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LTYM Metro Detroit and Little Bird Soul

Little Bird Soul, founded by Amanda Kirksey, creates handmade mala beads out of wooden and semi-precious gemstones.

Amanda Kirksey is the kind of person who supports her friends, big time. Sick and need soup? She’ll make it just like you need it or like it (vegan, gluten free, etc.) and bring it to your doorstep. Feeling down and uninspired? She’ll send you a quote that’s perfect for your moment and tell you she’s there if you need to talk. Have a storytelling show and need a sponsor? She’s there for you then too. She has graciously sponsored our show for the last three years.

Her kind, authentic, generous spirit makes her the perfect person to own a business that spreads positivity and kindness. Her motto is “Spreading peace and kindness, one strand at a time.”

Kirksey makes and sells handcrafted mala beads and simple, high-vibrational jewelry. She makes them out of wooden beads, semi-precious gemstones and crystals. Her mission is to create unique pieces that speak to each individual and inspire each person to breathe love, peace and happiness everywhere in the world.

Kirksey said she hopes the Mala beads she makes inspire people: “To love themselves and take care of themselves.” The product line includes bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.

Her business grew out of a gift Kirksey made for her best friend. “I created a set of mala beads for my best friend before a women’s yoga retreat,” she explained. “When we got home, I made a couple more and people loved them. I never imagined owning my own business. So much of my business is about the relationships I build and nurture,” she said.

Kirksey isn’t just a dear friend; she is also a fan of storytelling. She sees it play out in her business every day. “It is not even about creating art and beauty as much as it is about the stories people share with me,” she explained.

In April Little Bird Soul is partnering with Legacy Fitness for an event called Yoga and Meditation with Mala Workshop and Trunk Show. The event takes place on Thursday, April 13, from 6-7:15 p.m. and costs $10. There will be a simple yoga flow and then end with a guided meditation using mala beads. Kirksey will be there with her malas and jewelry. Click here to find out more information.

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Alumni Reflections: Melissa St. Pierre

by angela on March 16, 2017

Join us on April 30 at St. Andrew’s Hall for our last LTYM Metro Detroit show! Doors open at 2:00 and the show starts at 3:00. Tickets available now.

LTYM Metro Detroit alumni reflections

Meet Melissa St. Pierre, LTYM Metro Detroit 2016 alumna

1. What was your favorite part of being a Listen To Your Mother Detroit cast member?

My favorite part of being a LTYM Detroit cast member has been the friendships that I’ve made. I felt instantly connected to other women that just “got” me.

2. What scared you the most?

As someone that doesn’t get on stage often, I was the most scared to read and share my writing on such an important Detroit stage and share my vulnerability with other people. I am thankful for the other cast members for the support and the encouragement to say ‘go for it.’

3. How did being a part of LTYM Detroit impact your life — professionally and/or personally?

Since LTYM, I have been actively back in the saddle, as they say, writing every day. I am also taking more publishing risks and considering more spoken word shows.

4. How did people react to your story and to you being a part of LTYM?

After the show, I had many people, both men and women, come up to me and tell me how much they loved my story and how much they could relate to it. There are many aspects of motherhood, even myself not being a mother at the time, that I could relate to as well. This show is a unifying experience.

My family and friends loved the show and have also encouraged me to do more spoken word events and have encouraged more of my publication as well.

5. What surprised you about being a part of LTYM?

I was surprised at how comfortable I was on stage after I started reading and at how welcoming the audience was. I felt like I was holding them in the palm of my hand.

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LTYM Metro Detroit 2017: Meet the cast!

February 10, 2017

Storytellers make auditions one of our favorite parts of Listen to Your Mother. They also make it one of the most difficult, because even some of the stories that resonate with us the most don’t fit with our show. Every year, we talk about how we could hold people in the theater for hours and just let the stories flow from the stage. Every year, we listen and ruminate and piece together a show we know you’ll adore, all the while being so grateful for those other stories we’ve heard, the ones that will hopefully find a home somewhere else — on another stage or on another page. This year’s cast will bring you an afternoon of unforgettable stories, and we can’t wait to see you at St. Andrew’s Hall on April 30. Don’t forget: We have early bird pricing of $10 during February! Use the code “storiesmatter” for your $10 tickets!   Introducing […]

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LTYM Metro Detroit Alumni Reflections

February 6, 2017

Now through the end of February, $10 early bird tickets to LTYM Metro Detroit are available with the code “storiesmatter” As we reflect on our LTYM journey, we wanted to share some of the thoughts and reflections of our alumni cast members. We asked them a few questions, and we are so grateful to share some of their memories with you. First up is Melissa Grunow! 1. What was your favorite part of being a Listen To Your Mother Detroit cast member? It was humbling to know that I was part of something iconic, historical, and far bigger than myself. Listen To Your Mother revolutionized the perception of motherhood the way The Vagina Monologues gave voice to women’s experience and sexuality in the late 90s. Our LTYM cast, in particular, was immediately supportive and connected from the first few minutes of our very first rehearsal when we got to hear each others stories for the […]

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Stories matter: LTYM Metro Detroit ticket deal

February 1, 2017

We’ve started our LTYM Metro Detroit auditions, and with each story we hear, we’re reminded of how important storytelling truly is. Storytelling doesn’t sound all that transformative on paper. You don’t need much to do it: two people and a few minutes are really all it takes. But those few minutes? They reaffirm the connection people have to each other and to the world around them. Stories make us laugh, cry, and think. They make us feel sympathy and joy. They remind us we’re not alone. Knowing we’re sharing space with individuals all housing their own stories feels important to recognize right now. The world feels uncertain, and many of us are searching for answers about what we can do to help chase away some of that uncertainty. We can listen. We can listen to people who agree with us. We can listen to people who don’t. We can listen to people who have […]

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