The Hope Chronicles
We share a collection of feel good stories and videos that renew our energy, remind us of our humanity, and keep us grounded in hope. It is our wish that they do the same for you and if you come across any inspiring content, please don’t hesitate to send it our way!
The Yeske Buie Team
Posted September 17, 2021
We didn’t have to go far to find inspiration for this week’s edition of The Hope Chronicles. The Yeske Buie community has been growing in more ways than one recently, and today we’re celebrating our newest addition, Lauren Stansell’s baby daughter, Nora Layne! Lauren and her husband, Daniel, welcomed Nora on September 1, and we can’t get enough of her adorable outfits and tiny toes. We hope these photos of Lauren and her family boost your spirits and make you smile.
Posted September 3, 2021
We came across the following story, and were touched by its meaning, relevancy, and sense of empowerment.
Sometimes I just want it to stop. Talk of COVID, looting, brutality. I lose my way. I become convinced that this “new normal” is real life. Then I meet an 87-year-old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam protests and yet is still enchanted with life.
He seemed surprised when I said that 2020 must be especially challenging for him. “No,” he said slowly, looking me straight in the eyes. “I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me. I see the world with the realization that we love big. Therefore, I just choose to write my own headlines: “Husband loves wife today.” “Family drops everything to come to Grandma’s bedside.” He patted my hand. “Old man makes new friend.”
His words collide with my worries, freeing them from the tether I had been holding tight. They float away. I am left with a renewed spirit and a new way to write my own headlines.
Feeling inspired, we challenged ourselves to embrace this spirit and write our own headlines, and we’re honored to them with you in this space. We’d also love to hear from you! How would you pen your own headlines?
Twelve-year-old spends summer learning cursive to make his grandmother proud
Yeske Buie emerges from their work from home stint with two impressive new hires
The family grows - a year and a half after the pandemic began, the Yeske Buie team celebrates three marriages and three babies
Workout community strengthens more than just muscles
Inspired by dog, human also stops to smell the roses and enjoy the moment
Family celebrates everyone’s birthday after pandemic postpones parties
Husband makes wife laugh
Adventurer finds joy in the little things
Seasoned assistant re-learns how to learn
First-time parents prepare for baby’s arrival with outpouring of love and support from loved ones and friends all over the world
Pandemic allowed San Francisco couple to explore every path to the Presidio on long weekend walks
Entire family present on Zoom for special New Year’s Eve proposal
Pandemic-inspired increase in recipe testing leads to a freezer full of delicious food prepared for baby’s arrival
Three-year-old faces fears and successfully navigates first week of preschool
Eight-month-old seizes the moment and plays with big brother’s toys while he’s at school
Parents sing to kids, change the world
Daughter graduates from college, pursues and embraces new opportunities in New York in a COVID world, restoring one’s faith in the future
Daughter finds daily joy in applying life lessons learned from her recently deceased father
A lifetime of experiences boils down to the realization that love and simplicity are the keys to happiness
Isolation creates opportunity to uncover new passions and hobbies
Grandmother learns to FaceTime and sees grandchild more often now than ever before
Recent humidity heatwave a boon for outdoor hot yoga
Recent Dad gains newfound appreciation for his parents' choices, regrets being such a brat
Coworkers spend precious time interacting with Clients from afar, yet very close (Zoom) during the holidays
Moments of loneliness disappear for a couple who bring a beautiful dog into their home
Posted August 20, 2021
One Person Can Make a Difference
Kind, deep, inspiring, and compassionate, 10-year-old Orion Jean’s mission to share the gift of reading by organizing a donation of 500,000 books by the end of August is the epitome of Give Big.
Celebrating A Special Teacher
First grade teacher Mrs. Smith pushed herself to grow from janitor to teacher and persevered through a number of obstacles along the way. She is a true inspiration to never give up on Live Big dreams.
