Olympian Kim Vandenberg on Success!

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“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Brigitte Jia interview Olympic Bronze Medalist, Kim Vandenberg focusing on the theme of success. Kim says that one has to fail to succeed and explains what she learned from her failures. Having fun is critical to success and she makes sure the students she teaches are happy, enjoying the process, and empowered. Giving 100% effort and learning from mistakes is the meaning of success for Kim. With swimming, she has made life-long friends from around the world. A chapter is read from Be the Star You Are!® for Teens by Dr. Bernie Siegel where he encourages readers to do what will make you happy and success will follow. Arjin Claire offers a segment of Innovation Nation where he explains why wars have helped nations overcome obstacles to survive including the telegraph, longer-range weapons, ironclad warships, naval mines, the Gatling gun, the first ambulance, the Space Age, Velcro, and vaccines. Innovations lead to success in a multitude of different ways, and more are constantly on the horizon. Failure is the best teacher to success.

“Happiness is success. A successful life is your choice.” Cynthia Brian

Bio: A California native, Olympic bronze medalist Kim Vandenberg specializes in both the butterfly and freestyle. Kim swam for Campolindo High School in Moraga, Orinda Aquatics, and UCLA Bruins. She is a two-time gold medalist from the 2011 Pan American games in the 200 butterfly and the 4×200 freestyle relay, a silver medalist from the 2007 world championships in the 200 fly and a three-time national champion in the 200 fly. Vandenberg saw the benefits of training abroad and viewing the world’s different training methods.[6]Vandenberg has also taken time to inspire and teach aspiring swimmers from around the world. Since competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she has traveled the world giving motivational talks and teaching swim clinics and private lessons to international schools throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. She continues to swim for the New York Athletic Club and is based in Brooklyn, New York.  https://www.kimswimstudios.com

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/121111/success-with-olympian-kim-vandenburg

BTSYA IS A TOP ON PROFIT!
http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/

JUST PUBLISHED: Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and Growing with the Goddess Gardener. Available at www.StarStyleStore.net

Details on all books at HomeTown Reads: https://hometownreads.com/books/be-the-star-you-are-millennials-to-boomers

YouTube book announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ru354Mhvu0&feature=youtu.be

Read our BTSYA newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0d68560c27/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Be The Star You Are! offers help, hope, and healing to victims of disasters. Read how BTSYA is Making a Difference: https://www.ibpa-online.org/news/460747/IBPA-Member-Spotlight-Cynthia-Brian.htm

BTSYA Operation Disaster Relief. Please donate. http://ow.ly/X0Ia30mF4zZ
https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Check our Book Reviews at our literacy partner, The Reading Tub: https://thereadingtub.org/books/be-the-star-you-are/

LionsHeart Podcast: Lions Heart Podcast interviews Cynthia Brian about Be the Star You Are! charity and volunteerism. Tune in. Episode #39 Inspirational, motivational, informational. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/toby-talk-all-things-teens-and-volunteering/id1434233808?mt=2&uo=4

Proceeds from sales of books by Cynthia Brian will benefit Operation Disaster Relief to help the victims of the California wildfires.http://ow.ly/X0Ia30mF4zZ
Books come with extra goodies & autographs. Buy TODAY: StarStyleStore.net or http://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

#StartWithaSmile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 and Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..

Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 3000+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA: https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

Discount Software, Digital content. Ebooks, Games: www.humblebundle.com/store?partner=1504&charity=1504

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org. Dare to care!
For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself! Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and websites http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2014
Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving. https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results

About Us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us

Programs: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs

How to Help: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help

Blog: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog-1

Events: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events

Contact us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

GREAT NON PROFITS REVIEWS: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc

GUIDESTAR: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882

We invite you to volunteer, get involved, or make a donation. Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

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SAG Awards, The Angel Experiment, Mind Training, Noise Pollution

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The 26th SAG Awards broadcast this Sunday on TNT. Cynthia Brian is voting and will share her thoughts with you on the nominees. What movies have you seen and who do you want to win?

