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Cast Spotlight: Anna Hartman

by Anna Hartman on April 25, 2017

Cast member Angie here. I’m borrowing the blog mic from our producer Anna because today, she’s the one in the spotlight. I met Anna four years ago when I directed and produced Charleston’s first Listen To Your Mother show. When Anna came in for the audition and read her story, Traveling Mercies, I knew instantly that she would be part of the cast. It was the perfect story to end the show that year. In a word, Anna is a light. We are drawn to her because of everything she is. Soft-spoken and mighty. Kind and in-charge. Anna’s energy is magnetic. This year, for our final LTYM show, Anna’s story will kick things off. She reminds us that “Mom” is a verb, and she will inspire you to go home and Mom the heck out of your kids. Come fall in love with Anna (like the rest of us have) on April 29.

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What is your name?
Anna, Mom, Mama, and my son’s kindergarten class sometimes yells Mrs. Hartman at me across the school parking lot.

 Where do you write, blog, are published?
Recently, I’ve been blogging and publishing on AnnaHartman.com. It’s where my passion for writing, design, and photography all collide. I used to blog regularly at InTheNext30Days.net, a self-improvement and personal challenge blog. I also regularly publish right here on the LTYM: Charleston blog.

 How did you find LTYM?
I was a part of super-supportive and amazing group of bloggers. When I joined, I knew nothing of LTYM, but several of the members had auditioned that year and one or two were selected in cities all over the country. I knew instantly that THIS was a project I wanted to be a part of. The next year, Angie brought the show to Charleston, and I was a part of that first cast. Each Spring since, I’ve been devoted to the show here.

What is the craziest thing you remember your mother saying to you?
My mother grew up in Arkansas in a large family with lots of sayings. Her words come straight from my grandmother, and they’re all the most amazing southern clichés. “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.” Or “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition” were always two favorites. Of course, her favorite advice wasn’t at all crazy, but it’s what sticks to me most. She says “Traveling Mercies” each time we leave each other after a trip. That saying grew into my first LTYM essay.

If you are a blogger/writer, what is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
I love lots of things I wrote on In The Next 30 Days because they were powerful for their vulnerability—one of the side effects of a personal challenge blog. But I love this piece about giving Girl Power to my Son and this piece about writing love letters to myself.
One day, though, I’ll write a book, and that will be my very favorite.

When did you first know that your family wasn’t quite like other families?
I knew very early on. You see, my grandparents lived next door (lucky me), and that meant when I had a great day at school, I could run over the hill to tell them. Or if I needed to escape my own house, their door (and cookie box) was open. We had weekly dinners as a whole family—parents, brothers, and grandparents—yearly family reunions—uncles, aunts, cousins too. And everyone always got along.
But in my immediate family, for as long as I can remember, we always sat down around a dinner table together for a meal my mother made. It didn’t matter that there was sports practice or that the kids ages in my household spanned a decade, we came together for dinner. And honestly, we ate breakfast together too. My father made me eggs every morning until I left for college. Is that believable at all? It feels very Leave It to Beaver. If nothing else, that together time is something I’d like my kids to experience and thrive in as well.

Come see Anna read on April 29 at Circular Church! There are still tickets left at 5 and 7:30! 

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