A day for themselves and an opportunity to learn tools to "live from a full cup." That's what attendees at this weekend's RENEW Women's Expo have to look forward to, according to keynote speaker Elizabeth Trinkaus.
As a life enrichment coach and founder of Pinnacle View, Trinkaus believes women get so busy taking care of others, that they forget to take care of themselves, often with negative consequences.
"My message is really about how it is imperative to fill our own cup or we can't take care of others without exhaustion and depression and resentment," Trinkaus said.
She will be speaking at the Women's Expo slated for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the APlex. A few tickets still remain for the day-long event put together by the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce. This marks the second straight year for the Women's Expo that is being brought back by popular demand.
Featured along with Trinkaus are a wide variety of vendor booths for shopping and informative break-out sessions on such topics as laughter, organizing, retirement, accessorizing, massage, tanning and vehicle maintenance.
Tickets are $30 each and available at the Chamber, Neiman's Family Market and Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan.
RENEW Women's Expo
Saturday, March 17
8 a.m.-4 p.m., APlex
"Our culture teaches us our happiness is out there and that we are to take care of everyone else," Trinkaus said. "We often feel guilty when we slow down and do some things for ourselves or take care of ourselves."
Her own "aha" moment came many years ago after she had just broken up with a boyfriend. Her friends took out for pizza to console her and asked her what her favorite pizza.
"I realized I didn't know what I liked," Trinkaus said. "I knew everyone else's favorite food and music, but not my own. I had been trained culturally to take on the world about me. I was frightened to just be me. This was a long time ago."
With the help of some great teachers and coaches, Trinkaus said she found the courage to be herself and to stop, listen and know what she needed. Ultimately, she founded Pinnacle View as a life enrichment coaching company. She has been working with individuals, groups and businesses for over 20 years now in a perpetual quest to promote harmony of thought and experience.
While in Alpena, Trinkaus will be sharing specific tools that have worked for many other women. She also will share success stories of women who have applied those tools and how their lives have shifted, she said.
Her approach to empowering others incorporates identifying and clearing inner child blocks and negatives tapes that keep them from achieving personal and professional success.
"Negative self-talk depletes our energy," said Trinkaus. "Negative self-talk is made up of thoughts, and thoughts can be changed into positive self-talk which empowers and inspires us."