‘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…

Mindful Monday #137 – The Source of Our Greatest Strength

  This past Friday I wrote a post titled “She told me to stay single.” The post is a real life account of a woman I met this year that kindly told me to stay single. She wanted me to counter the narrative of how she was raised as a Latin woman (and how all women…

I’m Thankful For: Self Acceptance

The weekend felt ordinary. Late Monday night I realized more happened below the surface than I could see. I was home more then I was out. The 3 intentional activities that I did, were filled with open, positive people who are more strangers than acquaintances or friends. As we talked, each person shed light on…

Wisdom Wednesday #64 – Radical Openess

My awareness has expanded in a way that has changed me. I feel like I see more and I feel more and I notice that I need more time at home to rest and rejuvenate. This weekend, while in solitude, I came across a series of videos that have so much juicy wisdom. One of…

Sometimes You Need to Scream

Today calls for some much needed screams. Yet, I am silent. While I want and need to, I won’t actually let go and lean into the flow to scream. In improv, I was prompted into a life or death situation to elevate my emotions so that I can perform from that emotional place. I tried…

Wisdom Wednesday #59 – Be Comfortable with Imperfection

In honor of Women’s History Month today’s wisdom comes from a Ted Talk by Reshma Saujani titled “Teach Bravery, Not Perfection”. In her experience with teaching girls to code she has discovered an area of future growth for both girls, women and society at large. She pushes the importance for women to be comfortable with…

My Grown Up Christmas Wish

Why am I writing? Should I continue to blog? Does my writing matter? I have been blogging a little over two years and this fall I started to question my blogging. I started blogging to get comfortable (being uncomfortable) with complete vulnerability. Through this process  I realized I love to write and want to pursue a career as a…

Tune Tuesday #24 -Starlight

“I don’t know if it’s worth it anymore?” That line is from the Muse song Starlight. I first heard that song when I was an intern at a local radio station in Arizona and it quickly became the symbol of my dream to move to Los Angeles and further my career in the entertainment industry….

Mindful Monday #86 – Don’t Round Out Your Edge

Happy Monday! My show wraps in two weeks. I’m looking forward to having down time to re-calibrate myself to normal hours of work and rest. When a show ends it is a tradition for producers, director and/or actors to give the crew wrap gifts for all their work and time. Department heads and supervisors also…

The Happy Ending or Happy Beginning?

Have you ever had a moment where something you said sticks with you? It’s not a statement you regret, but something deeper. Something simple that you said in the moment with little to no thought that lingers on in your mind long after the conversation ended. It’s almost like the thought begs you to explore…

Mindful Monday #74 – Life on Repeat

Happy Monday! Recently I have been watching movies based on real people and real events. Each movie is about the main character’s personal journeys to recalibrate their lives, heal themselves or search for something deeper then the world they are socialized into. My recalibration was finding my voice, Elizabeth Gilbert’s traveled to three countries, Cheryl…

Beauty within the Struggle

I am smiling the largest smile as I write this post. Even though my struggle saga continues and life isn’t letting up, I still have so much to be thankful for and so much to smile about. Why am I smiling? I’m smiling because I am growing and my perspective is changing. I’m smiling because…

Wisdom Wednesday #37 – Authenticity

“Let the real you shine always. When you let your authentic self shine, you become a beacon that attracts the right people and right situations into your life.” I told the girls through the non-profit Awaken Arts. As the final day with the girls approaches I am meditating on what final wisdom I can give…