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The Gender Gap, Understanding Heart Disease by Becki Jelinek Editor, WIMagazine

Lessons from a Piggy Bank

by Jamie Urban First National Bank

A Women’s Financial Reality by Stacie Neussendorfer Orizon Investment Counsel


Growing Up Your Business


Yes, You’re Worth It


Estate Planning Simplified

by Gene Garrelts Orizon Investment Counsel


by Ann Parmenter Hope Springs Counseling


Living Large


Protect your Vehicle this Winter

by Susan Darst Williams, Columnist

by Tom Headley Walker Tire & Auto Service

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Making a Difference, One Family at a Time by Sheila Cole WIMagazine Family Assistance Fund

by Paul Schlieker The Prudential Insurance Company of America

by James Blazek Blazek and Gregg P.C., L.L.O.

Surviving the Unemployment Journey


Love Your Skin

by Elissa Huebert, Columnist on behalf of Creative Hair Design



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In Focus

From Success to Significance


Work Hard, Play Harder

Ask the Doctor


Movies in Review


For the Love of Soup


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Community Calendar

by Karen Bowling Nebraska Family Council

by Pam Fischer Korth Christian Business Women’s Fellowship

by Dr. Jeffrey Passer, MD The Center for Medical Weight Loss

Straight from the Heart by Dale Burklund Publisher, WIMagazine

Stored Potential by Elissa Huebert Columnist

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by Valeri McMahon Travel and Transport

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by Gabi Jelinek, Columnist


What’s to come in upcoming issues of Intuition Magazine: March/April 2012 Issue:

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© 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. The content found in Women’s Intuition Magazine is for informational purposes only and should not be used to take the place of seeking professional advice, counsel or assistance. Women’s Intuition, makes no endorsement of and is not responsible for contributors or advertising herein. We welcome your comments and questions at or by writing us at: Women’s Intuition Magazine C/O CBMC Attention Dale Burklund 1065 N. 115th Street, Suite 100 Omaha, NE 68154

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Gut feeling, inner voice, instinct. All words used to describe that special sixth-sense we all possess. That little something special called intuition. Many would say intuition is a God given gift providing understanding to the heart: “But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.” ~ Job 32:8 Recently I listened to the 2005 Commencement address that Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, made to a group of Stanford graduates. His message included, “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” For me, it’s that soft, subtle whisper of wisdom that warns me that something is ‘just not right,’ tells me I am about to embark on foolishness, or opens my spirit to new challenges. I use my intuition to help me parent my four children (three beautiful daughters, and one amazing son), to guide me through my work day and give openly and lovingly to those around me. Do I sometimes allow my inner guidance system to get drowned out by the chatter of my busy mind? Of course, but whenever I trust the spirit of God, I am never led astray! W




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Welcome to the premier issue of Women’s Intuition Magazine. Here readers will find informative articles and stories that will inform and inspire. We hope to provide you with the tools needed to explore and reach your dreams, to express your individual style, and to tune into your intuition to help you make informed choices that will help lead you to a happier, and more fulfilling life.

Many “mom” readers may know me as the creator and former editor/publisher of Family Spectrum, a local resource magazine for parents. As much as I love being a mom, I am not only defined by motherhood. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to provide women - not just mothers - with incredible information to help lift you up and make your life a little easier.

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I encourage you to share your stories and insights with us. If you like what you read, we’d love to hear about it. If you want more of something we’re not providing, we want to know! Our goal is to be your best resource for living life to the fullest! Enjoy this issue!

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Most women wear multiple hats, and have many responsibilities. Among some of them, we are daughters, mothers, sisters, counselors, mediators, wives and friends. Understanding that there’s no “one size fits all” solution to our everyday challenges, Women’s Intuition Magazine will try to provide something for everyone, wherever you are on life’s journey. It’s exciting for me to be a part of this magazine, or as we call it, a movement, in which we all strive for the same thing: to make a positive difference in the lives of others, to live our lives to the fullest according to God’s plan, and to have lots of fun along the way!

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The idea for this magazine started 28 years ago when I was working in Walker Tire’s retail store on 84th and Dodge Street. I was humbled by the positive attitudes that our single mom customers had, often in tough financial situations. I developed a strong appreciation for all the challenges that women in all walks of life deal with every day. As the husband of an incredible woman, and the dad of five children, four of which are daughters, I want to encourage women every step of the way. When I met Becki, a fantastic editor, I knew it was time to get this show on the road. We are excited to bring Women’s Intuition Magazine into your world, serve your needs, show you ways to simplify your life, and help you make it the best it can be. We want to bring you great articles, fresh ideas, and common-sense, down-to-earth advice. In short, we want to be your trusted friend. We are excited to implement many of the dreams and ideas birthed all those years ago in the Walker Tire store. We are going to work hard to live out our motto, “It’s More than a Magazine, It’s a Movement.”

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As the focal point of this new movement, we have created the Women’s Intuition Magazine Family Assistance Fund, which will be explained in the pages to follow. We are sounding the horn for women and family-friendly companies in the Omaha area to get on board. Together, we will help those in real need. Supporting and encouraging each other . . . that’s what it’s all about.


I would like to personally thank everyone who has been instrumental in making this magazine happen. To the following, I send a very special and heartfelt thank you: First of all my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; my wife, Christine and my children, Jessica, Kyle, Marissa, Anna and Kate; Steve and Lynnette Nabity; Dave and Susan Williams; Paul and Peggy Schlieker; Fred and Elsie Burklund; Brad and Pam Burklund; Jim and Denise Blazek; Dirk and Stephanie Block; Sheila Cole; Dave and Judy Cota; Tom and Janet Denham; Phil and Suzy Downer; Tom Headley; Becki Jelinek; Ken and Liz Korkow; Larry and Melody Money; Nancy Tucker, the staff at CBMC and my awesome Executive Forum Groups. We are blessed to have a great crew of experts serving as our editorial contributors on a host of topics women have been asking for. Our hope is that these resources will lift you up and help make life a bit easier. I would be remiss if I did not also thank our great advertisers, without, whom it would be impossible for us to provide this magazine at no cost to over 100,000 local women. Welcome to our first issue that has been 28 years in the making!


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The Gender Gap January/February 2012

Understanding Heart Disease



HEALTH FEATURE According to the American Heart Association cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women over 25, taking the life of one in three women each year. It kills nearly twice as many women in the United States than all types of cancer, including breast cancer. A woman is more than ten times as likely to die of cardiovascular disease as she is to die of breast cancer. This is partly due to the fact that the survival rate for breast cancer is quite high, whereas over 40% of women do not survive their first heart attack. This makes heart disease prevention a national priority. There is a widespread misconception that heart disease is a man’s disease, however heart disease does not discriminate. It is the leading killer of both men and women, but when it comes to researching heart disease, there is a gender gap. Notable differences have emerged between men and women with heart disease, making it plain that past studies, mostly done on men, do not always apply to women. Researchers have come to realize that to improve diagnosis and treatment for women, they must sort out the differences.

Pictured clockwise: Elissa Huebert (Granddaughter), Catherine Burgess (Great Grandmother), Lynda Dick (Grandmother) and Tessa Huebert (Great Granddaughter).

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lissa Huebert tries to do everything right. She works out at the gym three-to-four times a week, tries to avoid red meat and incorporates lots of fruit and vegetables into her family’s daily diet. Elissa’s mom, Lynda, looks out for her health as well. She excercises at least five days per week, for onetwo hours at a time, and does what she can to eat well. Both women are at their ideal weight, have never smoked, and overall are the picture of good health. But Lynda has been diagnosed with high cholesterol, and the family has a history of cardiovascular disease on both sides. Elissa is the proud mother to three small children and wants to do everything in her power to learn as much as she can about heart disease to ensure a long, healthy life.

For example, “Men have a greater risk for coronary artery disease and heart attacks earlier in life than women,” says Dr. Ayoub, Cardiologist at the Iowa Heart Center. “For women, their risk for heart disease increases after menopause. Hormones present prior to menopause may protect against coronary heart disease and may explain the approximately 10-year later onset of cardiovascular disease in women.” Dr. Ayoub adds, “Women taking birth control pills may also be at significant risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In order to assess the risk, we need to look at several factors including, the type of birth control pills she is taking, why she is taking it, how long she has been taking it and her age.” UNDERSTANDING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It is the primary reason people have heart attacks. Two-thirds of women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery. One reason for this may be that symptoms of a heart attack can be different in women than they are in men, therefore are more commonly misdiagnosed. Men most often have the “classic” heart attack signs: tightness in the chest, arm pain, and shortness of breath. Women’s symptoms can resemble those of men, however, a woman may also complain of nausea, fatigue, indigestion, anxiety, and dizziness.

HEALTH FEATURE Women may have warning signs that they ignore for weeks, months, and even years before having a heart attack. Recognizing and treating a heart attack right away improves your chance for survival. Studies have shown that quickly treating people with early signs of a heart attack can either prevent the heart attack or decrease the amount of damage to the heart muscle. With this in mind all women should know the warning signs and recognize the symptoms. The best chance for recovery is to seek treatment immediately.

Some of the risks for heart disease that you CAN change are: 1. •

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Get plenty of exercise.

Women should get at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise six to seven days per week. This should include 5-10 minutes of warm-up and 5-10 minutes of cool-down. Maintain a healthy weight. Women should strive for a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9 and a waist smaller than 35 inches.

Good nutrition is important to your heart health, and it will help control some of your heart disease risk factors.

Choose a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Choose lean proteins, such as chicken, fish, beans, and legumes. Eat low-fat dairy products, such as 1% milk and low-fat yogurt. Avoid sodium (salt) and fats found in fried foods, processed foods, and baked goods. Eat fewer animal products that contain cheese, cream, or eggs. Read labels, and stay away from “saturated fat” and anything that contains “partially-hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” fats. These products are usually loaded with unhealthy fats. Women at high risk for heart disease should take omega-3 fatty acid supplements.


Do not use tobacco products.


Limit your stress and get checked and treated for depression, if necessary.

