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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.
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Create, inspire, make a difference!

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

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Do you have a story to tell?

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Do you have a story to tell?


My guest book coach, spiritual mentor and award-winning author, Christine Kloser, will inspire you to tap into your Inner Power to become a published author. Christine will share with you her own life challenges that lead to her own transformation and a desire to assist others in breaking through their challenges, struggles and heartbreak. She will share with you her unique solutions and guidance as she words it to “birth your own authentic message” to not only transform yourself but those around you! There will be a Q&A portion where we will open the phone lines to your questions by calling, 1-888-346-9141. Tune in live 4/28/15 @ 12pm PT to Gentle Power Radio.

Making a Difference

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Making a Difference


“In every moment you are making a difference…and the difference you make is up to you.” Ariel & Shya Kane

You don’t need to try to make a difference – you already do. Join Ariel and Shya in Being Here and discover your ability to move and inspire others by simply being yourself.

Listen Live this Wednesday, April 15th at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Network

After this Wednesday, you can stream or download this episode and over 400 episodes on a wide variety of topics from our archives HERE.

You can also subscribe to BEING HERE on iTunes!

Holy Universe! Can We Save Humanity?

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Can the story of ‘the creation” be recast to blend science and religion? David Christopher says a new story needs to be told if we are to find purpose & meaning in this modern world and save humanity from extinction. His book, The Holy Universe: A New Story of Creation for the Heart, Soul and Spirit is a journey to inspire a new worldview. Join Cheryl Esposito and David Christopher for this episode of Leading Conversations radio to learn how a new story could change your world!

Running but not Hiding by Cheryl Jones

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When my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago, I did what many of us do; searched the internet. First, I looked up the doctor my son-in-law recommended. I knew enough about pancreatic cancer to hold off on getting any more details, at least for awhile.

On Dr. Tempero’s website, I was happy to see videos of her. She was obviously smart and informed and confident in her expertise. But that wasn’t the part I liked best. She had participated in a film by thePancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN), a patient advocacy group. Many cancer docs (and I’ve known dozens) don’t interact with those groups, maybe even feeling a subtle criticism if patients want to advocate for themselves. She was not cut of this cloth. She seemed to want to share information and include patients in their own care. This gave me some comfort heading into the experience of cancer with my mom.

I called PCAN and they  sent me a packet of materials about research, diet, living with pancreatic cancer, even a purple bracelet. My mother found it very comforting to have a sense of direction in the shifting sand of her new life. I signed up for their mailing list, knowing that I’d need to decide which information would help her and which would be overload. So it was my email box that received the invitation to run in Purple Stride, a run/walk to benefit PCAN which takes place all over the country.

“Perfect,” I thought, “A convenient antidote to helplessness.”

I’ve learned over the years that even in helpless situations, there’s always something I can do and it helps to do it. Maybe I can imagine whoever is suffering (even myself) in the arms of a great warm protector. Maybe it’s doing laundry or taking a walk. Maybe it’s listening. And perhaps, it’s a run through the San Francisco Presidio.

I didn’t have much time to train. Keeping my own life going and managing my mom’s health was enough! So I set my goal low. Show up. Run the whole 5 K. Don’t stop. Don’t come in last. (My family will tell you I’m allergic to competition, but I’ve been trying to work on that).

I was out of town for many of the last weeks before the run. I even considered not doing it. But then I’d remember my goals. Could I still meet them? I thought I had a chance. I finally went for an actual training run, my wife riding her bike next to me. I got around Lake Merritt, a perfect 5K, and I did walk part of the way, but I made it. (Let’s not talk about two days later, when I could hardly get up from our very low couch).

Anyway, the day arrived. My youngest daughter and my wife drove me to Crissy Field, the beautiful start to the run. We were super early (this is not unusual) and that meant we got a parking place and got a chance to people watch. This was one diverse crowd! There was no real pattern of ages, genders, backgrounds or ethnicities. That made me think there is no true pattern to who gets this terrible illness.

