Wisdom Wednesday #88 – Grieve

Claire Wineland has popped up in my mind from time to time since she died. I realized last week why I felt and still feel sad about her passing. She was so close to knowing what life would be like with new lungs. She was so close to know what it feels like to breathe…

Mindful Monday #183 – The Backburner

Wisdom is everywhere. We hear it from our teachers or parents/ guardians when we are young. We gain wisdom with each experience we have from childhood and beyond. We may read wisdom in poems or books or hear it in lectures or conversations. We may even speak our personal wisdom to our friends and colleagues….

Mindful Monday #161 – The Surprising Moment

I stepped away from yoga a month ago, after I fell, because my knee needed time to heal. My knee was not visibly swollen, but it was hard to bend it or put pressure on it. Skin also had to regenerate, which took a long time. I noticed my hips felt tight, in one class,…

‘No Longer the Quiet, Shy Girl Who was in Pain’

I never planned to be here. I never thought I would write this blog, write this consistently and live the life I am living. Today is my three-year anniversary of starting The Illuminated Voice. This blog started out as a goal for myself to practice being vulnerable. I was challenged to perform a solo show, by my voice coach, about…

The Beauty of Timing

I wrapped a movie last week, I started a new movie this week, I’ve been working with a non-profit for the past few Saturdays and I am taking classes in my limited down time. Tonight, with tired eyes and a hungry stomach, I decided to grab a bite before I headed off to bed. I…

My Sacred Space

I’m currently in the “middle of nowhere” and I have been here for almost two weeks. I choose not to identify my location for a good reason. I took a mini vacation to Santa Barbara at the end of May. In the two days I was gone, several phone calls and text messages interrupted the peace. Each call…

Searching for Christmas

Christmas is almost here. I loved this season ever since I was young. Everyone is friendlier, warmer and more giving. I have always wished that the essence of the season would live in the hearts of everyone throughout the year. This year the season feels different. I’m finding it hard to find Christmas in my heart because all I find is sadness. While…

Your Silence Will Not Protect You

Happy Friday. This week has felt both long and short. For the past two weeks I have been very emotional as a result of working with the youth that I serve through the program Awaken Arts. Each week I think about the girls and their stories, and use their stories to inform the motivational speeches…

Mindful Monday #63 – Reflecting on the Past

Good morning.  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  A lot has happened since I last posted, even though it’s only been three days. The weekend was filled with friends new and old, several needed realizations and more strides towards strengthening my voice. The weekend was nothing short of amazing.  My life is…

In Good Company

A few weeks ago I attended a business woman’s mentoring event. As I drove to the location and approached the doors of the event there was no sense of nervousness that came over me. It wasn’t until I entered the room that I felt a bit nervous. Sticking to my old habits, I quickly found…