5. If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than one drink per day. For more information about heart disease visit WIMagazine Dr. Joseph Ayoub joined Iowa Heart Center in 2004. He has served Council Bluffs and Western Iowa since 1984.Dr. Ayoub holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Creighton University in Omaha. He also completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Creighton. He is board-certified in general cardiology and electrophysiology, and practices in Council Bluffs IA, Carroll IA and Bellevue NE.

In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the American Heart Association and other organizations committed to women’s health joined together to raise awareness of women and heart disease. The NHLBI introduced the red dress as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness and the American Heart Association adopted this symbol to create synergy among all organizations committed to fighting this cause. By working together to advance this important cause, the American Heart Association, NHLBI, and other women’s health groups will have a greater impact than any one group could have alone. For more information about Go Red for Women or 2012 Heart Ball, visit

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When asked about the role heredity plays in cardiovascular disease, Dr. Ayoub explains, “Heredity plays a different role for men than women. For example, men are more likely to suffer a heart attack earlier than age 55 if they have a family history of the disease. For women, they are more likely to be affected after age 65, due to hormone changes,” but Dr. Ayoub also notes, “Just because you have a family history of cardiovascular disease doesn’t mean that there aren’t other ways of reducing your risks.”


MANAGE YOUR RISK FACTORS A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or having a certain health condition. Some risk factors for heart disease can be changed, while other risk factors cannot. Dr. Ayoub urges women to take charge of their health by understanding their risk factors, which include: high blood pressure/hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity or overweight, family history, smoking, metabolic syndrome and lifestyle choices. Dr. Ayoub advises, “Keeping your blood cholesterol levels in the right range can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Your LDL cholesterol is called ‘bad’ cholesterol. Lower numbers are better. If you are at risk for heart disease, keep your LDL cholesterol level below 130 mg/dL. Your HDL cholesterol is called‘good’ cholesterol. You want your HDL cholesterol to be high. For women, it should be above 50 mg/dL.”





Lessons from a Piggy Bank

January/February 2012

by Jamie Urban, Branch Marketing Manager First National Bank 1620 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68197


We recently celebrated my daughters 2nd birthday and she received an abundance of gifts including a large - make that GIANT - piggy bank. Seriously, if Warren Buffet had a piggy bank this would be it. (Except probably not pink with flowers). My first thought was “there is NO WAY we will fill this thing, EVER!”

Then, the nurturing part of me said, “why not make it a goal to fill this ginormous bank and teach her the valuable lesson of saving?” After all, according to the American Bankers Association, children who save have more self control, are more likely to go to college and have a better outlook on life.* Plus, if you think about it, practically everything you need to know in life, you can learn from your piggy bank: hard work pays off; the value of delayed gratification; setting priorities; making choices; budgeting; achieving goals; sharing; and so forth. It may take her entire toddlerhood to accomplish, but I am determined to help her fill this piggy bank. I also know that saving can be a lifelong lesson and I can change my lesson plan as she grows:

• Ages 2-4 –Allowing her to place a coin in her bank as a reward for positive behavior

such as successfully using the big girl potty is sure to be way cooler than other incentives. And, the behavior being incentivized can change over time. Emptying the bank to count the coins (with adult supervision) will develop basic math skills and demonstrate that the different coins equal different amounts of money.

• Ages 5-8 – Money could be earned from household chores, lemonade stands, gifts, etc. This age is perfect to work on the concept of making choices with money. For example, if we buy a new doll today, we can’t play putt-putt tomorrow.

• Ages 9-12 – This will be a good time to talk about some of bills we pay as adults.

Helping her save up to pay for half or all of a desired item will be a good lesson in delayed gratification, budgeting and prioritizing.

• Ages 13 and up – this is an ideal time to start encouraging a part time job to earn

more money such as babysitting, walking dogs for neighbors, or grocery store carryout. Earning larger amounts of money sets the stage for saving for big ticket items such as a car, college, etc. It will also be appropriate to ask her to contribute to family gifts to teach the lesson of sharing money and budgeting for upcoming events.

Wow, who knew a piggy bank, a really BIG piggy bank, could inspire a lifetime of lessons for my child? WIMagazine Member FDIC. *American Bankers Association. (2011). Top Five Reasons for Opening a Children’s Savings Account [Press Release]. Retrieved from

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A WOMAN’S FINANCIAL REALITY Your financial future is up to you … and no one else.

Written by Stacie A. Neussendorfer, J.D., CFP® Orizon Investment Counsel

Did you know that Social Security income represents two-thirds of income for women 65 and older? Did you know that without Social Security, an estimated 58% of widows over the age of 65 would live in poverty? 1 With inflation and other economic pressures, a mature woman relying on Social Security may eventually have to choose between purchasing food or needed medication or paying her rent. When these women were younger, did they envision such a meager future ahead? Probably not and more than a few probably wish they had understood money matters better or actively invested for retirement. Knowledge is power and the more financial knowledge you have, the more action you can take to pursue your financial goals and save for your retirement.

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Let’s take a look at some of the factors that influence a woman’s ability to save for retirement:


The average woman spends 12 years out of the working world. Typically some of this absence is for parenting and/or care giving. This means the average woman has 12 fewer years to pour steady money into that 401(k), 403(b) or IRA.2 Women live longer. According to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, female life expectancy is roughly 80.5 years versus 75.5 years for males. The reality unnoticed in these numbers is that many women will live on their own for a decade or more after being divorced or widowed.3

Stacie Neussendorfer, J.D., CFP®, is a Wealth Advisor with Orizon Investment Counsel, LLC where she assists clients with investing and planning for their future. Prior to joining Orizon, Stacie spent eight years as a trust officer and five years practicing law. Stacie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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Women face an earnings gap. On the whole, women do not earn as much as men. In 2009, the Government Accountability Office noted that women earn $0.78 for every $1 that men earn. Some people question this statistic, arguing that it reflects gender inequality in career paths rather than distinct salary discrimination. Regardless, the gap exists – and it is even more pronounced for women of color.4

How can you avoid becoming a statistic? If you don’t want to end up dependent on Social Security, start by reading articles about investing and the basics of retirement so you can make major money decisions with confidence. Follow up by meeting with a Certified Financial Planner™ who can help you define your plan and put a strategy into action to meet your goals. It’s never too late to start planning for your future! WIMagazine

Portions of this material were prepared by Peter Montoya Inc. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. If assistance or further information is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. Citations. 1 - [10/29/10] 2 - [4/25/11] 3 - [3/17/11] 4 - [4/29/09]

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We surf the internet. We swim in magazines! • Magazine readership has grown over the past five years and is the #1 medium of engagement. • Magazine ads garner more attention than other media including TV, radio or internet. • Just as internet drives new magazine subscriptions, magazines drive web searches. • Magazines outperform other media in driving positive shift in purchase consideration or intent. January/February 2012

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At work, many women are worth more than the salaries they receive. Some women are reluctant to negotiate a better salary for themselves. Will it upset the equilibrium at the office? Will it be seen as too aggressive? The answers here are probably “no” and “no”. It takes confidence (and a little research- check out websites like to affirm your professional worth in front of your boss. You owe it to yourself!

A rich spouse does not equal a retirement plan. It is nice to have a spouse whose wealth allows you freedom from financial worries. However, life can change in an instant and sadly many marriages end in divorce. By not planning for your retirement and saving for your future, you are putting yourself at risk.

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by Gene Garrelts Orizon CPA 16924 Frances Street, Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68130 402-330-7008

An informal and unstructured setup may work fine during a family business’ infancy, but for it to remain competitive and profitable, it must “grow up” to achieve long term growth and success. Your business can achieve higher results by focusing on the following four key organizational areas. Operational management. Starting out, family business owners often serve as a “jack of all trades.” Because it’s your own company, you know what needs to be done and are used to doing whatever is needed. New employees, however, will need guidance. This includes providing them with written job descriptions, training and accountability systems. Implement a formalized system for measuring performance that gives employees regular and constructive feedback. Not only is this necessary to help them improve, but it also serves to motivate, compensate and reward them. This is particularly key to attracting and retaining nonfamily employees, who typically desire an objective performance evaluation system that’s applied to family and nonfamily employees alike.

Professionalizing your business processes also involves looking at opportunities to streamline them. Reducing the amount of manual effort required can free up your resources to process bigger business volumes. When analyzing your business processes, pay particular attention to your operations, sales and marketing, finance, human resources, and customer product and service delivery.

Information technology (IT) systems. The software applications and tools your family business uses are likely limited to supporting specific business tasks and not as suited for managing overall, end-to-end business processes. As a company’s operations grow and become increasingly complex, another common issue is the proliferation of disparate applications and tools that aren’t linked or made accessible companywide. Supporting a professionalized, process-oriented business environment requires integrated IT systems. And integrated systems let employees easily access operational information and automate work effort for improved productivity. Transition time. Transitioning from a mom and pop shop to a professional family business, you will most certainly encounter growing pains. But reviewing your operational infrastructure and making upgrades where possible can help your company survive the current economic downturn and thrive in the future. WIMagazine

Gene Garrelts, CPA, CFP, is President of Orizon, LLC and Orizon CPAs, LLC. Gene received his Bachelor’s Degree from Midland Lutheran College. He is a member of several professional CPA associations and active with local charitable organizations. Gene enjoys golfing and family activities with his wife and three children.

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Business processes. At the core of your family business are its processes, so the more you can systematize and document them, the more easily you can train your staff to follow them for increased efficiency, productivity and quality.

But, as your business operations become increasingly complex, formalizing your plans in a written document and communicating them companywide is vital. This will keep employees in the loop and empower them to make effective decisions and act in alignment with your stated objectives.

To minimize misunderstandings and conflict, issue a handbook of company policies to both family and nonfamily employees, and establish a formal advisory council to objectively mediate and develop solutions.

Strategic planning and decision-making. For many family business owners, their business vision, goals and strategies tend to primarily reside in their heads. Business planning discussions may informally occur on an impromptu basis around the dinner table or during family gatherings.





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You are Worth It!



Does a million dollars seem like a lot of money? Do you ever wonder what you would do if you had a million dollars? Are you worth a million dollars?


