Beauty Goes Beyond


There are so many clichés when it comes to being beautiful. It’s in the “eye of the beholder” or it’s “only skin deep.” I say that no matter what is on the outside, it shouldn’t compare to what’s on the inside.

There are so many ways to show beauty in this world. I think it’s beautiful when I come to work and see people giving their best effort in everything they do. The initiative that separates someone from the next guy really is a beautiful trait. The person who accepts responsibility for his actions is a beautiful human being. He doesn’t blame anyone else for his mistakes. He accepts his fault, apologizes and moves on.

I always think it’s beautiful to see a dad helping his son with homework or picking out the perfect tie for the Daddy-Daughter Dance. I get sentimental when I see an older couple holding hands when they’re taking a walk. It’s beautiful watching a young person help his baby sister stay “clean” by eating her ice cream cone. There are so many beautiful moments that stem from beautiful people.

I’ll admit it. I’m a little strange. I can find beauty in mundane tasks and simple discussions with people. You should always look for beauty … in the world, in your neighborhood, in all situations and in yourself. You are beautiful and you know it — inside and out.

Not every moment is beautiful, though. Sometimes it’s tough to find the silver lining, or at the very least, something that would make the situation more palatable. Have you struggled? I have. There are times when even the biggest optimist turns everything inside out and has nothing to show for it.

I’m not against adversity. I know going through tough situations helps us grow, learn and ultimately find the beauty that is always around us. I want to believe that all things happen for a reason. I may never know exactly why something tragic or unexplainable has occurred; I just have to believe that there is a reason and something good has come from it. I don’t get to know the details, and that’s okay. (Well, I would rather know. I’m kind of nosey that way.)

The three strong, beautiful women on the cover this month really showcase that even when everything is at its toughest and even your life might be on the line, there is an inner strength and perseverance that emerges and shines. It’s beautiful. The photos of Lisa Tibbits without her wig that she’s worn for so many months are beautiful. You can see that she feels confident, centered and focused on what is really important to her.

These ladies are amazing. I’m always impressed with the numbers of people who come out to support women’s health and fundraising organizations, like the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, happening this month. Thousands will line the street with pink ribbons for a beautiful cause. I hope you come out and walk, run or support those who are looking to make a difference in women’s lives. The race is on Sunday, April 25. Hey, pink is my favorite color. It will look great on you!

Speaking of pink, I also happen to have the perfect pink golf skirt. I’m looking forward to donning it on May 15, when Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and MSU Forest Akers Golf Course presents Capital Area Women’s Golf Day. I’m looking forward to a few tips from Teresa Zamboni, 2007 L.P.G.A. National Teacher of the Year, and let’s face it; even if you’re a good golfer, it has been a long winter. And if you’re a first time golfer, this is a great opportunity for you to get started. You can register at Forest Akers G.C. (

I wouldn’t say that I can play that well, but I have a ton of fun on the greens. Let’s see … I get to hang out with my friends, drive a golf cart, hit a ball (that typically matches my outfit), and I’m in the sun. And, you can start warming up for the 2010 CAWLM Lady Classic on September 16. You won’t want to miss it! This year’s proceeds from the Lady Classic will be donated to the City Rescue Mission Family Center for Women and Children.

Speaking of causes, I made a New Year’s resolution to do something new every month this year. I did the Polar Plunge in January, knitted a scarf (what a nightmare) in February, and shot a gun in March. (That was actually fun.) I am working with my husband this month to learn ballroom dancing. Boy, that will be a riot. If it isn’t ’80s music, I’m not sure we’ll be able to move to the beat.

Have a great spring … do a little dance!

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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

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