Celebrating women of strength & beauty

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Every day we get up from our warm, cozy beds and see the world through our unique viewpoint. Some days are easier than others to find a sunny disposition — at least for me anyway. I think I was blessed with a “glass half full” mentality, but I must admit that as I get older and am bombarded with the craziness that this world offers, it gets more challenging. 

If you’re like me, you want to be aware of world happenings, national issues, statewide debates and local news, but there’s a tipping point on your ability to process the negativity. This doesn’t even take into account the massive amount of social media shenanigans aimed at providing information overload. It all feels so heavy. 

I’m particularly impressed when those who have gone through terrible life tragedies like the loss of a significant other or child or those who have had to undergo dire medical circumstances and maintained a positive outlook. Every person walks a different path but it’s how you respond to the adversity that makes the difference. I’ve known Molly Chan in the community for several years, but I’ve had the privilege in the last year to get to know her better. 

Molly has a positive aura around her. She has had her life altered in so many ways, yet she has persevered for herself and has provided a loving foundation for her children. I know that her top priority is making sure her children get what they need but she is also a fierce and determined businesswoman. I love her because, like me, she does her business and family affairs — her way. She isn’t interested in doing things because that’s what others want or expect from her. She’s simply real and beautiful — inside and out. 

Another empowering woman — no matter what side of the aisle you’re on — is my friend and former Senator, Gretchen Whitmer. She is running for governor and is also a really great mom. We’ve asked Gretchen to speak at our first Mom & Me Tea event on Saturday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Old Town Marquee. This is an opportunity to hang out with your mom or your daughter and hear Gretchen discuss how she works hard to balance an amazingly busy and difficult schedule while raising two teenage daughters. We can relate, right? 

I hope you’ll join me at this amazing event aimed at spending time with a loved one while listening to an inspiring story. Visit cawlm.com/tea for information and tickets. And, to all the mom figures out there, happy Mother’s Day. 

Stay positive, 


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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 www.m3group.biz.