Welcome to #LTYM Austin!

Meet the cast!


2017: the final LTYM Austin cast

Giving motherhood a microphone one more time…

Seven years ago, the first Austin cast took the stage at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, and our final cast finished our run in Austin in the same place, on the same stage. It feels very circular, this path, and it all came to a close perfectly with the 2017 cast. Each one of them, as every one of our cast members, had a unique and beautiful story to tell. Each one of them has emerged changed from this experience, including me.


Welcome, one and all.


Shoe shot

The now-traditional “shoe shot” for the entire cast, 2017.

Six years ago, I submitted what was essentially a simple blog post to the first producers of Listen To Your Mother Austin, and was terribly disappointed when I received my rejection notice. I wasn’t deterred, though, and I studied the YouTube videos of past readers and made it my mission to write an essay worthy of telling on that elevated stage. In 2013, when I received my invitation to audition and then to join the cast, I was jubilant. Nervous, but thrilled.

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The first time I took the LTYM stage in 2013

That fall at the BlogHer conference in Chicago, I heard in a chance meeting that the producers were stepping down and that Austin would need a new set to bring the show to fruition in 2014. I immediately indicated my interest, and my friend Leigh Ann and I (whom I got to know and love in this process even more) were awarded the incredible opportunity to carry on the LTYM tradition. We got our feet wet and learned with our friend Heather King, and the former producers and alumni cast members came back to watch our show the following spring.

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Leigh Ann and I up front in 2015, with cast members A’Driane Nieves and Lisa Marshall-Owens.

Every year, my heart grew, my knowledge grew, and my confidence grew. I started reaching for bigger goals because of LTYM, and the support of the community of producers and cast is astounding every time we interact. It’s feels as if we are all embraced in this beautiful community like a blanket wrapped around the whole of us. Watching former cast members move on and shine every brighter than before is a gift to us on the production side.

This year had a special magic. Leigh Ann decided to move on to other interests and spend more time with her girls, and Susanne Kerns stepped into the role to co-produce. She is the Texas-via-Washington-State-via-Idaho Martha Stewart, finding sweet and thoughtful ways to let our cast know how much we appreciate them, and taking care of the details I had never thought of. She is dynamite, and her positive, sunny personality lifts us all up on a daily basis, long after the show.

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Susanne Kerns is a rock star. She is a terrific human being and was a stellar co-producer this year.

Susanne and I met a few years ago when she read one of my essays and reached out to me to ask me to meet her for coffee. I said sure, of course, and we hugged for the first time at Lola Savannah over hot coffee and a love for the written word. Since then, she has become one of my dearest friends. LTYM helped cement us together, as well.

I wish I could explain to you what every cast member has given me, and what my co-producers have taught me. Perhaps it’s enough to say that their stories have mingled with mine to create a master book about motherhood, forever and ever intertwined. Every laugh, every tear, every thank you and clap is imprinted in my memory.

For 2017, these stars burned so bright: Mahani, Jenna, Laurie, Sherry, Jessica, Kristin, Laura, Amy, Kelli, Lindsey, Kathy, and Wendi. It was a special honor to have Wendi Aarons in our final show, and it was perfectly fitting, since she was the very first LTYM Austin producer.

Ann, look at what you’ve done. You’ve created a FORCE.  Thank you forever.

A million thank yous to our supportive sponsors, including

Let’s Move Austin,

Maudie’s Tex-Mex,

Austin Storytelling,

Special Addition (multiple years of support!),

Meditation Bar,



3 Train Pizzeria,

AHD Multimedia,

and Elizabeth McGuire photography. For ongoing photography fun visit her two Instagram feeds:
@ewmcguirefollow and @siblingrevelryprojectfollow.

And last, but not least, our national team – our Sensei mentor team of Melisa and Stephanie, who can always be counted on for solid and logical advice, the amazing Taya, and Deb. Thank you. Thank you.

Much love,

Kristin Shaw, 2013 cast and 2014-2017 producer, LTYM Austin



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by kristin on April 28, 2017

Listen to Your Mother Austin - Sponsor Spotlight


We would like to thank our creative and media partners who help us capture all the special moments of the Listen to Your Mother Austin show as well as help us promote and share updates about the show.

Listen to Your Mother Austin - Sponsor Spotlight

Elizabeth McGuire is a writer, photographer and mother of three. Her work captures the small moments that tell the big stories of life.

Liz helps businesses, non-profits and families tell their stories through compelling words and images. Her work has appeared in print, online and on stage.

A few highlights:
* Profiles of local leaders for Leadership Austin and Austin Parks Foundation.
* Unique and playful photography for Girls Will Be and Fine & Folded.
* Featured photo in The Sun magazine.
* Day in the Life sessions, which capture the beauty and humor of everyday family life.
* The Sibling Revelry Project on Instagram.
* Co-producer of Austin’s Listen to Your Mother Show.
* Personal essays on Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and BlogHer’s Voices of the Year Anthology.

