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It Was a Good Day

I recently migrated my blog and some of the pictures didn’t make the move. So imagine pictures where captions are. 
Before I begin, head over to Brandi’s website.
She took most of these amazing pictures.
And she is so adorable AND has amazing style.
You will be able to tell the ones I took on my phone.
They are all shaky and steamy because I WAS NERVOUS PEOPLE. 


Me in action LTYM
HAAAAYAA. Photo courtesy of Balee Images.

I mentioned I was lucky enough to be cast as a reader in the 2014 Listen To Your Mother lineup back in February.
Well, the show was last weekend and YOU GUYS!
I waited an entire week to start writing this post, which is long for me to wait to put “pen to paper”.
There was no actual pen or paper because HELLO 2014.
Why did I wait so long?
The feels.
I wish I wish, I WISH I could just put it into one big sentence or statement.
One that will make you buy tickets to next year’s show, like RIGHT NOW.
You can’t buy tickets for next year yet, it’s the thought.

Sarah is showing her underwear. Tee hee. Photo courtesy of Balee Images.

It was the best thing I have been a part of in my entire life.
I am not at all embellishing.
This is the thing, I didn’t even realize that it was the best thing until I was walking off the stage after reading my piece.
Like wading through a pool of Jello pudding.
As I was walking, all I could hear in my head were the wah wah wah voices like on Charlie Brown when the adults talk.
You know what I am talking about??

For me to do a recap, I need to write in paragraphs with titles.
Otherwise, my recap would look like this:

HOLY CRAPBALLS THE FEELS. Omg, wait! I forgot to talk about the nervous stomach OH AND DRY MOUTH DROPS. I didn’t sweat. Graffiti on a house. THE PIZZA WAS AMAZING. Tree.


My supportive friends LTYM
Me with some of “my people”. I love them all. Photo courtesy of Balee Images.

Friggin Flu

My parents were so amazingly supportive of this whole process.
So in February when they said they were driving all the way from Chattanooga to be there, I was so excited.
For many reasons, but for my dad who is a pizza fanatic, to try Pizano’s.
It doesn’t take much for us to get excited.
So when my dad called on the Wednesday night before the show to tell me my mom had the flu, think H1N1 type flu, I was pretty upset.
I would say devastated but that sounds too dramatic for me.
Yet it did suck.
Big time.
When this huge bouquet of flowers came on Saturday afternoon from my parents, I literally sobbed.
Because it meant that they were FOR SURE not going to be able to make it.
Yes, they will see it on YouTube in July but it just isn’t the same.
That is why I think we should recreate it when they come up in two weeks!
Sound OK?




Never mind. 

I will say that the “devastation” was definitely a lot less because I knew “my people” would be in the audience.
I hate how possessive that sounds but I think you know what I mean.
Everyone has “their people”.
My immediate family and close friends, or in my case, friends who have become family.
I had lots of love in the audience.

Knowing they were there supporting me, cheering me on made this day so special.
You know who you are.
Thank you for being my surrogate mommies and daddies that day.
It meant so, so much to me and I know to my parents too.

Whoa that is a theater. LTYM


Like the old-fashioned kind with the big bulbs and everything!!

Not gon’ lie, I was nervous starting the week before.
Every time I would think about it or read my piece, my palms would sweat.
My feet would sweat.
My boobs would sweat.
Once I got to the theater, I actually felt calm.
Being around all these other amazing women was so calming and just unforgettable.
I might forget walking to the podium, the feeling as I left the stage or even what type of pizza I ate afterward but I will never forget the conversations I had with my cast mates before going on stage.
Oh, and I will never forget that Secret Clinical Strength is LIQUID GOLD.
I am a nervous perspirer.
I didn’t sweat the entire day, I smelled fresh as a daisy and all was right with my armpits.
It is worth the 9 bucks.


Our LTYM cast
These women. THESE WOMEN. Photo courtesy of Balee Images.

Like Bobbi Brown. Only better. And cuter.

