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Women’s Expo empowers with opportunities

Event: Truly Chic Affair hosts forum to network information, products

Posted: July 31, 2010 8:38 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus resident Cassandra Firemark, holding 3-month-old Lily Firemark, gets a massage from Marianne Prottung, right, during The New You Womens Expo at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Saturday.

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“I’m a real loser. I’m not good enough the way I am. I care too much about what other people think.”

Speaker Dilyse Diaz turned over a piece of paper and read notes scribbled on the other side: “I believe I can do difficult things. I believe that I’m strong. I can solve problems.”

The lines were written by an anonymous woman sitting amongst about 35 others in an audience.

Diaz, a local psychotherapist, used the example to encourage the group of mostly women not to dwell on negative identify beliefs but instead, to sit and be mindful about what is true and positive about who they are at the present time.

“That in itself will change your life,” she said to the group of women, and some men, listening in the Hyatt Regency Valencia ballroom. “We can take a step out and be brave and sit with ourselves. We’re very flawed but very okay.”

The talk was part of The New You Women’s Expo, hosted on Saturday by Truly Chic Affairs.

Johnna Cooper, of Newhall, and friend Kristi Miranda, of Castaic, were listening out for motivational messages.

“We’re kind of in the mindset of doing a lot of self-improvement so we thought we’d come check it out,” she said.

Cooper said she felt empowered by Diaz’ advice to “sit and be mindful with yourself.”

“I think as women we get so caught up in taking care of the house or kids that we don’t get five minutes to just sit with ourselves,” she said. “I think that can be very impactful, just taking that time.”

Truly Chic Owner Kendra Quiros planned the expo because she thought there was a lack of women’s expos in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“We get so inundated with all of our daily lives, putting everyone first except for ourselves,” said Quiros, of Canyon Country.

Twenty-two vendors and a handful of guest speakers participated in the event. At least 100 visitors, which included a few men, perused the booths to learn about stress release or dressing on a budget.

The expo was the first opportunity for Valencia resident Zeny Benitez to showcase her new business — Simply Hand Painted, collections of artistically decorated wine glasses.

“It just started as a hobby, and then my husband lost his job, so I said, ‘I’m selling my glasses,’” Benitez said. “This is good for exposure.”


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