Wisdom Wednesday #87 – Embrace Life

I have felt sadness lately. On Monday one of my girlfriends messaged me to let me know that a woman that we both follow via social media died. As soon as I read her message I felt the sudden punch of shock. I was first introduced to this women through her father, John Wineland, who…

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,…

Mindful Monday #158 – Ask Questions

People find shelter in my presence. They find comfort in the fact that they feel seen and heard when they spend time with me. “You’re easy to talk to,” both friends and strangers alike have told me. It’s interesting to see people acknowledge, in recent weeks, that they “dump” on me. They dump their secrets, struggles,…

Mindful Monday #140 – Define Happiness

As kids we dream big. What adults see as abstract and impossible, is possible to to a child. As kids, we want to be mothers, teachers, hair dressers, doctors, lawyer, waiters, dancers and zoologist. We never once doubt our dreams or think of the steps it will take to get us there. We simply dream. As…

Blind Trust

I’m filled with emotion. I just saw a screening of a movie that I worked on last fall, called “La La Land”. It was amazing and is perhaps the best movie I have worked on in my career. The cinematography and art direction is beautiful, the story a universal story – that everyone can relate to and…

‘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…

I’m Thankful for: Intuition

It’s Friday. I post gratitude posts on Thursday, but these past few weeks I have wanted to break form. I must honor it and follow my intuition. It wasn’t until I studied improv three years ago, that I learned all the ways that I have stifled myself. Choosing to be silent in times of conflict…

Mindful Monday #125 – Pause

Pauses are wonderful. Pause for a moment. Now pause for 5 minutes. How do you feel? The weekend is a pause from the week. A vacation is a pause from our daily lives. Even when we are breathing, once we have in hailed a full breath there is a slight pause before we exhale. Our breath is so seamless that we…

Tune Tuesday #34 – Contemplating Life

Death has been circling me lately. Like my meditation on love, focus on my health and habits, lessons on energy and series that I have written in relation to the gifts of breakups, death wants to be seen and heard too. I am not a morbid person and I do not bring this topic up…

Tune Tuesday #26 – Seeking Mr. Right

Today’s song jumped out at me… …and it feels like the nagging little sister that wants attention. When I had the idea to meditate on love, this song was the first that came to mind. I planned to write about this song later, but I feel guided to write about it now. I honestly don’t…

I’m Thankful For: Clarity

I have worked on location three times in six years. My earlier experiences on location each pointed me towards an area of my life that I needed to explore further. This current experience has brought overall clarity in all aspects of my life, specifically in the areas that I have worked on these past three…

Why is Life So Hard?

Joy and gratitude are simple emotions that are easier to experience as you get older.

You’re Going to Be Okay

Pack your bags your headed to location! I started a new feature this week. I was surprised to learn that I’d travel this soon. This week has been a whirl wind of many surreal moments and career milestones. My younger self is pleased. Being away from the familiar has been a great teacher because I…

Facing Your Fears Can Be Isolating

I will be headed out of town for work in a few days. I have a lot to do to prepare for my trips, yet I sit and write. I am writing because I need to. I’ve been having trouble writing these past few weeks and I don’t know why? As I caught up with…

Mindful Monday #92 – Do Not Lose Your Inner Peace

It’s Monday and I am back for real. This month has been a challenge from the start and it resembles my entire year. No part of this year was easy. Before I restored my energy from pushing through one challenge, I found myself faced with a new challenge. There were several times this year when I felt…