When I found out I made the cast, one of the first things I fretted about was, “what in Pete Rose’s name am I gonna wear???”
Because I am known to rock Capri pants.
To important events.
The second worry was, “what in Pete Rose’s name am I gonna do about makeup???”
Because I don’t wear makeup.
To important events.
Then I remembered!
I have a 14-year-old daughter who is training to become the next person who does a lot of makeup!

By the way, it’s BOBBI Brown, not BOBBY Brown.
There is a difference.
One will make you look pretty.
The other will Rock Witcha. 

When I asked her if she would do my makeup, she was taken by surprise.
In a good way.
Then agreed right away and maybe threw in an “OMG Mom” and I think I heard something like, “do you even know what a brow brush is?”
The answer to that is no.

Was I worried about my appearance?
Not once.
If you know me, you know it is uncharacteristic of me to not fret or freak out about things like this.
But I didn’t.
I had total faith in her.
And it was the best I looked, like ever.
Even better than my wedding day.
Probably because I did my own makeup that day.

My LTYM outfit

Maybe I can wear culottes

I think what I enjoyed most about the Listen to Your Mother Facebook group was the pre-show wardrobe banter.
I wasn’t in crisis mode about finding a dress as much as some of my friends but I did have an A-Ha! moment.
I bought my original dress for $11.88 at the Gap Outlet in March.
It was black and simple but just, eh.

Then three weeks before the show, I was at Old Navy, not looking for a dress when the dress found me.
Green, perfect shape, looks pretty good on and was 25 bucks on sale for 19.99.
I bought a coordinating necklace there for 9.95.
Wore shoes I bought last summer at TJMaxx for an embarrassingly low price.
And I was done.
It fits me and my whole MO.
I bought my entire outfit for LTYM for under 30 bucks.
Top to bottom.


Our LTYM podium
Yeah, what SHE said.

Helllooooooooo. Is anybody out therrrrrrrrre????

I am not gonna lie, when I stood at the podium, it was like talking to an empty theater.
Because the lights were so bright, oh so bright, that I couldn’t see one person in the audience.
And there were plenty.
Think 500 plus plenty.
But I just couldn’t see them.
Which made this experience so much easier.
It was like I was reading it in my living room with a laugh track.
It was amazing, awesome and quite honestly, like an out of body experience.
I don’t remember how I read my piece, I don’t remember if my speech was slurred, if my upper lip was sweating, if my boobs were saggy (BTW, TOTALLY wore the” bra.), if I had dry mouth, dry eyes, dry skin.
I think I even gave gang symbols on my way out to the podium.
That is all I remember.
It was surreal.


Paulette and I getting crazy LTYM
THIS KIND OF PHOTO OP NEVER GETS OLD. Photo courtesy of Balee Images.


You want to be a part of this experience.
You do.
The feels, the people, the bonding moments, being a part of something bigger than you.
You want it.
You do.
I want this to come to every single state in America.
Ohio, you don’t host this show yet!!!
I had so many people who asked me HOW DO I GET IT TO COME TO MY CITY after seeing the pictures of me so happy because you want this feeling too.

Here is how you work on getting it to come to YOUR neck of the woods:

According to one of my co-producers, Melisa, the call for new cities comes in October, so make sure you are in the know by following Listen to Your Mother on Facebook AND checking for updates on the Listen To Your Mother website.

It is a labor of love putting together a show like this, but it is so worth it.
The feels, THE FEELS.
I would totally produce a show in Ohio.
If I lived in Ohio.
Or remotely near Ohio.

Photo courtesy of Balee Images.


I wanted to go home with my cast mates after the show.
Or go out for a beer.
I didn’t want it to end.
It was this amazing experience that only 14 other women at that moment in time could understand.
AND the 24 other Listen to Your Mother alum in the audience.



All of the LTYM cast members so far
LTYM Alumni Picture. Isn’t that amazing??? And boom we are alumni now! Photo courtesy of Balee Images.

