Listen to Your Mother

I’m not sure how long I stood at the podium, breathing. Waiting for the courage to open my mouth.

I wasn’t really nervous until I got to the venue for the audition on that bright, sunny Sunday morning. But that was when it became real.

I’m a writer who likes to share, as you can see by my accosting you on Facebook and Twitter with links to my latest posts or other places I’ve been featured.

But I’m also a writer whoย likes to hide back here behind my computer. If you don’t like my piece, you click away, and I hopefully never have to know.

But this time I had to step out of my comfort zone. I chose to share a part of me with two ladies in hopes that I would get a chance to share it with an audience one hundred times that.

I breathed. And I started reading. I started reading from the place where my piece originated: deep in my heart, from a place I hadn’t reached down into in a long time. I felt it. I owned it.

I tried not to shake. I prayed I wouldn’t vomit.

And when it was over, I was light as a feather. Even if I didn’t make it past this audition, I had told a story that needed to be told. Even if it was just to the two women in that room that morning whose job it was toย make notes, compare me to others, and decide if my work was worthy.

And they did.

I’m honored and to be included in the 2012 Austin cast of Listen to Your Mother, a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. So now instead of reading it to just 2 people, I will read it in front of 200 and share the stage with 14 other amazing women.

The show will take place on April 29 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center theater.ย And you should come! Tickets are on sale now, and you can find links to the videos from the 2011 show here. I highly recommend Jenny Lawson, Kristin Armstrong, Gigi Ross, and Wendi Aarons…and well all of them! I am truly humbled, as I look at these videos and think to myself,ย There is no way I am in the same class as these women.

I can’t wait. Of course, they may want to provide a bucket for me to get sick in.


My genuine thanks go out to my biggest fans who always knew I would get chosen:

My readers for continuing to come here and let me know that you like what I have to say.

Leighann for being my bloggy bestie and always giving her heartfelt encouragement.

Huge thanks to Christian, who has always given his enduring support for this thing that takes up so much of my time, yet provides minimal financial reward. I’m lucky to have someone who stands by me through thick and thin.

An my most heartfelt and teary eyed thanks go out to Alex. Alex was kind enough to take time out of her schedule read my work. She pushed me as a writer like I don’t think I have ever been pushed. She encouraged me to stay the course, dig deep, and unearth feelings I had long since forgotten — to own it. She believed in me and my story. I’m not sure which made me more teary eyed: seeing that I got into the show or her telling me that my piece was ready to submit. An although the writing is mine, I feel like I owe her half the byline for her support and encouragement.


I’ll see you on the stage.


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    1. Likewise, Missy. I’m so anxious for the 1st rehearsal. I know yours will be heartfelt and witty and amazing and then I’ll not want to read mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Beautiful post! You really managed to capture the feeling of putting yourself out there with the work that it takes to get there. Congratulations and thanks for inspiring me to keep at it!!!

  2. Congrats! I’m so proud of you. You are so talented and now you can shine! Don’t forget us little people on your first lecture series. Wish I could be there but I know you will be your awesome self. Love & hugs.

    1. Thank you, Ann. I’m SO honored and excited and hopefully will not provide the first ever LTYM embarrassing gaffe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Yay! I am doing a little happy dance for you. You pushed yourself out of your comfort zone. I know how hard that is! I’m so proud to know you.


  4. I think it’s wonderful to step out of our comfort zone since it challenges us to blossom. And I think it takes great courage to go before such a large audience. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you! It will be the largest audience I’ve ever spoken to. I’m excited about the challenge, but scared!

  5. I can’t believe i didn’t see this post in March. Now I’m the one who is teary-eyed (and not because I missed it a few weeks ago). I’m honored to have been any part of this process.
    Thank you for trusting me with your words before they were ready. At first (and second and third) digging can be more painful than cathartic, but you and your story needed to be in that show. I’m glad LTYM saw it. I’m glad you saw that.

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