This has been an exciting year on so many levels and in so many areas of my complicated life. I really feel like I’ve learned a few things through the many ups and downs. To recap this year, I decided to jot down a few “aha moments” I’ve experienced in the following areas.
Family life…Well, as many of you are aware, I was understandably anxious about admitting that I was headed into my 40th year on this planet. Not only am I getting older, but my eldest son also graduated from high school. Although I’m not typically a touchy-feely overly emotional mom, I was taken aback from the raw emotions that not only crept up on me but also bit me in the behind. That’s about the time my “aha” occurred. I realized as my son was moving his tassel that these mom moments are fleeting. You can’t get these days back. Watching the scene unfold brought a spotlight to the fact that my younger son, who will be 14 on Dec. 10 is growing up fast and I’m nervous to miss it. I’ve doubled up my mom and son moments — who knows if he’s happy about it, but I certainly am.
Agency worldDay in and day out, I’m working hard at Motion Marketing & Media (M3) as the chief conversation starter. I know. You could’ve seen that coming, right? I generally have a lot to say. The agency has been around for more than eight years and we have continued to grow and build our relationships in the community. It’s really a dream come true. The “aha” came late this year when I ultimately realized (among everything that is going on) that the business structure currently in place accommodates the old version of M3 and making changes is necessary to meet the needs of the clients and to also support the growth of the team. New ways of doing business are in order and I’m excited about taking it to the next level in 2011.
Publisher for the people…Going into our fourth year of publishing the magazine, it is amazing how many wonderful people I get to meet and how many fun stories we share. The biggest learning experience with the magazine this year has been no matter how hard you work, it can always be better. We can do more, and ultimately we have a responsibility to the Lansing community to strive to put out the best product possible. It isn’t always easy but, this next year will be about connecting with our public through our website, facebook, events and being visible in the community. Hey, we want to hear your ideas and feedback. Don’t hold back, we can take it.
Radio talkFor years I’ve heard people say that talking on the radio would be an easy gig. I didn’t believe that, and honestly I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on the role of co-host for In Her Shoes on 1240 AM WJIM just one year ago. Moving into our second year, I’ve learned a thing or two. First of all, it was undeniably confirmed that running this show — from acquiring advertisers, working with sponsors, producing the show, marketing the timeslot and simply showing up (prepared…) every weekend — is a lot of work. However, it’s fun and a privilege to be able to share information women can use.
Fun, fun and more funIn the midst of all of the work (okay, some things are harder than others … of course), it’s important to have a little fun. I have to say that I’ve truly learned how critical it is to have a group of friends that I can connect with and count on each week. Over the past year, having my posse (you girls know who you are) has made all the difference. They have been a shoulder to lean on and a group to learn from. In the midst of life’s craziness, don’t forget to make time for the friends in your life. Having that connectivity can mean you have another family for support. Hey, you get to choose this one.
Lovin’ LansingThis community has given me a lot of love and I have to say that I love it right back. I think it’s the greatest place to live, work and play. I’ve been particularly amazed and impressed this year by the number of people who continue to give to local charities and support women’s issues despite the economic climate. In fact, Nell Kuhnmuench recently received the 2010 ATHENA award given out by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. The celebration occurs on Dec. 1 at the Lansing Center. I hope you’ll be there to support this important award that honors a woman making a difference in our community. Congratulations Nell, you deserve it! I hope you had a few “aha” moments of your own this year. 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.