While I can’t answer the first two questions, I might be able to answer the third. No, it’s not about how much money you have, or necessarily about how much you earn.

woman making $67,000 or more would qualify for $1,000,000 of life insurance. Availability and rates will vary based on the satisfaction of underwriting criteria.

Worth is a lot more than your salary or your current assets. It’s the present value of what you do, who depends on you and what it would cost to replace you. Without knowing you, I would bet that you, like many women, are underestimating the value of what you bring to your family, your business and/or the worthy causes you care about.

These estimations may not contemplate your worth if you own your own business. The amount could be far more in this case depending on business revenue streams and assets and how dependent the success of the business is on your skills. Evaluating someone’s worth would be difficult using rules of thumb, and everyone’s needs are different, but suffice it to say that you’re probably likely to place a lesser value on yourself than you should.

Just think about it. You earn a salary or may even be the primary breadwinner in your family. Perhaps you have children, take care of aging parents, volunteer for a cause you love, or own a business. Now consider the costs for childcare, college, elder care, home/spouse care, the work you do for charity, replacing the value you bring to your business. Do you have any idea of how much that is worth?

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helping clients address their personal, business and estate conservation needs with the use of appropriate insurance and financial products. Paul is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He and his wife Peggy have been married 38 years and have two daughters.

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Since 1989, Paul Schlieker, Financial Professional, from The Prudential Insurance Company of America, has focused on

Just as a rule of thumb, the life insurance underwriting professionals at The Prudential Insurance Company of America would say that someone who is married and/ or with dependents could qualify for life insurance in an amount between 10 and 30 times their income. This depends upon age (which generally correlates to the age of dependents, and the amount of time you are responsible for them). For example, a woman who is 50 years old or younger with a spouse or dependents could qualify for $1,000,000 of life insurance if she earns $50,000 a year or more. For a 30 year old, a $34,000 salary would qualify. Even without dependents or a spouse, a 30-year old

Many people are not particularly knowledgeable about financial products, and/or confident in their ability to achieve financial goals. However, if you have significant responsibilities in the home or in your business and people you care about, or if you are concerned about your financial future, consider engaging the services of a licensed financial professional to help you obtain the right insurance and financial products sooner rather than later. You ARE worth it! WIMagazine

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Estate Planning Simplified

by James Blazek, Blazek and Gregg P.C., L.L.O. 11580 W. Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 402-496-3432 www.

There are three distinct aspects of estate planning. They are: control, transfer and protection. You should understand all three and how they can be stacked in your favor to meet your goals.

Although I write a number of wills for clients, the overwhelming majority of my work as a Planning Attorney involves writing trusts for my clients. For more information visit Happy planning to you! WIMagazine

Jim is the founder and President of Blazek and Gregg, P.C., L.L.O., a unique law firm that specializes in estate and business planning, serving clients throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa. He has been assisting clients with their Estate and Business Planning needs for over thirty years.

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Eventually all property is transferred to loved ones at death. Many times the loved ones are family members, but often they are charities or friends. There are many ways to transfer property either during life or at the time of death. Death transfers are usually made through a will or through a trust. Will planning is very traditional and has the benefit of Court supervision. Individuals with larger estates (over $500,000) and those not desiring the higher Court scrutiny often wish to avoid the Court process of probate and opt for a Living Trust. Fully funded Living Trusts will avoid the lengthy and often expensive probate (Court) process. Consideration should also be given to Federal Estate Tax.

Years ago, in a simpler time, the emphasis was on the transfer of property at death, usually with a simple will. Now a greater focus is being placed on protecting property in the hands of loved ones so that it is not lost. For example a married couple should consider provisions that would protect property if the survivor of them remarried. Likewise a person may want to protect a child’s inheritance from their divorcing spouse. It may also be prudent to protect a young beneficiary from their own inexperience by effective trust provisions. It is also wise to protect your assets and your loved ones with a trusted person or institution (Trustee) who will wisely manage your property as it provides for your loved ones.

You should control your property as long as you are able. Before your property can be transferred to others, it needs to take care of you. The planning strategies you choose should help you maintain your control over your property so that it can maintain your lifestyle and that of your spouse if you are married. Your property should also be available to take care of you/your spouse if you are disabled.

The estate tax exemption is $5 Million for 2011 and 2012, but it decreases to $1Million beginning in 2013. Anyone who has or can expect to have an estate worth over $1 Million should use the strategies that will reduce estate tax. Be aware that some of the traditional planning techniques result in you wasting your exemptions. This is a costly mistake.




man by going through this loss.” Protecting your spouse from some of the negative comments of well- meaning friends and family is a good way to provide the support your husband may need.


the unemployment journey

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by Ann Parmenter Hope Springs Counseling 402-516-6040


“Will this ever end?” That is a question many women ask as they experience the incredibly difficult journey of watching their spouse go through the loss of employment. But a better question might be: “How can I survive this challenge and wind up a stronger, more positive woman, wife or mom?”

There are many facets to the struggle of watching your husband/loved one battle through a period of financial stress due to loss of work. The problem with job loss is that it affects so many aspects of our lives: our relationships, emotional health, our physical well-being, our eating habits, our hobbies, and much more. The good news is that many people have gone through this before and can share their insights on the best ways to endure these challenges. Laurie, who has relocated back to Omaha, recognized that when her husband lost his job in Florida, there were things that made family life more bearable. “I realized that my job was a cheerleader on the sidelines, not necessarily the coach yelling instructions to my husband.” Choosing to remind your spouse of his good qualities is key. “I would tell Roger to remember who he was, and his great experience and knowledge from the past job experiences, and I believed in his ultimate success. It was important to acknowledge and affirm his manhood and encourage him that he would be a better

Our words are powerful, but so is our silence. Jack, of Seattle, said that his wife’s suggestions, although meant to be helpful, were often heard as nagging. They made him feel like he couldn’t even do his job search right. Sometimes, men simply need to vent: a chance to say how bad things are and not feel judged or have a solution offered. Men’s identities are tied to their work and therefore their self-worth is often just barely hanging together. Depression is common and sometimes it is necessary to see a counselor during these periods. Marriage, individual, or group-therapy can provide insights to help you press forward through hard times. It’s important to revisit the vows you made on your wedding day. The phrases “for richer and for poorer” and “through good times and bad times,” will test you through times of financial uncertainty. Staying committed to your marriage through these heartaches can actually bring you closer together. Finally, once that job does come in, realize that it takes time to recover from the trauma of that time of unemployment. It’s like transplanting a flower in your garden: It takes a while for roots to readjust and be fruitful again. Patiently persist and the result will be solid growth for the future. WIMagazine

Ann Parmenter, PLMPH, specializes in counseling children, teens and their families. She is the owner of Hope Springs Counseling, PC in Omaha, NE and has been working with children and youth for more than 25 years. Contact Ann at 402-541-7589 for further information regarding her practice.



A Year of Living Large:


Wacky New Year’s Resolutions by Susan Darst Williams,

JANUARY: Dieting

Place celery and carrot chunks in brown paper cups in a Russell Stover’s candy box. Refrigerate. Snacking will feel like cheating!


On Feb. 1, have a florist send yourself one perfect rose with this message: “Thanks! It was wonderful!” Smile and shrug when your Beloved asks who sent it. Watch your Valentine’s Day haul increase exponentially.

AUGUST: Stress Reduction

MARCH: Time Management

SEPTEMBER: Negotiation

Tired of wasting time being kept waiting in waiting rooms? Try “planking.” Lay face down on the floor. They’ll finally notice you, and rush you right into your appointment.

APRIL: Tax Strategies

Gather your extra “stuff.” Itemize. Haul to the IRS on April 15. Save yourself a cribbage board for jail if it doesn’t work.

Add “epic” or “legit” to every sentence about your product, and “major fail” or “brutal” in references to your competition.

If a co-worker keeps tricking you into doing their work for them, putting Hello Kitty emoticons by their name on the report for the boss should stop it.

JULY: Communication

Proofread, Baby . . . or defend your wily plan to drive more traffic to the customer’s website by leaving out the “r” in “shirt” in the ad.

OCTOBER: Budgeting

While reviewing each department’s financial request, walk around with the pockets pulled out of your pants. No mon, no fun!


Distracted by junk political phone calls? Purchase an airhorn. If one of “them” calls, LET ‘R RIP.

DECEMBER: Human Relations

If you don’t want (1) new pot handles, (2) a new garbage can, or (3) a new set of vacuum cleaner bags for Christmas, write BORSHEIM’S in shaving cream on his bathroom mirror! Susan Darst Williams is a writer, speaker and humorist who lives at the base of Mount Laundry, Nebraska. Visit her websites through the portal Catch her humorous keynote Jan. 28, raising money to help women start small businesses, at the Masquerade Ball of the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center,

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JUNE: Delegation

Make your child spend one “unplugged” hour reading, and one “unplugged” hour doing homework or chores, BEFORE spending one hour, max, with electronics. No vidiots on your watch!

MAY: Marketing

Do no work. Read the paper. Swat flies. Aiming for the executive suite? Gotta look the part.



10 Tips for Preparing


Protect your Vehicle in Winter

for Road Emergencies

by Tom Headley, Store Manager Walker Tire & Auto Service 402-334-5440

Winter is a beautiful time of the year in Nebraska, especially when a fresh layer of new snow blankets everything. But as wonderful as winter is, winter driving can be very harsh on vehicles. Following are tips that can help you protect your automobiles from some of the hazards of winter driving and can save you money and inconvenience.

Pre-Winter Maintenance

Prevention is the key to keep your vehicle running smoothly during the winter. Avoid any potential problems by winterizing your vehicle. Have a certified professional check battery, engine cooling system, antifreeze, belts, brakes, tires, wipers, lights, and fluids.

Tire Pressure

It’s important to check your tire pressure monthly. You’ll get better traction with the correct tire pressure. Don’t wait for the tire pressure sensor to alert you to low tire pressure. Use a gauge and make sure your pressure matches the recommended tire pressure in your manual.


