But it’s getting to be that time of year when families are traveling for graduations, family reunions, and summer vacations! Don’t risk a break down when you’re hundreds of miles from home. Think ahead and prepare your car for that long trip before you leave home by taking several steps to protect your vehicle, thereby protecting you, your loved ones, and your vacation memories.
Within a week of your departure day, make sure you've completed the following pre-trip maintenance on your vehicle.
On-hand Tools and Supplies
Some of these should already (and always) be in your vehicle; some of these items you'll want to add just prior to or on the day of your trip.
Loading the Vehicle
Last Minute Check
There are certain items that need to be checked just prior to departure.
Enjoy Your Trip
Adapted from an article from autocareplus.com.
You'll Need to Learn the One-Finger Wave
If you're moving from another neighboring Midwest state, you may already know how this works, but if you're moving from either coast or from the south, you should probably learn this:
What is it?
When you're driving down a two-lane highway, more often than not, the driver - especially if it's a male driver - of the oncoming vehicle will wave at you, even if you don't know him. But the wave is not with his whole hand; the wave will be with his index finger; hence the name, "the one-finger wave." This wave may or may not also include a slight nod of the head.
How do I do it?
As the driver, place one hand on your steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position, and simply raise up your index finger (pointing upward) in a laid back sort of way. When you're comfortable with that part, feel free to add the slight head nod at the same time. Be patient with yourself; this may take time, but nothing more clearly defines the friendly, easy-going attitude of Nebraskans.
Nebraska: It's the Good Life
Source; photo caption added by Kearney Moving.
I actually had an out of state customer beg me to bring him Runza's from Nebraska when we came to do his move. I was happy to do so and it's no secret that people love this Nebraska based restaurant. If you are moving to Nebraska this is a fast food must that's known for it's real ingredients and unique Runza sandwiches. To all you Nebraskans out there - do you consider Runza one of the things that makes this a great state?
Nebraska: It's the Good Life!
Business owners' #1 struggle
Kearney Moving - like most employers - strives to find, hire, and keep hard-working employees; as a matter of fact, one of our company's core values is to have a strong work ethic - to deliver an energetic "I'm on it!" attitude.. The unfortunate truth, however, is that most employers would say their #1 struggle in business is finding hard-working employees, because it seems like there are fewer and fewer out there to be found. At Kearney Moving, we are always looking for men and women who were taught the value of hard work at a young age. Click. Kearney Moving Jobs for a list of openings.
If you're a parent or grandparent...
What can you do to develop a strong work ethic in your child or grandchild? Do you know what to do? If so, are you implementing a strategy?
Let's look at some practical ways you can develop this in the young people with whom you come in contact. (Grandparents, please adapt to your own unique situation with your grandchildren. You have the opportunity to significantly impact the present and future life of your grandchild.)
Recognize the purpose of having and raising kids
Unfortunately, many parents have misconceptions about the reasons for having children and this affects how they care for and train (or not train) their children. As parents, we are to raise children by teaching and training them to be responsible adults in society. Everything you do should eventually lead to the time when they leave the nest. Hopefully, you have prepared them well for this and all of you are looking forward to that moment rather than you having to gently push them (or kick them) out of the nest.
Start young with age-appropriate chores
If you already have children, you know that they have a strong desire to imitate and to please you. They want to be like mommy and daddy; they want to do what mommy and daddy do. Harness that. Yes, doing the chores yourself when they’re young is definitely faster and more efficient and more effective, but the inconvenience now will definitely pay off in numerous ways later. Here are some examples:
As they become older, they can be trusted with more significant chores. Consider chores as work done to maintain a household, and the children are part of the family household and, therefore, have a responsibility. When they are maintaining their own future household, they will not be paid; so consider not paying them to complete typical household chores. Remember that your goal is to prepare them for life on their own; it's not for them to need you forever.
Provide additional work for pay
Look for additional tasks that the children can do that would allow them to earn some money. This has multiple benefits:
Model a strong work ethic
If you don’t work hard, then your children probably won’t either. Work together; have fun together while you work. Demonstrate the importance of why you work and why you work hard. Talk about the character qualities of those who have a humble, service-oriented attitude.
