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Dream, Create, Inspire!

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Dream, Create, Inspire!

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“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.” George Bernard Shaw


Cynthia Brian- HappyA big part of our mission at Be the Star You Are!® is to help our volunteers and all those we connect with to realize their greatness. I am a firm believer that we can achieve anything when we are willing to work hard, be dedicated to learning, find a support person, go into action, and believe in ourselves and all the possibilities. Each of us will fail many times on our path towards living our destiny. Failure is fertilizer. It grows a new garden. No one has ever been created with your exact combination of gifts, talents, strengths, and dreams. Each of us is unique and that is our most treasured value. There is no reason to mimic another. Be yourself, your unapologetically authentic self!

This month we highlight a few of the 2022 five-star comments posted about Be the Star You Are!® at Great Non Profits. Visit the web site at  https://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc to read more.

Until then, enjoy spring and celebrate you!  Imagine and Create!

With gratitude,

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556




DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504


Three volunteers from Be the Star You Are!® were featured in the international Earth Gratitude Festival held the weekend of Earth Day. We are grateful to have been included in this very important celebration of our beautiful planet. Watch the short films and original poetry included.

Cynthia Brian: Nature is My Cathedral: https://youtu.be/ur4Ofo0P9EI

Ruhani Chhabra: Shall Grandma Tell You: https://youtu.be/7x0LUVjEofs

Sharanya Roy: A Token of Gratitude: https://youtu.be/EX7luxhWGnU 

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by Karen Kitchel

“All things seem possible in May”
Edwin Way Teale

May is a month when the opportunities for random acts of kindness expand. Our walks in the park give us a chance to acknowledge everyone we pass by. With the return of many events, we see possibilities to volunteer for new causes or those we may have forgotten about.

Your simple message of appreciation might be what a stranger remembers about this month of May.

Karen Kitchel who penned two chapters in the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, is the Kindness Coordinator volunteer with BTSYA. She serves meals to the homeless and is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach, and mentor. www.scatteringkindness.com

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Sharanya Roy received the second prize for one of her poems in the Young Writers Contest – Mt. Diablo Chapter (https://cwcmtdiablo.org/2022-ywc-winners/) and she was selected to represent the Russian School of maths in Berkeley Mini Math Tournament for Middle Schoolers around the world (https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~bmt/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Bmmt22-results.pdf. Her dad wrote us “Being part of  “Be the Star you Are “has been an amazing experience since the moment we joined and Sharanya is lucky to be part of it. It is also motivating her to do more in all aspects of her life.”

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The free Virtual Wonders Magic Show with Irish magician, Simon Ryan, was a huge success. Simon’s magic was astounding and everyone was mesmerized. It was an interactive activity for all ages and a definite crowd pleaser. We are looking forward to having Simon do a return performance in late fall. Stay tuned for the info as you will want to gather your friends and participate.

Read our blog for the latest news! https://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog-1

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2022-top-rated-awards-badge-embedPEOPLE ARE TALKING!

Visit Great Non Profits to read what volunteers, benefactors, and others are saying about Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity. https://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc 

“Joining BTSYA was one of the greatest decisions I made. In the past year, I have learned important life skills, gotten the opportunity to share my voice, and met so many amazing new people..” Diya

“Teen talk radio is a supportive environment that I feel safe to share my opinions in. Anyone who joins teen talk radio will have the ability to uncover their passion, learn valuable life skills, and make real connections.” Rose

“Volunteering for Be The Star You Are has been a highlight in my life. Any young person should volunteer…It’ll change your life!” Ruhani

“I just joined Be The Star You Are, and the first experience was amazing.” Kirpa

“ I cannot be more honored to have worked with Be The Star You Are these past two decades. There is no better-run, mission-first nonprofit in the literacy sphere than Be The Star You Are.” Terry

“Such a dedicated and passionate non-profit org run by Cynthia and the team. Cynthia has brought an amazing sense of empowerment and motivation to the young teens like my daughter.” Cipa

“BE THE STAR YOU ARE, is one of the most impactful and important non-profits! I have been volunteering with BTSYA for 20+ years. The community outreach and involvement they create is so impressive. If anyone is looking to get involved with an organization that will not only change your life, but positively influence the lives of others, join BE THE STAR YOU ARE!!!” Heather

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Both Radio showsBe empowered, motivated, energized, informed and amused.

