Have I got a whale of a tale for you...
“Could that be possible?”
I mumbled to myself as I bid farewell to my former colleague and skipped away from my once full, now hollow mug of chai tea.
Is it possible? Could my voice have actually changed?
My colleague and I were mid-conversation and out of nowhere she says, “Wait a second. Something is different about you.”
I glanced down at myself and knew I hadn’t gone through a wild Sally Jessy Raphael makeover recently and quite honestly had no idea what she was talking about. Maybe it was just a good hair day (I get those about once a year) or maybe it was the abundance of freckles across my cheeks now that the sun has been doing a flash dance out of the clouds since summer officially began.
“That’s it! It’s your VOICE. Your voice is different. You sound different.” She said.
I flashed an eyebrow raise like The Rock and asked her to elaborate - because clearly, a comment like that could go either direction on the spectrum of voices - we could be talking James Earl Jones, Cher, or Elmo here.
“There’s just more energy in your voice and you just sound different.”
I continued to pry. She was comparing the sound of my voice before dropping my 9-5 job: the follow-the-crowd-do-what’s-safe-me versus the pursue-your-dream me.
I couldn’t get this out of my head and had to go down the yellow brick road to find out more about the science of our voice. Because if my voice did change, it’s a revelation worth understanding.
It also got me curious about your voice too and how we all sound based on how our day to day matches up with who we really are and what we really want in life.
And guess what? Turns out, there are truths about your voice and even your inner voice that are worth understanding:
So, after learning just a sliver of the research out there on the human voice, I’m convinced it is likely my voice has changed and here’s why: the steps I have taken, since last seeing this colleague, toward who I truly am, what my soul is calling my life’s work to be and the legacy I want to leave feels like the equivalent of 100,000 miles. And my voice has been alongside me for the entire journey.
And in that journey there are things I’ve picked up like authenticity, risk-taking, surrender to learning, and loving the things I don’t yet know, the freedom of being an entrepreneur and truly being a mom that is present... all of these things have likely contributed to a shift in the sound that comes out of my mouth. And to be honest, there’s also things like self-doubt that I’ve picked up along the journey. The upside is that I am learning this is part of every human experience and it actually creates the desire to accomplish what I think I cannot do.
Because it all comes down to belief at the end of the day …
Do you believe you can do it?
Do you believe in who you are and living that every day?
Do you believe where you spend your day reflects your genuine passion and purpose?
Do you believe where you live, where you work, where you play supports you in being your best you?
Do you believe?
And how is this impacting your voice or as Psychology Today calls it, your primary mode of self-expression?
How is this impacting what you are sharing with your team at work, on that client call, with your friends, when you are face to face with your lover or your mom… are you speaking your truth?
Because if you are speaking your truth, you are living your truth. And isn’t that the richest treasure there is - living a life inspired by the part of us that lives beneath all the layers we put on to impress the world?
Imagine what you would sound like.
Imagine who would listen.
Imagine who is waiting to hear your story and your true voice.
Maybe it's you?
Speak up, friend. Speak up. Don't wait for another breath.
Yours loudly and truly,
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