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Celebrating Mothers!

Miracle Moment®

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” ~Honoré de Balzac

A Message from Founder/Executive Director, Cynthia Brian

Mothers are our first love, our first guide, our first inspiration. Moms give us smiles when we need them most, and even when we go off the path, they embrace us with love and forgive our faults. When I was a child, my Mom told me that she’d cut off her right arm to save me from harm. That image frightened me immensely as I wanted her to have both of her arms to hug me and my siblings. It wasn’t until I became a mother that I finally realized what she meant by those words. 

The depth of a mother’s love is so intense, so deep that verbalizing it is impossible. Being a mother has been my greatest joy, my greatest accomplishment, and my greatest treasure. No matter what transpires in this life or in death, I will always be Mom. And for that gift, I am forever grateful.

To every Mom, I salute you and honor you. You are a priceless jewel. Celebrate you this Mother’s Day. 

And…congratulations on being the sunshine, stars, and moon. Shine on!

My love to you all,

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director📷

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND in the name of your MOM with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:


Come to the Moraga Faire, Saturday, May 11, 2019

If you want to find unique gifts for your beloved Mother, make sure to visit the 13th Moraga Faire and Classic Car Show on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11-3pm. Our Be the Star You Are!® booth, will feature several items for purchase as well as beautiful wine, bath, and book baskets to pamper your Mom as raffle items.

We are also the official face painting station at the Faire and will be autographing any of our signature books. It will be day of family fun featuring food trucks, music, arts, crafts, beer, wine, and a full arena of kids activities including pony rides and a bounce house. For more information visit

See you at the Faire!


Fire Safety

Additional thanks to Robin Mayhall who donated to Operation Disaster Relief to support the survivors of the Paradise Camp Fire. An additional 450 beautiful books were shipped.

Operation Disaster Relief is an ongoing outreach program of Be the Star You Are!®. Please donate to help those who suffer. PAYPAL GIVING FUND at

Checks can be sent to PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556

All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt. 



Kudos to our STAR volunteer and Express Yourselfl! radio host, Henna Hundal who combines beauty, brains, and bravado. This talented young lady was featured on the front page of the Harvard Gazette as she “turns on radio and tunes in listeners.” Congratulations, Henna. We are thrilled that Be the Star You Are!® assisted in igniting your dreams.


by Karen Kitchel

To honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children, Anna Jarvis organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration in West Virginia in 1908.While arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood. Jarvis also established the Mother’s Day International Association to promote her cause.

Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. By the time of Anna Jarvis’s death, over 40 countries observed Mother’s Day.

Big hugs and thanks to Moms everywhere!

Karen Kitchel is passionate about scattering kindness. Currently she serves meals to the homeless, is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach and mentor.m She wrote the chapter, The Gift of Adoption, in our book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and she continues to volunteer as a contributor to our newsletter.


Buy Gifts for Mom

We appreciate a direct donation most of all via PAYPAL GIVING FUND at

Checks can be sent to PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556

There are other easy ways that assist our mission and don’t cost you a dime!

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