Have you ever been running so fast, that everything around you was like a blur? Me neither. Not literally. But, this year flew by and I am feeling a bit disoriented. There were so many new areas of interest I pursued and I moved through them as quickly as possible trying very hard to keep all of the most important things in mind like family, relationships and moving my projects forward. It was difficult but I’m sure all of you experienced this over the year as well. I am very happy to be standing on the other side of 2013 because frankly — I’m exhausted! There are always so many things you look back on and say I wish I could have accomplished that or finished this, but the time is gone and well, there’s no going back. It’s time to press on and create another 2014 list of would-be accomplishments. I was watching a morning show recently and was introduced to a man who wrote a book about how to move through life thinking like a Navy Seal. I like that. First of all, they’re strong, strategic and smart. My New Year’s resolution will be to navigate my life more like a Navy Seal. Watch out world. Okay, I’m not going to start arming myself (except for the Mace my husband likes me to carry), and as much as I would like to say that I’m going to get in shape like a Seal … well, that probably won’t happen either. But, through leadership, decisiveness, creative thinking, adaptability and perseverance, I will take care of life at work, at home and in life. Mark Devine, former Navy Seal and author of The Way of the Seal, talked about something that I’ve tried to practice my entire life. He said the Seals always envision the success they are trying to achieve. I’ve told friends and family on multiple occasions that whenever I interviewed for a position, I envisioned that I already worked there and we were talking over details. It made me more relaxed and I believe gave me the edge that I needed to get the job. There are a lot more areas of focus that he talks about, and I think that thinking like a Seal will be my goal this year. If thinking like a Seal is my resolution headline, then I would venture to say that the subhead would be a focus on health. I’m not as good as I should be in this area, but I put a focus on this after I turned 40. These days, I sometimes need a push to get to the doctor for the mammograms and other annual tests, but I do get there. Dr. LaKeeya Tucker of Alliance Obstetrics & Gynecology has made it her mission to keep people healthy. She’s an amazing doctor but she’s also a great community partner. Her organization with her help works hard to bring awareness through the annual event Paparama, where individuals who may need this life-saving exam, get them. The health care industry has been changing over the years and it certainly has been a loud topic of conversation recently through the Affordable Care Act and coverage. Wherever you are in this debate, the most important area to consider is that you are knowledgeable about the types of options you have for your particular health and its coverage. At this point, you cannot leave this important area to the medical professionals. Now, more than ever, you have to be an advocate for yourself. And, it’s important to consider that health isn’t just about what prescriptions you are taking. Think about how you can cut some naughty things out of your diet or walk more as well as making time for appointments. I believe in quiet time as a part of my overall health. Interesting enough, that is a component of the Seal’s lifestyle as well. It’s important to get quiet and relax. It does a body good. I think I can speak for all of us at CAWLM when I say that we wish you the very best in 2014. We can’t thank you enough for supporting our publication that we are truly proud to put into our community. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out and give us feedback, ideas or simply to say hello. We do this because we love to connect with our community and I think this area has so much to be proud of … starting with our people. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2014, Tiffany Dowling | Publisher
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.