Your what-if minutes

“But I’m not a writer!” Is what I hear most often when I tell people they should consider Listen to Your Mother.

“But you are a storyteller.” Is my answer, every single time.

I know this to be true because this is what we all are.

When we take that perfect photo of one sibling nudging another, that chocolate chip cookie that was smudge-across-both-cheeks good, and the hand placed on an arm that shows the beginning of something (or other).

It’s that perfect Facebook status, that story that you love telling to a room full of girlfriends polka dotting your living room gin and tonics in hand, or that one that’s tucked away in the back crevices of your heart that you’ve never (ever) told anyone.

Storytelling is when you share a page out of your book and the result is melding chapters into someone else’s tale.

Listen to Your Mother is the exact same.

Last year’s show looked like this:

women But what you didn’t see is that it started with one person sharing their moment in time.

With someone who was willing to take it in.


2013 cast member Jeanne Bain

“Everyone has that one story inside them,” my friend Stacy once said.

We were unceremoniously plopped on our own deliciously made-by-someone-else hotel bed, four women’s (mostly unnecessary) things strewn between us. Her thick, auburn hair grazed her deceivingly strong arms, her mouth set, her eyes fixed. She meant it.

There’s a story written inside of each of us that’s made to be shared.

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This photo of 2013 cast member Elisa Bernick, like all the other stunners on this page, is via Jennifer Liv Photography

And once it is shared, it becomes life-changing on both sides of the story.

This is what Listen to Your Mother is; it’s what happens when you use your what-if minutes to go for it.

Listen to Your Mother Twin Cities is accepting submissions through today. There are actually a whole lot of what-if minutes between now and then. How are you going to use them?

(If you’re not local to me, check here to see the 32 cities hosting Listen to Your Mother this year. Is there a show near you? How many what-if minutes are there between right now and when their submissions close?)

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2013 cast jewelry made by Dawn Butler Jewelry

Tracy, Vikki, and I promise not to open the submissions in our Listen to Your Mother email until tomorrow.

What-if you used the minutes between now and then to take a slice out of your story and write it down exactly like you’d tell it if you were facing a friend at a restaurant, on a hike, over a text, or in a hotel room with freshly made beds, and then you shared it with us?

I don’t know exactly what happens when you take a pass on what-ifs, but I do know that a whole lot of magic lies in diving into them.

What-if your story became a page out of this:


Galit, Tracy, Vikki, Heather circa 2013

 Listen to Your Mother, Twin Cities * Thursday May 8th, 2014 *

Riverview Theatre, Minneapolis*

What-if you were there?

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  1. This is the LTYM heartbeat. Right here. Thank you for everything, Galit.

  2. You have no idea how much I would love to come and Listen To Your Mother with all of you! xo

  3. Ahhhh. All those stories. This year LTYM is not near me. But those stories are close to my heart. Thanks to you for helping to ensure that all of them are heard.

  4. Love this will share!

  5. Oh how I wish I could be there and soak up the lovely experience :)

  6. I so wish I could be there!