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Grace, Gratitude, and Thanksgiving

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” –Denis Waitley


A Message from Cynthia Brian


Despite the disasters and the devastation that many have suffered in 2017, the month of November offers an opportunity to express gratitude for what we have as opposed to what we lost.  It’s easy to fall into a “poor me” attitude, but it is far more rewarding to be thankful and appreciative of the little things–like the gift of life.

During the destructive Napa and Sonoma fires, my family and relatives were evacuated and my cousins lost their family home, ranch, and vineyards. As they search through the rubble and sift through the ashes, they are happy to have escaped with their lives as are the residents of over 6,000 burned homes in Napa and Sonoma. Memories remain in our hearts and in the stories we continue to tell.



Be the Star You Are!® volunteers have made multiple trips to evacuation centers and shelters to deliver goods and have also been shipping books to ministries in Houston to be distributed. Over the years we have supported 108 other organizations and will continue to do so. If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation to help, checks can be sent to BTSYA, PO Box 376, Moraga, Ca. 94556 or on line through Paypal Giving Fund .


More information about BTSYA Operation Disaster Relief Program is found here: 


We want to extend our thanks to those who have already donated and also to authors Brooks Olbrys ( and Diana Zimmerman ( who always answer the call to help by sending their books to our beneficiaries. Thank you Brooks and Diana.


Congratulations to our Express Yourself!™ radio team who celebrate six years of weekly broadcasts on November 21. Make sure to tune in on Tuesdays at NOON PT .

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Be the Star You Are!® is proud to collaborate with some of the most dedicated volunteers on the planet, most of whom are tweens, teens, and young adults.

None of our outreach programs would be possible without the dedication and devotion of these talented young people. As Executive Director, my goal is not only to increase literacy and positive media messages, but, to grow leaders amongst our volunteer squad. I personally thank each one of you and offer kudos for being sparkling stars in the BTSYA galaxy.


Are you ready for holiday shopping? Jumpstart your gift giving by using any of our terrific on-line partners listed below. You’ll find the best values on anything and everything on your list. The retailers donate a percentage to Be the Star You Are!® when you click through their web site. So start shopping, saving, and knowing you are helping to grow literacy.


College applications have been taking up a huge amount of time for high school seniors. Is it still necessary to attend an institution of higher learning? Read Karen Kitchel’s insightful essay about why college is a great choice for your future success.


Check out our fun Dec. 2 event for photo ops with Santa at 5A in Moraga. Details below.


As you gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, celebrate the precious gift of life. Say grace and be happy that you are here. Life is precious.


Many thanks for being a part of our Be the Star You Are!® family. We wish you joy, health, and peace.


And lots and lots of love.


Keep smiling!  Happy Thanksgiving.


Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556





Bring the children to 5A on Saturday, December 2nd from 11am-3pm to write a letter to Santa, take a free photo, and enjoy refreshments and activities compliments of 5A Rent-A-Space and Be the Star You Are!® charity. The new book, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, will be available for sale and autographs.

Listen to a live music recital and wrap your gifts in the free wrapping room. The event is free and all tax- deductible donations will benefit Operation Hurricane and Fire Disaster Relief.


5 A Rent a Space

455 Moraga Rd. Suite F

Moraga, California 94556





by: Karen Kitchell

College can open doors that high school does not.  And college can shape you in ways that you might not imagine.  Maybe you would be the first in your family to go to college, or perhaps you're not so sure that college really helped your brother or sister.  Maybe you're worried about the cost of tuition. Or maybe you're saying you're just not a fan of homework and exams.  If any of these ring true, you might be wondering, is college worth it? In most cases, over the course of a lifetime, someone with a college degree will earn $1 million more than someone with a high school diploma.  But going to college offers a lot more than just more money down the road.

When you step outside of your comfort zone and onto a college campus, you often enter a world filled with new faces, diverse backgrounds and various worldviews.  In addition to sparking some lifelong friendships, a college community can broaden your horizons.  Sometimes college is about defying expectations and breaking the mold.

You will have an opportunity to sign up for classes and activities that excite you.  Meeting people from various backgrounds and cultures may introduce you to new interests.  Being part of a campus community might spark your curiosity and open up new possibilities.  Being exposed to a variety of professions can help you discover a career path that motivates you while gaining the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the future.

Living independently could be the change that forces you to decide just who and what you want to become.  Fellow students, teachers and mentors can compel you to contribute and inspire you to give back.  It doesn't have to be a four-year college.  You might consider attending a community college.  Community colleges are public, two-year schools that provide an excellent education, whether you're considering an associate degree, a certificate program, technical training, or plan to continue your studies later at a four year college.

No matter how uncertain your future might seem right now, you have the potential.  Exceed it! Remember:  An investment in college is an investment in yourself.

About the author:

Karen Kitchel is passionate about serving others.  As President of the Cheerful Givers nonprofit organization, she helped to bring birthday gifts to more than one million less fortunate children. Prior to that, she helped create a corporate university at BI Worldwide.  Currently she serves meals to the homeless, is a teacher, writer and mentor.  She can be reached at


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