I’m changing — not jumping — in July


The days are flying by. It took me a while to begin writing this column — and not because I didn’t have anything to say (When does that happen?). It was more about the silent protest I was making regarding the fact that I already have to write a column for July. July? Seriously, it feels like I just jumped into the icy waters for the polar plunge in January six minutes ago, not six months ago.

I’m trying to recall a time when I’ve been more overwhelmed with the start of July. It’s supposed to be relaxing; after all, it’s summer. But after spending the last few weeks going through the process (and I do mean process) of graduation with my oldest son, I’m spent. There were the last minute projects around the house, the event planning details for the party (good thing I know a good event company …  M3), the scheduling of calendars, the yard work and multiple other little odds and ends that make for one crazy time.

These are the days when I truly believe that there should be a handbook for life of some sort. Although I think that if there were a manual and it was several inches thick (like it would have to be), there would be a population shortage. It’s funny because when you’re thinking about your recent graduate and discussing all of the advice you must give in order to be a good parent, you realize that lessons must be learned usually by trial and error.  I was given so many good pieces of advice, and unfortunately I didn’t actually take any of it. I wonder if my graduate will. All of this gets kind of stressful.

And frankly, I’m feeling stressed right now for other reasons, too. At the end of last year, I told you that I would do something new each month, and it’s been going pretty well. I didn’t love everything on the list, that’s for sure — in fact, the knitting task in February tested my sanity, and the hot air balloon ride I took in June was really scary. Don’t laugh! It was.

How am I going to skydive this month when I can’t even enjoy a hot air balloon ride? I’m freaking out. I told everyone I know that I was planning to skydive, and now I think I’m going to renege on my promise … my resolution. I decided to try some new things, but dying was not going to be on the list, and frankly, I might have a heart attack if I go. When I started the year, I really thought my most challenging month would be December, when I have to give 30 pairs of my shoes away. If you don’t understand how difficult that would be for me, then you don’t love shoes like I do.

But I believe in change. Change helps us grow … sometimes painfully. We’ve had a bit of that lately at the office. Our own Emily Wenstrom, editor of CAWLM, is moving to Nebraska to explore a new area. We sure are going to miss her. And, we’re growing as a company and had to hire a few new people. We are also ready to move several employees over to the new building. We have a new phone system and there is change (and a bit of chaos) in the air. We are welcoming Suban Nur Cooley in as the new editor of the magazine. She’s a fabulous addition to the team, who brings a lot of fresh ideas to the magazine.

In Michigan, our summer season is short-lived, but with so many great activities this month, you’re sure to make the most of it. Don’t forget Bret Michaels (go ’80s!) and the other amazing acts during the Common Ground Festival July 12 to17 in downtown Lansing. And, don’t forget the Fourth of July parades.

And, like Andrea Kerbuski, our cover story, don’t forget to spend time out on the water. Andrea knows how to make things happen; she doesn’t sit on the sidelines and let others take the lead. Way to go Andrea!

Whatever you decide to do this summer, I hope you give in to the draw of relaxation, read a good book, develop some goals to make good changes in your life and, most of all, have fun with the people you love.

Have a great time in July!

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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 www.m3group.biz.

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