Welcome to 2015! It’s time for a fresh start. We get to turn the page and make this year anything we want it to be. For me, I’m planning to be a little more focused on my health. When you’re young, you think that bad things can’t happen to you. In fact, we used to think we were invincible. And, with that in mind, we lived our lives a little recklessly. As a young person, you climbed that huge tree at your friend’s house, played on the railroad tracks a few streets over, built a fort with rusty nails and played Frogger on a six-lane highway called Telegraph. No? Okay, I was probably the only one that did that. But, we never thought about the danger in our actions, did we? In your 20s and 30s, we get a little more serious about taking care of ourselves. We plan to work out. We create resolutions for better health and stick to them for a while. I remember thinking that I would have time for that at a later date. (I’m not proud…just truthful). I’ve truly been blessed with good health. I’m hardly ever sick and really haven’t suffered from any major ailments. However, during this time of your life you start to realize that no one is invincible because people you care about begin getting illnesses. And, some of those wonderful people are your age. It’s definitely a reality check. In your 40s, it’s a little more about self-preservation — in most things. I’m certainly quicker to go to the doctor to check something out more than I’ve ever been. I recently got an infection in my fingertip from doing the dishes (that’s what the doctor said! I always knew housework was dangerous). It was a situation where I realized that something that I perceived to be a small bother became extremely painful. I kept feeling guilty because a lot of people have real issues with their health. I didn’t want to be a wimp, but I did go to the doctor twice because I was certain that I was going to lose my finger. Don’t worry. I’m fine now. Where I’m drawing the line is with my choice of shoes. Even though some say I should give up the heels, I’m simply not ready. They will probably have to pry them off of my feet in the years to come. Every time someone mentions that I’ll have to eventually give up my beautiful high-heeled shoes, my standard answer is that I’ll wear them as long as I possibly can. And, I might even be willing to suffer a little in order to enjoy them. We’ll see. I’m not suffering yet. I’ve always struggled to maintain a healthy routine. I’m hoping that this year I can strike a balance between a realistic health regimen and the rollercoaster ride of dieting schemes I tend to try. My system hasn’t worked … especially as I’ve gotten older. Couple that with the amount of stress in my life and frankly, I sometimes feel overwhelmed with it. I often envy and marvel at how some people make their health a priority. They seem to make everything happen and I wonder why I can’t do it all. It’s impressive to know a person like Dr. Messing, who runs an active practice taking care of her patients and also herself. What a role model! Ironically, I let life get in the way of taking care of myself. Like many of you, I need to squeeze in the “me” time amongst the many responsibilities I have. My New Year’s wish for you is to make your health a priority this year. It’s the holistic approach — sleep, food, healthcare, stress relief, etc. Be good to yourself! You (and I) deserve it. Cheers to healthy living, 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.