A mind-blowing miracle from the angels saved Corin Grillo’s life, cured her of lifelong depression, and awakened her spiritual gifts. As Corin and Cynthia converse about her book, The Angel Experiment, you’ll discover firsthand that miracles are real, there is no such thing as coincidence, and a mighty team of angels always has your back.

It may be trendy to talk about mindfulness, but research reports that training our minds to be quiet and focused has major health and productivity benefits. The busier we are, the more critical it is to put down our gadgets and embody the practice of mindfulness.

Are you going deaf? Noise pollution is on the rise and could be the “silent” culprit for many other illnesses. Find out how to protect yourself from the environmental noise toxins that are causing stress and ruining your health.

BIO: Corin Grillo is the author of The Angel Experiment and founder of the Angel Alchemy Academy. A trained psychotherapist, angel channel, healer, and teacher, Corin has helped thousands of people all over the world go from angel-curious to angel-powered. She lives in Northern California. Visit her online at http://www.CorinGrillo.com.

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/119291/the-angel-experiment-mind-training-noise-pollution

Be the Star You Are! 501 c3 charity offers help, hope, and healing for women, families and youth in need.
BTSYA Operation Disaster Relief. Please donate. http://ow.ly/ks8A30lekGe

Read how BTSYA is Making a Difference: https://www.ibpa-online.org/news/460747/IBPA-Member-Spotlight-Cynthia-Brian.htm

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Read our BTSYA newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0d68560c27/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

Celebrating 20 years of Service: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1314/Local-literacy-nonprofit-celebrates-20-years-of-service.html

Press Pass: https://blog.voiceamerica.com/2019/09/07/be-the-star-you-are-501-c3-celebrates-20-years-serving-the-world/

BTSYA Honored by California Legislature: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1320/Be-the-Star-You-Are-charity-honored-by-California-legislature.html

It’s appropriate that Be the Star You Are! is being honored in the press for 20 years of global service. BTSYA was one of the first charities to offer relief to the survivors of the attacks. The THREE books in the Be the Star You Are! series were all published in September. Congrats to all who have served and supported this literacy and positive message cause. WooHoo! http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4441606

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Small DONATIONS Make a Big Difference to Others: Decrease Violence. Increase Literacy.
$25 provides 5 new books.
$50 provides 12 new books.
$100 provides 28 new books.
Donate via Paypal Giving Fund
https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

or Visit www.BTSYA.org

JUST PUBLISHED: Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and Growing with the Goddess Gardener. Available at www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store or www.StarStyleStore.net

Book Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/2e05cd10ed/288381033/82c07ab8f2/

YouTube book announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ru354Mhvu0&feature=youtu.be

Check our Book Reviews at our literacy partner, The Reading Tub: https://thereadingtub.org/books/be-the-star-you-are/

Discount Software, Digital content. Ebooks, Games: http://www.humblebundle.com/store?partner=1504&charity=1504

Shopping online? Use Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 . Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..
Giving Assistant-Shop at over 3300 stores and save BIG: https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

Show your support for your favorite nonprofit by making a generous donation. You will be making a huge difference in someone’s life! Be the Star You Are! is a TOP NON-PROFIT http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/be-the-star-you-are-incsurviving solely on individual donations. Show Your LOVE! https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind-stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life-enhancing results. It’s party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country. Catch up with all broadcasts on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504
Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store

For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
Embed StarStyle® Be the Sta

r You Are!® Radio
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 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!®

https://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2206

Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving http://www.paypal.me/BetheStarYouAre

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results

About Us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us

Programs: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs

How to Help: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help

Blog: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog-1

Events: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events

Contact us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

GREAT NON PROFITS REVIEWS: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc

GUIDESTAR: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882

We invite you to volunteer, get involved, or make a donation. Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Need an injection of positivity, passion, & purpose to boost productivity & joy? Invite me into your circle of chaos as we grow confidence & energy through simple coaching techniques that tap into your inner star. Accepting clients.  https://www.CynthiaBrian.com

Make your life happen!