Posted August 6, 2021
Posted July 9, 2021
This homeless artist who lost everything in a fire is now getting attention from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. It’s an incredible story proving how one act of kindness can change someone’s life.
Back to the Future
Flying cars are just for science-fiction films, right? Not anymore! Last week, a flying car completed the first ever inter-city flight underscoring our belief that human beings are fundamentally growth-seeking, ingenious, and resilient.
Posted May 7, 2021
What Brings You Hope?
What gives Mila hope is her best friend and partner in life, Casee Jones. This pup has seen her fair share of struggles, and despite it all, she continues smiling and wagging her tail each and every day of her life. This pure and unconditional joy for life has been Mila’s shining light while going through the pandemic. What brings you hope?
What Brings You Hope?
What brings Karen hope? In short, her beliefs, her loved ones, and nature. At her core, Karen believes that we all have an ability to persevere and bear hardship, and can tap into a source of hope from our hearts and minds. Being with loved ones or out in nature can bring peace and quiet to allow you to channel into these sources of hope.
Posted April 9, 2021
For all pieces posted April 9, 2021, we take inspiration from the classic line “in a world where you can be anything, be kind.” Specifically, we use the beginning of this phrase as a base to highlight six values and attitudes that have kept our spirits aflame over the past year.
What other values and attitudes have kept your spirit aflame throughout the pandemic?
In a world where you can be anything… Be Kind
We can all learn a lesson or two from #50 who reminds us of the basics of being a good human: patience, compassion, and genuine care for others. Well done, #50.
In a world where you can be anything… Be Grounded
We believe there are serious benefits to mindful breathing exercises and incorporate them into our daily routines. Might Noah be available to lead our next mindfulness webinar?!
In a world where you can be anything… Be Resilient
Our resilience has no doubt been tested over the past year. But as the saying goes, it’s not about how many times you fall down, it’s about how many times you get back up. The 10th time was the charm for this little girl…
In a world where you can be anything… Be Positive
We’ve seen our families, friends, and communities remain hopeful and find light and good even during the darkest days. This mother-daughter duo remind us of the power of positive thinking and recognizing our self-worth.
In a world where you can be anything… Be Grateful
The pandemic has been an opportunity to reflect on all of the special people, places, and things that bring us joy. At the top of that list for many? Long overdue hugs from loved ones like this one.
Posted March 26, 2021
An Experiment in Gratitude
At our all-team meeting this month, we spent time reflecting on the past year and all of the things in and outside of Yeske Buie that we are grateful for. It was a special moment – like the experiment in this video, we found that sharing our gratitude lifted our spirits. Give it a try.
The Happiness Advantage
Society tells us that hard work will lead to more success and more happiness. In this fast-paced and entertaining TED Talk, psychologist Shawn Achor explains why he believes this formula is backwards and suggests a few small changes that can create lasting positive change.
Piano Pen Pals
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen stories of people connecting in creative ways to combat loneliness and keep hope alive. This heartwarming piano duet between a man and his unseen neighbor is a deeply touching example of the beauty of humanity. Connection, passion, love, and healing – we’re all in this together.
What Brings You Hope?
What brings Howard hope his daughter, Baby Ophinia (Finn for short). Howard and his wife Sarah became proud parents in March 2020, and their adventure through parenthood – watching Finn develop into a little person processing the world – has been one of the things that gives Howard hope. What brings you hope?
Be Sweet to Your Community
We’ve seen creative ways to connect during the pandemic, and now we’re seeing creative ways to connect as work ourselves out of it. Krispy Kreme is offering free glazed doughnuts every day to anyone who receives the COVID-19 vaccine – sweet!
Can’t Stop the Feeling
This song is inescapable, infectious, and full of joy – we just had to include it as part of this collection! While you’ve likely heard the song before, watching the film crew jam to the pop hit for the first time adds another dimension of soul, cheer, and hope.
Posted February 26, 2021
Listen to My Heart
From their pure talent to their undeniable connection, it’s hard not to fall in love with this incredible brother and sister duo. The humility, originality, and freshness of this catchy tune about the unconditional love of a family gives us a wholesome dose of compassion and joy.