One of the most common reasons a car won’t start is a dead battery. If your battery is more than two or three years old, have it tested. Check the terminals and make sure they are not corroded. January/February 2012

Wipers and Windshield Washer Fluid


Salt on the road can spray onto your windshield and decrease visibility, so it’s very important that your wipers are functioning properly. The recommendation is to change your wiper blades twice a year – before they’re so damaged that they don’t work. If you replace them during your spring and then fall oil changes, you should always have wiper blades that perform well. If you’re not sure if it’s time to change the wipers, you can do a simple test: Go outside, turn the blades on and squirt the windshield with some wiper fluid. If the wipers streak, it’s time for new blades. If not, you’re good to go! When it comes to wiper blades, it’s important to think of it as maintaining this safety component by replacing your blades before they fail, and ensuring you have plenty of windshield washer fluid. That will keep you seeing clearly in all conditions.


Try to keep your gas tank full, or at least half full, throughout the cold winter months. This will help reduce the chances of condensation building up, which can lead to problems starting the vehicle.


1 Know your route and keep abreast of weather conditions.


When the weather is chilly, dehydration might seem unlikely, but according to a study by the Mayo Clinic, as little as a 1-2 percent loss of body weight can lead to fatigue and reduced alertness — both of which can be deadly when you are driving in icy conditions. Carry (and drink) five to six 16-ounce bottles of water per day. Keep them with you in the passenger compartment, as they might freeze in the trunk.


Your body needs more nourishment in cold weather than it does on a balmy summer day. Avoid candy bars and other quick-sugar-release snacks. Sandwiches, fruit or a thermos of hearty stew are much better choices. Carry a day’s worth of highenergy food and water in a warm area of your vehicle in case you are stranded for a few hours. Tom Headley is Manager at Walker Tire & Auto Service located at 140th & Gold Circle (one block north of W. Center).Tom is married with two children. Catch Tom’s “Auto Tips” every Tuesday at 4:20 p.m. on 100.7 FM. If you have any questions related to your vehicle’s care, email Tom at GoldCircle@

Around the Town with Tom the Auto Pro


5 Slow down. A good rule of thumb is to reduce speed by 50 percent in snowy conditions. Equally important: Don’t go too slow. Your car needs momentum to keep moving through snow on grades.


Keep a light touch on the controls. Smooth operation is the key to keeping control in slippery situations. Nervousness can lead to a hard clench of the steering wheel, which can result in loss of control. Loosen your grasp or stretch out your fingers from time to time to help prevent that white-knuckled grip.

Keep your tires in good condition and properly inflated.

7 Know how to recover from skids, when braking on slippery roads. If you start to skid, steer the vehicle gently in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go and don’t touch your brakes.

9 Make frequent rest stops. Winter travel is much more fatiguing than summer cruising, so stop every hour or so. Get out, stretch — maybe even make a few snow angels! It takes only five minutes to significantly improve your level of alertness.

1O If you get stuck, stay in your vehicle. Stay warm and wait for assistance. Make sure that your exhaust pipe is clear of any obstructions, including snow and ice; if you don’t, carbon monoxide gas can build up inside the vehicle. January/February 2012

Pack a winter travel safety kit. Include a charged cell phone, warm blanket, a snow shovel, ice scraper, and kitty litter works as well as sand beneath tires for traction and weighs less than sand. For a complete list, email goldcircle@





Making a Difference one family at a time by Sheila Cole WIM-FAF Executive Director

January/February 2012



you would have asked Lindsey and Paul Faber two years ago what their outlook was on their financial future, they would have said “bright.” They had recently paid off their last credit card bill and were beginning to put money into their young daughter’s college savings fund. But that was before Paul lost his job due to downsizing. Neither Paul nor Lindsey would have guessed that it would take Paul over 15 months to secure a new job, with a 45% pay cut at that. The loss of a year’s income posed many financial challenges for the family. It didn’t take long to spend down their savings. New medical bills began to pile up with the loss of insurance. The family was quickly over their heads in debt. To make matters worse, the couple’s only car needed new tires. Without dependable transportation, Paul’s new job was threatened.

That’s where the new Women’s Intuition Magazine Family Assistance Fund (WIM-FAF) comes in. WIM-FAF will partner with families like the Fabers to replace worn tires and perform essential auto repairs on their car to keep them on their way. Surveys have shown that, like the Faber family, transportation is the most crucial need for families, after reliable childcare. In partnership with Walker Tire & Auto Service, and Christian Business Ministries, WIM-FAF is helping families keep their vehicles on the road to get them where they need to go. Still in its infancy, WIM-FAF is asking companies and individuals in the Omaha area to financially pitch in, as the need is critical. WIMFAF is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to help cover costs associated with legitimate automotive needs.



Requests will be reviewed, individually, by the WIM-FAF committee.

Won’t you join us? Help us by spreading the word to your family,

If approved, costs for vehicle repairs, service and tire replacement

friends, coworkers, company, and anyone with a heart to help. You

will be covered by WIM-FAF, as well as a percentage paid by the

can give, too – any amount will be gratefully received. Join this


list of contributors, as we thank and support them: First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association; James Blazek of Blazek and Gregg,

We are committed to keeping safe, reliable vehicles on the road,

P.C., L.L.O.; Orizon Investment Counsel; Paul Schlieker; Sublime

especially for single mothers and families in financial distress, so they

Couture; Travel and Transport; and Walker Tire & Auto Service. If

can get to work, school, etc., without the constant worry of “Will my

we stop giving, the wheels stop turning!

car start in the morning?” or “Will the children and I be late again For more information and/or to make a donation, contact Sheila

because my car is on its last leg?”

Cole, at WIMagazine Have you ever been in this situation, or know someone who has? It’s a terrible feeling! That’s why several companies and individuals have already stepped forward to partner with WIM-FAF. Together we can all have a hand in getting vehicles repaired and safely back on the road again. As the Executive Director of WIM-FAF, and having experienced several unforeseen circumstances myself in the past couple years, I have a sincere understanding and compassion for the working family. Hard times don’t discriminate and can find their way into our lives very unexpectedly. Our desire is to reach out to as many families in need as we can. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work,” and we need your helping hands to make life better for

Sheila Cole is the Executive Director of the Women’s Intuition Magazine Family Assistance Fund. She is active in community relations and networking, helping to connect people in sales, marketing and event and meeting planning. Sheila is the proud mom to four beautiful children and is currently pursuing goals to further her education by attending classes through the Nebraska Business Development Center.

others. January/February 2012

For most of us a broken car is a nuisance. For this single mom a working car is job security and key to providing for the basic needs of her family. Help us help her.








Your Skin

Written by Elissa Huebert on behalf of Creative Hair Design 12025 Pacific Street Omaha, NE 402-330-5660

This time of year often brings unwanted skin changes. Dry, winter skin can feel tight, itchy and dry. Is beautiful, lovable skin even possible during cold weather? You can love your winter skin, says Gail “Nelson” Bradley, an esthetician at Creative Hair Design. She offers ten tips for radiant winter skin. 1. Drink up! Your body is up to 75% water. Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, it begs for hydration. Drink lots of water. Nelson recommends that 75% of your daily food intake has a high water content, such as fruits and vegetables. 2. Soak it in! Create a more humid environment in your home and/or office. “Invest in a cool mist humidifier,” says Nelson.

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3. Protection! “A sunny winter day with generous snow cover creates a doubly bright exposure making it twice as easy to damage your complexion,” says Nelson. Use a sunblock with UVA/UVB protection.


4. Cover up! Extreme temperature changes can play havoc with your skin. Going from inside out into the winter elements can be very damaging. Nelson suggests placing your hands over your face for a few minutes when going outside to help prevent broken capillaries and create an easier adjustment to the cold. 5. Wait! Extreme weather should be a consideration before choosing to have a microdermabrasion or intense chemical peel. Nelson says, “I recommend these services during milder temperatures in spring or fall. Some complexions can tolerate these beneficial treatments year round. Consult with your esthetician regarding your level of sensitivity.”



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6. Lighten up! “In my observations of women in public places, I often cringe at the pressure they use as they cleanse and apply moisture and makeup. No matter the season, gently care for your complexion by using the tips of your middle and ring fingers in small circular motions,” says Nelson. “It’s your skin, not the toilet bowl. And if you want to deeply cleanse your skin, drink more water so to cleanse from the inside out.” If your skin is moving while you wash it, you are pushing too hard. 7. Change up! Many of us get in the habit of cleansing our skin right before bed. Nelson recommends changing this routine by cleansing as early as possible, such as immediately after work. That way, you’ll rid your skin of all the toxins and bacteria you’ve accumulated during the day. After washing, gently apply your favorite night cream, giving it longer to soak into your skin, rather than into your pillow. 8. Clean up! Nelson says, “I feel one of the best treats you can give your skin is a clean sleeping place. So . . . change those nasty pillowcases! One side - one night - second side - second night and change.”

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10. Extra care! You wouldn’t wear a bathing suit in the middle of a snow storm. Why would you use your summer skincare in the winter? That’s why it’s so important to consult with skin care professionals to insure the proper products are used for each season. When the day calls for a warm parka and long johns, your skin needs a much richer emollient than you use in the summer. WIMagazine

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9. Spa time! One of the best ways to care for your skin is having a professional skin treatment. Nelson recommends a minimum of two facials a year for lifetime of great skin. It’s also a smart choice for those with problem skin, aging factors and sensitivity issues. Plus, who doesn’t love a chance to be pampered?

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Modern Day Slavery in Nebraska? Written by Karen Bowling, Nebraska Family Council 1106 E Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 1-888-777-5188 /402-477-3191

Would you be surprised to learn that there are slaves being exploited right here in Nebraska every day? While this may be hard to believe, modernday slavery, also called “human trafficking,” is alive and well in our state.

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As a mother and grandmother, it’s hard for me to comprehend that such a monstrous crime exists today.


