When Doves Cry

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Dearly beloved, whether you partied like it was 1999 or got lost in a little red corvette, chances are there was something you loved about the amazing man named Prince. Generally, I’m not moved to tears by the loss of an icon. Lord knows there have been quite a few musical masters who have joined that great choir in the sky.

Maybe it’s the loss of opportunity to recapture some of my youth. After all, I thought there would be time to see him in concert or in person. I tried to get tickets the last time he was in Detroit recently and unfortunately missed out. Maybe I’m sad because three 80s icons have passed in the last few months and it has upset the delicate balance of my youthful perception. Glenn Fry, David Bowie and Prince have all died this year leaving me feeling a bit empty.

How much is a girl supposed to take? Those musical geniuses were a huge part of my youth. And as you are well aware, I’m a fanatic for all things 80s. It was a time when I learned that I could be whatever I wanted and more importantly, I could do it my way. I wanted to write for a living and be taken seriously. I wanted to have individual style and show my creativity in everything I would eventually venture to take on.

I guess the reality is that these losses helped put my life in perspective and give a bit of clarity to how limited time can be. I generally try to live every day like life is a blessing. I often say that I’m more blessed than I have a right to be; and it’s true. I have a beautiful family – although sometimes challenging – but wonderful all the same. I get to work at the best job, working with the best people and amazing clients. I make choices that put all of the best things first.

No one likes to think that we have finite days, but realizing that we never really know when our last day will be should drive us to do a few things:

Maintain relationships. Be close to those who matter to you. Give them the gift of time and intimacy.
Have fun. Whatever that means to you, make sure you’re giving yourself permission to do it.
Find your purpose. Don’t work or spend large amounts of time on things that don’t give your life meaning. Help others. It’s important to make the world a better place. Take care of yourself. Feel beautiful and stay healthy.

And if you want to feel and look beautiful, visit my friend Laurie Nash at Image Day Spa. She is an amazing woman, friend, entrepreneur and fellow fan of the 80s. I’m proud to know her.

See you in the Purple Rain


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Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling

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.