeland said. “Being out there and knowing that I’ve been playing for four years, it’s just important to lead the team and know that they are going to listen.”Van Zeeland doesn’t need to worry about leading her team on a consistent basis, because she says this year’s team is one of the most motivated in the league.Whether it is watching extra film in preparation for a game, or putting in a few extra hours of batting practice, the team’s hard work is paying off.“I think each person on our team is super self-motivated,” Christner said. “I think every person wants to help the team and do it for the team. I think that is super important and something this team is doing a really good job of.”With just 11 games remaining in the regular season before the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin will need to rely on leadership to carry the team all the way to the end of an already promising season.Luckily for this young team, they have four leaders who are more than willing to carry these Badgers back to a level of success they’ve had in past seasons.last_img read more