Nebraska also passed a law in 2006 that made human trafficking illegal, although there are many limitations in the law that make it hard to enforce and prosecute traffickers. Numerous escort services use human trafficking victims as their employees and many of them are underage children. At Nebraska Family Council, we have identified two escort services within blocks of the State Capitol, twelve in Lincoln, more in Omaha and other cities located along Interstate 80. We are working with Senator Christensen to change our laws so police are better equipped to arrest traffickers in Nebraska. . Weysan Dun, Special Agent at the FBI’s Omaha division, helped establish the Innocence Lost Task Force in Omaha in 2010. I recently learned that in its first year, the FBI task force rescued six children out of prostitution in the Omaha area.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery in which people profit from exploiting others through force, fraud, coercion or deception. The U.S. government has identified human trafficking as the fastest growing criminal industry globally. It is tied with illegal arms trade at second, with the drug trade in first place.

Tom Casady, Lincoln Public Safety Director believes at least 50% of Lincoln’s runaway children end up in the sex industry. To learn more about Casady’s escort service enforcement problems, read the article ‘Police struggle with escort enforcement’ at www.journalstar. com.

An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked annually into the United States for the purpose of forced labor or sex trafficking. An estimated 200,000 American children are at high risk for trafficking into the sex industry each year. (humantrafficking. org)

During a workshop hosted at the Governor’s Mansion, the Chief of Police from Council Bluffs, Ralph O’Donnell, emphasized that prostitution should not be viewed as a victimless crime. This is a crime where victims are often held in the grip of prostitution through assault and intimidation.

In 2000 the United States made human trafficking a federal crime with the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

The U.S. Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) 2010 cites estimates of 12.3 million adults and children are forced into labor and prostitution around the world.




ith regard to the trafficking of minors in the United States, Shared Hope International estimates: • At least 100,000 children are used in prostitution every year in the United States. Other sources estimate the number to be closer to 300,000. • The average age of entry into prostitution is 13 years old.


here are three primary manifestations of child sex trafficking: Pimp-controlled prostitution Familial prostitution (the selling of one’s family member for sex in exchange for drugs, shelter or money) Survival sex (often this child will eventually be controled by a pimp)

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No one knows how many U.S. boys and girls are victims of the sex trade. We do know that a minor girl on the streets in Lincoln or Omaha has a high probability of becoming a victim of the sex trade. Men, women and children from around the world are regularly moved into the United States to be used as modern day slaves. Many are used in the sex trade but many more in forced labor. They are all victims, spiritually, emotionally and psychologically enslaved. Everyone should be aware that there may be trafficking victims at job sites, shopping areas, restaurants, selling magazines door to door, and other areas. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has a public awareness campaign called, “Look Beneath the Surface.”


You Can Make A Difference: • • • • •

Ask questions if you are concerned about a child’s safety. Contact local law enforcement and the Human Trafficking hot line at 1.888.373.7888 if you suspect someone is being trafficked. Stay Informed. Check out the resources at Visit or call toll free at 1.888.777.5188 to help fight traf ficking in Nebraska Educate others. Request free resources at

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Over two centuries ago John Wesley said, “What one generation tolerates the next embraces.” This momma says….NOT ON MY WATCH! The next generation is depending upon our faithfulness today. We can and must fight trafficking. WIMagazine

ssential questions to ask to help identify a labor trafficking victim: Are you being paid? Can you leave your job if you want to? Can you come and go as you please? Have you or your family been threatened? What are your working and living conditions? Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?

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From Success to Significance by Pam Fischer Korth President, Christian Business Women’s Fellowship 1065 N. 115th Street, Suite 210 402-431-0002, e xt. 6


became a business woman at the early age of 7 when I played “office” instead of “house.” While most girls my age were playing with their dolls and dishes, I was playing with my toy phone, typewriter and closing the “next big deal!” I was the most successful 7-year-old CEO in the neighborhood!

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We are saturated every waking moment by success stories and the lifestyles of the rich and famous. We want to be stars too. We want the corner office; the best looking body; the nicest clothes; the largest house; the smartest kids. We are a generation desperately chasing success!! Good or bad, this need to achieve propels us forward, making us breathless and unfulfilled as we seek the approval of others, strive for greatness and work to “have it all” ….only to find, that it is never enough and we still feel empty and unable to get off the “merry-go-round.”

Well, this early drive for success and achievement has been the story of my life. Sadly, I believed the lie that “I am what I do!” My performance was my purpose. In fact, it’s an obsession for most of us (hurray, I’m not alone).

I have been humbled to realize that “success” does not adequately define what I am reaching for. The real prize is more elusive than fame or fortune…. the real goal of my frenetic activity is living a life of significance.


Christian Business Women’s Fellowship

Now I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Significance is something that can’t be earned. Believe me, it’s true! Achievement is never a path to significance. Our significance does not come from what we do for a living, who we know, what we have or what we have accomplished. The truth is significance is about relationship. We were created to relate to God and others. A life of significance is about loving God and loving our neighbor. That’s it. It’s that simple. Our value, our worth, and our purpose can only come from the love and forgiveness of Jesus. God’s not impressed with what we have accomplished; He simply wants our heart. When we have a personal relationship with God, we are not only on the right road, we are on the right road with the right person. Then and only then can we discover true significance and eternal success. Only then does our life have meaning, substance and fulfillment. So….where are you? Are you on the treadmill of life or living the journey of significance? WIMagazine

Christian Business Women’s Fellowship (CBWF) is a non-profit marketplace ministry with a vision for Fellowship with Christ and Each Other. We connect, encourage and equip marketplace women to be the light of Jesus in their personal and professional lives. For information on CBWF, visit or contact Pam at

Ask the Doctor by Dr. Jeffrey Passer, MD, The Center for Medical Weight Loss 402-592-2909

Q: A:

How do I know if I am overweight, or obese, and what are the health implications of obesity? The definition of an overweight person is defined by a body mass index (BMI) of 25.0-29.9. The definition of an obese person is defined by a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30. This is a very easy number for anyone to calculate. Type “calculate my BMI” on any computer search engine. You will insert your height and weight and you will have your answer. Obesity pre-disposes a person to a high risk of diabetes. Diabetes complications include: blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes. The health risks involved with diabetes are numerous and expensive. Obesity raises the the rates of endometrial, prostate and colon cancer and contributes to numerous other health conditions. It is estimated that due to the numerous health consequences of obesity that the current generation will suffer from a life expectancy shorter than any of its preceding generations. That means your children likely won’t live as long as you do.

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Why do most traditional diet programs not work? Traditional diets fail because they aren’t personalized to the individual level. A certain percentage of the population will respond successfully to the program for a short period of time. The management of obesity is a lifelong change in lifestyle requiring medical attention to a number of factors that can influence the ability of the body to lose weight. It is now possible using genetic testing to prescribe a personalized exercise, weight loss, and maintenance program tailored to the individual person. We are pleased to offer this method. It is the first of its kind in Omaha. Briefly, our testing can tell what the best diet for an individual would be; low carb, low fat, mediteranean, etc. based on the genetic profile and tendencies. In addition, we are able to determine the best exercise as well. Nutritional that may pre-dispose you to obesity. Other factors that influence a person’s ability to lose and maintain weight include endocrine and hormone issues. Without proper testing for thyroid, adrenal, diabetes and sex hormone levels one can attempt a weight loss program and be very unsuccessful. Remember: obesity is in your genes. WIMagazine

As one of the few independent physicians left after the consolidation of the healthcare industry, Dr. Passer provides each patient with the time and energy they deserve. His patients receive individualized and specific care to meet their needs. If you have a question for Dr. Passer, email us at Editor@WIMagazine and we may select your question to be answered in the next issue of Women’s Intuition Magazine.

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For the past 35 years, Dr. Jeffrey A. Passer has dedicated his life to providing quality healthcare.. He strives for total body health and mental acuity for his patients, incorporating modern medicine and alternative care for complete patient health and wellness.

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Last winter

I spent three hours parked by a field near my house, learning a priceless lesson about focus and discipline. With planner and notepad in hand, I started reflecting, praying and planning. After a while, a hawk perched on top of a lightpole about 50 yards away. Even with occasional gusts of wintry wind, it never moved. Slowly and methodically it would turn his head, and rotate back to center. Then suddenly, with no wasted motion, the hawk dropped down, pulled its wings back and in, tight to its body and shot like an arrow right to the ground. It took one hop back, looked down and began eating a mouse. The skill, calculation, patience and control were incredible. The hawk took three bites, made a quick scan of the field and surroundings, and with a leap back into the air it was off. It flew beyond the lightpole and turned precisely for an into-the-wind, no-wingsflapping, silent return to its lookout perch. The same scene repeated a few times.

HEALTH Then things got comical. A young hawk landed on the next lightpole over. Let’s call the first hawk “Wisdom,” and the second one “Folly.”


Watch with me: Folly looked young and thin, a bit disheveled. It made its grand announcement to Wisdom and the entire field by plopping down on the lightpole with wings fully extended, with a strong tailwind, screeching to a stop awkwardly, and fidgeting like a 2-year-old in church. After a moment, Folly took off toward the ground, wings flapping, racing to its target. The young hawk hit the ground so hard that it actually fell over! Rough landing . . . no mouse. Folly appeared to be mad, moving stiffly around and cleaning its feathers. Finally, it gave a tall stretch, a good flap of its wings, and returned clumsily to its perch. Wisdom never moved an inch the entire time. A few minutes later Wisdom silently locked onto another target. Boom! Another perfect strike! Folly was still fussing around on the other lightpole and didn’t even see the mouse that Wisdom caught. Over the course of another hour, Wisdom caught another mouse every 20 minutes. It never missed. Folly, on the other hand, made several attempts but never caught a mouse. Every time the breeze would rustle the tufts of grass, Folly would dart off the pole to another phantom mouse. The younger hawk never stopped moving, and never observed and mimicked the older, wiser, more focused one. So what is the take-away of this story? What should have happened, did. With hawks, as with people, life requires discipline, patience, focus and practice. That’s how you hit your targets in everything you do. If you don’t purpose to become wiser, you get stuck in a rut, like Folly, with an empty stomach to boot.

That wintry day, as I was leaving, Folly had flown over to a nearby pine tree and tried to land on a branch. My last view was of Folly tilted to its side in the tree, with its wings caught in the branch, squirming to get free. Please, Lord, this year... don’t let that be me. WIMagazine

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Let’s commit this year to becoming wiser. Let’s commit to rearranging our schedules and priorities so we can learn and implement new disciplines. Let’s commit to going to the Source of wisdom every day this year, and no, I don’t mean Google! I mean God Himself. In James 1:5 Jesus said if anyone will ask for wisdom, He will freely give it. Are you ready to receive it . . . all you have to do is ask.