What Is… Passing Along Kindness?
In support of Alex Trebek’s dream for “a gentler, kinder society”, his family donated his Jeopardy! wardrobe – 20 suits, 300 shirts, and +100 ties – to The Doe Fund, a non-profit that helps men struggling with homelessness and incarceration write the next chapter of their lives. Amazing!
Yes, You Can
What happens when you give motivated, underprivileged students an opportunity to participate in an elite college program? An experiment by The Equity Lab found inspiring results – including an 89% pass rate – that make the case for new diversity efforts at elite universities. As the saying goes, education breeds confidence, and confidence breeds hope.
What Brings You Hope?
While Lauren has deferred physical travel during the pandemic, her mind had the privilege of traveling over more than 7,000 pages of novels in 2020, bringing her much needed hope and sanity! Lauren enjoys the escape that reading provides, and the joy of finding a cozy place to unwind, usually next to her dog, Lexi. What brings you hope?
Perseverance: A New Hope
We often talk about resilience at Yeske Buie. A sister to resilience, Perseverance, NASA’s largest and most advanced rover, has made a big splash in the news after successfully landing on Mars. Check out these incredible videos of the rover landing and a panorama of the red planet that bring a new hope for space exploration.
I Want To See You Be Brave
To those who are coping with loss, or are dealing with insecurity, or are having a bad day, week, or year, let this song remind you of your inner strength and power. As Sara Bareilles says, “Let the light in and show me how big your brave is.”
Posted February 12, 2021
An Unsinkable Spirit
This moving ad shines a light on the story of U.S. Paralympic swimmer, Jessica Long, whose unsinkable resilience is nothing short of inspirational. No matter where you are right now, don’t give up – there is hope and strength in all of us.
These kids aren’t just cute as a button, they also have a sweet, wise, and innocent view on what love is – friendship, appreciation, happiness… and lots of eye contact. Wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!
Chorus of the Captains
Amanda Gorman’s way with words inspires us again! Her latest performance on Super Bowl Sunday honored three community heroes – coaches, educators, and nurses – who have risen above the challenges of the pandemic. Poised and eloquent as always, Amanda reminds us that “even in tragedy, hope is possible”.
What Brings You Hope?
What gives Cristin hope is love – her love for her (now) fiancé has made quarantining during the pandemic more bearable, and they don’t mind staying at home as long as they’re together. She’s also found an extra surge in hope this year as she plans for their wedding celebration in June. What brings you hope?
The Great Outdoors
Feeling a little cooped up? “The great outdoors are wide open!” Ever wonder why you always feel better after spending a few minutes in nature? According to this HBR article, “exposure to nature helps us switch from voluntary attention, which draws on our reserves of focus and energy, to involuntary attention, which requires less focus and energy. This allows us to recover from mental fatigue.” Give yourself the gift of a walk today.
The Ultimate Zoom Faux ‘Paws’
Okay, this video isn’t necessarily rooted in hope, but it’s almost guaranteed to bring you a big, genuine belly laugh. This lawyer’s faux pas with Zoom’s video filters is as relatable as it is funny – who hasn’t experienced a silly Zoom moment since our lives were moved to the virtual platform?! Have a fun story? Share it with us!
Posted January 29, 2021
The Hill We Climb
The epitome of grounded resilience and radiant hope, Amanda Gorman and her Inauguration Day speech “The Hill We Climb” are stunningly beautiful in every way.
There Will Be Light After Dark
A song that is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking, Luke Combs’ words pierce through the thoughts and feelings we’re all experiencing. Don’t lose hope, there will be light…
Man in the Mirror
This classic tune dishes out a powerful dose of positivity and re-energizes our motivation to continue rising to the difficult societal and pandemic related challenges we’re all facing. It’s a wonder we’ve yet to highlight it as a beacon of hope!
