Her voice is always on my mind.
Softly encouraging, pushing, nudging, lovingly.
Lovingly – now that I myself am a mother and I hear the love between the lines.
Her distinct voice often did not sound loving, as I recall. Yet, now that is all I hear.
The best thing about listening to your mother is knowing that she loves you.
My mother loved me.
She would actually say the words…
“Listen to your mother.”
She also promised that I would hear her voice long after she was gone.
She came through on that promise.
I hear her now.
“Listen to your mother” has many meanings to me.
Motherhood = Love.
Hear love in my voice.
Hear love in your heart.
~Melissa Reyes, 4/21/2015
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: GIVING MOTHERS A MICROPHONE
NATIONAL SHOW RETURNS TO ORANGE COUNTY
Local stories about motherhood join hundreds from across the country.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Listen To Your Mother, a celebration of
motherhood that spans across 39 U.S. cities, triumphantly returns to
Orange County for a second season on April 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ebell
Club in Santa Ana. Address: 625 French St., Santa Ana, CA 92701
Orange County was selected as the featured Southern California stop of
the national LTYM series for the second year in a row. A portion of the
proceeds will benefit Wise Place, a woman’s shelter in Santa Ana.
The performance will feature live readings by some of Southern California’s
most talented writers and bloggers: Wendy Hassett, Robin Finn, Shannon
Coleary, Jill Parkin, Lisbeth Coiman, Emily Altmann,Vicky Willenberg, Lexi
Rohner, Sahag Guregian, Marcene Marcus, Nancy Van Iderstine, Danielle
Wiltchik and Jennifer Chidester.
This is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Tickets can be purchased online at
http://ltymorangecounty.brownpapertickets.com/ for twenty dollars.
LTYM ORANGE COUNTY is produced by four Orange County women:
CIARAN BLUMENFELD is a blogger and entrepreneur with over 160,000
followers on Twitter. She has received accolades for her social media
prowess from Twitter, Babble and Working Mother. Ciaran has appeared
multiple times as a guest on NPR and contributes regularly to OCFamily
and the OC Register.
CHERYL ROSENBERG is a former sports journalist whose work appeared
in major newspapers, including in the OC Register where she covered the
Anaheim Angels, and in Sports Illustrated.
KATHERINE KOTKIN started her career in the world of international
distribution for the entertainment industry. She has dedicated the past
decade and a half to motherhood: volunteering, interpreting, writing,
advocating, marketing, accounting, administration.
ANGELA SALDAÑA CAMACHO is a mother, Latina, Business
Development Manager, Blogger. She also writes and collaborates for
Momfluential.com. Angela has been featured in the OC Register.
Announcements and show details can be found on the Orange County
Listen to Your Mother web page, www.listentoyourmothershow.com/
orangecounty . For full information on the national show, visit
When I met Carolyn West of This Talk Ain’t Cheap, the leader of So Cal Lady Bloggers, she listened to me. She listened to my stories, my dreams, my aspirations, and my questions – my many questions. One day, she told me about a show that she had recently seen called, Listen to Your Mother. I wasn’t ready at the time to pursue seeing the show or even thinking of writing for it, but I put a pin in the idea and stuck it on the “parking lot board” of my brain to come back to later.
That was years ago and so much has happened since then. I am now a seasoned blogger, I self-published a book of my own life stories, and I have a new video-podcast. I became a life coach and I am seeking speaking engagements. I am traveling, going to conferences, learning, and networking. I am building a community. I am combining what I know with who I know so I can create a firm foundation. On which, I plan to build a sustainable living. That is me, in a nutshell, as they say.
Flash forward to present time. I volunteered to work in a booth for a fellow blogger at the New Media Expo – NMX 2015 in Las Vegas last week. Ciaran Blumenfeld posted a request for help. I was friends with her on Facebook and in a few of the groups she is in, however I had not interacted with her before. She has a business called Hashtracking, which provides data tracking for hashtags from Instagram and Twitter. It is an invaluable service for bloggers and I was intrigued. I wanted to meet Ciaran and learn more about the analytics and use of hashtags.
I met Ciaran at the Hashtracking booth and started talking, getting to know each other a bit. She told me about the upcoming live performance in Orange County. Listen to Your Mother. (I knew of it, of course. I had a pin in it!) I love how the Universe works.
I will be at the show this Sunday. I am meeting my dear friend Carolyn West there. I can’t wait to hear the stories. I am in a good place now to open up and listen. Now, if I can just get my mother’s voice to quiet down a bit, and if I can stop talking for a bit, I can hear the wisdom and wit of other women and perhaps, their mothers!
— Ciaran Blumenfeld (@momfluential) April 20, 2015
*I probably don’t need to put a disclosure on this post, but to be consistent and proactive – here goes nothin’ – I am posting this information all on my own, because I want to share the news of this upcoming event, it is not an ad, I was not paid. I did receive four passes to the performance so that I can give some away and see the show. That’s what bloggers do. These are my thoughts, opinions and words are my own with the exception of the press release in quotes. Images and quotes are used with permission and cited. Click HERE to see full disclosure for details on why I write posts like this.