Yes, things can be tough. We are all either heading into pain, enduring pain, or just coming out of pain. But it is all part of the design. It’s how we learn. God has given us wise people, books, His Word, and many other tools, but so often we don’t take the time to use them and discipline ourselves to reach our full potential. I can make excuses, tell others what won’t work, complain that it is too hard, or give up without trying my best. Then I read my Bible . . . and a verse leaps off the page at me. My answer! It was there for me, waiting quietly and patiently, all the time.




written by Elissa Huebert; photgraphs by Bryce Bridges,

Stored Potential


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to the sky on the north side of I-80 after 42nd Street are a row of formerly ugly silos turned works of art. These silos are a part of Emerging Terrain’s vision to “creatively engage the public about factors shaping the built environment.”


In April 2010, the first “Stored Potential” project was launched with a request to the public to submit works of art that reflected the theme of land use, agriculture and food. The public responded and 13 silos were decorated with giant 20’ x 80’ woven poly-mesh panels in September 2010. Last summer, Emerging Terrain again entreated the public for artwork, this time with the theme of “Transport (ation)” to decorate the remaining silos. The new works of art will be installed in May with a celebration banquet on June 2. Ann Trumble, Executive Director of Emerging Terrain, says the goal of the artwork “is to interpret something about our city or how land is used.” What was once an eyesore on the southern border of the Hanscom Park area, is now a visual masterpiece. This artwork adds to the beauty, culture and history of the Hanscom Park area. Between Center Street at the North, I-80 to the south, 42nd Street to the West, and I-480 to the East, the Hanscom Park neighborhood is full of landmarks and activities. At its center is Hanscom Park, one of the oldest parks in Omaha. The land was donated in 1872 by Andrew J. Hanscom. At that point, it was on the West edge of town. The area was home to the wealthy, connected to downtown by cable cars. When it was completed in the

1890’s, it was the only finished park in Omaha. A careful observer may even find remnants of the original paths where horses and buggies would take a leisurely ride through the trees. On the north side of Hanscom Park is the Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens. The original house was one of the finest in Omaha, boasting three stories and 14 rooms. Leslie King, who would later become Gerald R. Ford, our nation’s 38th president, was born there on July 14, 1913. He and his mother moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., shortly after his birth. In 1971, the original house was razed following a fire. When Ford was sworn into office in 1974, the land was purchased and construction began on the current building. It was dedicated in 1977. In 1978, the rose garden was built in honor of First Lady Betty Ford. The building and gardens are open to the public from early morning to dusk daily. It is also available for private rental. The Ford Conservation Center at 1326 S. 32nd St., is a place for the examination, evaluation and conservation of historical artifacts and documents. The library is open to visitors by appointment only.



There is also something new for the human beings in the area. Omaha-based Urban Village Developement purchased eight buildings from Mason Street to St. Mary’s Avenue to convert to upscale apartment houses - 137 apartments in total. The developer expects the first buildings to be tenant-ready in January with the entire build out completed between early to mid-2013. Artist Bethany Kalk is proud to contribute her piece, “Ant Trails” to the latest “Stored Potential” project. Kalk is painter/muralist/ graphic designer/photographer. Although she does not live in Omaha, she is a founding partner in the Midtown Crossing collaborative Peerless. She also teaches in the art and design department of Morehead State University in eastern Kentucky. Her piece,

Recreation The Hanscom Park area has a lot to offer those looking for recreation. The Field Club Trail follows an abandoned railroad bed through trees and fields for two miles from 38th Avenue and Leavenworth Street on the north to 35th Street and Vinton Street on the south.

Hanscom Park

The Hanscom-Brandeis Indoor Tennis Courts located in the park (3220 Ed Creighton Blvd.) has eight indoor courts and two outdoor courts and is home to the UNO Mavericks women’s tennis team. The indoor courts are open September-April, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Hanscom Park pool is a favorite among families with small children. The pool has a maximum depth of 3 feet and small-child-friendly water slides and fountains.

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“Ant Trails”, shows the intertwining networks of constructed roadways in Omaha with ‘transport’ formations produced by insects – ant trails and bee honeycombs. She got the idea while she was hunting for insects with her nieces. “I think this kind of project helps the public to see the potential of placing art in unusual public spaces. If the project is enjoyed by the commuters of Omaha, hopefully more public art will be funded.” says Kalk.

The neighborhood isn’t just about history, however. As is the case with many historical areas in Omaha, there is a constant push for improvement. One planned project is the new Hanscom Bark Park that will include two areas for well-socialized dogs to play. The Ford Birthsite and Hanscom Park Neighborhood Associations have collaborated with Omaha Dog Park Advocates and the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department to create the dog park within Hanscom Park.

Next time you drive past those amazing silos on I-80, take the exit and check out the scenic neighborhood that houses them. You may find a new favorite place!




Hanscom Park Places of Worship • • •

St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church, 2617 S 31st St., (402) 345-1621 Antioch Baptist Church, 2535 S 42nd St., (402) 554-1080, www.antiochomaha. com. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and School, 2110 South 32nd Ave., 402-346-0900,, was founded in 1918, with the first classroom opening in 1924. Center Baptist Church, 2111 South 41st St., (402)558-1252, www.centerbaptist. org. Center Baptist Church was founded in 1896 as the Swedish Baptist Church of Omaha. It became Southside Baptist in 1925 with services only in English. In 1956, it was named the Center Baptist Church and moved to its current location.

Restuarants •

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano, 3001 S. 32nd Ave, (402)345-5656, www. This charming, old-world, family-owned restaurant is an Omaha favorite. Greek Islands, 3821 Center St., (402)346-1528, The family-owned Greek Islands Restaurant was established in 1983 by brothers, Laki “Bill” and George Sgourakis, and their two families. Dinker’s Bar, 2368 S 29th St., (402)342-9742, Dinker’s boasts the best burger in Omaha. The bar and grill has been in business for over 60 years.

Businesses • • • • • •

Artrageous, custom screenprinting and embroidering. 3050 S. 32 Ave., (402)3448854, A Bloom Above Floral Design, 2115 South 33rd Street, (402)-431-2837, Rains Hardwood Floors, 2102 South 35th Ave., (402) 344-2340, BF Goodhair, 2510 S 32nd Avenue, (402) 341-8773. Tom Subject and Terry Fricke Wedding Photography, 3559 Gold St., (402)3444658, Viking Rose, custom screenprinting and embroidering. 3126 S. 38th Street, (402)551-8047,

Private Schools

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Montessori Parents Co-op for Children, Inc. (MPCC), 2616 S. 30th St., (402) 3452001, MPCC is a non-profit Montessori school for children ages 18-months to 6th grade. Founded in August 1984 by a group of parents, MPCC is committed to high levels of parental involvement, low student/teacher ratios, and following the classroom principals of the Montessori method. Our Lady of Lourdes School, 2110 South 32nd Avenue, (402) 341-5604, Our Lady of Lourdes School serves students Kindergarten through 8th grade. The first classroom opened in 1924. The school emphasizes responsibility, lifelong learning and Christian values. WIMagazine

Elissa Huebert is a lifelong resident of Nebraska. She and her husband Jason make their home in Bellevue with their three young children. She has a degree in journalism from Grace University in Omaha and has a passion for reading and writing whenever time and children permit.






by Lisa Brown, Director of Women’s Ministry Christ Community Church

Lisa graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Interior Design. Since graduation she has invested in the lives of women through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ and the local church, now serving as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Christ Community Church in Omaha, NE. She is married to a pastor, Reid and together they have three teenagers.

Recently a memo crossed my desk with the header “Massage and Facials.” As you can imagine I got pretty excited. I eagerly continued to read and as my eyes began to focus I realized it actually said “Message and Facsimiles.”

Has this ever happened to you? Do you crave a life of pleasure and romance only to focus in and realize you live a life that is somewhat ordinary or mundane?

For me to emulate the life of Christ means to slow down and seize opportunities to encourage people. To stop and visit when I see a neighbor at the grocery store or to simply smile at my husband when he returns home from a long day at work. I have come to realize that yes, an occasional massage or facial is a luxury but true satisfaction comes from giving my life away. WIMagazine

1 Call 911

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When one looks at the life of Christ, he lived on this earth over two thousand years ago and yet we are still talking about him. He was known by his kindness, commitment, self control, patience and joy. When he interacted with people it was often in a typical, unglamorous situation.


In the world of social media where we are constantly comparing our “friends” highlight reel with our own reality reel this can be daunting. Perhaps this over sensationalized culture is diverting truth. What if it is the small things in life that really matter? Could it be that serving, loving, caring and working hard can actually make a significant impact in the lives of people around us? That carpooling children to school or cooking a meal for a friend could actually change the course of history? What if it is a bunch of little ordinary moments that amount to a life unmatched?


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by Valeri McMahon, Business Development Coordinator Travel and Transport 2120 S. 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68124 402.399.4695


Play Harder

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o say that women should pamper themselves once in a while is an understatement. You deserve to be pampered – as often as possible!


The pressures and demands that come with daily life can take a toll on a woman’s sanity and health. After a long week full of deadlines at work or home and being pulled in multiple directions to keep everyone happy, a bubble bath or a 10-minute nap just doesn’t cut it. You need some extra attention to recharge yourself. An escape to a spa resort for a week or even just for a day will help you regain balance in your life and start 2012 off on the right foot. If you haven’t been to a spa resort before you may be thinking that they are just for those who like massages or walking across hot coals. However, there is truly a spa out there for every type of personality no matter what your relaxation style or rejuvenation need is. To determine which one would best suit you, keep in mind that there are two types of spas - resort and destination. resort spa – Generally found within resorts, these spas are perfect for those

looking for a quick afternoon getaway during a family vacation or for those wanting to share intimate relaxation time with a spouse or loved one. They also offer a la carte wellness sessions or therapy treatments to fit your vacation schedule, and generally do not require a minimum night stay.

destination spa – Different than a resort

spa in the fact that many offer all-inclusive packages of wellness sessions, meals and therapy treatments, and may require a minimum 2 or 3 night stay to obtain the full benefits that the spa has to offer its guests. Perfect for getaways with girlfriends, your sister or your mother, the comfortable environment allows you to reconnect with each other and create special memories. Healthy meals are on the menu, therapeutic massage treatments are plentiful, and educational classes are offered with various topics ranging from fitness and stress reduction, to learning how to maintain healthy eating habits when you return home.