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

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THE POWER OF AFFIRMATION

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rr3g3-cf2aea

Affirmation is a fundamental need of all humans. Brigitte Jia launches 2020 with an episode centered on affirmation. Affirmation is a doorway to the heart and the soul. Brigitte reads the chapter, the Gift of Affirmation, from Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. (https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store) She then talks about when to affirm and when to offer emotional support in another form to others and offers stories from her own life about her struggles with self-esteem and being kind to herself. It is especially important to affirm those you love with a voice of truth, including yourself. The secret is to notice what is positive about others and then tell them about it. Become a cheerleader and cheer them on.
It’s important to let people know that you appreciate them and care about them. Cherish them and praise them often. And praise yourself…you are worth it! Be your authentic self, always.

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/120964/the-power-of-affirmation

BTSYA IS A TOP ON PROFIT!
http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/

JUST PUBLISHED: Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and Growing with the Goddess Gardener. Available at www.StarStyleStore.net

Details on all books at HomeTown Reads: https://hometownreads.com/books/be-the-star-you-are-millennials-to-boomers

YouTube book announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ru354Mhvu0&feature=youtu.be

Read our BTSYA newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0d68560c27/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Be The Star You Are! offers help, hope, and healing to victims of disasters. Read how BTSYA is Making a Difference: https://www.ibpa-online.org/news/460747/IBPA-Member-Spotlight-Cynthia-Brian.htm

BTSYA Operation Disaster Relief. Please donate. http://ow.ly/X0Ia30mF4zZ

https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Check our Book Reviews at our literacy partner, The Reading Tub: https://thereadingtub.org/books/be-the-star-you-are/

LionsHeart Podcast: Lions Heart Podcast interviews Cynthia Brian about Be the Star You Are! charity and volunteerism. Tune in. Episode #39 Inspirational, motivational, informational. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/toby-talk-all-things-teens-and-volunteering/id1434233808?mt=2&uo=4

Proceeds from sales of books by Cynthia Brian will benefit Operation Disaster Relief to help the victims of the California wildfires.http://ow.ly/X0Ia30mF4zZ
Books come with extra goodies & autographs. Buy TODAY: www.StarStyleStore.net or http://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

#StartWithaSmile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 and Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..

Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 3000+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA: https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

Discount Software, Digital content. Ebooks, Games: www.humblebundle.com/store?partner=1504&charity=1504

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org. Dare to care!
For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself! Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and websites http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2014
Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving. https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results

About Us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us

Programs: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs

How to Help: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help

Blog: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog-1

Events: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events

Contact us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

GREAT NON PROFITS REVIEWS: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc

GUIDESTAR: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882

We invite you to volunteer, get involved, or make a donation. Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

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Where War Ends, 2020 Garden Trends, Gratitude

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After searching in a scout-sniper platoon, Tom Voss came home carrying invisible wounds of war—the memory of doing or witnessing things that went against his fundamental beliefs. Voss and his sister, Rebecca Anne Nguyen have co-authored the book, Where War Ends. They converse with Cynthia Brian about Voss’s pursuit of mediation where he discovered breathing techniques that moved him from despair to hope.

Hindsight may be 2020, but in this year of 2020, we can live healthier and happier by embracing an attitude of gratitude every day. Despite losses and challenges when we search for the good in tiny details, we can move on and find joy. Discover how you can make an attitude adjustment in 2020.

What are the coolest trends in the garden for 2020? Trends drive sales and new life into gardens. Predictions indicate that the green industry will be at the forefront of urban growth and development. Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian shares the treasure chest of what’s happening for this new year.

