Friday, May 3, 2013

Your Self Image Can Be Changed

"I don't do anything, really."

"I'm not the type of person to try something new."

"I'm just me,"

"I'd never do anything like that, I could never do that."

Where do we get this idea of ourselves? Who told us way back when, where did we pull messages from, that say, "Nope. You're not the kind of person that does anything that takes planning, work, putting together, asking for favors, approaching strangers, RUNNING THINGS."

But, turns out, I am.

I tell people who ask me what's new, I'm putting on a show! With Jennifer Gaskell; and it's inspirational, emotionally gripping, moving, captivating, and so ass kickin' pura vida.

While the response I'd love to hear is, "Wow! Tell me more! Like where can I buy aaaaaaaaaaaaaall the tickets!, instead I hear, "Oh. I didn't know you did that."

Ha. Can't say I blame them. Because up until this year, I didn't know I did, either.

But with the shoulder to shoulder heave and ho of my co producer and co director, Jenny, and the generous mentorship of selfless women like Ann Imig, Deb Rox, and Stephanie Precourt, along with the community found on the pages of our LTYM Producer/Director Facebook group, We Did It.

The Listen To Your Mother Show Milwaukee is this Sunday, May 5, 3 p.m. at Alverno College's Wehr Hall.  

Tickets are available here.

Our cast is made up of some of the most intriguing voices in our area. I love each of these 14 stories, and am so proud for everyone to hear them.

And when the cast members of  LTYM 2013  look me in the eye, and say, "I've never done anything like this before."
I say, "I know. Isn't it cool???"

THANK YOU, Ann Imig, [founder and creator of Listen To Your Mother] from the bottom to the top of my ever grateful heart, for shaking my world loose, in the most incredible way.

Damn dust in my eyes, again. 

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  1. My eyes have been dusty a lot lately. The experience of LTYM is nothing short of magical. It is more than just a microphone. It is more than an audience. It is more than conquering stage fright. It is the stories. The stories and the truth and the head nods of yup, me too. The stories are what make the difference.

  2. Wow! And good luck! If I lived that far north, I would be buying tickets and dragging all my friends along, but it's a little too far from Arizona.

    I hope I get to meet you someday. You're inspirational.

    1. Thank you, Hillary, it's been wonderful to meet you. xo

  3. I wish I could buy a ticket. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you wonderful kick ass mamas on YouTube. Alexandra, you can do anything you set out to do - you are that amazing. Break a leg this Sunday! xoxo

  4. Gets dusty 'round here sometimes, deosn't it?? I've noticed that too.

    I say, always go towards things that interfere with you mooching along in the same old grooves - every time I resentfully think, That'll definitely interfere with my sitting-on-various-surfaces-around-the-house-time, I run not walk towards the proffered activity. Therefore I go to a lot of local plays my friends are in, join public-access art clubs, go on guided nature hikes in the summer - my instinct here immediately was HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS, but alas you triggered my run-don't-walk response remotely, and I detonated well outside Milwaukee's city limits.

    Break a leg, though - and watch out for dust in the eye!

    1. Going to try and catch up with you this weekend. My mother is visiting, but maybe later tonight... xo

  5. I never doubt you, and wish I could run into you at the grocery store! The talk would be anything but small! Have a wonderful time...bring tissues in case it is dusty there!

  6. I have a feeling goggles won't help that kind of dust.

  7. "And when the cast members of LTYM 2013 look me in the eye, and say, "I've never done anything like this before."

    I say, 'I know. Isn't it cool???'"

    I love the way you think. I have missed you so much; just so you know--you are never far from my thoughts, Alexandra. Coming here and reading the incredible things you are a part of makes me feel so incredibly blessed to have you in my life. You are DOING IT, girl. So many congrats are in order. Never mind the dust in your eye :) XOXOXOX

  8. I just can't wait. One more day.... I am so grateful for what you and Jen have done, and everyone holding that megaphone so we can hear our voices. So grateful.

  9. I have never doubted that you are that person. The person who puts a show like this together, getting storytellers together. Of course you are.

    One more day! Good luck!

  10. I am so happy and proud of you, my friend. I wish I could fly to Milwaukee to see it.


  11. I've ALWAYS seen you as the type of person who would do that.

  12. Dooo ittttt. (read that in the voice of Rob Schnider in every movie that Adam Sandler has created. If you don't know what I'm talking about then just visualize me in a crowd with my top off and the words do it written on it with lipstick.)
    This just got super weird.
    Love you and I wish I could see this in action!

  13. I am so glad the show was as amazing as I knew that it would be. I wish I could have actually been there to experience it myself!

    It's amazing how much we often undersell ourselves not thinking we're capable of doing so many things. I have to remember this lesson for myself!

  14. you're wonderful. and i'm so so proud of you. (not to be confused with 'so so def'--but i'm that too.)

  15. Congratulations to you and Jenny! I know it was a fantastic show with you both at the helm. You have every right to be proud.

    1. Just wait till the videos are up!! You'll be enraptured with the stories!!



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