KAYSVILLE — The Davis Applied Technology College put a different spin on this year’s Women’s Expo and focused more on resources in tough economic times rather than business solutions and careers.
Public Relations Specialist for the DATC Misty Dangle said they were hoping this year would help people realize they are not alone in these tough economic times. The committee who put the expo together also hoped it would help women realize what they have to offer and that they could still find happiness.
“A lot of women just don’t know what kinds of resources are available to them,” said Dangle. “But there’s something here for everyone.”
The halls of the DATC were lined with booths ranging from the Bountiful Food Pantry to Utah State and Weber State University booths to a booth from Safe Harbor. Costco, Utah Dispute Resolution, and 2-1-1 were also available.
“We wanted to bring people into our school, but more importantly, we wanted to utilize the community for resources,” said Dangle.
The event began at 10 a.m. and continued through about 1 p.m. For the first two hours, women wandered the hallways getting information from the LDS Employment Services booth, then heading for a massage just up the hall. Students and representatives from the DATC were on-hand to answer questions and help guide people around.
“We really tried to mix things up this year, too,” said Dangle.
A Deseret Industries Fashion Show was included with keynote speaker Amanda Dickson from KSL, who focused on staying happy.
Dickson, a co-host on KSL’s morning radio show, was the keynote speaker at DATC’s Women’s Expo Saturday and before long, had everyone else feeling happy too. In fact, she had everyone laughing out loud.
Laughter, she said, “the kind of internal jogging that gets the insides moving around,” is one of the ways to happiness.
The other, she said, was forgiveness. She said she looks at forgiveness like a morning ritual – something she likes to do first thing in the morning. She’ll start the day thinking of those whose offenses she’ll forgive — including her own, while brushing her teeth. “Look how good these teeth look,” she quipped.
“You don’t have the energy to feel angry and be happy at the same time,” said Dickson, and starting in the morning “gets your forgiveness metabolism going so when those unexpected slights happen during the day you’ll be ready to forgive.
“The biggest gift you can give yourself is to regularly, easily, all the time, let it go,” she said.
“Why isn’t there TGIM?” she asked the woman at the expo. “I’d like to suggest we could feel happy on a more regular basis.”