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Friday, May 9, 2014
Listen to Your Mother: A Look Back in Photos
It hardly seems like Metro Detroit’s first Listen to Your Mother was only a week ago.
I have so many feelings that I am still processing and still wrapping my mind around the magnitude of this experience. I mean, it’s not everyday you go up in front of a live audience to talk about one of the most difficult moments of your life.
So even though I’m still working through some emotional stuff, I wanted to share something about this experience.
Here are some of images from that day that the photographer, Jarrad Henderson took. You know, when you take a photo and it doesn't match up to the feeling you experienced in that moment? This was totally not the case. Jarred is an amazing photographer, and I felt he really captured the essence of the experience. Thank you, Jarred, for your beautiful images.
Metro Detroit’s Listen to Your Mother show happened here at St. Andrew’s Hall. Eminem has performed here. So have the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that I would have performed on the same stage as awesome talent like that!
And can you believe that there was a line to get in?! My family was second in line here. They don’t mess around when it comes to making sure they get good seats.
Here is where we got to hang out before the show. What a great space!
One of the best things that have come out of the show is this sense of belonging, of being on the team. Bonds have been formed. I am fortunate to have met not only amazingly talented women, but also genuinely kind people.
This photo cracks me up. Yes, I was concerned about my eye makeup. In retrospect, I am not sure why since I was teary eyed for most of the day.
I was totally surprised by this beautiful necklace that producers gave us each created by Sara Russell of Sara Russell Designs. I was just happy to be there. And now I have this awesome piece of jewelry to always remind me of that day.
An inspiring champagne toast right before going on stage. Here are the producers, Angela Youngblood, Jessica Watson, and Angela Amman, along with Reshounn Foster and Ber-Henda Williams.
Here I am on stage. Me on stage. That is crazy!
I am glad I could not see my family because I would not have been able to be in the moment. So I am grateful that Jarrad took this photo of my husband, my dad, and my mom watching the show.
Ta-da! We did it!
Holy $hit! Can you see all of those people there! Even the balcony was packed!
Aww, look at that good-looking group! Here are some of my family members that were there to support me. It meant so much to me to have friends and family there.
And to these lovely ladies, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for thinking I was good enough to be on the team. Thank you for helping me see myself in a different light. Thank you for creating a positive environment to share our souls. Thank you.