A Teen’s Independence

By Youngjoo Ahn

Edited by Cynthia Brian

Turning 18 is a monumental landmark in the life of a teen. Adulthood marks the ability to vote as well as a newfound independence outside of school and a parent’s supervision. This independence comes in many forms, whether it is the joy of ordering anything from the Internet without parental consent, the annoyance of having to do your own laundry, or the challenges of traveling alone.

I recently visited Boston for a college trip and realized the true weight of independence. It was liberating to travel alone for the first time, however, I soon was overwhelmed with the difficulties. On my outbound leg, my connecting flight was significantly delayed and I had to completely alter my trip plans, taking a train from Newark, N.J., to Springfield, Mass. My first night in Boston was spent without any of my luggage. My return flight left at 4 a.m. and without my parent’s guidance, I had to finagle the flight delays and the unscheduled stops in Texas on my own. Although I used my problem solving skills to stay as calm as possible, to say that I was a bit stressed is an understatement. While independence looks glamorous and adventurous in teen movies, in real life, it presents unexpected and frightening responsibilities for the uninitiated.

While traveling alone marks a step towards adulthood, independence is also about the little things. “I’m excited to hang out with friends whenever I want,” graduated senior Roland Zhu said. “The possibilities to snack at night are also exciting.” Senior Julia Meckes commented, “Receiving my driver’s license has given me a great sense of freedom because now my activities are on my own terms. It is so much easier to do things by myself.” Graduated senior Michelle Wu discovered her independence in “braving an East Coast winter and being able to freely explore the city on my own terms.”

Senior Sarah Rockwood has a different perspective about independence. “You reach a point where no one views you as a child anymore, but rather a young adult, mature enough to make your own decisions. Freedom comes at the price of more responsibility.” Rockwood elaborated. “By having a job, I’m financially independent and am able to go out more than my younger sister because my parents trust me more. However, I have to make more sacrifices to maintain this liberty and I have to be accountable for everything I do.”

When we are young, all we want to be is “older” so we can be on our own and make our own decisions. Now that I have arrived, independence is both scary and exhilarating.

A 2014 high school graduate, Youngjoo Ahn is the former host of Express Yourself!(tm) Teen Radio, and an officer in Club Be the Star You Are!(r). She traveled to Korea independently this summer.

Read the article at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0816/A-Teens-Independence.html

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit http://www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com

More information about the show at http://www.btsya.com/express_yourself_radio_show.html

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Support BTSYA TRICK or TREAT for Literac

Support BTSYA TRICK or TREAT for Literacy Campaign. Kids in Children’s Hospitals will receive a book along with candy.http://ow.ly/CYnoI

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120 Acres of Botanical Beauty

by Cynthia Brian

A visit to Pasadena is not complete without a full day exploring the expanses of the Huntington Library and Gardens founded in 1919 by visionary Henry Huntington. The art and manuscripts are valued at billions of dollars. The home in which he and his wife Arabella resided is elegant with views of the gardens from every room. But what inspired me most were the acres of gardens arranged in themes: Chinese, Japanese, Rose, Desert, Tropical, Sub Tropical, Australian, Herb, Palm, and even a charming children’s garden. Streams, ponds, and waterfalls offer a cooling pause on a warm day. A glass conservatory showcases rain forest specimens including numerous teaching displays. Of all the beautiful grounds, it was the desert garden that most amazed me. It is considered one of the largest and most important collections of cacti and succulents in the world with over 5000 species in 60 landscaped beds. The Rose Garden was my second favorite with its 1400 different roses, a sight and smell extravaganza. Two tea rooms dot the property. The Rose Garden Tea Room features a buffet style high tea with fresh scones, open-faced sandwiches, fruit, salads, desserts, and pots of unique black teas. The Chinese Tea Room offers tea on the terrace overlooking the koi pond serving a la carte Chinese fare. Plan on spending the entire day. No picnics or beverages other than water are allowed inside the park. http://www.huntington.org

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Remembering the October 17th, 1989 Earthquake at 5:04 pm

