A Voice of Inspiration

So, I may have mentioned (once or twice!) that our dear friend Alisan Porter was a contestant this season on The Voice. And you may even have been one of the ten million viewers on May 24th who watched Alisan win Season Ten! She has been very open in sharing her struggles on the road to this 'fairytale ending’ — from early success as a child star to overcoming addiction — and her doubts about moving back into the public eye after becoming a stay-at-home mom several years ago. While her love for her family defines her, the show really reinforced Alisan's enduring passion for music, and, as she said, fueled the fire! I asked her to share a little about balance and inspiration, and what's next in her life: Does the winner of The Voice still have to make dinner? Seriously, though — what happens next for you? Yes, Jane, I still do have to make dinner! Cooking is something I enjoy, though honestly I'd been eating a lot of take-out while I was doing The Voice — so last night I made a huge heap of Mac & Cheese for my kids. I love to prepare healthy meals (along with that yummy comfort food!), and ‘what comes next' will be a lot of figuring out how to balance everything in the coming months.

What will be the biggest challenge as you incorporate this new success into your ‘real’ life? Without a doubt, the biggest challenge will be finding the balance between my life as a Mom and my life as an Artist. There is no right or wrong way to do this in order to feel fulfilled in my personal life and successful with this amazing opportunity I’ve been given — and it may be as much ‘blending’ as it is ‘balancing' — but I’m determined to create the right path for my family. I know it can be done!

Your victory made Christina Aguilera the first female coach on The Voice to have a winner! She said your win was “a true victory for women”. What woman was an early inspiration for you, and why? There is no one more inspirational to me than my grandmother. My Nana started a dance studio which she owned for 60 years, and I grew up surrounded by her dedication and energy and love of life. As I’ve grown, I have also come to realize how her life was focused by her passion for empowering others, and how her spirit has been such a powerful influence in young people’s lives. My own passion for empowering women has been a journey led by the example of my Nana and my Mom, and I hope my own kids will be as inspired by me someday, along with all the other moms out there who have dreams of their own.

What is one thing you find to be true…that most people might disagree with? My truth is that “There Are No Rules”. I am designing a life that works for me and my family, and if ‘Rules’ get in the way of doing what is right for you, but not approved of by society or someone else…that’s when you realize it's a personal choice- you get to create your own rules. And that is how you empower yourself!

So, what’s left on your bucket list? This has been a bucket year! There were so many experiences that came along with The Voice (singing a duet with Christina Aguilera? Come on!) that were top-of-the-mountain moments I would never have imagined even including on a bucket list. So, along with the other resets happening in my world, I will reset my bucket list for you: I’d love to visit Fäviken, in the north of Sweden, the famous restaurant of chef Magnus Nilsson. It’s basically in the middle of nowhere, housed in an 18th century barn…and serves only twelve diners each night. I’m addicted to cooking shows, and saw him on ‘The Mind of a Chef’, and was so inspired by his story! He seems like one of the coolest people, and I’ve been following his journey — visiting Sweden and experiencing Fäviken’s innovative menu is now officially at the top of my bucket list!

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