Introducing Ellen Piligian

by angela on April 29, 2016

LTYM Metro Detroit cast

1. What’s your favorite place in Michigan?

I’ve always loved downtown Detroit.

2. If you could invite 5 mothers to dinner at your house, fictional, celebrity, or otherwise, who would they be?

My mom, both of my grandmothers (I only met one) and at least two of my great-grandmothers because I would love to meet them and learn more about my family history.

3. What are you currently a) binge watching on Netflix, b) reading, or c) both?

Reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. I’ve been surprisingly fascinated by The People v. O.J. Simpson FX mini-series.

4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a mother or mother figure?

My mom was the one who could always help tame my nerves. One thing she’d say: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” It was her way of getting me to realize it’s almost never that bad. She wanted us to pursue our dreams and not live in fear or shy away from challenges.

5. What is your favorite quote or mantra?

I don’t have many “favorites” of things but one quote I love and try to live by is (supposedly by Plato): “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Ellen is an independent journalist and writer of creative nonfiction/memoir. I’m currently working on a book (or two). I’ve reported and written many diverse stories for local and national media, usually about interesting people.

Follow her on Twitter and check out more of her work on her website.

Join us Sunday, May 1, to hear Ellen and the rest of the LTYM Metro Detroit 2016 cast share their stories. Tickets are on sale now on Live Nation or at the box office at Saint Andrew’s Hall. 

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Introducing Jenny VanBuskirk

by angela on April 28, 2016

LTYM Metro Detroit cast1. What’s your favorite place in Michigan?

Sugar Springs, a little place “up north” that we went to for several summers when I was a kid. It’s filled with memories of ice cream, putt-putt, jumping off bunk beds, and being carefree and deliriously happy.

2. If you could invite 5 mothers to dinner at your house, fictional, celebrity, or otherwise, who would they be?

I have this uncanny ability of giving birth on family members’ birthdays (or the day after), and for me, it’s been this incredible tie to the women in my family who labored on the same day I did, years (decades!) before. I’d love to have them all together for a meal and share our stories! That would be one grandmother, two great grandmothers, and one great great grandmother. And then of course my own mother, and not only because I’d have to have her come help me make dinner, but also because she’s the woman who molded me into who I am today and she deserves at least a meal for that achievement (even if she cooked it)!

3. What are you currently a) binge watching on Netflix, b) reading, or c) both?

I am in countdown mode for the new Gilmore Girls episodes. I CANNOT WAIT. I’d love to share some amazing book titles right now, but the only books I’ve been reading these days have been toddler approved.

4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a mother or mother figure?

I am blessed to have so many amazing women who have imparted their knowledge on me, especially my own mom! But one specific piece of advice that has stuck with me came from a complete stranger. A few years ago, I was walking my kids home from school and an older woman, probably in her late 70s, who lived in my neighborhood stopped me to say how wonderful it was to see happy children and to cherish every moment.

We chatted for a minute, I learned she had just moved here into her son’s house. He had been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and she was here to take care of him. My heart broke for her, and she told me, “You know, us women, we were built for this. For taking care of our children. For whatever life throws at us. For the good and the hard.” I’ve thought about her many times since that day, and in my own moments of frustration and exhaustion at this whole motherhood thing, I remember that I, too, am built for this.

5. What is your favorite quote or mantra?

Oh we could be here for HOURS – I have so many! It’s normal to own multiple books full of quotes, right??
What I live my life by: Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Ghandi
How I get through the day: The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything that comes their way.
How I deal with tough times: It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great! – A League of Their Own
How I deal with my kids when they won’t go to sleep: You’re killing me, Smalls! – The Sandlot

Jenny VanBuskirk is a mom, wife, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. She is the owner of Creatively Virtual, a virtual assistance and marketing consulting company; founder of the Action Takers’ Circle, a group for moms who are taking action toward achieving their dreams; and has been taking steps to bring her passion project, Be the Change Project, to life. She shares her stories about life, business, and motherhood on her blog.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jennyvanbuskirk

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jennyvanbuskirk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreativelyVirtual/

Join us Sunday, May 1, to hear Jenny and the rest of the LTYM Metro Detroit 2016 cast share their stories. Tickets are on sale now on Live Nation or at the box office at Saint Andrew’s Hall. 

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Introducing Emily Francis

April 28, 2016

1. What’s your favorite place in Michigan? My favorite place in Michigan is the Prairie River outside of Three Rivers where I spent many summers canoeing as a kid 2. If you could invite 5 mothers to dinner at your house, fictional, celebrity, or otherwise, who would they be? Brene Brown, Lorelei Gilmore, Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham), MIchelle Obama, and Taylor Greer from The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver 3. What are you currently a) binge watching on Netflix, b) reading, or c) both? I just finished re-watching Becoming Jane on Netflix and then obviously had to re-watch Pride and Prejudice. I just picked up Margaret Atwood’s new book, The Heart Goes Last. Other than that, I having been reading a lot of books of modern poetry. 4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a mother or mother figure? The best advice I received from my mom: “Always […]

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Buy LTYM Metro Detroit tickets now for a special opportunity

April 27, 2016

Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit is only a few days away. Ahhhhh!!! We are so excited. The show is on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m.!!! This time of year seems so intense doesn’t it? Baby showers, baseball games, field trips with the kids and so much more. The air feels electric with so much happening and all the anticipation of nicer weather and outdoor patios and concerts on the lawn. It’s all good and it’s all crazy hectic at the same time. We had the final rehearsal for Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit this past Sunday. Some people came from their kids’ baseball tournaments, someone came from her daughter’s dance recital; we all juggled kids and work and life to make it there. It was the first time we had all been together and done a run through of the show. It was important, which is why we all did all the […]

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LTYM Metro Detroit proudly supports CCSS

April 22, 2016

A few years ago, I fell in love with Cass Community Social Services and all the work they do in Detroit; I fell in love with the people that work there and the people that live there. Each Listen To Your Mother show donates a portion of their tickets to a charity or a cause. Nationally LTYM has raised over $100,000 for charities. Last year LTYM Detroit partnered with Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) and we are doing it again this year. Ten percent of our ticket sales will go straight to CCSS. CCSS is this amazing organization that helps homeless people in Detroit find shelter and food and health care and community. They prepare and serve 1 million meals throughout the year. They provide a warming center, emergency shelter, rotating shelters, transitional housing and permanent supported housing. And so much more. I first visted CCSS with my church years ago. We painted apartments […]

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