I have a confession to make. I’m finding it difficult to concentrate on all the work I need to do right now with the summer in full swing. I can’t remember a time in the last 10 years that I’ve been so distracted by the warm weather and the lure of a good book. That’s right … I said it. I’m hooked on reading. It’s fascinating. Maybe this is what happens when you get a bit older, but I have to say that once I start a book these days, I cannot put it down. I’m losing precious sleep. I bet some of you can relate. The amazingly warm nights … refreshing beverages … comfortable seating on an isolated deck and a great book sweeping you away for a few hours at a time. Ahhh! I know you think I might be exaggerating, but my husband has let me know that he’s officially concerned. Don’t get me wrong. I am getting my work done and I’m trying to balance my obsession to finish what I started with all of my other responsibilities. Frankly, it could be that I’m making up for lost time since I gave up reading for pleasure when my kids were small. I almost forgot what it felt like to get lost in a good book. It was probably a lot like our amazing cover story on Sara Wurfel. She’s in the midst of the biggest balancing act of her life with an important career in the Governor’s office and an even more important role of wife and mother. I would bet that reading for pleasure is a low, low priority right now. She’s spending every precious minute away from her demanding career with her family. She’s an inspiration to us all. I especially like the fact that she readily accepts that she’s figuring it out every day. Isn’t that what we’re all trying to do? There are a lot of women out there dealing with the same issues. How can we keep all the balls in the air while having a little fun in our free time? I highly recommend taking the time to relax, laugh and have a good time. I truly believe that when we allow ourselves this luxury, we are able to be even more dynamic in our work and family lives. I’m not sure I would be able to function without spending time with my friends. Even though it’s tough, I actually work my friend time into my calendar. I think it makes me a better, happier person. I certainly encourage you to find out what recharges your batteries and make sure you’re spending some “you” time enjoying it. Speaking of “me” time, I actually decided recently that my knees are probably not going to take much more of the running schedule that I’ve endured over the last few years. So, I’ve been floundering a bit and have spent the last six months using an elliptical, but I think I’ve found a new passion to replace the running — road biking. It is so much fun and has a lot less impact on the body. I also realize that I like to go fast. It’s a thrill. I highly recommend checking it out. If you’re interested in trying something new, check out Emily Caswell’s column on her new found love of golf. She’s certainly new at this humbling sport but if enthusiasm says anything … I would say she’s a lifer. If you have never golfed before and are interested in seeing if this game is for you, I think you should grab some friends and sign up for the CAWLM Lady Classic. It is an easy way to try this sport and have a great time. Registration is open so sign up today at www.cawlm.com. Whether you find a good book, hang out with friends, spend some time on your amazing new bike (okay that’s me), or hit the links, I hope you find some balance this summer. Ditch the guilt and recharge those batteries. After all, that’s what our Michigan summers are for! Have an amazing July, Tiffany Dowling | Publisher
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.