Happy New Year, 2012!!!!

Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2012 and we all seem to be on the same page when it comes to making things happen in the new year! Last year was one of ups and downs, globally and personally, and I am among those who are happy to welcome all that’s positive in 2012!

While I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions (or at least I don’t call them that), I do always have goals. One of those goals is to bring you more Celebrity Optimists as well as our everyday Featured Optimists. The goal is to continue to share with you the positive things celebrities are doing with their platforms, steering away from the negative attention they already have too much of.

Another goal is to become more interactive, so please feel free to comment, send me emails, suggestions, and submit if you would like to see specific celebrities and/or everyday people who are giving back!

In the spirit of the blog and the New Year, I have decided to share one of the celebrity New Year’s resolutions I came across. E! News host Giuliana Rancic has been the symbol of strength in the past few years, as she has gone through some trying health issues, and publicly. She most recently underwent a double mastectomy, and while referring to the recovery as “hell”, credits husband Bill Rancic with being the rock she needed to lean on throughout the entire experience. He definitely is a solid man and extraordinary husband. Giuliana said, during an interview, “So much of these past few months has been worrying about the future, the future, the future. Am I going to live? Am I going to have to do chemo? And it’s just so much worrying about the future.” Bill said, “Our goal is to really live in the present – to enjoy life.”

Giuliana Rancic's Happy New Year tweet (Source: Twitter)

(Source: Twitter)

I chose Giuliana and Bill’s  resolution/goal as the one to share, as I believe it to be something inspiring and words we all could benefit from in the new year. When you see someone go through such trials, ones that make everything else seem so trivial, you know that when they draw certain conclusions, it’s because everything has been put in greater perspective. And so, as we wish them the best in a happy, healthy and stress-free 2012, we wish you all the same!

Happy New Year to everyone and may all of your goals in 2012 come to fruition!

– Kendra Kabasele

PS – Please feel free to share this post, comment below and/or email me your favorite celebrity’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 at celebrityoptimist@gmail.com .


Bill Rancic: Starkey Hearing Foundation

If you watched Giuliana & Bill tonight, or even if you heard about this story prior, you know that Bill Rancic took time out of his busy schedule to head out to Haïti on a mission to help the victims of the tragic earthquake of 2010. This was his second trip. He also helped two weeks after the earthquake. Along with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Bill outfitted hundreds of children and adults with hearing aids, so that he could help offer sound to those living in silence. In a touching display of selflessness and a heart of gold, not only did he help offer a solution to the medical needs of the people, but he also took the time to make other emotional connections with the families and natives of the land.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is a non-profit organization that has helped hundreds of thousands hear better both domestically and internationally.


Leeza Gibbons: Leeza’s Place

TV broadcast veteran Leeza Gibbons is teaming up with TV personality and entrepreneur Bill Rancic for a new show launching this September called “America Now”, a topical lifestyle news program. While this will be one of Leeza’s most recent projects, she has been working on something close to her heart for some time now. Leeza’s Place is ““A Place for Family Caregivers”; a community gathering place and resource center committed to providing free support services, resources and programs for family caregivers taking care of a loved one with a memory disorder or any chronic and/or progressive illness.”

(Source: http://leezasplace.org/about.html)

The existence of Leeza’s Place is immensely helpful. In a time where family members and friends of families are increasingly facing the act of caring for a loved one or friend, having a source for support, guidance and even a shoulder to lean on, is not only helpful, but needed. Leeza’s Place, and parent The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, were inspired by events in Leeza’s own life. After her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Leeza made her a promise to tell the world her story and the story of how the family banded together to become her caregivers.

There is so much information on the organization’s website and it is a great go-to for anyone who finds themselves in a caregiver position, or knows of someone who needs help with this role.

Website: http://leezasplace.org