I’m beginning to think we’re living a life of extremes. Do you know what I mean? There were so many acts of unbelievable tragedy and evil last year. Some days I didn’t want to turn the television on or listen to the news at all because I knew that I was going to be bombarded with extremely heart-wrenching details of devastation. We all ask why and unfortunately most of the time — even if we get a “why” it doesn’t make much sense to us. We are surrounded by it. In fact, the headlines were filled with tragedy in 2012. Grappling with loss and pain is difficult, but it does give me hope when these awful experiences are met with determination from individuals with the capacity to be kind, brave, sacrificial and giving. Even though there is little solace for those directly impacted by the Connecticut school shooting or the Hurricane Sandy disaster, there are so many stories — some told and many untold — regarding the capacity for people to demonstrate their humanity. Sometimes people who want to help feel like they cannot truly impact the situation. I disagree. It’s true that not everyone can do the same thing. Some can give donations to a cause, some can take the cause up using words to make change, some will donate coats and scarves and others will rally groups for deeper impact. Whatever you can do adds to the extreme generosity of the American people. I try to give my time and resources to causes that I feel I can contribute to for as much good as I can muster. I take the time to make sure people in the community that I love — Lansing, and let’s face it — Michigan, know about the good that exists in its midst. Filling people’s minds, hearts and souls with good news is one way I give back — hopefully to the extreme. The five-year celebration of CAWLM culminated in late January with an event where all the amazing people who have donned our cover came together to connect. It was a wonderful experience and I appreciate each and every one for their contributions to our community. Jack and Sue Davis are shining examples of two individuals who care deeply — to an extreme — about how we live in Lansing. They have individual causes that mean something to them personally, but they also combine their powers in creating change to impact the youngest and oldest among us. They are extremely humble, but openly passionate. January was full of extremes as well. We had record-breaking warm days and cold days. I spent almost two weeks traveling. I happened to be in our nation’s capitol the weekend of the inauguration. I didn’t go there to see the ceremony itself, but I was moved by the energy and love for tradition, and I found it extremely gratifying to tour our capitol and see the amount of respect and profound love for the pomp and circumstance of our nation’s political process. It just goes to show we can all keep learning. In fact, you50 can continue learning about business at this year’s Horizon Conference set for Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Cooley Law School Conference Center downtown. Go to www.horizonmichigan.com for details. Looking forward to March, I am hosting a women’s trip to Las Vegas. The trip will be a long weekend leaving the Capital Region International Airport on Thursday, March 7. Get details inside on page 36. I hope you can make it! We’re going to have a great time. If you can’t pull away for the Vegas trip, hopefully you can do a one-night stacation and hang out with a few hundred friends at the 3rd Annual CAWLM 80s Flashback Fundraiser. It benefits Lansing Promise and will be an amazing evening of music, neon and leg warmers. Go to www.cawlm.com for details and tickets. If you’re like me, it is almost shocking that we’re welcoming the month of February into our lives. It’s a great month. We’re still cold — very cold, but we can snuggle and celebrate love. To be honest, I’m a romantic at heart and love seeing the little pink hearts decorating the stores, not to mention those little Red Hot candies. Who doesn’t love those? Have a beautiful February, Tiffany
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.