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Meet the Cast: Sarah Hays

by brigid on April 6, 2015

Sarah HaysSarah Hays is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist with the American Fitness Professionals Association. She kind of likes to exercise, kind of not; loves all things sugared, salted, fried or dipped in dark chocolate; and believes that wellness is best achieved by making peace with our bodies, pleasure-seeking rather than pummeling them into submission.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied Nutrition, Philosophy, Buddhism, Sports Nutrition, and Physiology at UCLA. She is a contributor to the Nashville Scene and The East Nashvillian. She is currently completing her first book which will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in the spring of 2016.

Sarah blogs at; her website can be found at; and her twitter-verse is @strengthoutside. She lives and trains in Nashville, TN with her husband, son, and sweet pit bull, Ringo. Sarah also runs a free (and irreverent) wellness support group in East Nashville, has worked with groups at the YWCA and the Eating Disorder Coalition of TN, and is thrilled to be part of the Girls to the Moon Camp, lifting off in September 2015.

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Meet the Cast: Melanie Vare

by brigid on April 5, 2015

Melanie Vare

Melanie Vare is a new mom and a long-time daughter. She’s the creator and producer of the funny female storytelling show That Time of the Month. Melanie’s background is in stand up comedy where she was a regular at the Hollywood Improv and performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Over the years, Melanie’s career has evolved to humor writing, where coincidentally, you don’t have to be quite as funny. Her short stories have received acclaim by being featured on NPR’s The Moth, in Nashville Scene’s Vodka Yonic and selected as a finalist in the Royal Nonesuch National Humor Writing Contest. You can follow her adventures at or on Twitter: @melanievare @TTOTM_stories.

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2015 Nashville table read magic

April 1, 2015

We’ll just get this out of the way and say this: If you don’t yet have plans to attend Listen To Your Mother in Nashville on May 2nd at TPAC, stop what you’re doing right now and get your tickets. Because these people? This is what magic looks like in the real world.  Walking in as a group of strangers and reading a very personal and heartfelt story (even if it includes hilarity about how you enjoy a bit of boozing and booty-shaking when your kids aren’t around) makes for a pretty special experience. It’s really hard to explain, but this year the three of us were much more tuned in and appreciative of just. how. nervous everyone was going into this afternoon. It’s a bit scary. But actively witnessing that transformation from a random group of people into the cast of a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Simply amazing. This is why we do this. Why we […]

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Meet the Cast: Allison Brewer

March 31, 2015

Allison Brewer left an illustrious 10-year career as a high school special education teacher to pursue an equally rewarding vocation as a stay at home mom. She spends her days rounding up, teaching, battling, and enjoying her adorable 2-year-old. Allison enjoys travelling with her family to such exotic places as Nebraska and Costco. She also enjoys beating others at board games. Her husband, Scott, is an accomplished international church bureaucrat (Is that a thing?). Allison and her family look forward to the arrival of their second child later this Summer. by

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Meet the Cast: Christy James

March 30, 2015

Christy James is a wife, mother, and perpetual volunteer! She can’t seem to say no when it comes to signing up to help. It was this need to volunteer for awesome things that led her to help during auditions for Listen To Your Mother last year. Christy was so moved and inspired by all the amazing people and stories that she vowed to write something for the next show. After talking herself out of it a dozen times, she finally took a chance and auditioned. Christy is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this incredible experience! When she isn’t working at the local preschool or volunteering for many, many cool things, Christy enjoys short walks on the beach, long naps on the weekends, pop trivia and all things tambourine and karaoke!! by

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