In Retrospect: Greta Funk

by Lisa on January 30, 2014

When I think of Greta Funk, the first word that comes to my mind is brave.

Her Listen to Your Mother: Kansas City reading in 2013 was one that brought me to my knees. It wasn’t just that she lost her husband when they were so young, or that she was pregnant at the time. It was the vivid image that she painted of her delivery months later, surrounded by people who loved her in a room decorated for a party. She was determined to celebrate the birth of her sweet baby despite the unspeakable heartbreak she was living with. I admire her more than words can say, and I was changed when I heard her story. I was reminded that things are not always as they seem. I was reminded that the power of hope is potent and that, if we let it, love can grow in the wake of despair.

Greta’s story is important.

So is yours.  

If you think your voice isn’t unique, you’re wrong. If you think your story isn’t ‘good enough,’ you’re wrong. If you’re nervous or downright scared, you’re in good company. I’ve yet to meet anyone who didn’t feel a little flutter (or more) at the thought of being vulnerable, and Greta admits below that she was terrified! If you read a little further, though, you’ll also see that it’s one of the best things she’s ever done as a mother.

Please meet Greta Funk.

Photo courtesy of Karen Ledford Photography

Photo courtesy of Karen Ledford Photography

What prompted you to submit a piece for LTYM?

A blogger friend (Alexandra Rosas) was digging around my archives one day and happened upon a post about my first husband. She sent me a DM and told me that I NEEDED to submit something to LTYM. I was hugely flattered, and she was kind enough to mentor me and help me expand upon my piece and give me some suggestions.

What was going through your mind as you decided what to submit?
I tried to think back to what I had written that told my story in a very raw way, one that might connect with people.

How did you feel once you pressed ‘send’?
Terrified, and so very anxious to hear back!

Who was the first person you told when you were asked to audition? Why?
My best friend, my husband, and Alexandra.

Did the audition go as you anticipated? What surprised you? What were you most afraid of?
I was afraid of crying, and just nerves in general getting the better of me.

How did you celebrate being picked for the cast?
I shouted it from the social media rooftops and went out for drinks with my BFF.

Did you have jitters about sharing your piece with others? Any tips how to keep the nervousness at bay?
Not really. I had sent it to a couple of friends to read over, so by the time it was chosen, I wasn’t nervous about that aspect of the process. Now, actually getting up there and speaking in front of everyone was a different story. Deep breaths, a cute outfit, a manicure, and some supportive friends and family in the audience all made a difference.

Did anything surprise you about the process or the show?
I was surprised at how different we all were and how close we all became.

Tell me about the feedback you got from others after they heard your piece (or read your piece on your blog, if applicable).
A lot of people told me that it brought them to tears, that they thought I was a strong person, and that they really liked it. I was amazed by the positive responses.

Would you encourage others to submit a piece and to audition? Why?
Absolutely. I loved being a part of the show and getting to know the others so much. And I felt so empowered by getting up on stage, conquering that fear, and telling my story.

What do you want people to know about your experience with LTYM?
It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had as a mother.

Greta Youtube screenshot

 

Submissions are open until February 15, 2014. We’d be honored to hear your story.

~Lisa

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Lydia January 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Greta is such a wonderful person all around. This piece she wrote is beyond brave and beautiful. <3

Lisa January 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I couldn’t agree more, Lydia!

Greta @gfunkified January 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Well, thanks, Lisa! You just made me tear up a little. :)

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