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Announcing Listen To Your Mother 2015!

Well, the 2015 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (LTYM) season has officially kicked off with last week’s announcement of 29 returning cities and 10 new cities giving motherhood the microphone! This national celebration of motherhood is quite an accomplishment, considering LTYM’s Founder Ann Imig started out with one single show in 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Not since Kate Middleton wore a blue and white polka dotted maternity dress and introduced the royal baby on the steps of the London hospital has there been so much buzz in social media. Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit,  but I promise there’s gonna be a lot of LTYM excitement in your news feed and just about everywhere else on the web during the next seven months.

You can find us everywhere:  on our national website , our local blog , FB , Twitter, Instagram, and, of course, our own LTYM YouTube channel.  My gosh, we’re even on Pinterest!

This is STL’s third year as part of the national ensemble, and I can honestly say that LTYM has made me a better person, personally and professionally. This project is a labor of love, and I consider everyone involved to be part of the family, including the cast, the director/producers, the local and national sponsors, the audience, and everyone who has opened their heart and submitted stories along the way.

I hope you join us in the celebration of motherhood—because we all have a story to tell. And now we have a captive audience to listen. Together we will laugh, cry, and witness the power of the written word, especially when read aloud in front of an auditorium full of people and shared globally in social media.

I know it sounds hard to believe, but LTYM changes lives. Really. Just ask the people in our cast from 2013 and 2014. Their heartwarming stories have made a difference, and to all of them I’m forever grateful.

cast on steps

2014 LTYM STL cast

Our first curtain call.

2013 LTYM STL inaugural cast

And finally, to my LTYM cohorts, Laura Edwards Ray and Naomi Francis, let’s get this party started!

ellie, laura and naomi with LTYM frame

Ellie, Laura & Naomi