Permission To Shine

Colorful painting with a girl walking along beach under a beautiful night sky made of beaded stars by Alex Mitchell.

Me so wanni twinki-winki.
While writing a book, I decided on the name for my brand. That’s the creative process at work, don’t ya know.

There I was writing the chapter where the kids in my story have this pivotal moment. Ya see it’s when they get all happy and sing the “Twinki-Winki” song together. And that’s when I realized that this moment was the whole point of my book. Yeah, that’s when the sparks went off.

Because I also realized that my story, my reason for creating art, and my purpose here are all one.

Twinki-Winki is all about giving yourself permission to shine.

In the story, the song is first sung by Pika, a little circus bird with big dreams. And because Pika speaks in funny broken English, instead of saying “I want to twinkle,” she says “me so wanni twinki-winki.” So it’s her way of saying that she wants to shine like a star. And this was the spark for my brand.

Me so wanni twinki-winki. You so wanni twinki-winki.
Permission to shine whenever you want. Granted. As in, heck yeah.

You’re not here on this planet to hide under a rock. You already are who you were born to be. But you’ve gotta let yourself thrive. You’re here to dream big, act big, and love big.

And on that note, here’s the Twinki-Winki song for ya:

Dreaming big is how we thrive. Living small is how we hide.
Turns out the Universe has a wicked sense of humor. When my perfectionism got the best of me, I stopped letting myself dream big and my surroundings shrunk to match my desires. The good news is I’ve figured out that perfection is a big fat lie. Yeah, I’ve become aware of how perfectionism has kept my joy on hold. Pretty much all my life. Yikes.

And now I’m learning to let myself dream big again.

The fact that you’re even reading this is proof that I’m stepping into my truth. Because Twinki-Winki is the next level of my big self.

Ya see I’ve combined all my loves into Twinki-Winki - my art, design, fashion, and writing.

And by doing so, I’m finally giving myself permission to shine. Like this:

• learning to overcome my perfectionism and fears about not being good enough

• reminding myself about how much I love having fun with fashion, and how expressing my personal style on the outside makes me feel braver on the inside

• helping me figure out how I feel about the world through storytelling and writing

Funny furry green smiling monster face doll with bulging brown eyes in colorful setting by Alex Mitchell.

Our deepest fear.
So the million-dollar question is: What keeps us living small in the first place? How about we let Marianne Williamson answer that one with her beautiful poem, Our Deepest Fear.

Let her words sink in. Deep into your bones. Because your one beautiful life is yours to live the way only you can.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”

- Marianne Williamson

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