GOTG Event Recap: Care Begins with Me 10/2/14
By Yessenia Anderson, Kellie Edson & Jamee Villa
Sacramento has much to offer in the way of restaurants and other area attractions, but a few of the Girls on the Grid writers were fortunate enough to attend an event on October 2nd that really gave us a different perspective. Regardless of the countless opportunities for fun and adventure in this city there is nothing more important than taking part in the most important daily event – caring for yourself. A big thank you to Kidaround Magazine for giving us the opportunity to attend.
Dignity Health’s annual expo Care Begins with Me is a local health and lifestyle event for women. Walking into the Sheraton Grand we immediately felt the sense that the evening was going to be an enjoyable retreat, especially for us as mothers of small children.
The marketplace expo floor was lined with both local and well-known brands and vendors. Booths ranged from plastic surgery centers to blow dry bars. As a big foodie, the first booth to catch Yessenia’s eye was the one with a display of delicious jams. Many jellies and jams you see at big retailers tend to have a lot of preservatives locked into their jars. The Good Stuff is locally based and made with only organic products. The Good Stuff jams are sold in Corti Brothers and Sacramento Natural Foods Co Op.
Then from her first love of food to her love of art, Barbara Bussey and her painting project quickly lured Yessenia in. Different than your typical vintage, actually having a hand in making those items yourself was pretty cool concept. The Treasured Home is a little ways of the grid in Fair Oaks but well worth a trip. The space offers antiques and vintage home and garden décor, no prep chalk and milk paint; gifts wrapped to-go and hands-on classes!
Being a sleep deprived mother of a 7-month-old, besides wanting ALL the wine, Kellie happily enjoyed sampling truffles from a relatively new chocolatier in Sacramento – Le Grand Confectionary. These truffles were amazing! They are located across from Loehmans plaza in the Lyon Village in Arden Arcade. It was also fun to see all of the cute kiddo items from Rubina Designs, Esha and others.
Jamee was thrilled to see Chocolate Fish Coffee pouring at the event. Coffee in one hand and wine in the other – sounds like a dream!
After making the rounds we grabbed a few delicious goodies to munch on and sat back to take in the night’s keynote speaker New York Times best selling author Kelly Corrigan. Sacramento’s own Deidre Fitzpatrick kicked off the event. Much love to her for emceeing while on crutches and we wish you a speedy recovery!
Even if you did not know who Kelly Corrigan was upon arrival, leaving the event we felt as if we needed to purchase any piece of literature she ever put her name on. Before starting her talk, she made us laugh and loosen up by “tightening” up and challenging all in attendance to take part in an impromptu kegel exercise that would surely get us into the Guinness Book of World Record.
She then read an excerpt from her new book ‘Glitter and Glue’ (buy it now! Just trust us). The excerpt gave us insight into her journey as a mother, a wife and a most of all a daughter. She also has two other books, ‘Lift’ which is a book that is a letter to her two daughters and ‘The Middle Place’ which chronicles her struggle with breast cancer in her thirties while her father also battled the disease.
She also talked about how we are creating a narrative in our everyday interactions (as well as how the media does) and how this isn’t always a good thing. We put everything in the context of villains and heroes and resolutions rather than just letting life be the messy experience that it is. Everything shouldn’t fall into a neat linear package of catharsis with all of our social media images lying neatly in a row. And that the in between all of that is what life really is. A surprisingly simple, but powerful concept for us all to remember. Kelly’s insightful, tender and downright hilarious talk basically made us all want to be her new best friend.
Following Kelly’s talk, the marketplace expo continued and different ‘Care Talks’ from Dignity Health’s doctors took place. These ranged from back pain and gut pain to knee health and cancer.
All in all, it was a little weeknight escape that we very much enjoyed. Especially as moms, but as women in general, we have to remember that we can only be the best that we can be if we remember to care for ourselves first.