Do the Right Thing for Your Home Sweet Home

Have you seen that commercial from Liberty Mutual where they show people doing the right thing? Individuals watch someone do what’s right and then they follow suit and do something nice for others. It’s a do-good chain reaction. I love those commercials. They get me all choked up inside every time I see them. Don’t you wish you could watch something like that unfold in your neighborhood? I believe that people are genuinely good and ultimately want to do the right thing. Frankly, I need to believe that — it keeps me sane. Seriously, I actually know that people right here close to my home make good things happen everyday, but I’m just not a witness to it all. Think through the last couple of weeks and hone in on a few of the many good deeds done that would typically go unnoticed. In fact, I want to call out a few of the good deeds I’ve noticed in our hometown. There are so many great people in our lives making this community the best one (as far as I’m concerned). Here it goes:
  • Tom Ruis from Independent Bank donated his 50/50 winnings back to the Lansing City Rescue Mission during this year’s CAWLM Lady Classic.
  • Julie Becker, our CAWLM production gal, out of the kindness of her heart, designed the bra that Shelley Davis Mielock and I will be donating to the It’s a Breast Thing event that will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Eagle Eye.
  • Taylor Kelsaw, a new member of the Motion Marketing & Media family, brought back German chocolates from his vacation for the office. He didn’t have to do that, but we’re all glad he did
  • Lisa Kost, a CBRE associate, is a great friend. Although I can’t mention in this publication what she’s done specifically to help those around her, believe me when I say, she consistently gives so much of herself to those who need her.
Doing the right thing can be a small gesture or something that ultimately makes a huge impact. Take our cover story, for example. Beverly Baligad became a mom to a small boy who really needed her. Her kindness and love make a huge difference in his life — and ours. Isn’t it so compelling to know that there are people among us that will give so much of themselves? She’s a true inspiration and I’m so pleased to share her amazing story with all of you this month as we focus on “Home Sweet Home.” All good deeds are important to the fabric and connectedness of our community and I would love to know your stories. What has someone done for you that made a small or large impact? What have you witnessed in our community? I want to share with our readers what truly makes our hometown great — all of you. Send me all of the good deeds you’ve witnessed at I’m currently witnessing the leaves changing color and cooler days. It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the midst of the fall season and so it begins with Halloween. I always threaten every year to drag all of my friends and family to a party at my house where we can dress up and pretend to be someone or something else. I love this holiday for that reason. However, it always sneaks up on me and I can never get my act together in time. Sigh … there’s always next year. I want to challenge you to do something nice for someone — even if no one is looking. A smile, opening a door or volunteering to support a charity will all make someone’s day. And, I hope it creates a chain reaction. Our community is only as strong, loving and connected as the people in it. Give a little love Lansing,

Tags: home sweet home, Pay it forward

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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