There are multiple types of destination spas to choose from, each with their own particular focus. They include: Self-improvement – Participate in selfdiscovery activities such as labyrinth walking and color therapy, or take part in cooking and nutrition classes. You can even conquer your fear of heights through rock climbing. Canyon Ranch in Massachusetts offers outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking that will help to work up your appetite for the gourmet dishes at this resort. Fitness – Maintain that new year’s weight loss resolution through lectures on healthy living and fitness sessions. Many offer meals with controlled calorie counts with plenty of good-for-you foods on the menu. Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa in Florida offers guests Zumba, boxing and abs conditioning classes. Detox – Cleanse and rejuvenate the system through yoga and meditation. Organic foods are served instead of sugars, red meat, caffeine and alcohol. Yoga and massage – Trained yogis and massage therapists will renew your mind and spirit through their techniques. The Lodge at Woodloch in Pennsylvania offers a soothing river stone massage, and the Winvian in Connecticut offers it’s guests signature massages including a prenatal massage.

Inspiration – These spas allow guests to explore their passions that they may not have known they had passions for such as painting, dancing, cooking, jewelry making and organic gardening. Your spa escape doesn’t have to take you far from home. Chances are these destination spas are closer than you think. The Mirival Resort and Spa and the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa in Arizona are typically non-stop flights away. Each offer gourmet meals, self-discovery activities, wellness lectures, and traditional and signature methods of therapy to help you regain balance, improve your health, and renew your spirit.

Open YOur eYes, Mind and Heart Miraval Resort & Spa – Tucson, Arizona Ultimate relaxation awaits as you delight in the modern amenities of this all-inclusive luxury spa retreat. Set against the Santa Catalina Mountains, guests have the opportunity rejuvenate and refocus within this beautiful desert oasis. Spa Packages Starting at just $


Package price does not include airfare.*

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval Tucson, Arizona

If traveling to an international destination for a spa experience intrigues you, keep in mind that activities and the overall theme of the spa may be similar to those in the US, but actual techniques and treatments may vary based on local cultures. What better way to reenergize yourself since you’ve survived another busy holiday season entertaining guests and relatives. It’s time to pamper yourself with an escape to a destination spa! WIMagazine Travel and Transport Vacations is a proud member of Virtuoso, an exclusive network of travel specialists. Our alliance with Virtuoso enables us to offer complimentary upgrades, outstanding amenities and privileged access to private events all over the world. Please contact us if interested in booking your spa escape.

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402.399.4555 2120 South 72nd Street Omaha, NE *Your package includes; luxury accommodations, all meals, snacks and non alcoholic beverages, complete access to the resort facilities, plus unlimited access to all scheduled programs, classes and activities. Your package also includes a Resort Credit valued at $130 per night of stay for use towards Spa Services, Private Sessions, or a round of golf. Complimentary transportation from and to the Tucson International Airport is also included. There is no minimum length of stay required to book this All Inclusive package. A 2-Night advance deposit is required to guarantee your reservation. Advance deposit becomes non-refundable 10 days prior to arrival date of your reservation. All rates are per person, per night. Rates are exclusive of applicable taxes and an 18.5% resort amenities fee. Please note: For your ultimate relaxation, Miraval is a non-tipping resort property. CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be made at least 10 days before arrival date of reservation to receive refund of your advance deposit.



Movies in Review by Susan Darst Williams,


Sony Pictures, PG-13 for violence, 129 min., DVD release expected Jan. 2012

A Crying Need for Good Fathers It’s a shocking statistic: 36.3% of American children live without their fathers. Moreover, 60% of them haven’t seen their fathers in the last year. Fatherlessness has a strong connection to youth suicide, runaways, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, behavior disorders, imprisonment and poverty. A lot of people think absent or weak fathers may be the No. 1 problem in society today. The movie Courageous tackles this issue with unblinking honesty, following the lives of five men and their families. It features a winning mix of law enforcement action scenes, realistic conflict in the home and the workplace, and a firm grounding in Biblical principles for defining what makes a good father. There’s a little humor, and deep tragedy, blended skillfully with real-life problem-solving. In the end, there’s a compelling challenge to all men to resolve to be a good and Godly father. Courageous is a gripping movie from the Georgia church that brought us the highly successful Fireproof and Facing the Giants. While at times it may come off as preachy and wordy, and nonbelievers may be put off by the overtly Christian themes, it’s still a three-hankie experience with a crucial point for dads and all who love them.


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Doing a ‘180’

The Way of the Master, Ray Comfort, advisory on graphic content, 33 min.

It’s riveting video: a hardened young man softens instantly when he grasps the connection between two holocausts: Hitler’s 11 million murders, and the 53 million unborn babies murdered by abortion in this country.


The amazing turnarounds in this video are a big reason there were a half-million views in the first nine days it was posted on the Internet. The video focuses on 8 random interviews , mostly with young adults. They admit that they didn’t know who Adolf Hitler was, and hadn’t thought about the moral issues in the abortion debacle that daily takes 4,000 babies’ lives. They hear the Gospel, and real changes of the heart show on their faces.

Through questioning by author and street evangelist Ray Comfort, the people in the video “make a 180” away from heartless pro-abortion views, or at least promise to think about the issue for the first time. The 33-minute documentary, 180, points people to the truth with simple questions that anyone can ask anyone – with or without a Mohawk, piercings and tattoos. It’s powerful, and yours free at Or you can buy a $1 booklet version, $5 DVD, and study course materials for groups at

Expecting Families are Choosing Bellevue Medical Center Mothers, young families and their health-care providers are choosing Bellevue Medical Center. They’re thrilled to have a brand new, firstclass hospital with the latest in maternity services to make childbirth a personalized, beautiful experience for all. Everyone benefits from topquality care for mothers and babies just minutes from home. They’re choosing excellent nursing care and large, private maternity suites. Patient rooms have flat-screen TVs, whirlpool tubs and showers, Wi-Fi, room-service-style dining and in-room accommodations for family. Mothers and babies benefit from dedicated C-section surgery suites, 24/7 anesthesia and pain management services, neonatal nurse practitioners, and a Level IIA NICU. They’re choosing Bellevue Medical Center. Now, your family can have it all. Bellevue Medical Center is here for you.

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For the Love of

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by Alisa McCoy, Culinary Coordinator Hillcrest Country Estates 402- 885-7014


The cold weather and the rush of the holiday season makes coming home to a hot, healthy meal so inviting.


It is even more financially feasible to make a meal at home for friends and family and not have to pay three dollars for tea and coffee or leave a tip when dining out. When it is all said and done, the comfort of a meal at home will make memories with your family that will make an impression on them. Soups are a great way to get multiple fresh vegetables in at one time. If the vegetables are cooked in the soup, all the nutrients that are normally cooked and drained off are kept in that soup as part of the broth. Another favorite trick is to roast the vegetables before adding them the soup. This seems to add more flavor and reduce the oil that may be needed to sautĂŠ them. Plus, you can choose to leave them in bite size pieces or run them through the food processor once they have cooked for awhile. This will add a thickness to your soup that will not require constant stirring to prevent lumps.

Some nutrient-packed vegetables that should be a stand-by in your home as well as in your soups are anything that is orange, red, yellow, or dark green. These items all are loaded with Vitamins A, B1 & 6, C, K (E in the dark green) and minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Fiber (Folate in the dark green). As well as antioxidants that will aid in keeping you healthy and help prevent heart disease and cancer and promote vision health. It is always hard to make a salad with all the vegetables on it and enjoy it when there is snow on the ground, so add the vegetables to a soup and you will have the best of both worlds. Some less common vegetables are easily forgotten but taste great in soups. Leeks, which have a light onion flavor, are often passed over but cook up well in this setting. The squash family: butternut, acorn, and spaghetti all are great after roasting and


scooping out the soft inside to make that naturally thick soup. Carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and red peppers are good roasted and blended or sautéed and left diced to add some texture to your soup. Cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage are hearty additions to add as you desire.


Remember to add canned beans to save time or dried beans (with extra broth if your are cooking throughout the day). This will fill you up plus give you fiber and good protein with out all the saturated fat that is bad. Another time saver is to buy chicken roasted from your local grocery store and take the meat off and discard the skin or if you have time on the weekends, bake your chicken and dice up the meat and portion into baggies and freeze until you are ready to use. Better yet, use your leftover roast beef and dice up the rest and add to soup to give that great meaty flavor. Pair the vegetables with dried beans or lean meat and a broth and you’ll have a low calorie soup that will help fill you up and aid in that all famous New Year’s resolution to “lose weight this year.” The one thing that we always think of is giving soup to someone who isn’t feeling well. All those vegetables will surely get them feeling well soon. So be proactive and eat soup to help prevent getting sick. Like the book series we are all aware of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” food is everywhere in our lives and families revolve around what is served at meals. So sit down and enjoy a bowl of soup and raise your glass to healthy eating. WIMagazine

Tomato Basil Soup Recipe


of the Matter

2012 Heart Ball

presented by The Nebraska Medical Center

Add the tomatoes, sugar, and half the basil to the pot and cook 15 to 20 minutes.

Makes 6 Servings

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Heat the butter and oil in a large heavy non-reactive pot. Cook the carrots, celery, and onions over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, or until soft. Do not brown them.