What Brings You Hope?
The return of sports is a source of hope for Jack, who finds that games provide a getaway from the “noise” of the world and are best enjoyed with friends and loved ones. Jack looks forward to visiting stadiums once again – what brings you hope?
Born to Be Wild
This viral Twitter thread brought us a big ‘ole smile that we just had to share! Photographer Joaquim Campa shares photos of curious animals interrupting wildlife photographers. Nature is so full of hope and peace.
Missing travel? Feeling anxious? These scenic relaxation videos may be the antidote for both of these sentiments. Their beauty, perspective, and music are instantly calming, and give us hope for resuming our Live Big adventures in the not so distant future.
Posted January 15, 2021
Lead with Love
Joy. Sadness. Fear. Excitement. Disgust. Surprise. Love. Of all the emotions we’ll feel today, and this month, and this year, let’s agree to lead with love.
Let It Happen
These three talented sisters share a love for dance, and their energy, enthusiasm, and synergy are an instant dose of hope and cheer for those who watch. This video is their first of the new year, and the others on their channel are just as infectious – be sure to check them out!
What Brings You Hope?
A Good Reminder
Have you heard this story yet? Stefan Thomas lost the password for an old Bitcoin account that’s now worth $220M, and has just two guesses left before it’s permanently encrypted. What a great reminder of the importance of healthy technology habits and diversification. We’re hoping for your success, Stefan!
Strings for Hope
A few years ago, local string ensemble Bay Area Strings performed at Yeske Buie’s in-person client event. Missing the ability to host live performances in 2020, the group recorded several jam sessions for music-lovers to enjoy at home.
Posted December 18, 2020
Take Care of What Really Matters
A heartwarming reminder that self-care fuels our ability to take care of others. If only we could watch this video with clear eyes!
The Other Gift
We believe that giving unconditionally is the path to abundance. So do these kids whose incredible selflessness fills us with love and admiration.
Somebody to Love
We love a good flash mob, and this one is among the best that we’ve seen. The talent and soul of these amazing singers, and the message of this timeless song bring us a deep sense of awe, hope, and connection. Don’t miss the female singer’s final notes – they’ll give you goosebumps.
What Brings You Hope?
More time at home has meant more time with our furry friends – like Henry, the dog that lives at home with Alishia DuBois. Alishia finds that Henry reminds her how to be a true friend, and his unconditional love brings her hope – what brings you hope?
I Melt with You
Have you heard about hot cocoa bombs?! These sweet spheres are the latest viral food trend sparking joy and nostalgia this holiday season. Whether you buy them in store or make them at home, these little treats can remind us to pause and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
In This Together
We hope you enjoyed this year’s holiday e-card – a COVID-safe alternative to our traditionally hand-signed card. In appreciation of our relationship, we were inspired to make donations to two local food banks on behalf of the Yeske Buie community. See how these donations impact the Northern Virginia and San Francisco Bay areas.
Posted December 4, 2020
All That We Share
In a world where we can be quick to put people in boxes, this video reminds us that we have a lot more in common than we think – we just have to look for what connects us.
The Power of Being Together
After months of physical distancing, this video’s themes of creativity, resilience, and connection really resonate with us. We can find so much comfort in each other’s support.
The Path to Healing
The challenges we’ve faced this year have highlighted the greatness of our humanity. And in a powerful way, Meghan Markle’s heart wrenching personal story perfectly embodies this lesson. With open hearts, minds, and ears we ask: Are you OK?
May the Light of Love
A dear friend of ours recently shared this tender song with us. While we’d normally share a piece like this with our Songs of Hope series, the song’s lyrics feel particularly fitting for the holiday season. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Yoga with Adriene
Yoga with Adriene is a popular YouTube series with a mission to “connect as many people as possible.” We think this vulnerable interview highlights how Adriene’s patient, encouraging, and grounded approach to yoga mirrors our Live Big philosophy.
