Special Post: We’re launching a search for the best “SelfLESSie” photos!

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We’re launching a search for the best “SelfLESSie” photos! Submit photos of someone, something or somewhere that inspires you and why. No “selfies” please! We will begin posting them on our blog and social media! Send the photo along with your handle (e.g. @celeboptimist) to celebrityoptimist@gmail.com!


London 2012 Olympics-inspired Bright Idea: Fight for a dream

The emotion behind the 2012 Summer Olympic games has been powerful, and not just among the athletes. One of the differences this year has been the increase in popularity, over the years, of social media. While newsrooms debate the idea that Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, including Linked In, are ruining the Olympics for some people, in terms of spoiler tweets, for example, our focus is on the solidarity the nations have demonstrated, virtually, in supporting their teams!

One of the names we hear about so often is that of Olympic Gold medalist, gymnast Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas. She has won the hearts of her fellow Americans, as well as spectators worldwide. We’ve seen her dynamic personality, matchless work ethic and endless perseverance. Where does she get her strength, passion, and tenacity? Procter & Gamble, sponsor to mothers of Olympians, created this video, which gives us an idea.


(Source: Procter & Gamble YouTube Channel)



Social Media: Celebrity Optimist is there

Just a reminder that Celebrity Optimist has its online presence in several locations.

You can:

  • Subscribe to receive email updates each time a new entry is posted on Celebrity Optimist. The button to subscribe is located at the top left of the site just under the image of the glass…the one that’s half full…
  • Find Celebrity Optimist on Facebook. Please “like” the page and feel free to post comments, join the discussions, invite others to join the page and spread the positivity! 
  • Find Celebrity Optimist on Twitter! Not only are the blog entries featured and updated, but we also feature the movements we mention on the blog and retweet anything else we feel is inspiring.

You can always get in touch via email at: celebrityoptimist@gmail.com

Thank you for your support!

– Kendra Kabasele


Bright Idea: Spreading awareness through Facebook

Whose bright idea was it to make it fun to give back? Cause Layouts, of course! With the undying popularity of social media in general, and Facebook specifically, why not use that high traffic to bring attention to charitable causes?

According to their website, Cause Layouts “collaborates with non-profits to create custom Facebook layouts, allowing supporters to personalize their Facebook profiles and show support for their favorite cause.[…] Cause Layouts allows non-profits to proactively reach their supporters every time they log on to Facebook and share the latest events, fundraisers, news and other activities.”


Getting a layout and supporting your favorite cause(s) are quite simple. All you have to do is find the cause you are interested in supporting, download the layout and voilà, you have just donated $1 to the cause! Cause Layouts will donate $1 for every download of a layout.

While there is a wide variety of charities and causes to choose a layout from, there are also monthly causes that are featured on their front page. This month’s causes include NOH8, Pencils of Promise, Future Leaders of Our Community (FLOC), Invisible Children and Pet Finder. You also can suggest a cause, if you cannot find it on the site.


Featured Optimist: Mastin Kipp inspires through The Daily Love

Chances are you may have heard of Mastin Kipp’s The Daily Love. You may even be following him on twitter. If you aren’t, you’re missing out! It was at the beginning of this year that I found out about Mastin and The Daily Love and I immediately signed up to get his daily email newsletters. I also started to follow him on twitter. I was drawn into the idea that he creates an inspiring theme, every day, that he shares with others. His goal? To encourage others to manifest their highest potential.


Complete with thoughtful themes, inspiring words, conscious quotes, images and guest bloggers, one of my main attractions to The Daily Love, was that it welcomes readers with the aim to make them happy, so that you share this happiness with others. I’m on the same page and share the same goal.

The same way I enjoy posting quotes on my Facebook page and sharing ideas, articles, and words with others, I enjoy sharing people with others! So, take a look at his website and I am sure you will come upon something that speaks to you and inspires your heart…daily.

– Kendra Kabasele


Special Post – Giving back through sharing…words…

Have you ever thought about the idea that one of the easiest ways to give back to others is one of the most powerful? How, you ask? Through your words!

Sometimes all someone needs is an ear, and other times, it’s their ear they need to lend. Sometimes we end up in situations we feel isolated in. Sometimes we need advice, inspiration or a mere chuckle but either don’t want to disturb anyone, or simply keep to ourselves because it’s what we know and it’s comfortable.

I don’t know how many times I have spoken to a friend, or reached out to someone because they crossed my mind and they have said, “How did you know I needed to that?” I was reminded of the several times I have done that when I was talking to my hairdresser, Jenae, the other day. She was telling me a story about how she reached out to someone in the same way, and it was just on time, for that person.

I’ve had this idea for an interactive blog for a long time (among other ideas) and I have initiated it as a Facebook page. The page is called, “Checking In”.

Hi All! It’s been quiet in here for a while…just wanted to awaken some dialogue and invite you to share your thoughts on a new page I started…would love to hear from you all! Please feel free to “like” it and share it with friends!

“Checking In” Facebook Page

“Checking In” was inspired by the idea that sometimes we just need to take a moment to stop and reflect on things, whether it be on the moment, the day, year or on life! Sometimes “checking in” with yourself inspires others to do the same, and when you share your insights, the inspiration can potentially reach people whose thoughts mirror yours.

“Checking In” is intended to be an interactive platform of thoughts, lessons, insights, and whatever else is on your mind, with respect to the topic(s) being discussed.

Please feel free to invite your friends to be a part of this ongoing dialogue…

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from all of you!


Bright Idea: Spreading the word on something you hear about that can help others

If anyone knows me, or is a friend on Facebook or finds me on Twitter, they know that I love reading, information and passing it along. I love to share breaking news (politics, economics, entertainment, etc) and I have always been this way. I suppose that is a huge part of why my love for words and information turned my hobbies and passions into my career choice of journalism! (More on that on my website.)

On the news today, I caught a portion of a story about a new study regarding car seats. The report mentioned findings linking toxins to the materials with which baby and children’s car seats are made. I got online and researched the study more and found that according to the non-profit Ecology Center at HealthyStuff.org, “while some seats were found to be virtually free of the most dangerous chemicals, over half (60%) contained at least one of the chemicals tested for.”

These toxic chemicals are said to be linked to allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer. On top of that, they remind us that babies are the most vulnerable to exposure as they are still in a state of development and sensitivity.

They have posted several images and charts in order to help parents and caregivers understand which car seats are best for their children. For example:

(Source: HealthyStuff.org)

To find out more about this study, and to find out more about toxic substances in other everyday products, you can visit their website: http://www.healthystuff.org