Make Time to Give Back


I am definitely feeling the strain of my self-imposed crazy schedule and long project list. It’s been weeks and weeks of nonstop hustle bustle, and we haven’t made it into the holidays yet. It is technically my own fault; in addition to my normal schedule, I’ve taken on several building renovations here at the office, the project list for getting my house on the market, due diligence processes for purchasing an investment property and to top it all off, I started a new business.

I am usually the perfect person for a long list, because I like to cross things off and get things done. I’ll even break things up into steps so I can cross more items off. I know it’s technically cheating a bit, but it feels like I accomplished more. I’m sure that isn’t how our amazing cover person, Jen Nelson, gets things done. She literally has three titles and I’m sure a laundry list of to-dos to match. I’m sure her energy level is only matched with the amazing work she does for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation or MEDC.

After a long, exhausting battle with breast cancer, Jen attributes her successful journey to her family, friends, resources and her positive outlook on life. It’s sometimes so difficult to keep a happy disposition in the midst of difficult situations, so focusing on every happy moment is critical. Telling her story and continuing to bring awareness to the need for donations and research is important

Organizations like the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen are bringing broad awareness to various types of cancer, the causes, treatment, research, etc., and smaller, local organizations are doing great work with helping individuals day-to-day. There are a lot of nonprofits out there, and it may not be easy to see how each one of us can help. We can make a difference. If everyone does a little, we’ll go a lot further and actually beat this one day — I just know it.

Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle magazine and our team are trying to do some good. Each of our events always supports a nonprofit organization. This year, we partnered with Susan G. Komen Michigan. We helped with their Race for the Cure in April by hosting the “Super Hero” area. (See photo) And now we are partnering with MSUFCU and hosting the first Wine & Wigs event on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the MSUFCU headquarters in East Lansing. We are trying to pack the house. It will be great to see our region come together.

I want to encourage you to grab a fun wig, rustle up a few friends and come out in support of breast cancer awareness month. This event will be an opportunity to network with individuals in the community and hear from Jennifer Jurgens, executive director of Komen Michigan. The event is at no cost to you, but there will be a suggested donation to support ongoing research.

As always, I want to thank everyone who came out to enjoy a beautiful, sunny day for the CAWLM Lady Classic in September. The day started with the Celebrity Caddy Auction, and we had some amazing talent this year. The auction and driving hole together raised thousands of dollars for Capital Area Response Effort. C.A.R.E. helps women and children who are dealing with domestic violence.

Make sure you take the time to enjoy some fall fun. Before we know it, we’ll need those pesky winter boots and mittens.

Happy fall,

Tiffany Dowling | Publisher

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

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