Do you ever spend time thinking about what the future will hold? I get asked all the time where I see myself in five or 10 years. I always have an answer of where I would like to be, but in the back of my mind, I think that it is very hard to predict. There are so many factors involved that make forecasting a future tough. During a short discussion with a personal trainer the other day who said that there would probably be a day in the future that we would say things like, “I can’t believe that people used to eat white sugar,” I started to think about other areas of the future we would analyze similarly. Since we’re focused on going green in this month’s issue, it’s fair to look at that industry. I am amazed to think about the strides we’ve made as a state and community regarding the use of clean energy. I do think there will be a day we’ll marvel that it took so long to buy in or change the way we lived in this world. I do hope I see that day in my lifetime. The idea that we can embrace wind and solar power to change our dependence on other commodities is an amazing place to be. And, since I’m on my annual weight loss/workout schedule, I’m certainly waiting for the day when this process is easier. Like a lot of other people, I know there are no easy fixes today — move more, eat less — that’s the only way. Or is it? Recently, I was introduced to a Body Sculpting system that uses ultrasound to break up fat cells and reduce cellulite. It’s amazing. Don’t take my word for it. There is a doctor’s report on the Headroom Salon’s website at theheadroomsalon.com. Check it out. Maybe someday it will be like The Jetson’s Hanna-Barbera cartoon series that depicted moving through a tube on a conveyor belt and “kaboom” you are thin and fit. This will definitely not be part of my future, but a girl can dream. In the meantime, I’ll be working hard like the rest of you. Speaking of working hard, it is exciting to see my good friend April Clobes achieve her dream of becoming the CEO of MSUFCU. The organization is amazing and has done wonderful things for its employees, the Spartan family and our community. I’m not sure I’ve ever known anyone who has more dedication and work ethic. She lives and breathes her position and takes her role seriously. Building on the foundation built by the recently retired Patrick McPharlin and the Board of Directors, April took the reigns in the middle of last month and will take the credit union to new and exciting heights. I have no doubt about that. Because April is a serious CEO most of the time, people may not realize or have seen the wonderful wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend she is. In this month’s issue, it is my hope that you get to see the other side of this no-nonsense leader. She is a good friend of mine and I am so proud of her success. I hope you’ll read her story and wish her all the best in this next chapter. I know that for most of this column, we’ve talked about the future. Well, I’m interested in talking about going back … back in time, that is. I am thrilled that I get to introduce the most decadent decade to hundreds of Girl Scouts this year. With help from MSUFCU, we’re hosting a Friday, May 8 version of our CAWLM 80s Flashback Fundraiser for the girls. They are going to have a great time and earn a badge by learning about the 80s. Of course, adults are invited to take part in the fifth annual 80s event on Saturday, May 9 at the University Club. Tickets are on sale now for both events. Go to cawlm.com for more details. Happy spring.
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.