The World Needs You to Shine

This short recording and the article  that was published in Blossom Magazine will hopefully encourage you to be a bright spot in the world! Share this, if you like. Be sure and savor the holidays and all your loved ones.

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What you do matters. How you show up in life matters. How you respond to life’s challenges and bright spots matters.

Here is why I think this…

Have you noticed how dark things have gotten?How entire TV shows are  now based on insults and mean criticisms?  Have you watched the trailers for movies that feature horror and devastation, all in the name of entertainment? Have you watched the REAL news, lately? I don’t know what to be more afraid of, new weather patterns or the new political atmosphere in the U.S. The are so many stories of people who are lost, broken and angry.

If you are bringing joy, creation, beauty into the world in any form, I applaud you. I believe you are an antidote to all the darkness and fear. I would heartily encourage you to keep at it. Keep showing up in your life and the lives of others to counteract what we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Every contribution counts no matter how small. You might be blogging about your  life with small children, sharing crafts you do as a family. You never know who it might touch. Their may be a young mother who is suffering from postpartum and going to your blog everyday may be light at the end of the tunnel. You  might be cooking up new recipes, sewing beautiful quilts to be passed down generation to generation, all I can say is, don’t stop. We need you. The world needs you.

You might be offering accounting to a new business or you might be the ring leader to a monthly girl’s night out. What ever joy,  laughter and help you are bringing to the planet matters. If you can help another person on the planet get through the day with a smile  or with helpful tips or lovely advice, don’t think for one second think you don’t make a difference.

I recall going through a rough time in my life after 9/11 when I would watch Sesame Street with my small son. I would drink my coffee to the sound of “Today is brought to you by the letter J.” It put a smile on my face every time. It still does. This day is brought to you by a letter in the alphabet! Who thought of that? Who dipped into their creativity and thought of something so charming? It was better than the news.


Bring on the beauty, bring on the fun!

Don’t let anything stop you. Part of being comfortable bringing your personal light in the world is liking and being comfortable with yourself. Don’t let the impossible, and self inflicted goal of perfectionism stop you. Thinking that you or anything you do has to be perfect doesn’t allow for risk taking and innovation. Don’t let other peoples criticism and expectations stop you. Gossip and the comparison game is running rampant in today’s society. Try your absolute hardest not to participate. Be outspoken about it. Do it for the self esteem of the next generation!

Lastly, don’t stop yourself. Again and again, I hear people speak badly about themselves. Tackling your inner critic is our generations’ final frontier. We put so many limits on ourselves. It is time to work at taking those limits off of ourselves. I am not saying it is an easy task to change the way you see yourself, in fact, I think it can be a daily battle. A battle at first but then it becomes a practice, then a habit then loving  yourself comes as easy as breathing. That is when you are able to shine the brightest.


The example you set by shining bright, by having the courage to bring and create beauty, makes a difference. You are setting the pace for an entire generation that needs you. Bring it on, bring it on! Not for the sake of perfection but for the sake of people. Bring it on, for the sake of counteracting the darkness. Nothing you do is insignificant, and you really were meant to have purpose, to give and to brighten the world around you.

Open your heart to possibilities.

  • Debi

    Hi Monica,
    Thank you so much, I really needed this today! I wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday — with lots of beauty in it!

  • Amen, Monica!  You’ve said it all!  Merry Christmas and happy new year to a bright and shining star!

  • Katrina Marie

    I absolutely agree…more Beauty, Fun and Joy is needed in everyone’s life! Thanks for all the great interviews and wonderful things you say. Happy Holidays, Monica!

  • Thank you, Monica, for being there and bring bunches of enthusiasm to us over here.

  • Phyllis Harris

    Thank you, Monica! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas and a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year! 🙂

  • I was really touched by your words Monica. I love what you’re doing. Happy Christmas to you and your lovely family X Gabs in the Uk 🙂

  • Thank you so much Monica! You have a way of articulating so well what I (and so many others I’m sure) are feeling right now. I am so very grateful that I get to do what I love and make a living at it. I absolutely love my job but the solitude in my studio can be tough at times, and I am a very hard boss 🙂 Thank you for reminding me that what we do is important. That sharing beauty through our art matters. This little pep talk and your happy smile made my afternoon. Wishing you and family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year.

    • Oh! I am so glad glad my pep talk worked for you, Rita!

  • Ameliacritchlow

    oh my goodness, I so agree! well said 🙂 You’ve encouraged me even more to open up the arts centre/hub we’re planning in London, UK so that people can gather, make, unite – all in the name of art! Thanks!

  • Sadee Schilling

    “For the sake of counteracting the darkness.” Beautifully written, Monica, and so true! Thank you for these powerful words.

    • Ok, I am so touched that you liked them!

  • Jennifer Brinley

    Thank you Monica, that was beautifully said.  As an artist I’ve experienced people who feel that artists aren’t doing anything “serious” or of any consequence. Growing up and through college I would get teased about having an “easy major.”  Artists, crafters, home cooks, etc., you’re right anyone who can bring a “spot of happy” to others is doing their job.

  • Eva Bengtsson

    Well said and I totally agree! Thanks Monica for sharing positive energy, I really appreciate what you are doing and I love all of your interviews. Keep up the good work! 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! 🙂

    • Thank Eva!! You have a Merry Christmas too!

  • Jane Bird

    I log in from Cape Town South Africa and although I am not in business your interviews inspire me as an Art teacher of young children. Your dedication, energy and vision are infectious. Thank-you! Happy 2013 to you and your loved ones.

    • Wow Jane, That is incredible!! I can’t begin to tell you what that means to me to hear you say that! I hope the site keep inspiring you to teach…you really made my day!

  • Joy Hall

    Thank you Monica for shining YOUR light! 

  • Myra Jean Haslam

    Monica… my name is Myra Jean and I LOVE you too pieces even though I have never met you!!! God placed you on this planet to encourage others and… what little bit I have been able to discover about your site, the interviews you have conducted of other artists, your facilitating growth in other artists, etc…truly, I am sure that God has YOUR picture on His refrigerator! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being YOU and being so beautifully passionate! Thank you a thousand times over for simply being so inspirational. I would like to invite you to see some of my artwork by visiting my new ministry page on Facebook…It;s called God’s New Renaissance. I am hoping He will help me grow it into something joyful and bright. Please check out the site at:

  • betty

    Loved your encouragement.  You are a “shiner” and I love that.

  • Kate Pitner

    So wonderful, Monica!  Thanks & Happy New Year to you!  xo

  • This is the first post I’ve read here and I think it was a perfect intro to your site, Monica. I love the term ‘shine’ and it’s such a perfect way to encapsulate creative people – doing something that lights us up from the inside out. The discussion about inner critics and fear is definitely one that we need more of, in a compassionate community. Look forward to continued reading.

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