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What’s the #1 fear of most people? Public speaking. What’s the #2 fear? Watching themselves speaking. OKay, so now that I got that out of the way, I’m actually very excited to share with you our entire LTYM St. Louis playlist, now live on our YouTube channel. In fact, you can watch shows from all 24 cities across the nation, from Chicago to Washington, DC. That’s about 350 speakers, who all have their own stories to tell.

Of course, it’s impossible to capture the energy in the room that day. St. Louis was the only city to have two performances, a morning and afternoon, and, believe it or not, we were so pumped up that we felt like we could have done it again if our Spanx were not so damn uncomfortable.

Sure there was a lot of estrogen on stage, but let’s just say even the guys needed tissues. Men, women, young, old, got something out of LTYM. We choreographed the show so that each story flowed in a way that took the audience on an intimate, emotional journey that they’ll never forget. Even my own 14-year-old daughter, who rarely gives me a compliment, said she was teary-eyed after listening to every reading. I was so touched by her honest feedback that I told her, “That is so sweet, honey. I’m so happy we accomplished our goal to connect the cast to the audience.” And then responded, “I was probably just getting my period.”

Nothing like your own kid bursting your bubble. Deep inside though, I think she got it. Maybe she was even a little proud of her own mom.

So, take your time and view the videos, as well as performances from the other cities, and feel free to share with everyone you know. There’s something magical about this national movement to celebrate Mother’s Day that brings people together.

By the way, it takes a lot of people behind the scenes to pull off this enormous project, and none of this would be possible without our local and national sponsors. So thank you to our National Video Sponsor, Drugfree.org, which saves the lives of teenagers by preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse. Do your part and help stop this epidemic by taking a pledge to talk about teen medicine by visiting The Medicine Abuse Project. Also, huge shout-out to National Media Sponsors BlogHer and One 2 One Network, as well as our local Presenting Sponsor, St. Luke’s Hospital, who went above and beyond to make our event so special and has graciously offered to host LTYM again next year. We love ALL of our local supporters, including The Whoo Hoo’s, West Magazine, Bronx Diba Shoe Outlet, The St. Michael School of Clayton, Mexico Road Florist, Vetta Sports, Vintage Vinyl, Girls Dreaming Big, Girls In The Know, Legacy Physical Therapy, Minuteman Press of Bridgeton, Jilly’s Cupcake & Café, Cancer Support Community and Steps for Hope.

Enjoy the show, and see you in 2014!


Our final curtain call.

Our final curtain call.