“Be You.” written by Lauren Kleyer, guest author
What does that mean? What does it mean to have a women’s expo with a theme that, at first glance, seems to be rather selfish?
I attended the expo in a different capacity this year. I’ve been to the Sioux Center Women’s Expo in years past to try to win some door prizes or to visit a certain booth, but this year I went in looking for more. I went to see what drew these women to this event, and why it was so special.
There’s no doubt that the committee in charge of the expo put in many, many hours to plan this event. The hard-working women behind the weekend deserve a round of applause – for more reason than one.
Through bringing together over fifty different vendors, through setting up a cooking demonstration, through having a wine tasting that benefited The Bridge, these women reminded us what it can look like when you encourage many individuals to “be you” at the same time. They reminded us what a community looks like.
Though we’d often like to think that everyone everywhere should look, act, and think we like do, that’s just not reality. The reality is that every person on earth has something special that they can contribute to those around them – whether that be a truffle shop they just opened, their knowledge of Tupperware, or a faith-based jewelry company. Everyone has something unique that no one else has.
I believe that the “Be You” Sioux Center Women’s Expo was a wonderful reminder that we’re not all the same – and that’s a good thing. If God had called us all for the same purpose, how boring would that be? How mundane and drab would our town, our world, be?
I so enjoyed this event where women of all ages from all walks were not only asked, but encouraged to “be you.” Watching these women champion each other on in their varied pursuits brought tangible joy. What better way to praise our Father than to remind each other that it takes all kinds to make a community work, and that everyone is needed.
I’d encourage you to “be you” in your own unique way today. To remind yourself that God knew what He was doing when He created you with the gifts and talents that you possess. And then look around and remind yourself that each person you see has been given their own gifts. And just like an expo would be pointless if every vendor had the same booth, our community would be pointless without a little diversity.
Barb Den Herder is the Executive Director of the Sioux Center Chamber, an inexperienced blog writer, and an advocate for over 250 chamber businesses.