BIOS:

TOM VOSS served as an infantry scout in the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment’s scout-sniper platoon. While deployed in Iraq, he participated in hundreds of combat and humanitarian missions. Voss’s journey across America was captured on film by Emmy®-nominated documentary filmmaker Michael Collins. The film, which has enjoyed theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles and been screened at dozens of film festivals nationwide, is called Almost Sunrise. In November 2017 Almost Sunrise was broadcast nationally as part of the P.O.V. documentary series on PBS, resulting in an Emmy nomination. Voss lives in Ventura, California. More information at www.TheMeditatingVet.com

REBECCA ANNE NGUYEN, Voss’s coauthor and sister, is an author, travel writer, award-winning screenwriter, and digital content strategist. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. www.themeditatingvet.com

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/119382/where-war-ends-2020-garden-trends-gratitude

Be the Star You Are! 501 c3 charity offers help, hope, and healing for women, families and youth in need.
BTSYA Operation Disaster Relief. Please donate. http://ow.ly/ks8A30lekGe

Read how BTSYA is Making a Difference: https://www.ibpa-online.org/news/460747/IBPA-Member-Spotlight-Cynthia-Brian.htm

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Read our BTSYA newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0d68560c27/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

Celebrating 20 years of Service: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1314/Local-literacy-nonprofit-celebrates-20-years-of-service.html

Press Pass: https://blog.voiceamerica.com/2019/09/07/be-the-star-you-are-501-c3-celebrates-20-years-serving-the-world/

BTSYA Honored by California Legislature: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1320/Be-the-Star-You-Are-charity-honored-by-California-legislature.html

It’s appropriate that Be the Star You Are! is being honored in the press for 20 years of global service. BTSYA was one of the first charities to offer relief to the survivors of the attacks. The THREE books in the Be the Star You Are! series were all published in September. Congrats to all who have served and supported this literacy and positive message cause. WooHoo! http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4441606

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Small DONATIONS Make a Big Difference to Others: Decrease Violence. Increase Literacy.
$25 provides 5 new books.
$50 provides 12 new books.
$100 provides 28 new books.
Donate via Paypal Giving Fund
https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504
or Visit www.BTSYA.org

JUST PUBLISHED: Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World and Growing with the Goddess Gardener. Available at www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

or www.StarStyleStore.net

Book Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/2e05cd10ed/288381033/82c07ab8f2/

YouTube book announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ru354Mhvu0&feature=youtu.be

Check our Book Reviews at our literacy partner, The Reading Tub: https://thereadingtub.org/books/be-the-star-you-are/

Discount Software, Digital content. Ebooks, Games: http://www.humblebundle.com/store?partner=1504&charity=1504

Shopping online? Use Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 . Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..

Giving Assistant-Shop at over 3300 stores and save BIG: https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

Show your support for your favorite nonprofit by making a generous donation. You will be making a huge difference in someone’s life! Be the Star You Are! is a TOP NON-PROFIT http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/be-the-star-you-are-inc surviving solely on individual donations. Show Your LOVE! https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind-stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life-enhancing results. It’s party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country. Catch up with all broadcasts on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store
For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
Embed StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio
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 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!®

https://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2206

Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving http://www.paypal.me/BetheStarYouAre

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results

About Us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us

Programs: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs

How to Help: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help

Blog: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog-1

Events: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events

Contact us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

GREAT NON PROFITS REVIEWS: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc

GUIDESTAR: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882

We invite you to volunteer, get involved, or make a donation. Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Need an injection of positivity, passion, & purpose to boost productivity & joy? Invite me into your circle of chaos as we grow confidence & energy through simple coaching techniques that tap into your inner star. Accepting clients.  https://www.CynthiaBrian.com

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The Power of "RE"!

By Cynthia Brian 

Take a deep breath of life and consider how it should be lived. 

~Miguel de Cervantes

A new year, great cheer, time to eliminate the fear of getting dirty and starting a garden. So many people confide to me that they have “brown thumbs”. I don’t believe it is possible. There are only those who have not tried, tried again. There is no failure in the garden. Failure is fertilizer. Every time I have a plant that does not do well, I send it to the compost pile where it will renew my garden. Pledge to get down in the dirt this year and experiment with plants. Once you have success, you’ll be hooked on gardening, and your vivacity will soar.

To help you get into the swing of things, I’m offering you the top trends that are predicted for 2020 that have been formulated by the Garden Media Group. These trends help you choose plants, products, and services that assist you to survive and thrive in the outdoor world of Mother Nature. Who knows, with so much information you may become an influencer, or even a trendsetter yourself.

