Meet The Cast: Kit Carlson

by jana on April 6, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

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Kit Carlson is just your average working mom and Disney addict. She writes at Mouseducation.com. She is an Atlanta native and the first Southerner in a family of Mid-westerners. She met her husband at Publix where he was a sign maker and she was the “banker chick.” Today she is the mother of 2 talented teenagers and wife to a very patient Elementary School teacher. She is still a “banker chick” and work as a Senior Credit Analyst. When not working, volunteering, mentoring, nagging, multitasking or generally going insane, she can be found at Disney World, her happiest place on Earth.

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Tell us a little about yourself. 

My name is Kit, and I feel the need to disclose a few things. I do not know David Hasselhoff. The American Girl was not named after me, although we are both absolutely adorable.  And, I am not The Prince seeking Cinderella, unless it means I get to sleep in her castle at Disney World.  
 
My two teenage children will tell you I am a master in the art embarrassment, especially at Disney where my inner child must dance down Main Street.  I am a robotics mentor, a Marching Band mom, and a reliable chauffeur with a mean minivan at my disposal.  I drive them crazy by saying “I love you” as much as possibly, because “I love you” can never be said enough. 
 
My husband will tell you that I am a little crazy, and not just about zombies. It could be argued that I actually require more patience than his class of 3rd grade students.  Fortunately for me, we speak the same language of movie quotes and sarcasm, share a love of board games and home improvement projects, and are both lucky enough to be married to our best friend. 
I am a mom, a wife, a mentor, a friend, a volunteer, a Disney addict, and a very, very lucky lady to be selected to share some of me with all of you.    

What is your favorite piece of writing you’ve ever hit publish on?

The piece I wrote for LTYM is hands down my favorite piece that I have ever written.

However, since it is currently unpublished, I would say my favorite “published” piece is “Understanding Disney Addiction For My Non-Disney Friends.”  The piece is a reminder to stop, enjoy the moment, look outside ourselves, and witness the joy in the world around us.

As a child, did you listen to your mother? When did you start realizing she may actually know what she’s talking about?

To say I was a difficult child is an understatement. My parents divorced when I was in 7th grade. My mother was starting a new career and starting a new life, all at the same time. Doing this with 2 temperamental teens was not easy. The idea that my mother might know a thing or two about life was preposterous. It wasn’t until I had children that I started to appreciate and understand all the sacrifices she had made. I remember on one particular day calling her just to say “I’m sorry” and “I love you.” Mom, thank you for your unconditional love.

Do you listen to your mother now?

My mother is never shy to give advice. And I am definitely my mother’s child in that respect. But, I know that by telling me what she thinks, she is showing me how much she cares. We may not always see eye to eye, but we always see heart to heart.

What are some things you hope your child takes from you, whether you think he’s listening or not?

Be kind, be generous, be supportive, and be forgiving. Don’t just take your place in the world. Stand up, and make the world a better place. And know that no matter where you go or what you do, my love is always there.

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Meet The Cast: Kyle Young

by jana on April 3, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

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In Kyle Young’s life, reinvention has been the theme. “I’ve always been an artist, a writer, and a successful entrepreneur, but how those combine is constantly evolving.” From an award-winning career in marketing, to becoming a mother after forty, she’s re-prioritized and reinvented as life changed. “It’s been a challenge as well as a gift.” Join Kyle as she blogs at Multi-Tasking Woman and on her studio site Kyle Young Artist.

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Tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m an idea person! I keep a sketchpad at hand to make notes (and so I won’t forget them!) because you never know when your next idea will strike. I’ve been making up and telling stories since I was a kid; I even won the ‘Best Storyteller’ prize of one silver dollar awarded by our city librarian. (Can you tell that I like an appreciative audience, too?) But my stories had pictures as well as words. When I went to college, I wanted to become an art teacher, which I did for two years, before starting my own boutique design firm. I think I’m still a teacher at heart. I love to share ideas, things I discover, places I go, and the lessons I’ve learned. And I love listening to other people’s stories, too. From the checkout line, to the client’s office, people are what make life interesting and new… every day!

What is your favorite piece of writing you’ve ever hit publish on?

The First Time I Saw Paris

As a child, did you listen to your mother? When did you start realizing she may actually know what she’s talking about?

Absolutely! I always listened to my mother (was there a choice NOT to?). She taught me so much, not only through her words but by how she experienced her own life. Some good. Some bad. And of course, once I became a mother myself, I’d often catch her words about to come out of my mouth!

Although my mother died in 1987, I often still hear her voice in my head, especially at times I know she would have loved!

What are some things you hope your child takes from you, whether you think he’s listening or not?

Caring honesty. Creativity. The ability to adapt, and problem-solve! And, of course, a true interest in other people.

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Meet The Cast: Kayla Aimee

April 1, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. ********************** Kayla Aimee is a writer, mother and sweet-tea loving southern girl who spends her days uncovering hope and humor in unexpected places. She makes her home and garden in the honeysuckled drenched hills of northern Georgia with her husband, Jeff and their precocious daughter Scarlette. Kayla shares stories of faith, family and her favorite things at KaylaAimee.com and her first book, Anchored: Finding Hope In The Unexpected releases on July 1 with B&H Publishing. Tell us a little about yourself.  I’m a thirty-something southern girl, through and through so I have an affinity for sweet tea and a tendency to overuse the word […]

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Meet The Cast: Dawn Camp

March 30, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. ********************** Dawn Camp is a camera-toting, homeschooling mother of eight children. Her first book, The Beauty of Grace, was published in February 2015 by Revell. She writes for DaySpring’s (in)courage website at www.incourage.me, where her photography previously graced their monthly calendar and currently decorates the desktops of women around the world. Dawn blogs family, faith, and Photoshop at MyHomeSweetHomeOnline.net and is a featured photographer on Adobe’s website for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. She lives with her family in north metro Atlanta. Tell us a little about yourself.  I love to read, but I don’t have as much time for it as I would like. […]

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Meet The Cast: Renee A. Yawn

March 27, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. ********************** Renee is a transplant from Warren, MI just north of Detroit. Shortly after she graduated high school, her father moved to Georgia to marry a long time female friend, and Renee followed. It was there that she met her husband of nearly 25 years. They have raised two children, Jessica 23 and Sabastion 21, and are enjoying their empty nest. Renee has cultivated her love of performing as both a Jazzercise instructor and a member of her local community theatre. Renee thanks the producers/directors of “Listen to Your Mother”, her fellow cast mates, and her wonderfully supportive family and friends. Tell us a […]

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