The Texas Optimism Project is a sponsored partnership between Texas Monthly and Frost Bank’s Opt for Optimism initiative. The project explores optimism through stories of extraordinary and everyday Texans. Browse interviews, podcasts, videos, and more.

Navigating Anxiety on the Road to Success

Entrepreneurs Kara Perez and Janice Omadeke share their strategies around tackling anxiety and how it can be used as a stepping stone to success rather than a barrier.

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Education is a Form of Progress

For the July episode of the Good Newscast, the hosts discuss finding hope, empathy, and perspective from historically underrepresented voices.

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Optimism Works: “Success is knowing when to re-evaluate.”

Entrepreneur Sharon Mays shares her experience as the owner and founder of Baby Greens, one of the country’s first fast-food salad restaurant concepts.

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Portraits of Everyday Heroes

Meet the H-E-B employees who are making optimism essential.

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Adapting Your Small Business in a Pandemic

Entrepreneurs Kristina Modares and Jane Hervey discuss how to adapt while maintaining morale within their respective grassroots businesses.

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Good News Gets a New Host and Format

Chelsea Francis joins the Good Newsletter and Good Newscast, exploring themes of optimism in daily life.

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A feel-good email and podcast series curated by the Texas Optimism Project. Each month features new inspiration and thought-starters around optimism in daily life.

Conversations on Optimism

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Navigating Anxiety on the Road to Success

Entrepreneurs Kara Perez and Janice Omadeke share their stories and strategies around tackling anxiety, in both their personal and professional lives, and how it can be used as a stepping stone to success and joy rather than a barrier.

Positive Parenting in a Global Pandemic

Sisters Cristina Bocanegra and Sara Hussey compare how their daily routines as mothers, spouses, and business-owners have evolved since the onset of COVID-19.

Houston Rockets Coach Cruz on How Movement Benefits Your Mindset

Athletic Performance Coach, Willie Cruz, speaks with writer Kelly Krause on how paramount movement is for mood and connectivity.

Good News

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Episode 28: Education is a Form of Progress

For the July episode of the Good Newscast, the hosts discuss finding hope, empathy, and perspective from historically underrepresented voices.

Episode 27: Doing More vs. Doing Less

In this month’s episode of the Good Newscast, the hosts discuss optimism and productivity. Sometimes in order to do more, we need to do less.

Episode 26: Finding Optimism in the Journey

Owen, Chelsea, and Andrew discuss the different ways optimism can impact the act of traveling – from the preparation to the experience to the post-vacation reflection.

Optimist Case Studies

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GALLERY: Portraits of Everyday Heroes

Meet the H-E-B employees who are making optimism essential.

One Good Thing: Who is in Need, and How Can I Help?

As we navigate their own new normal under the current Stay Home order, columnist Owen Egerton reflects on all the great Texans serving our communities. A big part of staying positive, Egerton says, is being present to our own needs, as well as those of the people around us.

GALLERY: Alan Graham on Optimism, Innovation, and Homelessness

Optimism isn’t just a state of mind, it’s a practice. We’ve spotlighted six Texans creating optimism in their communities—with the help of the communities themselves.

Practical Optimism

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Optimism Works: “Success is knowing when to re-evaluate.”

Welcome to Optimism Works, an interview series highlighting people who have made progress through optimism. Entrepreneur Sharon Mays shares her experience as the owner and founder of Baby Greens, one of the country’s first fast-food salad restaurant concepts.

Give A Little Optimism

Is there an extraordinary Texan in your community that may need a dose of optimism right now? Nominate them for an Optimism care package today!

The Bull x The Horns: How can I be optimistic when I feel negative?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on how to honestly embrace difficulties for a more positive future.