I love people. It’s so much fun to watch different folks from various regions of the world vacationing together. It doesn’t really matter where you’re from; we are similar. On a recent trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, I was fascinated by the many similarities among people versus the differences. Obviously, we have cultural nuances that move us to make decisions that other regions may not try — like Speedos for instance. In many parts of the world, those are totally acceptable for men, but where I come from — we just say “no” — or we should anyway. While in Punta Cana, I went on several excursions to get a true feel for what life is like in the Dominican Republic. What I definitely found was that they appreciate the same things we do: love, family and fun. Although some of the jokes cannot penetrate the cultural divide, it was a blast to try. And, when a guide really wanted me to teach him an American “naughty” word. It was fun for me to tell him “Crocs” is definitely a bad word for me. He said, “What does it mean?” I said, “Plastic shoes are just plain bad.” I felt compelled to help out. Hopefully, fashion advances in the Dominican Republic. The only time plastic shoes are acceptable is when you wear jelly shoes to the CAWLM ’80s Flashback Fundraiser. This year we saw all sorts of neon accessories with folks trying to out do last year’s look. Each year, this event gets better and better. Whenever I start to think about the ’80s, I can’t help but think of how much fun the music, the fashion, TV and movies were. In fact, some of my favorite movies from then are still in my top 10. Okay, I have a soft place in my heart for Harrison Ford so, let’s say that Raiders of the Lost Ark and Empire Strikes Back make it on the list. Do you remember Top Gun or Lost Boys and what about Dirty Dancing? Geez. Not only does everyone have a great time at the CAWLM ’80s Flashback Fundraiser, but we really support amazing causes as well. This year, we are donating much-needed resources to the REACH Studio Art Center and their quest to bring art and culture to the youth of Lansing. I love that we’re supporting such creativity in our community. The venue also showcased the many volunteers who make the art center work. CAWLM also took this festive opportunity to celebrate our Caring About Women Locally Award recipient Kate Powers. Kate is a wife, mom and president of the Junior League of Lansing. She really gives her all to keep hundreds of women motivated to support the various charitable projects that the group supports including the Carefree Medical and Dental organization that has been JLL’s signature project for the last two years. I’ve decided to support Carefree Medical too. On, Saturday, April 21 at Eagle Eye in Bath, I will be a “celebrity” dancer in the Dancing with the Local Stars fundraiser. It has been so much fun to learn how to dance — I mean more than my 80s groove. If you haven’t been to this event, it is so much fun to watch people that you may know from the community strut their stuff. Some of the other celebs you may know include: Paula Cunningham from Capitol National Bank, Sheri Jones from WLNS, Dr. LaKeeya Dotson Tucker from Alliance OBGYN, Chris Swope from the City of Lansing and Eli Azzi from Azzi Jewelers and more. From hip-hop to salsa to the waltz, these dancers are working hard to get their moves down so that they can entertain the masses at this great fundraiser. Don’t miss it. However you like to spend spring, I hope that you appreciate the little things, stop to smell the flowers more and don’t forget to smile. Happy Easter!
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.