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Summer Sparkle and Shine


“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

– Audrey Hepburn

MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director

Many moons ago, I had the privilege of acting in a film with the classy Audrey Hepburn and Robert Wagner. Their stars shone brightly yet they were kind, generous, and humorous. Reflecting on those moments, I know I was blessed to bask in their light.

One of our core missions here at Be the Star You Are!® is to encourage our volunteers, donors, and beneficiaries to truly be the stars they were born to be. That means we want you to greet the world sparkling and shining. Of course, we all have bad days, but when we train our brains to adopt the power of positivity, we will feel better, have improved health, and help others elevate their moods. It takes practice to be positive. We need to rehearse just as we would to learn any skill. Appreciate a beautiful day. Write down what you are grateful for before you go to bed each evening. Be generous towards others. A 2016 study discovered that being kind to others was the most effective way to boost our happiness quotient, even more that treating ourselves to something special. Start smiling more because smiles are contagious. Deal with the negativity and spin the bad into a lesson for good. Be kind to yourself and treat yourself with dignity and respect.

My daughter who was the teen co-founder of BTSYA, Heather Brittany, has a smile that generates smiles for everyone. She is my beacon of positivity keeping me afloat when times are tough. We all need a cheerleader in our lives. Temecula Valley is one of the top contestants in the USA Today Reader’s Choice Best Wine Regions and Heather is the face of Temecula Valley. You can vote here: . She was recently profiled by Danza del Sol winery where she works in Temecula. Congratulations to this smile maker: .

It's 20 years now that we volunteers at Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 literacy and positive media message charity have been giving our time to empower and encourage others. Christopher Locke of Independent Book Publishers Association interviewed me about our work at BTSYA. Thanks Christopher. Check out the interview and spotlight.

Remember Audrey’s words, take them to heart, and live them daily. You are the star of your own performance.

Light your inner fire. You can sparkle and shine!

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

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PPS: Give yourself a boost of positivity by buying copies of our signature books in the Be the Star You Are!® series. 100% of the proceeds benefit the charity and you’ll treasure the stories for a lifetime. Buy now at


“Thank you, again, for all your help. This is going to make a very big difference to a bunch of kids who have very little to call their own.” Melanie Hunter, Camp for Foster Kids

Books are the gifts that keep on giving. They are a treasure that can be cherished for lifetime and passed to the next generation. Be the Star You Are!® donated cases of brand new books to a Northern California Camp for Foster Kids. Many of these children, ages 7-16 who are wards of the state had no belongings. Most had to leave their homes with nothing. Some had never owned a personal book or received a gift. Now with our help, each child who attended the camp received the gift of their very own new book. BTSYA is spreading joy to kids!

We want to be able to continue to give to those in need and we need your help to do this. Please make a donation to Be the Star You Are!® either via PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: or by check to BTSYA, PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556.


Fall is festival time and Be the Star You Are!® celebrates 20 years of being a non-profit at the Moraga Pear Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11am-4pm at the Moraga Commons Park. We are grateful to the Lamorinda Weekly Newspaper who continues to be a sponsor and lends us their marvelous canopy for the event. This year we have a new teen director who is very excited to spearhead the activities. Siri Phaneendra is currently a senior at Dublin High. She is a host and reporter on VoiceAmerica’s Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio as part of Be The Star You Are. Siri is also a professionally trained dancer in Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance and has performed Bharatnatyam on TV and many other public venues. In addition to her love for dancing, Siri enjoys playing musical instruments, including guitar, piano, and clarinet and she’ll be performing with her guitar at the event. Because of her Indian heritage, Siri will offer henna at the BTSYA booth as well as face painting and other creative activities. The event is FREE and tax-deductible donations are greatly encouraged for Be the Star You Are!® charity. Additional information will be posted at

If you would like to be considered as a sponsor or wish to volunteer, please email

Summer Reading with Reviews by BTSYA Volunteers

The Reading Tub is a literacy partner of Be the Star You Are!® where you can find over 3000 honest reviews of books for kids and teens. Check out their beautiful website and read the books reviews by our BTSYA volunteers. Excellent resource for parents, teachers, librarians. Enjoy your summer. Read a book!


by Karen Kitchel

“The kindness of the fans” is what Jill Ellis, Head Coach of USA Women’s National Soccer Team, identified as the most memorable part of her experience.

Amazing how it’s the little things we do that can have the greatest impact. Spontaneous acts of kindness often ignite sparks in others. Be the highlight of someone’s today!

Need a few ideas?

* Tell your best friend what you appreciate about them

* Leave a note on someone’s windshield – “You have a cool car!”

* Buy a box of popsicles and take them to a domestic abuse shelter

* Convey to the next service person you encounter how good they are at what they do

and then ask to speak to their manager

* Fill a bag with snacks, socks and a bottle of water. Toss it in your car and hand

it to the next homeless person you see

Contributed by volunteer Karen Kitchel who is passionate about scattering kindness. Currently she serves meals to the homeless, is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach, and mentor. 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.


Get inspired, motivated, and informed with our two upbeat, life-affirming, innovative radio broadcasts from Be the Star You Are!® Radio heard on the Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel. StarStyle® airs Wednesdays LIVE from 4-5pm PT with host Cynthia Brian as your empowerment architect bringing you edu-taiunment that will change your life for the better.

Express Yourself!™ airs on Sundays at 3pm PT with teen and young adult hosts interviewing a variety of authors, musicians, celebrities, and experts on topics of interest to the younger generation.

Visit to see the descriptions and photos.

To sponsor or advertise on any of our programs, please email


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!

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases

4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too!

5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE:

6. BTSYA Logo Store:

7. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 3300+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA:

9. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” T-shirts and tanks $19.99 at StarStyle® Store:

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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“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be the Star You Are! 501 c3, PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556.

Celebrating 20 years of stellar service to the world!

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

All donations are 100% Tax Deductible according to law. Thank you!

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