Stir in the remaining basil, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

2 tbsp unsalted butter 1/4 cup olive oil 2 carrots, peeled and finely minced 2 celery stalks, finely minced 2 onions, finely minced 10 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped Pinch of sugar 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leave Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

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Prep Time: 15 minutes/ Serves 6

Beef Stew with Paprika Potatoes

Nutrition facts per serving: 502 calories 9g fat/ 116mg cholesterol/ 263mg sodium/ 49g carbohydrates/ 5g fiber/ 53g protein/ 3g saturated fat


Ingredients: January/February 2012

Recipes provided by 2 lbs beef round roast, cut into

1/2 tsp dried thyme


2-inch cubes ¼ cup flour (or 5 tbsp flour for thicker gravy) 1 tsp paprika, divided ½ tsp pepper 1 (10.5 oz) can French onion soup 7 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1. Place meat in a 4-quart slow cooker. Combine flour, ½ teaspoon paprika, pepper and thyme. Sprinkle on meat; toss to coat.

Lezlie Haddad, RD,

2. Add onion soup, potatoes and onions; stir. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours, or until beef is tender.

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LMNT, registered dietitian at Hy-Vee, 144th & Lezlie is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Nebraska

3. Sprinkle with remaining paprika and parley (if desired), and serve. Source: Try-Foods, International

Dietetic Association and the Omaha District Dietetic Association.

2 medium onions, sliced

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Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

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Nutrition Facts: 55 calories 4g fat/ 0g saturated fat/ 0mg cholesterol/ 320mg sodium/ 27g carbohydrate/ 5g fiber/ 6g protein


serves 10, 1 cup servings


Thai Butternut Squash Soup 1 large sweet onion

1 (32 oz) container low-

1 T. olive oil

sodium chicken broth

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (13.5 oz) can lite coconut

1 T. minced fresh ginger


1 T. curry powder

2 T. fresh lime juice (about

1/8 t. ground red pepper

1 lime)

1/4 t. ground cumin

2 1/2 t. salt

2-3 lbs. butternut squash,

Optional garnish: yogurt or

fresh or frozen

sour cream

1. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, cover with plastic wrap and microwave until tender, about 10 minutes. Or, use frozen squash and cook until tender. 2. Sauté onion and shallots in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until tender. Add ginger, curry and cumin; sauté 1 minute. Add cooked squash and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; add coconut milk, lime juice and salt, and simmer, stirring often, 10-20 minutes. Remove from heat; cool. 3. Process squash mixture, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return mixture to Dutch oven and continue to cook until thoroughly heated.

DID YOU KNOW? Americans sip over 10 BILLION bowls of soup every single year! That’s a lot of soup! Who eats more soup?. Men or women? Well, for a typical lunch, women seem to be more than twice as likely to eat soup as men. Statistics say, 9.6% vs. 4.0%. Soup is super (no pun intended) for curbing your appetite if you’re dieting. Just stay away from heavy,creamy soup or subsitute cream with low fat milk .

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How much would you pay for a bowl of your favorite soup? In California, a bowl of the classic Vietnamese noodle soup was auctioned off with an opening bid of $5,000, to benefit the Children’s Hospitals of Los Angeles/Orange county. The luxury ingredients is what started the bid price so high. The ingredients included white alba truffles, A5 Wagyu beef, foie gras based broth, special hand-raised bean sprouts and the meat from rare blue lobsters. Wow! That must have been some soup!

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Between the Notes



Written by Gabi Jelinek,WIMagazine Columnist Photography by Karyn Olson Hair and Make-up by Rave Salon, Clothes Provided by Skyz Boutique,

Beth Heimann, Nebraska Native

After leaving Nebraska to Education, BA in Recreational Therapy attend college at Northwest Looking for full time employment Missouri State, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Recreational Therapy, Beth found herself back home in Omaha. She liked the feel of a small town in a big city and felt rooted here because of family, friends, and church. She has spent the last eleven years working in health care and college recruiting which gave her the opportunity to influence high school and college students to serve others in a meaningful field. Even though she loved the work she was doing, she needed to take time to reflect on what it was she really wanted to do in life. When her job as a recruiter ended last February, Beth took time to nurture her spiritual life and rediscover her love of music. She immersed herself in music projects which she previously had no time for, and got the opportunity to job shadow in an education setting.

“I’ve discovered that I want to make an impact on the next generation or work in a field where I’m helping others and giving back with the passions and gifts God’s given me,” said Beth.

She is open to exploring new avenues of work because of her transferable skills, and still hopes to serve others and impact her community in a positive way. She is looking forward to the new relationships and opportunities she will find as she continues to seek, and find, meaningful work. If you are interested in interviewing Beth for employment, please send a request to Editor@ WIMagazine

The Omaha Career Networking Support Group (OCNSG) was formed early in 2009 to meet the employment assistance needs of people out of work or underemployed. Members of the group come from wide and varied backgrounds, but all share in the need of finding help and encouragement needed to land a new job. Members receive a weekly email. Other inspirational messages are sent to encourage members and keep them focused on their journey between meetings. Many people have found work through the help and assistance offered through the OCNSG. “We cannot get you that next job, however we can show you proven tactics that will better prepare you to get that next job that the Lord has in store for you,” according to Mike Familetti, group facilitator.

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“I’ve discovered that I want to make an impact on the next generation or work in a field where I’m helping others and giving back with the passions and gifts God’s given me,” said Beth.

Beth is currently doing a variety of part time jobs, which range from teaching a defensive driving course, to working at Creighton sporting events. She also attends the Omaha Career Networking Support Group at Christ Community Church. She does all of this while continuing to pursue her talent of song writing. She hopes to use this talent wherever her career ends up. It would be her dream to share the art of music with people of all ages.

Through weekly meetings the group shares information regarding jobs, job fairs, practice elevator speeches, and other techniques to find a job. Twice monthly, special guest speakers, like career coaches, resume professionals, or recruiters offer insights designed to shorten the job hunt journey. The Group meets at Christ Community Church, 404 S 108 Street in Omaha, on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. You can find more information on their web site at




Networking Metro Omaha Business Coalition Meets every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit

Heart Link Network - more information at index.p.

NHCC & Catholic Charities Breakfast Meetings held the last Friday each month. Contact:

All General Meetings take place on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact 402-493-8818.

N.E.T.W.O.R.K.S. O.N.E (New Enthusiasm Towards Women On Reaching Knowledge & Success) Meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Donna at

GROW! (Greater Resources for Omaha Women). More information at

Omaha Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Quarterly Luncheon Meetings are usually held on the 4th Wednesday at various restaurants. Contact: owcc@

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Metro Omaha Women’s Business Forum Meetings held the third Friday of each month at the UNO Alumni Center @ 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit


Omaha Business Women's Network Meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Westside Community Center. More information at The Omaha Empowerment Breakfast Meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at Park Plaza Regency Lodge, 909 South 107th Ave. For more information, visit

If you would like to us to consider posting your event or opportunity, email us at We must receive your information at least 2 months prior 50 to issue date.

Junior League of Omaha, General Meeting

Events Cut! Costumes and Cinema, December 03, 2011 - April 29, 2012 at Durham Museum. More information at Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music, January 05, 2012 - January 08, 2012 at CenturyLink Center Omaha (formerly Qwest Center Omaha). More information at Green Living Health Expo, January 1415, 2012 at Omaha Civic Auditorium. More information at

Chic Connect -Meets monthly. For more information visit http://www.meetup. Ideas and Blogging Workshop, com/chicconnect/. January 28, 2012 at Omaha Creative Institute. More information at Talk of the Town networking events for nonprofit agency professionals are held quarterly. For more information contact

Volunteerism Omaha has hundreds of nonprofit organizations that need help. If you’re looking for a way to get involved with leadership positions, register at www. Organizations also are encouraged to register their organizations and post volunteer leadership opportunities.

Workshops/Classes Heart Healthy Cooking Series, January 11, 2012 and February 8, 2012 at Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital, at 16901 Lakeside Hills Court. To register visit Parent Talk, presented by Boys Town Pediatric Classes. Toddler Nutrition, Saturday, January 21, 2012. Toilet Training for Beginners, Saturday, February 18, 2012. For more information visit www.

America Heart Association Heart Ball,

February 4, 2012 at Embassy Suites LaVista. For more information visit Public Skating, January 30, 2012 February 13, 2012 at Mid-America Center. More information at The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, February 16, 2012 at Mid America Center. Christian music’s largest annual tour has a highly anticipated 2012 artist line-up, including Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers Skillet. The tour will also feature Sanctus Real, former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Group 1 Crew, illusionist Brock Gill, national speaker Nick Hall, Veggie Tales’ Bob and Larry and much more. More information at http://www. Together Conference for Women, sponsored by Christ Community Church, February 24-26, 2012. To register, visit The American Girl Fashion Show March 2- March 4, 2012. More information at



MEDICAL ONCOLOGY Deborah Darrington, MD Specializing in general internal medicine care for cancer survivors Jean Grem, MD Specializing in colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers Anne Kessinger, MD Specializing in lung cancer, melanoma and sarcoma Lori Maness, MD Specializing in leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and aplastic anemia Alissa Marr, MD Specializing in lung cancer and melanoma Elizabeth Reed, MD Specializing in breast cancer Nicole Shonka, MD Specializing in neuro-oncology and sarcoma Julie Vose, MD Specializing in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and multiple myeloma GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY Kerry Rodabaugh, MD ENDOCRINOLOGY Whitney Goldner, MD NEUROSURGICAL ONCOLOGY Michele Aizenberg, MD Specializing in brain tumors PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY

These are the women you need to know. These women are cancer specialists. Moreover, they are specialists in specific kinds of cancer. And, because they are UNMC Physicians who practice at The Nebraska Medical Center, they are among the most highly educated and esteemed specialists in the region.

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Minnie Abromowitch, MD Jill Beck, MD Stefanie Lowas, MD Elizabeth Thompson, MD Phyllis Warkentin, MD RADIATION ONCOLOGY Chi Lin, MD RADIOLOGY Cheryl Williams, MD SURGICAL ONCOLOGY Madhuri Are, MD Specializing in cancer pain management

If you or someone you know has cancer, these are the women you need to know.

Wendy Grant, MD Specializing in hepatobiliary cancer


Quan Ly, MD Specializing in gastrointestinal, colon, pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancer Karen Trujillo, MD Specializing in lung and esophageal cancer


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