Dive in. Read the research and have some fun with regreening our Earth. 

Currently,  more than 50% of the world’s population resides in cities. By 2050, that number will grow to 70%. With so much connectivity and urban living, people are hungry for nature. Because of urbanization, it will become increasingly imperative for cities and businesses to design tranquil, plant-filled spaces for people to refresh and enjoy. In the age of Instagram, parks, forests, water elements, and sustainable edible gardens are critical not only for recreational purposes but to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. People with knowledge of plants are in demand.

More trees will be planted as a cost-saving strategy to improve the health of communities while controlling stormwater runoff, reducing air pollution, and mitigating the heat. Green environments will become the norm with green businesses assisting in the education of the public about the necessity of becoming a steward of our planet. 

We currently live in a throw-away society of major consumption. Many of us remember the days when appliances lasted twenty to thirty years. My Mom’s washing machine lasted forty-five years! Today, we are lucky to get seven to ten years before replacement. When I was a girl, I learned to sew and made all my clothes. Today I mend torn clothing and alter wardrobe to replicate current fashions. I don’t toss them. Since 1970, global consumption tripled with only 9% of materials consumed re-used. This material “mismanagement” contributes to 67% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It’s easy to re-use, repurpose, re-engineer items we already have to create new items we need.

Just today I was re-reading a letter from my cousin who wrote to me about how he called my Dad “Superman” because he was one of those farmers who always stopped to help anyone in distress and could fix anything and everything with baling wire and electrical tape. Daddy did more with less and he taught his growing family to do the same. Repair, reuse, recycle, repurpose, remake, renew! We were all doing these things before it was in vogue. Now the “re” everything is trending. It’s the power of RE.

When you buy a plant, either return the plastic container or reuse it. A major goal for 2020 is minimal waste.

Are you looking for a great job or second career? Consider horticulture. Did you know that in 2018, gardening in America grew to an industry of $40.6 billion according to Euro Monitor? By 2023, gardening is expected to reach $49.3 billion, meaning that more labor will be necessary. 

The next generations will need to learn to grow more food. Encourage children to seek an education that will offer them expertise in urban agriculture, environmental sustainability, or garden installation. Start on the job training now at home, in your backyard. Give your kids seeds to plant, weeds to pull, and areas to irrigate. Allow them to grow a few vegetables to make a pizza. They’ll be happier, healthier, and will become automatic stewards of our soils. 

As we begin 2020, take a deep breath and walk around your neighborhood. Consider the importance of the flora around you. What can you do personally to be more sustainable and regreen our planet?

I’ll have more information for you in my next column. Until then, remember that failure is fertilizer and do your part to implement the power of RE.

Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for January

RECYCLE unflocked Christmas trees without any stands by the curbside on your regular garbage service day. Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and trimmings. For trees over 8 feet, the collection company requests that you cut them in half. 

RETURN grass clippings to your lawn. Grass mulching can fertilize the soil and minimize the amount of water needed to keep your yard green and healthy.

PRUNE roses and crape myrtles throughout this month.

REVISIT the wonders of winter in the Sierras, in the vineyards, or public gardens. 

RE-BOOST your vitamin C with fresh fruit from citrus trees. Ripening for the next two months you will enjoy sweet navel orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, and Clementine.

REDEEM a planting offer from David Austin roses for 15% off with Offer code UKA or UKB before March 6 at www.davidaustinroses.com

PERUSE spring catalogs for ideas on planting then regift them to a fellow gardener. 

PROTECT plants from frost or freezing by covering with burlap or tarps.

HARVEST potatoes and beets.

REPLENISH bird feeders with nutritious seeds keeping our avian visitors nearby while supplementing their dietary requirements during the cold season.

REFRESH your vitamin D requirement by spending 15 minutes outdoors daily.

RESOLVE to utilize the power of RE in 2020.

Happy Gardening. Happy Growing. Happy New Year!

Photos at: http://lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1323/Digging-Deep-with-Cynthia-Brian-Garden-Trends-for-2020-Part-1-The-power-of-RE.html

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best-selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3. 

