“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.” Swedish Proverb
MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director
Fortunately, I have lived an entire lifetime without experiencing a crisis of the epic proportions that everyone around the globe is currently encountering. The coronavirus, Covid-19 pandemic is bringing the world to its knees. Our everyday life as we know it has been changed or halted and as more cases are diagnosed daily, people fear the contagion of this potentially deadly disease.
Yes, we all need to prepare, yet we can not panic. Stress and anxiety will lessen the ability of our immune systems to fight any illness.
All of my speaking engagements, consultations, travel plans, and in-person meetings have been cancelled. Fortunately, I can do my radio broadcasts and write for the newspaper remotely. Many schools, businesses, and offices are closed with students and employees studying and working from home when possible. Store shelves are empty of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, alcohol, bleach, and wipes. It’s a mad, mad world out there.
While heeding the advice of the experts to wash our hands frequently, avoid crowds, postpone non-essential travel, stay home if we have the sniffles, what else can we do in our voluntary quarantine to stay healthy and optimistic during this emergency?
What about viewing this time as a staycation instead of isolation? If you have the privilege of being or working at home, rejoice that you have a home. Use this time to catch up on projects that never seem to get done. Clean out a drawer, organize a closet. Meditate. Read a book that has been sitting on a shelf (or buy brand new, discounted books at http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity ), Write the novel you’ve been dreaming of writing. Bake a cake. Take an on-line course, Walk around the block. FaceTime a friend instead of visiting. Start a journal. Exercise. Plan a picnic inside if the weather is inclement. Dance in the rain. Weed your garden. Pick flowers for an indoor arrangement. Play a game with your kids. Watch a movie. Make a movie. Sit on your porch. Take a nap. Do your taxes. Listen to music. Make music. Relax. Be grateful. You are alive.
These are unsettling and uncertain times as we practice “social distancing.” Yet we are still in control of our individual lives and the well-being of our families. The situation in the United States may get worse before it gets better. Discuss options and if possible, isolate with a staycation. It may not be exactly a vacation, but it is a step in keeping our families secure and well. Don't spend too much time in fretting in front of screens or TV’s watching what the various media channels report. When we want the facts, stay informed by going directly to the main sources, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov
The World Health Organization at https://www.who.int for updates.
Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay sane. Breathe!
Remember, “This, too, shall pass.”
Sending virtual hugs, foot bumps, and healthy wishes.
Be the Star You Are!®
PO Box 376
Moraga, California 94556
CONGRATULATIONS BE THE STAR YOU ARE!®
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You've won a spot on the 2020 Top-Rated List!
Congratulations! Be The Star You Are Inc has earned a spot on the 2020 Top Rated List! Your community has shared their inspiring stories about your work. We congratulate you on all of your accomplishments.
A few abbreviated quotes from reviewers:
“I have been working with Be The Star You Are! for almost 8 years, and I am forever grateful for the experiences I gained while volunteering with this nonprofit. Through BTSYA’s radio program, “Express Yourself! Teen Radio,” I was able to gain hands-on experience with writing segments and recording weekly. I became a published author through Be The Star You Are. I have two chapters published in Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers: Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. This was an absolute dream come true! BTSYA’s programming has provided an abundance of creative outlets, and I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities I have received through this organization.” Katelyn Darrow
“I'm extremely proud to be able to contribute to BTSYA's amazing work. Not only does BTSYA reach out to and support countless others, the experience I've had working with them as a volunteer has been equally educational and enriching.”
“Being a reporter and host for Be the Star You Are's Express Yourself Teen Radio has provided me a platform to empower the youth community and make my voice heard. I have strengthened my communication and professional skills by writing scripts and interviewing various guests.” Siri Phaneendra
IF NOT CANCELED, MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR May 9th
Assuming the Coronavirus “social distancing” rule is lifted by May, Be the Star You Are!® will be hosting a Family Fun booth at the 14th Annual Moraga Community Faire on Saturday, Moraga 9th from 10-3pm and we hope you’ll attend. SuperStar Sponsor is GreenAir, your energy solutions company, https://www.gogreenair.net. The Faire attracts 3500 + attendees with numerous attractions, vendors, Kids zone, food trucks, wine, beer, art, and a classic car show. Be the Star You Are!® is the official face painting center and volunteers will be offering other activities for children, a reading circle, and giving away books to increase literacy. Teen radio personalities will be in attendance and a book signing of our new book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, are also planned.
Families may volunteer to be in the booth and sponsors are encouraged. All donations will be spearheaded for Disaster Relief. For more information, email email@example.com.
We plan on a day of memory making! Joins us at the BTSYA Family Fun Day.
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 https://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 . We continue to bring you up-to-the-minute information on the Covid-19 pandemic as well as showcase ideas that will elevate you.
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!
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5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA
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7. Buy or Sell on EBAY:http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/be-the-star-you-are-501-c-3/1504/?favorite=link
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9. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” T-shirts and tanks $19.99 at StarStyle® Store: http://www.starstylestore.net/
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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
Direct Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
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About Us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us
How to Help: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help
Contact us: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact
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“When the heart is at peace, the body will be healthy.”
PO Box 376
Moraga, California 94556
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