As a mom, I know that there are many things that will be asked of me and many things I will volunteer to do in order to support my children. I love when my kids think I can solve all their problems. I still remember the day when my oldest son realized that I don’t know everything. He was asking a typically difficult question about the universe and I certainly wanted to give him the answer, but in this particular case — I just didn’t know. He looked up to me, paused, furrowed his brow and said, “you really don’t know everything do you?” He was seven and that was the day our relationship changed — for the better. From then on, he began to seek all the answers on his own. And, I encouraged that. My kids are practically grown now and hanging out together has presented itself fewer and fewer times these days. In fact, I am constantly searching out ways to spend time with my now 21 and 16-year-old sons. Not only did I start watching AMC’s Walking Dead series to have a few minutes with my youngest son (by the way, I love it and didn’t think I would), but I also volunteered to help with the Holt High School’s Golf Team’s fundraising. Boy, it is challenging to raise funds, but with the help of all the businesses and individuals you’ll find in this publication on pages 24-25, we were able to raise much-needed resources for the team’s tournament schedule. I want to thank CARQUEST, H Inc., Bob Olsen Voiceovers, Wycoff Wellness Center, David Chapman Agency, LAFCU, Frankie D’s, Darb’s Crystal, Holt Dimondale Agency and the new Famous Dave’s (coming soon in Holt). The students and I appreciate the support and encourage everyone to support these businesses. I’m certainly not new to the “fundraising for a good cause” world. We recently had the raddest time ever at the third annual CAWLM 80s Flashback Fundraiser. Each year we go out and celebrate the craziest decade to support a great cause. This year, we chose the Lansing Promise, a scholarship program for students who graduate from the Lansing School District. I am particularly fond of programs that help students achieve their desired goals. I often say that it’s my job as a parent to see that my kids become productive members of society. Well, that only happens with education. In fact, we’re so committed to this; we’ve decided that we will support the Lansing Promise again next year. If you’re interested in learning more or supporting this great initiative, go to www.lansingpromise.org. In addition to raising these funds and having a fabulous time doing it, it was our pleasure to present Desirae Kelley-Kato with the Caring About Women Locally (CAWL) Award. We are thrilled to highlight women doing great things in our community. There are so many of you! It is always so difficult to narrow down the entries. We know our CAWLM Advisory Board has an extremely difficult task choosing just one winner. However, our cover girl Desirae is the epitome of what this award is all about. She spends her days at CARE (Capital Area Response Effort) helping those who are dealing with domestic violence. In addition she is a wife, mother and ordained minister. I’m sure you’ll appreciate her amazing story. Congratulations again to our CAWL Award winner. The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity around the office here. As many of you know, not only do we publish this magazine, I oversee a branding agency — M3 Group — here in Lansing. We help leaders of companies achieve their goals through marketing, PR, advertising, social media, web development and so on. We’re proud of the organization we’ve built. Last month we announced that we were in the process of acquiring the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. It’s an exciting time for us and I want to thank one of the most well-known businessmen in our community, Chris Holman, for the opportunity to move the publication he began 26 years ago forward. He’s been a mentor to me and I can honestly say I’m proud to know him. I’m looking forward to the rest of 2013 and hope you’re experiencing a great start to your year as well. I’m welcoming spring with open arms. Tiffany
Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at www.m3group.biz.