The Gift of Affirmation

April 7, 2015
Hosted by The Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Teen Team

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It’s important to feel validated and appreciated. Affirmation is a fundamental need of all humans. Hosts Henna Hundal and Katelyn Darrow share their personal experiences and interview a former international model and actress turned sell-esteem magazine publisher. Detail Description It’s important to feel validated and appreciated. Affirmation is a fundamental need of all humans. Hosts Henna Hundal and Katelyn Darrow share their personal experiences with ways they offer affirmation to themselves and others. They also interview CEO of BYOU Magazine, author of Beauty’s Secret, A Girl’s Discovery of Inner Beauty, and former international model and actress, Debra Gano. After a series of life-changing incidents, including a near-fatal car accident, Debra’s perspective shifted from one of superficial external-focus to a deeper inner awareness that "it's what's inside that counts." As a single mother of a twelve-year-old daughter, Debra discusses her passion for helping females find and live their most authentic, empowered selves. Henna loves working with Be the Star You Are!® charity providing platforms for expression and promoting positive media. She says, “ we’re equipping young people with the confidence they need so that they can get out there and take the world by storm.” She also is a Teen Ambassador for You are Valued where the message is “Grant yourself permission. Give yourself affirmation and define yourself.” Besides volunteering with Be the Star You Are!®, Katelyn launched a new campaign with her charity, Angels of God, called Angel Deeds which encourages people to spread kindness and help others through every day, simple deeds. “Small actions make a big difference,” says Katelyn. The following is excerpted from the chapter, The Gift of Affirmation from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. “We underestimate how our own personal agenda affects people we know and don't know. Smiling is an incredibly effective affirmation. Even when you feel down, just making yourself smile will improve everyone's mood, including your own. “Help people notice the good in themselves. When they feel special, they will be special.” Cynthia Brian

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