Tune into Cynthia’s StarStyle® Radio Broadcast at www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Buy a copy of her books, Growing with the Goddess Gardener and Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers at www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store

Hire Cynthia for writing projects, garden consults, and inspirational lectures.

Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com

www.GoddessGardener.com

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Be a Giver!

MIRACLE MOMENT®

It’s not how much you have, it’s how much you give” Crown Royal slogan

MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director

Being the Executive Director of a non-profit was not my dream. I never intended to start a charity. 

My life was full, fun, and fanciful in the 1990s boasting a happy young family, a beautiful country home, glorious gardens, and a barnyard of rescued animals. As a successful actor, coach, and interior designer, my varied careers fulfilled my creative urges as well as increased my bank balance. Life was beautiful.

Since I was a little girl, volunteering was a part of life. Giving back was ingrained in us and it continued into my adulthood as I worked in my children’s classrooms, spearheaded events for worthy organizations, lead Girl Scouts, 4-H projects, sports activities, and lectured at church.  In my mind, it was other people who founded and created organizations and I had zero interest in becoming one of them.

Then my beloved Dad was diagnosed with a rare incurable cancer.  He was given three weeks to live and I became his champion to save his life, scouring the world for treatment in days before the internet. With excellent medical intervention and his positive attitude, our family enjoyed his earthly company for three additional years. When I asked him on his deathbed if there was anything more I could do for him, he smiled widely to exclaim, “I am dying a happy man. I married the woman I loved, we were blessed with five great children, and I worked in a profession that was my passion. I have lived my dreams.” 

Something clicked inside me at that moment. My epiphany screamed pay it forward. My Daddy was a not a college-educated man, nor was he president of anything. He read books and did on the job training to learn what he needed as a farmer and a volunteer firefighter.  Dad was my hero, a man of his word, a pillar of strength, a person who helped everyone. Daddy was a giver. Although he was dying young, he felt that he had lived a life of purpose because he had loved, been loved, and fed people through his daily work.

It took many starts, stops, detours, and U-turns, but by 1999 I did pay it forward by establishing a charity, becoming a non-profit Founder and Executive Director. Be the Star You Are!® was created from my heart to empower those who needed it most—women, families, and kids. 

It’s been a struggle to keep the vision alive. Thank goodness I didn’t have a crystal ball to see the many hurdles or I would never have started on this journey. Yet, now, working with teens and young adults, witnessing the slow yet steady progress to improve lives, I realize that this is the path I am meant to travel. Like my Daddy, I am a giver.

As I scroll through the hundreds of pages of volunteer sheets each filled with over a hundred names and positions, I am grateful for the experiences and the people who have grown with Be the Star You Are!® . We have planted pride, grown leaders, and reaped readers. 

There comes an hour in all of our lives when we get turned upside down, meet disaster, sadness, loss, or regret face to face.  This is the opportunity to step up, put a smile on our faces, and make a difference.  Life offers choices. We can become bitter or we can become better. Better is best. 

My Dad died many years ago in December. I miss my Dad and still hear his cheerful encouraging voice in my mind. His mentoring taught me how to live in the moment to recreate dreams, live with passion, welcome the possibilities, and see the potential in our world. His example showed me that I am enough and that each of us is unique with a special gift to share with our neighbors.

As 2019 ends and 2020 commences, I take this opportunity to thank you for being part of our collaborative community. Be the Star You Are!® volunteers are leading the way with empowerment, educational, communication, and literacy efforts that help others have a happily ever after. If you have the resources and believe in our mission, I encourage you to make a year-end tax-deductible donation, or better yet, sign up to donate regularly. You can donate via PAYPAL Giving Fund with no fees https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504 or send checks to BTSYA, PO Box 376, Moraga, California, 94556. 

As we complete our first four months in our 21st year of being an all-volunteer charity with no paid staff, with your help, BTSYA will be able continue to make a difference in the years ahead for those in need. We must be doing something right to be around this long! Thank you for believing in our work to increase literacy and positive media messages.