Talk about what they want to be when they grow up
And, yes, it’s okay that this will change many times, and many of their suggestions may sound ridiculous. It’s okay. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the specifics of what that job would entail and the pros and cons of it, teaching them to recognize that not all parts of all jobs will always be enjoyable.
This is closely related to the previous two suggestions. Celebrate those who work. When you’re driving around and see a garbage truck, be thankful for sanitation workers! Imagine where we’d be without them. Discuss how different jobs require different education levels and abilities. Help your children see the correlation and how that then relates to them. This can also be helpful in discussing the correlation between their work ethic in their school studies as well.
At Kearney Moving, we rely on college employees to help us during the seasonal peaks of our business. And more importantly, we believe in encouraging and training college students with transferable life skills that will help them and follow them long after they graduate and in whatever profession they choose.
Do you know someone who could benefit from this information - even if it's just a reminder to them? Feel free to share, comment, and like this post.
Our College Workforce: It's Bittersweet
A significant strength of our company comes from our college-age workforce. But as we approach a new summer moving season, it is often bittersweet as we have employees who are graduating and moving on to other places and new careers. Today’s post is highlighting one such employee: Stephen Lillyman. He is a unique individual and has been an outstanding employee. Part of his uniqueness comes from a very unique life story.
We’ll let Steve tell his story and then close with how KMS has helped to shape him as he prepares to graduate from UN-Kearney in May and move to Chicago.
Unique Childhood: From Australia to Chicago Suburbs to...Nebraska?
Well, I was born in the land of kangaroos, the Land Down Under, and lived there until I was 7. My memories are limited primarily to Sydney, Australia, but I remember feeding the vibrantly colored parrots on our porch, building forts in the banana trees, and going to the ocean. At age 7, we hopped the ocean and moved to a suburb of Chicago. I recall being teased for my Aussie accent, but I found a great group of buddies and we spent almost every minute together.
When I was finishing junior high, my parents decided to move to Kearney. I remember trying to locate Nebraska on maps with my friends, and I wondered what life would be like. My friends teased me about the lack of electricity, desolate farmland, and the possibility of Indian raids. As it turned out, I enjoyed living a boy’s dream on my family’s 15-acre plot of land north of Kearney: catching snakes, paintballing, dirt biking, fishing, and on and on.
Catching the Travel Bug
Immediately following high school, I decided to study in England and backpack around Europe. While living in England, I met my first South Korean friend, and I was convinced that I would visit him in Korea at some point. I was right. The following summer I was able to teach English at a summer school in my friend’s hometown in the mountains of South Korea. After that summer, my passion and love for the country, its people, language, and culture, was ignited. It felt like my second home. After that summer I returned to Kearney to attend UN-Kearney for the fall semester and then to Sydney, Australia for the spring semester. But I wanted to travel back to South Korea.
Immersed in the South Korean culture
Not surprisingly, I traveled to South Korea again, but this time I decided to stay and work on the apple farm that my friend’s parents owned. For nearly a year, I lived in a small remote city in the mountains of South Korea, waking each day at 5am and working until sundown. It was some of the hardest work of my life, but it was also some of the most rewarding and fascinating. I pulled a plow through the fields, spent days clearing huge stones from the fields, prepped apple fields for the season, and harvested thousands of apples in a day. Most of this was by hand as the plots of land were far too steep for large machines.
While there, I truly become a part of the Korean culture, immersed in all its customs and behaviors. I truly felt it was my home away from home. During my time there, I also attended summer schools in Seoul and I lived with my Korean friend who became like a brother to me.
When it came time to return to UNK, my Korean-friend decided to transfer to UNK. While at UNK, he introduced me to another Korean who would later become my wife. We quickly became the best of friends and were engaged within 7 months.
Although I am now married, we continue to travel: 4 times to South Korea, and we both studied abroad in the Czech Republic.
We see our life as an adventure as we embrace change and new opportunities.
Steve's Thoughts on Kearney Moving
I first became acquainted with Kearney Moving when the company moved my family from Chicago to Kearney, NE. Interestingly enough my mother, two brothers, and brother in-law all have worked for Kearney Moving at different times since our move to Nebraska.
I began working here part-time in 2011 and after my first few jobs I was hooked. I loved the guys I worked with and found that I quickly fit in. Work was a blast, and I enjoyed the physical aspect of the job as well, getting in a workout while I worked.