Liz is a 5th-generation Texan who loves boots but somehow doesn’t eat barbecue. She and her family live in Austin.

Thank you, Liz, for capturing the moments of our dress rehearsal and Listen to Your Mother show with your beautiful photos.

For ongoing photography fun visit her two Instagram feeds:
@ewmcguire and @siblingrevelryproject.

Twitter: /ewmcguire
Facebook: /ewm.creative/


Listen to Your Mother Austin - Sponsor SpotlightAHD Multimedia provides comprehensive creative and strategic online marketing support for businesses and non-profit entities of various sizes and needs. Capable of serving as your own off-site marketing department, or serving as an extension of your own in-house team, AHD can help you reach your audience with their specialties: video production, design & photography, social media strategy, branding and communications counsel.

We thank AHD Multimedia for capturing the performances of the Listen to Your Mother show cast on video so that they can hold on to memories of this special day forever.

Facebook: /ahdmultimedia
Twitter: /AHDMM

Listen to Your Mother - Sponsor SpotlightLivemom.com was launched in 2007 as a resource website for Austin-area moms. With weekly event postings, special features, city guides, spotlights and more, LiveMom is your link to all that’s happening in Austin, Texas.https://www.instagram.com/livemomaustin/

Don’t miss their monthly features! Austin Theatre Mama, Austin Music Mama, Austin Reading Mama, Austin Foodie Mama and Austin Travel Mama will give you the details on must-do events, book recommendations from local authors, places to travel to, plays to catch and places to eat with or without your kids in tow.

LiveMom puts a spotlight on the coolest-sounding events going on in our town, and you’ll also find a comprehensive list of storytimes, activities, library events and more in What’s Up Weekly.

Facebook: /LiveMom/
Twitter: /livemom
Instagram: /livemomaustin/


Listen to Your Mother Austin - Sponsor Spotlight

Carol Ramsey is the founder and fearless leader of Austin Storytelling. She started telling true, personal stories on accident when she joined a Toastmaster’s group and didn’t get a manual. Since then, she has performed a story just about any place that will let her including: The Moth StorySlam (Houston, Chicago and London), Testify, The Story Department, The Living Room, Listen To Your Mother, No Shame, Austin Writer’s Roulette, The Mission, One Page Salon, Writing On Air and ATX Tonight.

If you have a question for Carol or Austin Storytelling, email her at carol@austinstorytelling.com.

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LOCAL SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Listen to Your Mother Austin

April 26, 2017

  We said “thank you” earlier this week to our Megaphone sponsors, Maudies Tex-Mex and Special Addition Maternity & Nursing Boutique. We would also like to thank our Podium sponsors for their support; the Listen to Your Mother Austin show would not be possible without you. Theresa Bastian, Let’s Move Austin.com Theresa Bastian owns an intentionally small real estate brokerage where every agent adores providing a high level of personal attention to his or her clients. With over 15 years of experience in real estate sales and brokerage management, she is truly able to find unique solutions to any real estate situation. Her ability to assist divorcing couples untangle their real estate holdings has been recognized by Texas Realtor Magazine. Theresa’s extensive volunteer work with the PTAs at Kiker, Gorzycki and Bowie earned her a slot as a finalist in Austin’s Platinum-50 Top Realtors award program, which recognizes sales volume and community service, […]

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Our Listen to Your Mother Austin 2017 Cause – SafePlace

April 25, 2017

  Every year, Listen To Your Mother gives back to the communities that host shows by donating to a local non-profit. This year, 30 cities across the country are donating 10% of their shows’ proceeds to various causes, and Austin is proud to be supporting SafePlace, a program of SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) for the second year. As you can tell by the photo below, I’m a huge fan of SafePlace. We donate all of our gently used clothes, toys, books and housewares there. The kids even get excited about clearing out their unused toys when they know how much joy it will bring to another child.  Click here to see the wishlist of the most needed items at SafePlace and the Austin Children’s Shelter. The SAFE Alliance utilizes the SafePlace campus to provide housing, healing, and support for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, and sexual assault and exploitation through prevention […]

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LOCAL SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Special Addition Maternity and Nursing Boutique

April 24, 2017

As a locally-produced event, Listen to Your Mother Austin’s local sponsors are truly key in helping us make our show a success. This year Special Addition Maternity and Nursing Boutique is joining us for the fourth year in a row as a local sponsor.  Special Addition is a true local business, run by husband and wife team Herb and Mur Anne Lawson and we’re thrilled to have them as part of the Listen to Your Mother show in our final year. Special Addition opened in 1994, and has become Austin’s go-to shop for maternity, nursing, and baby gear. Their 3,000 square foot space on Burnet Road holds nursery furniture, maternity apparel and gear  and almost any nursing and pumping product you can think of. Several of the store’s employees are trained in childbirth education, experienced in bra fittings, and are Certified Breastfeeding Educators, not to mention warm, welcoming, and extremely helpful. Along with their vast […]

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