Remember to shine brightly and smile widely. Be the star you were born to be. You can live your dreams.

Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! 

Be a Giver! It will make you happy.

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org

https://www.BetheStarYouAre.org

http://www.BTSYA.org

DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

CHECKING ON CHARITY

Before you donate this holiday season or anytime, it is always a great idea to make sure the charities that are asking for your dollars are legitimate. You want to be generous but you don’t want to be scammed. Here are a few tips to help you navigate.

  1. Locate your states charity regulator at www.nasconet.org
  2. To ascertain that your donation is tax-deductible, a charity must qualify as a 501 c 3 organization. Look up eligibility at https://irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search,
  3. Visit Great Non-Profits and read reviews. Be the Star You Are!® consistently receives 5 STAR reviews.  http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/
  4. Check the watchdog of non-profits at GUIDESTAR: Search for your non-profit. Non-profits are rated as bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Be the Star You Are!® receives a platinum rating.: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882
  5. Go directly to the charity website and read about the mission and outreach programs. This will help you identify any bogus charities that are approaching you with a similar name.
  6. Don’t donate over the phone or through people you don’t know. Some solicitations made over the phone or on the internet could be scams. 
  7. Be the Star You Are!® has been working faithfully to help those in need since 1999. Don’t be a scrooge and donate now either directly via www.BetheStarYouAre.org or Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GIVER

by Karen Kitchell

I believe gifts are meant to be tokens of appreciation or recognition of the role someone plays in our life. We can’t dictate what the receiver does with our gift, though we can enjoy knowing we have given our time and thought into choosing a meaningful gift. Instead of waiting to see or hear how very much someone likes what we have given, we can remind ourselves that we are a giver. And the world loves givers! It’s also important to remember that gifts can come from unexpected places and are not always things.

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. www.scatteringkindness.com

TUNE IN!

Our two Be the Star You Are!® radio broadcasts provide entertainment, information, and empowerment in every hour of power. Listen LIVE to StarStyle® every Wednesday from 4pm PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are or catch us on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

For a young adult look at life, listen to Express Yourself!™ Sunday’s at 3pm PT  at https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Read all about the Be the Star You Are!® Radio broadcasts, guests, reporters, hosts, and more at https://www.StarStyleRadio.com.

SHOPPING ALL YEAR ROUND?

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

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882

2. Discounted books at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity

3. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash at 3500+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA:https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

& buy from your favorite stores. 

4. Search and GoodShop: Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too! https://www.goodshop.com/nonprofit/be-the-star-you-are

5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA

6. BTSYA Logo Store: http://btsya.rylees.net

7. Buy or Sell on EBAY:http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/be-the-star-you-are-501-c-3/1504/?favorite=link

8. Designer Clothes to Buy or Sell: https://www.unionandfifth.com/charities/be-the-star-you-are-moraga-ca/shop

9. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” T-shirts and tanks $19.99 at StarStyle® Store: https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

10. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle. http://ow.ly/cYs130iN6n4

We appreciate a direct donation most of all via PAYPAL GIVING FUND at https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

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

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Direct Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®

Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results

About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us

Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs

How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help

Blog: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog-1

Events: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events

Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

GREAT NON PROFITS REVIEWS: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/

GUIDESTAR: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882

We invite you to volunteer, get involved, or make a donation. Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

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Classified Ads:

If you’d like to advertise your service or product while supporting Be the Star You Are!®, we are now accepting approved ads that will benefit readers. Contact info@BetheStarYouAre.org for details. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Give plenty in 2020!

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org

https://www.BetheStarYouAre.org

http://www.BTSYA.org

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

https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

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A Very Merry Christmas

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.” 

Charles Dickens

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

Every December I utter these same words and each Christmas seems to come earlier than the previous year.  Where do the seconds, minutes, hours, days, years go? When I was a child doing my best to be nice instead of naughty, Christmas took forever to arrive. Today, Rudolph and his sleigh are on fast forward.

