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It’s my Birthday and I’ll dance if I Want (or Have) to

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I guess it could be said that everyone is a foodie in one way or another. I mean we all have to eat, right? I have always had a love/hate relationship with food. Of course, who doesn’t enjoy amazing options for your palate, but I have to say that too much of a good thing can definitely end up bad. It’s tough to make great healthy food options. They are certainly available, but with busy schedules who has the time to cook well-balanced, organic meals that you can be really proud of. Okay, there are probably bunches of you out there that really make it a priority like our cover story, Nina Santucci, who not only fixes organic food for herself, but helps the greater Lansing area with their nutritional needs through the Purple Carrot food truck. Have you seen this amazing restaurant on wheels? If you haven’t had the privilege, you should definitely be on the lookout for this lunchtime option with dishes made from scratch and ones that are also organic. Last year, I had a friend call me for lunch and to my surprise we started going up and down the streets of Old Town until we came upon a little food truck. It was a great experience and I was pleasantly surprised at what types of amazing options were coming out of the truck’s window. I can’t wait to dine at the new establishment they are in the midst of creating — but I’m also happy to know I can track down the Purple Carrot truck when I need a carrot cake pop. I love March. Just thinking about that deliciousness makes me crave a carrot cake pop to celebrate my birthday month. I’m pretty sure I say it every year, but I love a reason to celebrate and since birthdays are as good a reason as any… well, let’s celebrate the good times… You remember Kool and the Gang. It brings me back to a much simpler time singing at the top of my lungs with my friends on a merry-go-round at the playground. I haven’t quite given up those festive days. As you’re probably aware, we’re about to have one of our favorite events of the year, our second annual CAWLM ‘80s Flashback Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the University Club in Lansing with proceeds supporting REACH Studio Art Center. This event is so fun and entertaining. We get our friends from Starfarm to come out and sing all our favorite songs from the ‘80s, we enlist some of your friends and mine in the community to participate in the ‘80s Idol Contest and, of course, there’s food, video games and dancing, dancing, dancing. The ‘80s Idol is not a karaoke situation — oh no. These pop stars have to know the song inside and out. They need to perform. Last year, this small group of individuals really knocked our neon socks off. I encourage those of you who have the talent (I sure don’t) to sign up for this great contest. Corporate tables and tickets are on sale now for those of you who don’t want to miss out. Go to www.cawlm.com for all the details. I also wanted to update you on the first annual Horizon Conference. It was a great success thanks to all of you in our community who showed up to learn strategies and tactics for moving your lives forward. I was truly impressed with the attendance at the MSUFCU Horizon Conference VIP event as well as the speakers who gave us something to think about. Marlo Scott, our entrepreneur and speaker from Manhattan, gave an inspirational and practical talk about how to achieve your dreams even when the going gets tough. We’ve continued to get great feedback on Marlo’s story. I can’t wait to see who we’ll bring together for our next conference. Stay tuned. And as always, I’m trying to get back into shape for the summer — who isn’t? I’ve signed up for the Bayshore Half Marathon so I’m starting to run and I’m set to be a participant in the Dancing with the Local Stars to support Carefree Medical Clinic. So, here I go. I’m not really a dancer, but I’m going to do the best I can. With Louis Soma as my professional dancer, we’ll make it work. He is extremely talented and will make sure we look the part. If you’re interested in coming out to see the entire cast of dancers, the event is on Saturday, April 21 at Eagle Eye Golf Club. Get tickets or more information at (517) 230-5494. Have a fabulous March — I know I will. And, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Be safe!
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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.