I estimated the crowd at about 1000. The runners and walkers were enthusiastic, laughter and clapping and chatter dominating the tents and grasses, and the tables set up for those who needed to sit down. There was a band playing covers from when I was young, rock and roll and blues, which helped wake me all the way up. There was a zumba class; I was terrible at it, but that was part of the fun. Finally, there were the speakers; encouraging words to send us on our way. Towards the end, the MC called for every pancreatic cancer survivor to come up front. 5. That’s how many there were. 5. I am not ashamed to say I started crying, and I was thinking, “I’m in a crowd of grievers.”

There were strollers with memorial messages on the back, t-shirts with pictures of loved ones who had died, a bulletin board with the pictures and names of so many. The ache in my heart nearly tore me up.

Then it was time to run, and somehow, the biggest impetus was those 5 people, and all the ones who weren’t there that day and, of course, my own mother.  Somehow I was strong that day. I showed up. I ran the whole 5 K. I didn’t stop. I didn’t come in last. And I did leave feeling I had been able to take at least a small step towards something better. The small amount of money I had been able to raise would be put to good use. Yes, taking action, whatever it is, however big or small, helps me. Usually, my actions are much more private; bringing my mom some groceries or calling to see how she is. Emailing someone I know is going through cancer treatment to see how they are, even writing this blog. But always, small actions help me to feel I’m responding, not reacting. Always, if I remember that the actions are a way of perceiving myself as an actor in this world of things beyond my control, I feel more hopeful whether anything has changed or not.

So as I left the city, headed for a full carb breakfast (I’d earned it, right?) I felt good. Bad things were noticed and talked about and experienced, but I felt good. Strong and capable. A little proud of myself (even though I was raised not to brag). And most of all, I felt inspired. People have some pretty terrible experiences in this world, but together, we can do a lot. And what we can’t do, we can see each other through! That’s something to celebrate.


Cheryl Jones has been working with people facing loss in their lives for thirty years. She is the host of Good Grief, a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, about the transformative potential of our losses. You can learn more about her at her website Weathering Grief.

A Message from our Founder, Cynthia Brian

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Since I was a child I have pursued the possibilities of life with passion and purpose. As an adult I’ve been labeled a “Possibility, Passion, and Purpose Producer” and I do believe that aptly describes me. My goal is to help others find their passion and purpose in life to be the stars they were born to be. Empowering, encouraging, and enabling my volunteers, clients, friends, and family to live their dreams makes me happy and fulfilled. Laughing, listening, and leading are my strengths. What I’ve learned through believing in possibility is that passion plus purpose equals probability.

My weakness is fundraising. Being the Executive Director of a 501 c3 charity, part of my job is bringing in the dollars to fund our numerous outreach projects. Fundraising is a challenge for me. I don’t like asking for money. I wish I had the chutzpah of a former Dean at my husband’s university who straight-forwardly would ask alumni for their wallets. To this day when my husband sees the Dean, he hands over his wallet before he is asked. Dean had the gift of Midas. I’m still on the learning curve.

In April, Be the Star You Are!® was once again honored as a TOP NON PROFIT, one of the first fifty to be so honored out of over 1.3 million charities. Thank you to everyone who supports us and believes in our mission to serve women, families, and youth through improved literacy, increased positive media, and tools for living.

Part of winning this accolade gives us the opportunity to offer you ways that you can financially contribute to our cause, many times without spending an additional penny.  If you LOVE to shop, consider doing your online shopping at more than 1300 stores through our direct site at IGIVE.com/BTSYA. Register for free here. It costs you nothing and every time you buy anything via IGIVE.com/BTSYA, the stores pay a percentage to Be the Star You Are!®. Another great way is to buy and sell through our special EBAY site. When you buy, shop for items that benefit us. When you sell, designate Be the Star You Are!® to receive 10-100% of your final sale price. Here’s our short link:  bit.ly/1jy9kBI. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

There are numerous other ways to support Be the Star You Are!® while getting something for yourself including buying our books, T-shirts, sponsoring our outreach programs, organizing an event, booking radio interviews, and much more. Check out http://www.btsya.com/donations.html for ideas or make a tax- deductible donation via PAYPAL or send a check to BTSYA PO Box 376. Moraga, Ca. 94556. 100% of your donation benefits programs as Be the Star You Are!® is an ALL volunteer non profit with no salaried employees.