Posted November 20, 2020
Music to Awaken
We give a standing ovation to this battling ballerina who relives a beautiful memory thanks to the power of song and psychology.
“SpaceX, this is Resilience.”
We are filled with hope for technology and science as the crew of the ‘Resilience’ capsule arrives at the International Space Station.
Neuroscience and Resilience
With cities across the US heading back into lockdown, we find this presentation featuring Dr. Rick Hanson’s ideas to “head off the isolation craziness” to be a helpful resource.
The Fight Against COVID
We feel hopeful about the progress towards a COVID-19 vaccine, and we look to the doctors and scientists at the CDC for evidenced-based updates on development, safety, and supply.
Posted October 23, 2020
My Octopus Teacher
This magnificent documentary buoys feelings of joy, pain, wonderment, awe, and hope from beginning to end. In the words of Craig Foster, “There’s something to learn here.”
Bitten by the magic bug at the age of 10, our dear friend, Daniel Roy, has studied and perfected the psychology of deception. Recently featured on Penn & Teller’s show Fool Us, Daniel shows us how magic gives us feelings of wonder that feed our sense of hope. You’ve got to check out his work!
A Slice of Heaven
Assistant Financial Planner, Cole DeLucas, was excited to buy a home in Reston earlier this year, and when he found a spot perched on Reston National Golf Course, Cole’s new home became his own “slice of heaven”. Cole says, “Golf has and always will be my greatest passion, joy, and source of hope.”
“Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope”
Blossomed from an idea by 9-year-old twin brothers in Boise, Idaho, the Free Flower Project embodies our worldview that giving unconditionally is the path to abundance.
Live Big® Life Hacks
Time, money, attention, and energy are widely considered some of life’s most valuable resources – are you making the most of them? Check out this page for 25 ways to Live Big more easily.
Posted October 9, 2020
“I won’t give up”
João Carlos Martins and his team never stopped pursuing his limitless vision for is life, and now his Live Big dream has come true. We hope you enjoy this touching video. Where there is hope, miracles happen.
What Brings You Hope?
In support of pursuing a Live Big life, Yusuf Abugideiri spends every Monday with his son Noah; time that they affectionately call “Baba Mondays.” Both father and son relish in the opportunity to spend time together. At bedtime at the end of an especially great Monday, Noah whispered, “Thank you for a great Baba Monday.” And Yusuf has candidly shared “My son is my Hope Chronicles.” What brings you hope? We’d love to hear your stories!
Glimmer of Hope
Same but Different, a non-profit in the U.K., uses the arts to inspire positive social change. Their current campaign, Glimmer of Hope, features photos that celebrate hope for families and individuals affected by rare disease and reminds us to stay grounded in peace and gratitude. Check out their gallery of photos and share your vote for the photo that fills you with hope. PS: Voting is easier said than done – they’re all really inspiring!
Hope for the Future
Winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize have been announced this week, with the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize coming later today. These awards recognize ‘those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind’ and bring us hope for a future grounded in research and evidence. Learn more about this year’s winners.
Appreciation for the Past
Music has an incredible ability to feed one’s sense of hope and belief, whether it’s the lyrics, the beat, the melody, or the space in between that fuels the emotions. For all the music buffs out there, Rolling Stone recently released it’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Enjoy a trip down memory lane.
Posted September 25, 2020
Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg
As we mourn the loss of “Notorious RBG”, we reflect on her historic legacy of equality and inspiration. Rest in peace, Justice Ginsburg.
A Live Big Life: Farm Work and Dance
For us, it’s about the size of your life, not the size of your wallet. And this couple’s riches in life and in happiness outshine any amount of money.
Nandi Bushell, the 10-year-old drumming sensation, inspires us with her passion, energy, and confidence. Go do what makes YOU happy today!
We believe that giving unconditionally is the path to abundance. This story about “Gloria’s Gladiators” reinforces this belief and is a reminder that we’re better together.