We have officially entered the season of winter. The deciduous trees are bare, the sky is gray, and gardens have gone to bed for a long nap. Poinsettias, cyclamen, narcissi, bottlebrush, and red branches of Japanese maples offer hints of bright color amidst the dreary daylight landscapes. 

Come nightfall, magic happens. Houses and fountains are illuminated with twinkling lights, cuddly teddy bears line windowsills, and treetops glisten with dangling ornaments. Oh, what fun it is to ride around to admire the festive luminosities. 

Nature has a way of healing itself. With the rainfall, the formerly charred hills of Moraga and Lafayette are turning a verdant green. In the spring poppies will be flourishing as the ground revitalizes from the frightening October fires. 

Did you ever see the 1947 movie, The Ghost and Mrs.  Muir starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison? It’s a classic film and imminently watchable even by today’s standards. What stood out for me in revisiting that movie recently was the mention of a Monkey Puzzle Tree. Although I had traveled to both Argentina and Chile from whence the tree originates, I had never paid it much attention until I visited Butchart Gardens in Canada. I thought it looked like a naturally decorated Christmas tree with its very unique “pine” cones, although it is not related to a pine tree. The proper name is Araucaria Araucana and what makes it so unique are its cones. The male cones look like hanging cucumbers and the female cones resemble round bulbs. The seeds in the cones are edible like pine nuts and consumed by the indigenous population. This national tree of Chile can live to over 1000 years old (Is Santa Claus that old?) and is now on the endangered list. Why is it called a Monkey Puzzle Tree? Evidently, a monkey is unable to climb this tree, thereby puzzling the monkey!

At this time of year, so many delicious smells emanate from the kitchen. Making persimmon pudding from our hachiyas with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and other spices is one of our family traditions. I’ve also been drying sage, bay, oregano, and rosemary to use in recipes and give as gifts. The scents of the holidays are gifts to the senses. Make sure to try some new recipes.

Deck your halls, jingle your bells, and rock around your tree. It’s the season to be jolly.

Savor the blessings of being with family and friends and have yourself a very merry Christmas.

Cynthia Brian’s End of December Gardening Guide

BRING branches from your evergreen trees inside to use as inexpensive holiday décor. The fresh fragrance gives your home a cozy, festive feeling.

BAIT for snails and slugs.

ADD lights to your bird houses and fountains.

TREAT all acid loving plants with sulfur to lower the soils ph.

DECORATE for the New Yearwith the red cones of the magnolia tree. 

REDUCE erosion by leaving a vegetative cover or stubble from perennials in the soil. The decreased water run-off keeps contaminants like fertilizer and pesticides from our streams.

GIVE a gardening book to a gardener. Gardening books in the winter reminds us that spring will be here soon, so we need to get ready! Whether a master gardener or a novice, there’s always something new to learn from Growing with the Goddess Gardener or Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul (we have hard-to-find, rare first editions) available at www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

CONTACT Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control at 925-685-9301 or www.ContraCostaMosquito.com for education or if you have a problem with rats, mics, skunks, ticks, yellowjackets, and mosquitoes. The services are free as you’ve paid for them with your taxes.

PRUNE roses anytime you have time. Don’t forget to root canes that you love in potting soil or offer them to other gardeners.

FILL a Santa hat with pinecones to give as a last-minute gift.

FEED the birds by allowing seedpods to form on perennials.

FINISH planting all spring blooming bulbs.

DONATE to your favorite charity. It is the season of giving. Mine, of course, is Be the Star You Are!® 501c3  (http://www.bethestaryouare.org)

RIDE around the town to admire all the holiday ornamentations of decorated houses and gardens. 

THANKS for another great year together, gardening, laughing, inspiring, and reading. 

Happy Gardening. Happy Growing. Happy Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

Photos at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1322/Digging-Deep-with-Cynthia-Brian-Have-yourself-a-very-merry-Christmas.html

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best-selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3. 

Tune into Cynthia’s StarStyle® Radio Broadcast at www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Buy a copy of her books, Growing with the Goddess Gardener and Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers at www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store

Hire Cynthia for writing projects, garden consults, and inspirational lectures.

Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com

www.GoddessGardener.com

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