Summer is around the corner and my wish for you is that you take the time to savor the sweetness of nature. Believe in the possibilities of your aspirations, apply your passion with purpose, and reap the benefits.

Thanks for being part of our STAR family. My virtual door is always open. (And when you hand us your wallets, we’ll send you a tax receipt!) 


Shine on! 

Donna-Marie O’Boyle discusses her book “Mother Teresa and Me” with BetterWorldians

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Donna-Marie O’Boyle discusses her book “Mother Teresa and Me” with BetterWorldians


Hear how small acts of kindness can make a big impact in the world

Donna-Marie, author of Mother Teresa and Me, will discuss her ten-year relationship with Mother Teresa and tell listeners how they can emulate this extraordinary person in their own lives through small acts of kindness and service.

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is known to millions as the friendly face and soothing voice of Catholic Motherhood through her frequent appearances on television and radio, her many books, and speaking engagements.  Her friendship with Mother Teresa led to a decade long correspondence and meetings around the world.  Donna-Marie founded a branch of the lay Missionaries of Charity and is passionate about encouraging others to follow in the footsteps of Mother Teresa, caring for the poorest of the poor.

BetterWorldians Radio airs live on Thursdays at 8 a.m. Pacific/ 10 a.m. Central/ 11 a.m. Eastern on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel and has featured guests such as Joel Worrel, CTO of Cure International, Mic Quinn, the CEO of the Integral Heart Foundation in Guatemala, and Sheva Carr, the CEO of Fyera.  To access the show, log on at http://www.radio.betterworldians.com.  All shows will be available in the BetterWorldians content library on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel for on-demand and podcast download.


About Donna-Marie:

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a widely published author and speaker.  Her numerous books include A Catholic Woman’s Book of Prayers, Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers, The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions, and more.  Donna-Marie is the EWTN television host of “Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms” and “Catholic Mom’s Cafe” and has been a frequent guest on EWTN television. She also discusses Catholic and family issues often on Catholic radio. Learn more at her website: http://www.donnacooperoboyle.com

About BetterWorldians Radio:

BetterWorldians Radio is a weekly Internet radio broadcast on the VoiceAmerica/WorldTalkRadio network.  BetterWorldians Radio is hosted by Ray, MarySue and Gregory Hansell, the family team that created the popular game on Facebook, A Better World. This game rewards players for doing good deeds while helping to raise money and awareness for charities. Over 1.5 million people have performed over 8.5 million good deeds in A Better World to date. BetterWorldians Radio is broadcast from Wayne, PA.

Tune in now to listen:http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/73718/being-a-betterworldian-through-small-acts-of-kindness

Wayne, PA – October 29, 2013 – BetterWorldians Radio announced that author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle will be a guest on the Internet radio broadcast on Thursday, October 31, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel (http://www.radio.betterworldians.com).  BetterWorldians Radio is a weekly show that inspires with the people and ideas that are making the world a better place.

About VoiceAmerica/World Talk Radio, LLC:

World Talk Radio, LLC is the world leader in online media broadcasting and the largest producer and distributor of live internet based talk radio and TV, delivering over 1,000 hours of programming weekly on its VoiceAmerica™ Network (http://www.voiceamerica.com) and WorldTalk Radio Network (http://www.worldtalkradio.com) as well as live and on-demand video content on VoiceAmerica.TV (http://www.voiceamerica.tv). Featuring more than 200 hosts broadcasting to eight niche community based channels: its flagship VoiceAmerica™ Variety Channel, VoiceAmerica™ Health & Wellness Channel, VoiceAmerica™ Business Channel, VoiceAmerica Sports, 7th Wave Channel, The Green Living Channel, VoiceAmerica Kids Channel and World Talk Radio Variety Channel. VoiceAmerica™ TV offers targeted and exclusive video programming channels. World Talk Radio, LLC is one of the pioneers in internet broadcasting, producing and syndicating online audio and video, offering an innovative, effective and comprehensive digital broadcast platform. Digital Publishing through its 10 years of broadcast and media experience along with our seasoned staff of Executive Producers, Production and Host Services Group, World Talk Radio, LLC provides an internet radio and video platform for new, emerging and veteran media personalities to expand and monetize their business and brand in an online digital medium.

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