FYA Blog

The Blog of figuring it out through education, love & loss, and all in between


I Teach. And one thing I have always wanted to do is my own “Favorite Things List” This is my first list and with it comes all the tools I use daily, or frequently, in order to live my best and most fierce life. Much like Oprah’s Favorite things list, many of these items range in price. So take a look at all of them and have fun checking it all out!

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It’s 445am on a Wednesday morning in December. At this time last year I was just getting home from tour and poised to do something outstanding immediately. I was instead met with an injury to my voice that needed a tremendous amount of TLC.

I tended to it. I’ve learned a shit ton about my voice and why being patient can be both a virtue and a road block.

The Virtues

Because I didn’t have a choice but to...


AAAHHHH! The moment has come when I make a Sex in the City post. Seeing Carrie begin each episode with her thoughts then plopping down in front of her trendy MAC laptop to write, always brought me so much insight into being a thirty something in NYC. Now I find myself smack dab in the middle of my thirty's with a few thoughts.....

This past week a few friends made it a point to say that they wanted a "Sex in the City" NYC life to me....


Funny thing about “Do Overs”, they either are worth it or not. If it’s in between those things, I don’t want no part of it. When I moved back to Texas after living and thriving in NYC for 10yrs I hoped for the second time around to be filled with all the things I didn’t create for myself in the city. What I found was that “Do Over” was Not all it was hyped up to be. Don’t get me wrong. A shit ton of amazing things happened while there. Like...


YO! Life is crazytown! A month ago I could barely speak. Today I’m singing higher than I’ve ever sang before. A year ago i was sitting in an acting studio learning more about myself than I ever had before. Today, I’m positive that then I had only scratched the surface of who I thought I was. I could go further back, but you get where I’m going.

When I came out the operating room, I wasn’t sure what my voice would sound like. I wasn’t...


You Guys!!!!!! I am Fully doing THINGS! I’m getting camera stuff together to shoot my scenes, scheduling rehearsals, meeting up with friends and growing my community of support, and getting better and better at speaking after my surgery! Things are happening! And I will be riding this momentum forward like my life depends on it. Because it does!

This week my website went live!!!! You know this b/c you’re reading...

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Ya Knnnooooowwwww... My surgery was more than just a reset with my voice. It has become a reset for my life. I have renewed confidence, a stronger willpower than ever before, and a focus that will not be f**ked with! I am in Boss Mode!

Boss Mode has been in effect since I was cleared to speak. But it really popped off when my manager and I went our separate ways. She was ABSOLUTELY wonderful for a such long time in my career....


Today I started voice therapy again! It’s been two weeks since my surgery and SO much has happened. I've been cleared to speak. I've left my house after my "house arrest" AKA, Intense Vocal Silence. Now rehab begins...

As I entered my session, I found myself hearing the words of friends and loved ones saying “You’re so brave.” “Good for you making a decision to go through with this!” When I'd hear this, I couldn’t help myself but to...


It has been five days since I was on the operating table. I've learned a few things...

1) I need a lot of drugs to calm me down. And those drugs will generally stay in my system longer than I'd like. #anesthesiaisnojoke #hollaforvalium

2) Many of the things I eat cause acid reflux. Which makes me cough. Not good after surgery. Not good for my new cords. #operationlifestylechanges

3) Many of the things I've done post-surgery...


The journey of finding out what exactly I had on my vocal cords has been an eight-year process! That seems crazy long, but it's true. When I first started to notice shifts in my voice, I was in my third Broadway show. I couldn't have been happier with the material I was singing. BUT, I didn't fully know the glory of knowledge that came with my voice. This is true for many performers and artists. How many of you out there really know every...


As a kid growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, Tx, I always had the feeling and desire to be popular! I wanted to wear the latest fashions, from Abercrombie and Fitch, to Doc Martens boots and Steve Madden platforms, to Joe Boxer. They somehow represented what I thought I wanted to do — fit in. Be Normal. Yes, you read correctly. I wanted to be "normal." I spent the bulk of my youth, and 20's, trying to be normal. I didn't want to be the most...