Celebrating Our 6th Season

Expressing Motherhood is entering our 6th season.

Thank you very much to all of you who have submitted, been in our show, helped at the shows and attended our shows. To our family members who work the box office, husbands that bartend, neighbors who design, mother in laws who know every name of every performer and grandmas and nannies that watch the kids while we are at the show, thank you.

I hope to celebrate many more seasons with you.

Our Show Has Been Cast; Tickets Now On Sale

BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

The Lillian Theatre:1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood, 90038

Performances: May 10th @ 8PM, 11th @8PM &12th @ 7:00PM.
May 17th@ 8PM, 18th @ 8PM & 19th  7:00PM.

 We are opening on May 10th at 8PM with a special Ladies Night Out. For $25 you will receive a free glass of wine and everyone will be going home with a goody bag. Grab a friend and get your Mother’s Day weekend started off right.

Expressing Motherhood is pleased to introduce our cast for our Mother’s Day Run:

Joya Weinroth

 Bethany Winters

 Elizabeth Jayne Liu

 Beth Littleford

 Gayle Kolodny Cole

 Shannon Noel Webb

 Stacie Burrows

 Nora E. Plesent

Lisa Natale

 Krista Knott

 Abby Kohl

 Shannon Bradley-Colleary

 Laura Diamond

 We are opening on May 10th at 8PM with a special Ladies Night Out. For $25 you will receive a free glass of wine and everyone will be going home with a goody bag. Grab a friend and get your Mother’s Day weekend started off right.


 

 

 

A great present for you and a friend.

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**The discount will be in effect until February 6th.

 

Dana Bell Collins

Dana Bell Collins shared her story of living with breast cancer as a single mother to three on stage with us in 2011. We are sad to hear that she passed away yesterday.

Dana had a ton of energy. She showed up to the show having just received chemo and would perform. Not only had she just received chemo but she’d be wearing tight jeans and high heels in which she wore on stage. Such a fun spirited woman.

Dana was a very positive person and quite inspiring. We are thankful we were able to meet her. I’ve asked a friend of Dana’s if there is anything we can do and she will let us know.

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LA Submissions Are Now Closed

Thank you to all who have submitted your stories to Expressing Motherhood.

My 3 year-old is watching “Curious George” as I frantically try to read and digest the power behind your personal stories you have shared with me.

I’ll be getting back to all who have submitted in the next few weeks.

Thanks again.

PS I'm not drinking a Simple Times at 1:06 on Tuesday. This is an old photo of my desk. I drink Simple Times at 1:07 on Tuesdays.
PS I’m not drinking a Simple Times at 1:06 on Tuesday. This is an old photo of my desk.
I drink Simple Times at 1:07 on Tuesdays.

 

Good Running Song

I’ve been a bit obsessed with Pink’s song “Try.”

Though I fancy myself an indie girl this song gets to me.

I just watched the music video and loved watching the choreography. I wonder if she made this post baby? At any rate a great watch for any dancers out there and also a great song to listen to while running.

I love the brutal moves they do. Because being a mom at times seems insanely brutal, both physically and emotionally. And yes, I love it.

Local LA Moms Running Club Led By Lucie Murray

As part of Expressing Motherhood’s continued interest in moms channeling their creativity I recently interviewed LA mom Lucie Murray. Lucie heads up Moms In MotionLA.
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Jessica and myself participated in MIM for a few years and we loved it. The group meets up in Griffith park on Saturday mornings, sans children. 7:30-9:30AM. I started out only being able to jog for about, oh 10 minutes and ended up going for around 2 hours towards the end.
The new season just began, tomorrow will be the second time meeting. If you have any interest in going, go!
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Lucie is an inspiring mom and a very passionate woman in regards to taking care of yourself. Here are some questions I asked her.
How did you become involved with MIM?
After I had my daughter I left my job at Caltech where I was a Development Officer and had to wear business suits, to be a stay-at-home-mom. I wasn’t content NOT working but I wanted something that would work for me and my family. I had my Personal Trainer Certification and had been training a few clients, mostly as a hobby, so I started teaching Stroller Strides in Burbank. It was great working with moms and babies but my daughter didn’t like hanging out in the stroller or sharing my attention. I heard about MIM through a friend who sent me the link. It seemed like the perfect way to be my own boss, encourage activity/fitness, share my passion for running, and meet other moms.
How old was your child when you became involved?
I started MIM in 2007, one week after Delilah turned 2.
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Your creative outlet is running, correct me if I’m wrong, so how do you make it fit into your life?
You are right. Running is my passion and my creative outlet. I have learned that the most essential ingredients to fitting it in are consistency and friends. I have a set running schedule that I rarely veer from. I run at the crack of dawn during the week (6am usually), I have MIM on Saturdays. Sunday is my long run (unless I have an event). If I don’t stick to my schedule, the rest of life creeps in. It’s easy to find excuses NOT to run when there are demands from family, work, school/PTA, household, etc. I often struggle with getting out of bed at 5:20am but i know that if I don’t do it I will find many reasons not to go for my run and then I’ll feel rotten. I go early because that way no one can get in the way – the whole house is sleeping and therefore not “needing” me. My husband knows the drill and is really supportive. The other ingredient is friends. I have a friend who I run with most weekdays. Just knowing that she’s waiting for me at the park is enough to drag myself out of bed. Saturdays the MIMs get me there, and Sunday I have a list of people I text and call to recruit to run with me. It’s also nice knowing so many people who run in Griffith Park so we say hello and will even get in a few miles with each other. The importance of social element of running was made abundantly clear to me when, this summer, I had an injury and couldn’t run. I could spin, swim, and do weights but running and walking were out. That meant being indoors in the gym, doing rather solitary exercise. I was getting my workout but it didn’t take long to realize how much I missed my running and my friendships and being outdoors in the park. After 11 weeks I was able to get out and walk/run again and my first mile, with my dear friend, was such a joy.
How do you balance being a mother and MIM?
Ah yes, there’s that word “balance”, something I’m striving for in 2013. It’s hard to own a business and be a mom who likes to be there when the school bell rings. Often my life is out of balance and I work hard to reign it in. Smart Phones are a blessing and a curse. I love being able to connect with my clients, my team, my friends, etc at all hours, but sometimes it’s hard to find time to just disengage. I have to power down my phone to truly get away. The great news is the my daughter has known my MIM and running world for so long that it’s habit for her. She actually appreciates that I’m gone most weekend mornings so she can hang in her jammies and watch TV without her nagging mom telling her to turn off her favorite show. Then when I get home I’m in a good mood and we’re ready to go paint the town.
 

Performing On Stage. Can You Do It? Yes, You Can.

You love to write.

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You secretly think you look pretty good in red lipstick.

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You wouldn’t mind it if a crowd (whom you couldn’t make eye contact with) clapped hard for you.

You have no where to wear your lipstick.

Me with my first.
Me with my first.

If you said yes to any or all of these submitting to our show is right up your alley.But honestly, we have had a lot of women share their writing on our stage for the first time. They had never performed before. Ever. Just because this is Los Angeles this does not mean we are all professionals, by any means.

My mom bartends the show.

My mom. She's so deaf. Yo.
My mom. She’s so deaf. Yo.

My mother in law sells tickets.

My mother in law is unstoppable.
My mother in law is unstoppable.

You can do this. You should do this. You could possibly feel like this…

I hope this pep talk helped. To read about LA past performer JJ Keith’s experience click here. 

Or read about NYC performer Heather Cabot’s experience here.