Finding Your Voice
It’s been about two months since I rediscovered what #fangirling means: a female fan behaving in an obsessive or overexcited way. Well, I am proud to say that I am definitely a #fangirl of Alisan Porter and her show-stopping performances on NBC’s The Voice! It’s a surreal experience to watch my friend Ali on television, as the world discovers her dynamite talent — and it was thrilling for my husband and me to be in the live audience for two shows last week. Some of you know that Alisan and her husband, Brian are dear friends to us; we share many parallels in our lives, we consider them to be our LA family, and we are Godparents to their daughter Aria. At least a few of you have heard her sing at our home. We’ve always known that she has an amazing voice, and it is such a treat to see her now share it with the world (and so exciting to see the tremendous reaction from everyone who has heard her sing)! Alisan is a mom to three kids — two little ones, and a 12-year old stepdaughter — and the past few years she has spent honing her craft as a nurturing and wonderful parent. Her motherhood journey led her to co-create (along with her friend Celia Behar) the Lil’ Mamas blog, a funny and supportive spot to talk (and read) all things real. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll learn — check it out: http://thelilmamas.com. So, just as she’s settling into full-time motherhood/website founder & CEO…the opportunity to audition for The Voice came knocking at her door. As a dedicated mom, she naturally had some hesitations (even though her husband, family, and friends were shouting DO IT!), but after committing to the show, she is thrilled to be “finding her voice” as a musical artist.
It is magical to watch Alisan discover the voice that has always been a part of her, but perhaps not in the forefront, for various reasons…witnessing her finding her voice again looks like she is reconnecting with a beloved friend. That discovery resonates with me — and is integral to the coaching work I have done with many women. No matter what our journey, finding our own voice is the coming home. As I sat in the television studio last week I recognized this is a real manifestation of the work we need to be doing in the world: SEEKING our authentic voices through passion, creativity, and dedication.
Oh, and don’t forget to tune in Monday and Tuesday night at 8:00 pm to The Voice and check out Alisan and her undeniable gift -- and please download The Voice app and vote for her!