Anticipating a New Year of Adventures


“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself; changing yourself (and) changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”

This quote by Neil Gaiman really represents my philosophy on life. I’m not sure it’s always intentional, but I love to try new things and expand my understanding of the world. I try not to get complacent and comfortable. There are times when I do think to myself, why did I do this? But, it’s in the most difficult moments that I feel the most alive.

And, when I hit the wall with one of my new adventures, I simply remind myself that I only live once and I want to make sure I try as many seemingly crazy things as possible. The reality is that I already know when I start a project that something isn’t going to work out. There will be a bit of disappointment and a ton of stress to save the idea, but honestly, I try and glean the positive aspects from the failure.

I think knowing that I’m willing to fall down and take the time to get back up, dust myself off and start again makes me a good candidate for entrepreneurism … and life. I do struggle with the stress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while going through the ups and downs. It’s a challenge for me to stay on a workout plan and eat sensibly when I am dealing with chaos. And, because I’ve done this roller coaster ride for years, I know how I need to respond. This year, I’ve enlisted the buddy system for working out. If someone else is relying on me, well, I’ll get up and go. Right?

This year, I hope that you appreciate the many advances in health care and all the people it takes to make things happen, like Jennifer Bucienski, who has dedicated her life to make sure things go just as they should in health care. I’m amazed by surgeries that used to keep people down for weeks; now get people up in a matter of days. It’s like a miracle. They say 40 is the new 20. I may not always feel that way (especially not after an hour-long Crossbody class). But, I do think that the amazing people in health care make all the difference – from direct providers to human resources to management. They are selfless and work diligently to make sure their fellow humans are utilizing health care to its best advantage.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the adventure that Jane Aldrich is embarking on. After 31 years as a voice in this community, she has decided to leave WLNS and do something new and exciting. I actually can’t wait to see what happens next. Whatever it is, I’m sure she will dive in with positivity and passion. Have a blast Jane!

Happy New Year!

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling

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

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