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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Listen To Your Mother


"Story is a search for community. 
As we tell each other who we really are, we find the people with whom we really belong.
Story brings us home."
~Christina Baldwin~



I believe in the power of stories.
The power of connection stories brings us.
The ability to know ourselves, our neighbors, and strangers better through shared expression.

Within the last year I've allowed myself to
bleed this truth out pen to page.
Typescript to screen.

But today?  Oh, darlin's....

Today,
I am unbelievably proud.
delighted.
down right giddy.
to announce my intentions to SPEAK this truth too.

I will be joining the 2013 Milwaukee cast of Listen To Your Mother.

The purpose of the show is to give Motherhood a microphone, heck a megaphone. And when mama speaks? Her community listens. What started as an one city, one night event to celebrate Mother's Day as a community {the beginnings told wonderfully HERE} in Madison Wisconsin, has evolved into a celebrated event being hosted in 24 cities across the country - including, for the first time, Milwaukee.

 
 
Just a little over a week ago my mama drove 8 hours
to hold my hand, and to tip my chin high
as I went and auditioned.

I cannot begin to express here the significance of having my mama by my side,
except to say that it was one of the top 4 experiences we've shared together in 29 years,
2 of the 4 being the days I introduced her for the first time to her grandchildren.

I kept quiet about the audition
as I felt a peaceful hush within me
that needed to be honored.

No matter what the outcome,
just having my mother outside the door as I spoke my mother truth -
out loud...to strangers...
empowered me in ways that still glimmer and are growing inside me.

Afterwards, walking in the door to children
who looked at me expectantly and {perhaps a little too familiar with American Idol}
asked if I had "won."

The joy I felt about the ability to say
 I won
long before I knew if I had been chosen

because I'm still doing things that are scary,
that may not end up the way I want,
that take me places I didn't plan.

you know, the very things I encourage them to see through...

they see that their mama is 
in this big, beautiful mess
of discovery, too.

This joy,
it's not about "making it", no.
that's not what this event is about.

I truly and passionately
believe in the power of every person's story
on stage or off.

This joy,
is about belonging to this movement
being apart of its
spreading,
gaining voices,
dialects,
lilts, and
lives.

About women and men showing up to speak and listen.

It's about finding your story and hearing it connect to the greater story being told all around us.

....It's about finding yourself, home.


check out the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel full of amazing, breathtaking, honest stories that have been told in years prior. Careful, watching is more addictive than Pinterest. 





38 comments:

  1. YAY! oh, Tara.
    the way you live love shines Jesus straight through. i am so excited for you and the voice He has given you, and even that hush within that you honor.
    congratulations! and i love how you won before you knew. a great victory, indeed.

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    1. thank you so much, Kelli! One day, we will speak our words to each other in person! xo

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  2. It is so wonderful to have you be part of our inaugural show, Tara. Thank YOU.

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    1. i am jump up and down excited...and i'm not a jump up and down kinda girl. but for this? oh. let there be jumping :)

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  3. Thank you for articulating the mission of this project so beautiful with your own audition story.

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    1. umm... more like thanks to YOU for creating and believing in this mission. I am crazy excited to be a part. xo

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  4. Welcome to the LTYM family! Loved how you described the auditioning process. :)

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    1. yay! so glad we're family :) {I do have some weird 3rd cousins I should warn you about...}

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  5. Thrilled for you! Milwaukee doesn't know how lucky it is to have you:)

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    1. Kimberly! Oh, how I wish we could talk for hours face to face. Yours is a story I want to hear first hand. xo. This life is long and amazing.... Here's to our future meeting!!

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  6. Congrats! Your spoken words will now touch people in the same way your written words do.

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    1. thanks so much, Christine! SO happy to be with you on this journey.

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  7. Tara,

    As I said, I loved your piece even more when I heard you read it out loud. It was pure magic. We are so blessed to have you!

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    1. Jen, I cannot thank you enough for your hand in all of this. You were the peaceful presence I needed. I cannot wait to walk this out with you {and in person! yay!}. Beyond excited.

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  8. This is so gorgeous Tara and I'm thrilled for you. Wish I could be there to hear you read your words.

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    1. sigh. oh, I wish we could hear each other in person too. For now, I know there will be YouTube of this.... but that's not enough. Not until I can squeeze ya. :)

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  9. Congratulations, Tara! So is Milwaukee the closest location to home? I think I would love to go to an event like this. Please keep posting the details!

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    1. Thanks, Judy! Yes. Milwaukee is the closest to home. I think you would love it! It will be May 5th, 3:00 and tickets and location will be announced here really soon. I will for sure keep you in the loop when I hear more... I would LOVE to have faces I know out there :)

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  10. Oh, I'm just so happy to hear this! Congrats!

    Steph

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    1. Steph - it was through you that I heard about this at all... me, eagerly soaking up every detail you shared last year. I KNEW i had to try to be a part. I'm so happy for your involvement! xoxo.

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  11. So happy for you! xo
    I wish I could be there.

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    1. Kerstin - oh, I wish you could too!! I would LOVE to meet you. xo

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  12. Congratulations from LTYM:OKC team! This post so perfectly puts into words the soul of this project. Well said. I can't wait to see you on the YouTube channel!

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    1. ahh! I can't wait to see OKC team on YouTube, too! So happy to be doing this with you all!

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  13. Lovely, lovely !! Congratulations - and please post a link when it's all done. Would love to see you doing this.

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    1. oh, thank you so much Diana! I will! Even though I'm SURE I will think I look NOTHING like that when I talk ;)

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  14. Congratulations Tara! They are so lucky to have you speak!

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    1. thanks so much, Leah! There's going to be one in the cities too that I know is gunna be amazing!

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  15. I'm squealing over here! I read the news on FB yesterday, but reading this in your words...wow. I nodded along as I read your post. I believe each of us has a story and in the sharing of our stories it can be a powerful way to connect and really see each other.
    I am so happy for you, so excited for you. You're going to dazzle them with your words and your heart. Your beautiful heart.

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    1. thank you so much, Heidi. I know you *get* the mission, the power of LTYM. I only wish I could see your pretty face up there reading those powerful words of yours. Someday. Plus, I get to hold your book in my hands, so talk about a major win for me!!

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