Posted August 14, 2020
Rest in Power
Powerful words from a legendary leader. Thank you, John Lewis.
A Believer’s Hymn
Poet. Activist. Change-Maker. Amanda Gorman is all of the above and more. We wanted to quote our favorite line, but we couldn’t pick just one.
“Nothing can stop what we can do together.”
Nike’s latest ad encourages diversity, inclusion, and perseverance as people reconnect over the return of sports – well done!
Just Keep Going
A good reminder on those days when you need an extra boost of hope. It’s about progress, not perfection.
Joy On So Many Levels
Music, dance, children, animals – it’s hard not to smile and feel hopeful after watching this video from the San Francisco symphony.
Posted July 3, 2020
There is Light Here
This piece featuring a dear friend of ours is not just a beautiful song, it also shares a powerful message. Lee’s website is an amazing resource for everyone, particularly in these times.
I Knew You Were Waiting
This song about the deepest, unshakeable belief has been grabbing Elissa and Dave for the past few weeks.
Hamilton the Musical: Now Streaming on Disney+!
Enjoy Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award winning musical, Hamilton, featuring the ORIGINAL cast! What better way to celebrate the birth of our nation this weekend than with this captivating history lesson. Click here to subscribe to Disney+ and watch the musical.
Arizona Weather Map Goes Crazy Live on the Air
This one’s not about hope. It’s just plain funny.
Posted June 19, 2020
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
At Yeske Buie, we like to say “it’s about the size of your life, not the size of your wallet”. In this clip, Admiral McRaven says it’s about “the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers”.
San Francisco Ballet Presents: A Little Beauty
“To recreate some magic in this challenging moment, 57 San Francisco Ballet Orchestra musicians recorded music with their phones, and 27 dancers from SF Ballet danced individual choreography in their homes, parks and streets. Until we can dance together again, we’ll stay connected through the joy and beauty of this art form.”
The Alexander String Quartet
A friend of ours shared this beautiful, virtual performance from San Francisco State University’s longtime quartet-in-residence.
Posted June 5, 2020
RFK Speaks After MLK Killed
What makes the speech so powerful is RFK’s ability to vulnerably share about his personal suffering, and also plea with his audience not to turn to violence and hate.
Nelson Mandela and the Science of Forgiveness
An evidence-based perspective on forgiveness.
Brené Brown on Empathy
The last line of Brené Brown’s video sums up our purpose for sharing The Hope Chronicles: “What makes something better is connection.”
Gentle on My Mind
When good human beings share their talents, all you need to do is listen.
Some Good News Ep. 7
The online show that highlights positive stories and provides us all with a much needed boost during quarantine. This episode features a reunion of the cast from The Office.
Some Good News Ep. 8
The online show that highlights positive stories and provides us all with a much needed boost during quarantine. This episode features the power of community.
Posted May 22, 2020
Energy Update from Lee Harris
Our dear friend shares his observation of themes affecting all of us with the hope of providing some clarity and support during this time like no other.
Good Morning Humanity
Through the words of Charlie Chaplin’s A Message to Humanity, this commercial aims to give a message of positivity, presenting that on the horizon is a new world ready to welcome a rediscovered humanity.
When it comes to resilience, this graphic aligns so well with our beliefs…
- We can’t see what’s coming,
- But we know something will eventually happen, and
- Building resilience is the only way to prepare.
Keep going. You’ve got this.
Stand By Me
One of the most viewed pages on our website is the global rendition of the classic Ben E. King song Stand By Me from the documentary “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music.” We never grow tired of this beautiful song, and today we offer a few more inspiring renditions that we’ve come across.
Posted May 8, 2020
We Are The World
Proof that it is possible for the world to stand together.
The Great Realization
This clever bedtime story shares a message about hope for the future, slowing down, and caring for one another and our environment.
SomeGoodNews Ep. 6
The online show that highlights positive stories and provides us all with a much needed boost during quarantine. This episode features a graduation message for the class of 2020.