I can say with all honesty, when I first arrived at KMS I was pretty green, lacking a great number of skills that I quickly had to learn. I was horrible with tools, barely knowing their names, and was also not the strongest kid. I always made sure to work as hard as I could and applied myself to learning all the skills that were needed. I had a great number of guys above me that patiently taught me. After some time I became a manager and later was given the chance to use my graphic design skills to create advertising materials and training videos.
Steve's Future Plans
I will be moving out of Kearney, NE at the end of this semester. I am currently looking for a job and will join my wife in Chicago where she is already working. We look forward to living and working in Chicago together for some time, getting some work experience under our belt. I’m interested in pursuing an MBA / International Business sometime in the future, and we'd like to return to Korea again.
As I transition to a new chapter of life I am thankful for my time with Kearney Moving. I appreciate the great leadership that made this company one that I am proud to have worked for. Kearney Moving is truly a hidden gem, a place that is full of quality and genuine individuals who are honest, caring, and fun. I built lifelong friendships and learned skills that I will never forget. I appreciate the patience and flexibility during my schooling and travels. I truly consider my boss a friend and mentor. I have learned so much from him, and this has laid a foundation upon which I can build my future goals and dreams. How many workplaces do you know where that is the case?
Commitment defines Eric Johnson's Life
The definition of commitment is - the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something. Kearney Moving has been blessed with several employees that model this character trait.. This week we want to highlight one of our employees who models commitment very well in his life. Eric Johnson has over 23 years of experience in the moving industry and has a passion for offering excellent service to our clients. More important than his career is his commitment to his wife and family. At Kearney Moving we are proud to have Eric on our team, and we want you to get to know our #1 professional van operator.
Early in life Eric learned the value of hard work. Growing up on a family farm in Illinois, his father taught him the value of commitment to a solid work ethic. As young kids, Eric and his siblings were milking cows, cleaning stalls, and working hard in the fields. After he graduated from high school, he joined the Army and served our country for 3 and a half years in the 3rd infantry division. During his time of service, he drove truck hauling supplies while stationed in Wurzburg, Germany.
Because Eric is no stranger to hard work, it made him a great fit for the moving industry. Eric's primary job as a professional van operator is to relocate our clients anywhere they need to move in the United States. He drives nearly 70,000 miles a year and has been to every state in the country except Alaska and Hawaii. In all of his travels, the place that he would most like to revisit is Coos Bay, OR, because of its beauty and proximity to the ocean. His least favorite place is Washington D.C. because of the difficulty of driving a big truck on the small streets (and I don't think he likes politicians). If you spend any time with Eric, you will appreciate how seriously he takes his job. Our customers enjoy his high quality and straight forward approach to service. Eric wants our clients to know each step of the moving process, and he enjoys explaining how their items are cared for while being transported. It's not uncommon for him to invite clients onto the trailer to show them the complicated process of loading a trailer. Each year Eric hauls over 500,000 lbs. of furniture. To put that in perspective, that's approximately the same weight as 125 full grown elephants. Kearney Moving is an agent for Atlas Van Lines, and Eric continues to earn high marks for quality service and low claims. His hard work also helped Kearney Moving earn the Hauling Excellence Award in 2015.
Although Eric is very committed to his work, nothing is more important to him than his wife and kids. Eric is very proud of his 9 kids and 4 grand kids. Being on the road nearly 200 days a year is very challenging, and he is quick to praise his wife for making it work. He said "without my wife this would not be possible." When he is traveling, he spends nearly 10 hours a week on the phone (and on Facetime) helping with the kids' homework and keeping in touch with the family. When he is at home, he stays busy spending time with his kids and doing upkeep around the house. As a company, we work very hard to get Eric home for holidays and important school events. Recently his kids have excelled in music, track and wrestling, and he couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments.
Joining Kearney Moving
Eric joined the Kearney Moving family about 2 years ago and we are thankful for his commitment and dedication to his job and family. The values and principles that he models in his life have been a great fit for Kearney Moving. He appreciates being a part of a team that emphasizes team work and a solid work ethic. We say thank you to Eric and his family for helping Kearney Moving be what it is today.