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Cyntha Brian coaches kids to be successful and make a difference

It’s a bright new year and I’m sure you have written goals and resolutions that you are determined to complete. Hang in there and just do it. A new year is like opening the pages of a new journal. The space is empty and it’s up to us to write the chapters.  The new year is marked by fresh beginnings and novel inspirations. It is the time to adopt a positive attitude towards life and bid good-bye to the passing negatives. New Year is one of the many occasions when you can send inspiring wishes to your loved ones, to lift their mood for the coming year

An important part of being a great parent is to teach our children the importance of giving back, both with time and with money.  A simple idea to help kids get in the habit of donating is to put a large empty canister on a table in your family room labeled “Giving”.  Whether it’s earned income or an allowance, encourage that each child puts a minimum of 10% in the jar each week. Promise your kids that you’ll match their donation and when the canister is full, choose a charity to receive the gift.  We hope you’ll choose Be the Star You Are!®

In addition, take your kids to volunteer in your vicinity a few hours a month. Volunteering doesn’t just help those you serve. It helps you. People who volunteer have lower rates of depression, possibly because you derive satisfaction from finding a sense of purpose. The Corporation of National and Community Service found that volunteering one two hours a week improved the overall health of the volunteer. You are never too young or too old to get involved.  When you give, you receive. The life you save will be your own.

To volunteer or donate to Be the Star You Are!®, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org. TAX DEDUCTIONS for 2010 are still available by writing a check to Be the STAR You Are! 501 c3 dated December 31. Send to PO Box 376, Moraga, Ca. 94556.

As we launch into 2011, I thank all of you who have been staunch supporters and look forward to making new friends in our quest to empower women, families, and youth.

Shine on!

Cynthia Brian