Learning and Growing


As I’ve aged, I’ve become more and more aware of the similarities between my mom and I. A few of these traits are welcomed; I’m more thoughtful about spending — okay, not as thoughtful as she is at this point, but I’m moving in that direction. I’m also more appreciative of the slower days where you can just relax. She definitely functions best when she gets her down-time in, and I haven’t always included enough relaxation in my life (according to her).

The thing I wish I had is her metabolism. She is a tiny woman and certainly doesn’t have to work at it. Seriously?!

The area that I’ve noticed creeping in on me is the occasional complaint about the younger generation and referring to my youth in a way that makes you think about when you were small and someone told you about walking 10 miles to school both ways in a blizzard — without shoes.

I guess it’s just the cycle of life. You tend to worry a little about the next generation. After all, they think so differently and don’t seem to understand how the world works. I’ve been in a room with a group of teenagers (my youngest son is 18 after all) and I find myself muttering about slang and technology (everyone is looking at their phones) and I realize I’m shaking my head and formulating a lecture in my mind. I’ve become my mom. It’s O.K., because I think she’s pretty great, and truly the next generation is too.

It is especially apparent when you see young people who give so much to their fellow man and community. The three young ladies Isabelle Wynn, Zoe Ziegler and Rachel Munzenberger who are featured this month were recently honored with the Y-PIF Award. Our friend Bob Hoffman started the ePIFany Now! movement right here in mid-Michigan, where individuals are encouraged to Pass It Forward. Bob has held many events around our city and recently partnered with MSUFCU to make a bigger impact. This year, the board at ePIFany Now! decided to recognize the young people who are doing amazing things for people in the community. I love this!

Our friend Bob Hoffman will also take part in this year’s Lady Classic. The Lady Classic is signing up teams right now for our event on Sept. 17 at Timber Ridge. We are continuing to support C.A.R.E., a domestic abuse program for women and children thanks to our sponsors like Independent Bank. Bob will participate as a celebrity caddie where we auction off 12-15 gentlemen for charity before sending the teams out for the day. The caddies will support the all-female teams throughout the day and also take one shot per hole if they choose. Over the years, the caddies have been creative and gone to great lengths to increase the bids. One of our caddies provides mimosas and chocolate covered strawberries to get the maximum bid donated to the charity.

A few of our amazing caddies include: Tico Duckett of Duckett Brothers, Andre Hutson of Conquest Health, Jim Kost of Coldwell Banker, Dave Akerly of 1320 WILS’ Morning Wake Up and former CAWLM cover guy, Mojo from Q106. We have changed our format a bit and will have two first and second place teams. We will give one to the group that participates without a caddy and one for the teams that have the benefit of caddy assistance. We will also continue with a team costume/theme contest. We have so much fun seeing the creativity these teams use.

But before we totally wrap up the summer, I want to encourage you to get out and meet some people at the Greater Lansing Business Monthly’s Connections and Coffee event on Aug. 11 from 8-9 a.m. at the University Club. Please RSVP to Melissa@m3group.biz.

Have an amazing end to summer. Stay cool and be safe!

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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