Try Something new This Holiday Season

I find myself telling people all the time that in real life you just have to jump in and do it. If you’re waiting for the perfect time to have a baby, start a project, leave a job or sell your house, it just doesn’t exist. Well, I took my own advice. And, instead of waiting until the spring, I dove head first into the pool of the real estate market during the holidays. As a marketing person, I do know that people are looking for and buying things — even big-ticket items — every day. So, I asked, why not my house? What I didn’t remember after 13 years in the same house is what a crazy difficult process it is. First, you have to get your house ready. And if you’re like me, once you’re done you hit your hand to your forehead and say, “why didn’t I do this sooner — for me?” Next, there is the downsizing of items. This is quite the process. Now, I wouldn’t say I’m a hoarder by any means, but a woman and her family can accumulate a lot of items over the years. With real estate, there are a lot of factors that need to come together perfectly. Real estate agents need a magic wand to accomplish selling and buying that flow together for a perfect process. It’s a rollercoaster of frustration. And, of course, as a control freak, this is an area not in my realm of responsibility. My responsibility does include keeping the house “show ready.” I think if I lived alone it would be simple; instead of cooking every night, I might opt for a quick bowl of cereal. However, I’m blessed with a wonderful family and a dog that keeps the cleaning in high gear and nonstop. I’m not really complaining. I am thrilled to begin a new chapter of my life in a new home. Moving into downtown Lansing has been a dream of mine for a while. I always wanted to live with a cityscape backdrop, and Lansing has really come into its own. I’m proud to be a part of this community and feel like it has made amazing strides since I started my business here 13 years ago. I can’t wait to see what the next 13 will bring. I’m ready, and if the stars align, I might be lucky enough to celebrate Christmas in my new home. One of the things that makes this city great is the people we meet. Sue Carter is one of the extraordinary women in our town. She believes she’s had an extraordinary life and I believe it’s only because she is so special. I hope you enjoy her story as much I did. The idea of trekking to the North Pole on an adventure is beyond me. I’m not sure I could, but I hope her story does inspire people — including me — to try new things out of our comfort zones. You may know that the Greater Lansing Business Monthly is a sister publication to CAWLM, and we just recently set the date for the GLBM Entrepreneurial Awards. The awards will take place on March 3, 2016, and if you want to nominate a business for this recognition, please don’t hesitate to go to It is one of my favorite nights of the year. We get to congratulate all the amazing entrepreneurs who are stimulating the economy and hiring our neighbors. It is my honor to meet them and give them encouragement for future endeavors. As we enter the holiday season, life tends to get so busy. I hope that this time of year gives you an opportunity to connect with family and friends close to home and around the country and world. Spending time with loved ones and counting our blessings gives us the power to reset and energize for the remainder of the hectic season. Happy Thanksgiving!, Tiffany Dowling | Publisher

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