Going For It.

It’s not often that I wake up to write.   Often being never.

But today is different.

A few years ago I had heard of this amazing idea of getting women together to listen to their words.

Words written on Motherhood.

Last year, I watched the video’s that were posted on the few cities that it was in.

I laughed, cried, and most importantly- was inspired.

I’ve been a stay at home mom for 9 years.  Through these years I’ve worn many hats.

I’ve conquered laundry mountain.  Ok, only once but it was rough I tell you.

I’ve landscaped the land with precision.

I’ve played contractor to the many, many projects I have started.

The one constant through all of that has been motherhood.

When I heard that the Listen to your mother production was coming to Chicago, I knew I was going to audition for it.

I had to.

I knew that there were going to be a range of pieces from humor to dramatic.

I’m not really “known” for my dramatic writing.    Something about having feelings or something.


I put together something that was me.   And when the day came?  I was nervous.  NERVOUS people.

If you know me, I’m not exactly a nervous person.

I took this as an indication of how much I wanted this.

Sometimes nervous lets you know you’re doing something different.  You’re going  beyond the boundaries.   You’re doing something great.

So I auditioned.

And they picked me along with some really great writers.

I am truly honored to be part of this.

I hope you will come see me.



  1. I'm so effing excited for you and proud of you. When/Where is the Chicago one? I wish I could go! Maybe I can go? I want to cheer you on and I'm pretty sure Chicago is the nearest city that LTYM comes to to me.
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  2. Yay!!!!! Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations! I'm sure that you're going to do wonderfully! You seem to have a great sense of humor.
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  4. Congrats! That is truly exciting. And….you're going to do a great job!

  5. Congratulations! I look forward to hearing more about the experience. I am a new visitor from Blog Commenters Club. Love your blog! You have a great sense of humor. Looking forward to reading more!
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  6. WOW! so exciting….
    I was also a SAHM for 9 years and conquered some of the same…now onto new challenges with what I feel is fabulous experience behind me.
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  7. Congratulations! And break a leg.

  8. Congratulations! I can't wait to hear more about it! So glad I found your blog! I am back to being a SAHM after working for 5 years, but that's another story in itself LOL At least I am back to blogging after quite a hiatus.
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  9. Congratulations–that's awesome!
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  10. How very cool! I'm excited for you!
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  11. Yay!!! Good job!!!
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  12. Seriously: congratulations.

  13. Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you!!
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  14. Fantastic! Congrats :)
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  15. YAY!!! You're going to have an amazing time. SO happy you went for it – congrats!!

  16. Congrats! I bet your piece is hilarious.
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  17. This is awesome! Congratulations! You'll have a GREAT time!
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  18. You darn well deserve it lady. So excited for you!

    And SOOOO wish I could come see.
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  19. Congrats! I wish I was closer to Chicago.
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  20. Amber @ NotMommy says:

    I'm so proud of you, and proud to know you. I really wish I could be there to see the show!
    EEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRP rewind! It's at BlogHer? Or are you only in the Chicago show? Please say you'll post the video if so.

    • TheNextMartha says:

      Well, Blogher sponsors this nationally and it IS at blogher but it's an open mic night there. I believe LTYM tapes them and then puts them online after. There are other shows in other cities.

  21. Erin@MommyontheSpot says:

    Congrats! That's awesome! I'm hoping that I can get away that weekend to see the show!

  22. i'd give my right eye to see you! this is so stinkin fantastic. way to go!

  23. I'm SO happy for you! Damn, I wish I could come be in the audience, but I can't wait to watch it online. Remember to breathe because passing out on stage is never any fun and you don't want to mess up your hair.
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  24. Congratulations!! So happy for you.

  25. I am so happy for you! I can’t wait to see it. You are awesome!

  26. dawnestrehl says:

    Congratulations! You've earned it!
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  27. Megryansmom says:

    Ima get there early to have a front row seat! Congrats!
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  28. Congrats That's awesome!

  29. Awesome news! So glad you went for it…and I think funnel cake is totally appropriate.
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  30. That's awesome! Congrats! Be sure and post it when it happens so we can all watch the video. :)
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  31. Wait, your piece wasn't dramatic??? :)
    (welcome aboard!)
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  32. I'm so glad you're so excited! Your piece is hysterical, of course.

    • TheNextMartha says:

      Well. I have NOT broke out the funnel cake kit since. But now that I've mentioned it AND the kids ARE off from school today…..

  33. that is AWESOME Jen!! congratulations – you are going to ROCK at this.
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  34. Congratulations!! How exciting!

  35. Congrats! Yay!

  36. sheswrite says:

    YAY!!!! So happy for you congrats! Also, thanks for holding my hand on this via Twitter. :)

  37. Wow! Congrats and have the time of your life.

  38. MandiMcClure says:

    I would totally come to see you if i was in the area. Darn it! Congrats!
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  39. Law Momma says:

    Wow!! Congrats!!!! So excited for you! :)

  40. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wish I could be there to see it.

  41. YAY!!! Congratulations!!!!

  42. AHH!! Way to go!!
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  43. Congrats!
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  44. THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Congrats lady! You deserve it!

  45. Congratulations and well done!!!!
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