But it was due to the talent and hard work of my co-producers Melisa and Tracey.
OK here is something not many people know, I was a little unsure of my piece.
I was.
It was a personal confidence thing that I am sure a lot of people can relate to.
Especially when it is something you are going to read aloud in front of hundreds of people.
I cried the whole way home from the first rehearsal because I thought I was going to bomb.

The first week after I was in a confidence funk.
It was when my mom, among a few others,  said something to the effect of “trust in them. They picked you for a reason.”

They saw in me what I could not see in myself.
And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Sometimes we need a push.
Thank you for the push.
Thank. You.

Athenaeum Theater Chicago
The amazing theater that I cannot for the life of me pronounce or spell. Photo courtesy of Balee Images.

Listen to Your Mother was the brainchild of Ann Imig.
She is a blogger, mom, beautiful human with some mad style.
Visit her blog here and head to LTYM’s YouTube page to listen to all the amazing stories of the past.
Our stories will be there in July!
Be sure to watch this video here, it encompasses why I wanted to be a part of this and why you want it in your city in 2015.

It is now a full week later and I am still flying high.
I am still full of confidence that I absorbed from the energy of 14 other women in Chicago on May 4th.
I will never forget this experience, how it made this stay at home mom feel like a rock star for just one day.
I am forever changed by it.
And if you live near a city that participates, you will be too.

My take away from Listen to Your Mother was many things.
More confidence in myself as a writer, stepping outside of my zone as well as learning that I am worth standing on a stage for 5.1 minutes and telling the world my little piece.
But the biggest take away’s were Lea, Andrea, Sarah, Paulette, Julie, Kim, Melisa, Kristen, Saya, Keely, Meggan, Tracey, Hyacinth, and Crystal.

My LTYM Cast
My new friends.  Photo courtesy of Balee Images.


38 thoughts on “It Was a Good Day”

  1. I love all of the feels. I remember all of the feels so vividly from 2013. And I am so happy you got to feels them, too. You WERE a Rock Star up there on that stage. I love you.


  2. What an awesome after show post!! You were able to capture so much that I still have trouble putting into words. Welcome to the LTYM family!! Love from LTYM #Baltimore


  3. Awesome recap post and I felt all the feels!! You captured the essence of it so wonderfully. Welcome to the LTYM family, hugs from LTYM #Baltimore.


  4. You were amazing. So was the rest of your cast. So are Melisa, Tracey and Ann. Love you all (and yes, pass the Kleenex too).


  5. Kari, you are lovely and amazing! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful experience.Also? Would your daughter teach me how to do makeup? Because I'm dumb.


  6. You are amazing! BTW, they sell Secret Clinical at Costco, with their occasional coupon, it's like $4. Buy the limit and never sweat again….


  7. Dude. I love you. And I will be your mama in kulats anytime you need me. I will also bring pie. You were AMAZING.


  8. It was so fantastic! I loved your piece, and I cackled at all the funny bits, nodding and thinking to myself "ME TOO!" I nearly shouted, "ME TOO!", but then I would've gotten in big trouble. Thank you so much for coming to support our show. And I'm so excited for the videos. Binge watching party on YouTube! 🙂


    1. I was so happy you were there.I remember you telling me about the ME TOO moment at Pizanos!! And we are TOTALLY getting together since I basically am your neighbor.


  9. Oh sweet girl. You are so awesome. I wish we COULD do it again, but Melisa said no. Blame her. 😉


  10. You. Are. Awesome. So wish I could've been one of "your people" that day! Being there in spirit just isn't the same……we've got to stop talking about coming out to see you and just do it.


    1. You were "my people" cheering me on from afar. 🙂 And you are coming out this summer.


  11. So cool! Your enthusiasm is infectious. Congrats again to you! And thanks for the deodorant tip – clinical strength? I had no idea.


  12. So glad you had this experience and that you LOVED it! This post is just as good as you telling it in person. 🙂 Sorry for being so late to all the feels. I hope the feels are still wrapped around you LIKE A BOSS!


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