Truthful, heartfelt, and engaging topics and guests!
LIVE on Wednesdays from 4-5pm PT, be entertained, informed, amused, and educated on StarStyle-Be the Star You Are!. Then be inspired and motivated on

Sundays from 3-4pm PT, it’s Express Yourself! Teen Radio with our Be the Star You Are! star teen hosts and reporters.
VISIT https://www.StarStyleRadio.com for our line-up of topics and guests.

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We have suggestions for you to shop, save, and stay safe. Please use these web sites for all of your shopping essentials.
1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882

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2. Discounted books at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity

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3. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash at 3500+ popular online stores :https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

4. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA

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5. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” black tanks and books at StarStyle® Store: http://www.starstylestore.net/


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Create, inspire, make a difference!

Be Your Unapologetically Authentic Self! You already are a STAR!

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How to Create a Ripple Effect

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How to Create a Ripple Effect

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A ripple effect is something we often don’t know we have created, nor do we truly have a sense of its potential reach. Occasionally, we get a glimpse of it through the words or actions that come back to us through the echo of an event’s enormity or through the expanding awareness of a cause.

Can you change the world? Yes, you can, but it first starts with you and looking inside to what motivates, inspires, and fuels your passion. What is the burning ‘yes’ inside you? Are you ready to wow the world and create a massive ripple effect?

Many of us look to make our world a better place, but don’t know where or how to start. It can feel overwhelming to balance work, family, volunteer efforts, as well as personal goals.

My guest on this week’s episode of Your Authentic Life is Amanda Knapp, Vice-President, Wealth Advisor & Financial Planner at RBC Wealth Management – Dominion Securities, who shares her inspiring story of overcoming major life challenges while seeking ways to find balance, manage boundaries, and bring her dream to life.

Though our interview, we discuss methods and suggestions for ensuring that you allow your dreams to have a place in your daily life. This means creating time for them and scheduling opportunities to dream, create, engage, and implement.

Amanda provides a host of practical tips for learning to say ‘no’ to experiences that don’t drive your goals forward and don’t provide ways to make the most of your day in healthy and positive ways. To hear all of the my interview with Amanda, please listen to Your Authentic Life on VoiceAmerica’s Empowerment Channel. My show airs every Wednesday at 2pm ET or 11am PT.

To supplement Amanda’s suggestions, here are my top tips for creating your own ripple effect.

1) Let it start withIN you. The 12th century Sufi poet Rumi wrote, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself first.” Look within through quiet reflection and mindful awareness to explore your actions and why you want to make a difference. When your motivation comes authentically from your inner Self, you’ll find an easier path to creating a lasting ripple effect.

2) Focus on your top goals and create specific milestones. Make time to map out what you want to do what the key steps are to getting there. No matter how lofty, every goal starts with a mental creation before its physical creation.

3) Plan daily and learn to say ‘no’ compassionately. Once you have mapped out your goals with specific timelines, place the associated tasks in your daily schedule. This way you’ll ensure they get center stage and have a better chance of being accomplished. Learning to say no isn’t easy, but if you find a way to do so compassionately and with clarity, you’ll find that others will be more apt to readily accept your answer with greater understanding and less push back.

4) Continually engage with positive people and share your dream. Nay sayers and negative influencers may rob you of energy you need to harness to move your goals and dreams forward. The more you surround yourself with positive influencers, the greater your potential to enhance the size of your ripple effect.

5) Be consistent with your message and your personal brand. Are your actions consistent or is there room for misinterpretation. By going back to point 1) and looking within, you’ll become more aware of your motivation and if you are authentically and purposefully engaging in activities that reflect your intended message.

6) Be open to feedback and ready to embrace change when needed. Sometimes what you want changes. By staying curiously detached from the outcome, you may find that something bigger and better lies in store.

This last point holds a significant relevance for Amanda and the work she has done as the founder of Women of Waterloo Region (WOW). WOW started in 2009 as an annual event recognizing outstanding contributions women made to society. This platform grew to attendance of over 400 in 2014 donating thousands to the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo. It has evolved into WOWtheworld™ launching in 2015 spotlighting stories of men, women and youth. During our interview, Amanda discusses why the change happened.

I invite you to watch Emma Watson’s speech on Feminism for the United Nations. Watson pushes back against recent campaigns like Women Against Feminism in favour of promoting both genders in the HeForShe campaign.

Great ideas can be made better when you stay open, curious, and courageously detached thereby allowing for the size of your ripple effect to expand exponentially.

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