Carpe diem! Sometimes it’s easy to let life stand in your way — work, family and a crazy amount of responsibilities. It isn’t easy to find a place of positivity and seize the day. That’s right, I quoted Robin Williams’ character from Dead Poet’s Society to remind you that every day is a gift. When is the last time you worked diligently to ensure your free time was productive, rewarding and satisfying? I’m definitely a goal-oriented person. In everything I do, I need to envision the end result and work backward from there. It’s no different when thinking about the summer. With the long and drawn out winter we’ve had, I want to get the most out of every warm day and wind up with the season of a lifetime. The goals and ultimate culmination of this summer over Labor Day weekend will be a fitness test involving the Dalmac Bike Trip, which entails traveling 80 miles per day for five days by bicycle up to the Mackinac Bridge. Now, I like a good challenge, but I must admit that I’m a bit nervous about this journey. It’s a test of endurance and I know that it takes time to build. So, I’m working on it. I’ve set up my weekly goals and have been working on not only my cardio, but my strength training to ensure I’ll be able to handle any mountain I encounter… okay, I’ll stop with the drama … any hill I must endure. This summer won’t be all about endurance training. With less than 100 days of sun-soaked warmness, it is difficult to prioritize the amazing activities that are available. If you don’t own or have a friend with a cottage, find one today. Run, don’t walk! Spending a little time Up North helps set the stage for summer shenanigans. Don’t forget to get your tickets for Common Ground, our beloved music festival in downtown Lansing and while you’re at it, pay the fee and get your season pass to Hawk Island Park. I have to say that Hawk Island and the River Trail are two gems in our community that we are lucky to have. In the greater Lansing area, we are blessed to have people who work tirelessly to support great causes, so those of us on a fitness mission will have many walks, runs and other events to support. Many years ago I met a little girl who was one of the youngest children to be diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Watching that young girl, Samantha Weaver, grow gracefully into a beautiful young woman has been inspiring. This year, I would like to encourage you to find a cause you believe in and want to support. And, if JDRF is that organization for you, please join me, my team, our friends at Douglas J and MSU Federal Credit Union (and hundreds of others) as we walk to support finding a cure for juvenile diabetes on Saturday, Aug. 2 on the campus of Michigan State University. Whatever your summer looks like, hopefully you’ll own your future and step out of your comfort zone to do something that makes this season special. Take time to enjoy life, 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.