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Read, Lead, Succeed!

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“To be a leader, you must be a reader.” Read, lead, succeed!” Cynthia Brian, Be the Star You Are!® slogan

MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director

Happy, happy New Year!

I blinked and another year has passed. It seems that the year 2000 was only yesterday, and here we are in 2020 with Be the Star You Are!® halfway through 21 years of global service actively working to increase literacy and positive media messages to empower women, families, and youth.

Did you know that only one in five adults in the United States reads more than 12 books a year? According to research done by the Authors Guild, the publishing industry caters mostly to that 20% of readers. Becoming an avid reader is essential for life success and if children between the ages five and twelve aren’t captivated by books, they will not become life long readers. As a nation, it is imperative to ignite the love of books early on and continue to give books as gifts and incentives.

You’ll find a plethoras of exciting, brand new books for all ages offered through our Amazon store at and also our signature books at All sales from these two sites benefit BTSYA as a donation.

2020 is also the year to embrace the power of RE. Renew, refresh, redo, recycle, repurpose, remake, and the list of “re” continues as we must all remember to be conscientious stewards of our planet. . Read two articles I wrote this month that will encourage you to reclaim your motivation to dream green.


Our two Be the Star You Are!® radio broadcasts provide entertainment, information, and empowerment in every hour of power.Inspiring guests are lined up to motivate you to attain your goals and live a positive, uplifting life. Listen LIVE to StarStyle® every Wednesday from 4pm PT at or catch us on iTunes at!/id669630180?mt=2

For a young adult look at life, listen to Express Yourself!™ Sunday’s at 3pm PT at or on iTunes at!/id481894121?mt=2

Read all about the Be the Star You Are!® Radio broadcasts, guests, reporters, hosts, and more at

2020, the Year of the Rat, will be a productive year filled with possibilities. Make it happen for you.

Thanks for being part of our STAR galaxy.

Give plenty in 2020.

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

Millennials and Boomers Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

From the time she was a little girl, Katelyn Darrow dreamed of becoming a published author. Currently a journalism student at UCLA and radio host on Express Yourself!™, Katelyn achieved her goal by penning two chapters in the new book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Over the holidays she gifted autographed books to numerous people, including volunteers at the charity she founded, Angels Community Outreach in New Jersey.

She writes “everyone agreed how the compilation was perfect for all ages (millennials to boomers, of course!)”

Wife of forty-five years, mother of eight children and grandmother to thirteen, writer and host of the podcast WOWMOM, Ellen Mongan, is one busy lady. She contributed the chapter, The Gift of Wings, in Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World to help readers know that the sky is the limit. Ellen has given autographed copies to families and friends and reports that “people LOVE this book!”

No matter when you were born, you, too, will find relatable true tales and inspirational stores of challenge and triumphs. Each chapter is short and succinct, yet packed with motivation. 100% of the proceeds benefit Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 as a donation when you purchase from

Order copies today and start reading, succeeding, and leading.

Aging With Grace

by Karen Kitchel

Aging gracefully begins with admitting that things have changed. We cannot live as things were in the past. That’s the message, retired priest, Father Bob Schwartz, presents when speaking about transitions in later life.

In youth, he says, we lay the foundation for our life. The first season is often struggling to get our lives going. This is a season of being heavily dependent on others. The second season is about giving our lives away in serving others, whether it’s family or contributing to the world of church, work, or culture. The third season of our lives is about leaving a legacy. We identify the meaning of our lives and share that as a gift to others whom we leave behind.

The final stage of life is about finding out who we really are. This might also be the first time in our life when we do what we like to do. Be thankful for the memories, and rejoice in the way life is now.

Research has proven that the happiest age group of all is the elderly. Why is that? Maybe because it’s a more peaceful existence, and we know it’s okay to slow down. When we age gracefully, we live with the wisdom of all of our life experiences.

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


Other easy ways that assist our mission and don’t cost you a penny!

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases

3. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash at 3500+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA:

& buy from your favorite stores.

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10. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle.

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Give plenty in 2020!

PO Box 376

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