By Cynthia Brian

The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center was closing as I rushed a client to a mirror showroom on the 4th floor for a quick look. Suddenly the ground shook, glass and mirrors shattered, steel doors slammed shut as we hit the carpet. Shaken but unscathed we made our way down the stairwell to the street, jumped in our vehicles and got on the Bay Bridge where we were turned around due to structural damage. It took twelve harrowing hours to traverse the streets of San Francisco heading towards the St. Francis Yacht Club where my member client thought we’d find refuge. The Yacht Club was deserted. The marina was on fire. The darkened skies were illuminated with lights from helicopters and blazing flames. It resembled a war zone. Without a mobile phone and out of gas, I was frantic to know if my family in the East Bay had survived the quake. In the wee hours of the morning when I finally made it home, my young children were non-pulsed by the earthquake. My nine- year old son said he had followed safety precautions, protected his sister, checked for gas leaks, and thought the experience was exciting. My five-year old daughter was interviewed by the press and asked if she was worried when she learned that the bridge had collapsed and that I may be on it. Optimistic as always, she responded, “I wasn’t scared because if Mommy’s car fell in the water, she would just swim home.”

Cynthia Brian is the producer and host of Star Style® Be the Star You Are!® Radio and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity. Visit http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org and http://www.StarStyleRadio.com

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Speaking at Dirt Daubers this morning. G

Speaking at Dirt Daubers this morning. Going to get our hands dirty. Presenting tips, tricks, tonics. Love gardeners! http://ow.ly/CRvf8

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Weight Gain, October Garden Guide, Quake Shake!

Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  We strive to be useful, informative, interesting, entertaining, and unique as we seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations. Instead of waiting for something better, we hope to help you create it now.

Are you gaining weight as the years go by? Have you tried to lose a few pounds but instead put on more? Heather Brittany will shed the light on the sneaky ways that may be packing on the pounds without you understanding why.

Fall is back! Our local trees are changing their coats from various colors of green to yellow, orange, red, gold, and brown. The weather is still warm during the day with cooler nights, offering gardeners the perfect opportunity to purchase and plant their favorite autumn trees, shrubs, and natives from well-stocked nurseries. Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian guides you through the “do’s” of the month.

On October 17th, 1989 at 5:04 pm PT, when the World Series “Battle of the Bay” was in full swing, a 6.9 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area. The Loma Prieta Quake caused sections of the Bay Bridge and the Cypress Structure Collapsed. Cynthia Brian shares stories of that frightening day 25 years ago.

Trick or Treat for Literacy:

Give to Trick or Treat for Literacy. Instead of collecting candy, collect donations to give a child a book treat. http://ow.ly/Cb9qJ

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/80918/weight-gain-october-garden-guide-quake-shake

Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions: http://starstyleradio.net/Starstyle_Radio/Entries/2014/10/15_Weight_Gain%2C_October_Garden_Guide%2C_Quake_Shake!.html

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Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Visit http://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc. Read more: http://vapresspass.com/2014/06/21/star-501-c3-charity-honored-2014-top-rated-non-profit-cynthia-brian/

The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

Previous guests and fans of the program on World Talk Radio will always be able to access the archives at http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=764.

Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  and join our empowerment party.

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If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you’ll always have Cynthia Brian, Heather Brittany, and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

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Congratulations to Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany for 12 years of weekly LIVE broadcasting of StarStyle®-Be the Star you Are!® on Voice America/World Talk Radio. Tune in Wednesdays 4-5pm PT/7-8pm ET. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are. Archives, photos, descriptions and more are available at all times from http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. The program is brought to the airwaves as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org Lend us your ears!

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Fear Factor

Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity presents:

Express Yourself Teens 

With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

No matter how old are, how big you are, or how brave you are, we all have our fears. Some fears we outgrow, but others stay with us for years — housed in the corners of our minds and the nerve endings of our bodies. Fear come in all shapes and sizes from debilitating fears dominating our daily lives to insignificant qualms that simply make us uneasy. Being scared may be rational or irrational, originating from past experiences, the anticipation of future catastrophes or mere figments of our imagination. What is fear? What makes some of us afraid and others not? To get some answers to these questions our hosts Henna Hundal and Caiseen Kelley have in depth conversations with reporters Katelyn Darrow and Asya Gonzalez. Katelyn discusses Universal Studios terrifying haunted houses, Asya reveals personal secret fears, Caissen delves into the fears surrounding technology, and Henna relates fears in the writing of her new book. Whether your fear is real, imagined, physical, or emotional, you’ll emerge a bit more courageous after listening to our talented teens converse. As Mark Twain said, “Courage is the resistance to fear, not the absence of fear.”

Listen at Voice America Kids Radio: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/80616/fear

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Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Visit http://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc. Read more: http://vapresspass.com/2014/06/21/star-501-c3-charity-honored-2014-top-rated-non-profit-cynthia-brian/

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Trick or Treat for Literacy:

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