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.

Painting the World in Pure Imagination

Chelsea Francis talks with Dallas-based artist Charlie French about his art and the freedom it gives him, both to connect with others and to express himself to the fullest.

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Optimism 101: Campus Speaker Series

Optimism 101 is three-part virtual event designed to inspire college students across Texas. On September 23, speaker sessions will feature Priya Parker, Morgan Harper Nichols, and Cord Jefferson, moderated by Owen Egerton.

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Optimism Works: “My success is defined by not giving up.”

Entrepreneur Nina Bailey gives a glimpse into her journey to recognize and understand the importance of self-love, both for herself and the countless young girls who she helps through The R.O.S.E. Project.

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One Good Thing: My Favorite Teacher

As we kick off the new school year, columnist Owen Egerton reflects on the many unique challenges our students and teachers are facing in what he calls the “new normal” that is no longer new and still not normal. His favorite teacher reminds him how to stay optimistic as we tread these uncertain waters.

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Optimism Works: “I didn’t wait for an opportunity, I just started doing it!”

Austin-based author and illustrator Don Tate, who has a number of award-winning children’s books under his belt, shares how he worked to pursue his dreams one after another.

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When Being Selfish is Actually Good

This episode gets personal, as each host reveals how they have worked to be more optimistic at home and in life through mantras, therapy, and perspectives. The common thread is a focus on one’s self to improve overall outlook.

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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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Painting the World in Pure Imagination

Chelsea Francis talks with Dallas-based artist Charlie French about his art and the freedom it gives him, both to connect with others and to express himself to the fullest.

Falling in Love with Being Outside

Xochitl Rodriguez and Matt Morris, ambassadors for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation’s “We Will Not Be Tamed” campaign, talk about their shared passion for the Texas outdoors, especially the Franklin Mountains in El Paso.

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.

Good News

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Episode 32: Virtual Classrooms & Real-World Lessons

This episode features stories of people being resourceful while learning in this new era of education. What does our education look like now? What can students of today do to make the world a better place in the future?

Episode 31: Go on with Your Good Self

Episode 31 of Good Newscast continues the discussion of how self-care in the midst of challenging situations is inherently optimistic. Our hosts look to people who use wonder, humor, or self-compassion to serve others and tell inspiring stories.

Episode 30: When Being Selfish Is Actually Good

This episode gets personal, as each host reveals how they have worked to be more optimistic at home and in life through mantras, therapy, and perspectives. The common thread is a focus on one’s self to improve overall outlook.

Optimist Case Studies

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One Good Thing: My Favorite Teacher

As we kick off the new school year, columnist Owen Egerton reflects on the many unique challenges our students and teachers are facing in what he calls the “new normal” that is no longer new and still not normal. His favorite teacher reminds him how to stay optimistic as we tread these uncertain waters.

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 our 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.

Practical Optimism

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Optimism Works: “My success is defined by not giving up.”

Entrepreneur Nina Bailey gives a glimpse into her journey to recognize and understand the importance of self-love, both for herself and the countless young girls who she helps through The R.O.S.E. Project.

Optimism Works: “I didn’t wait for an opportunity, I just started doing it!”

Austin-based author and illustrator Don Tate, who has a number of award-winning children’s books under his belt, shares how he worked to pursue his dreams one after another.

Optimism Works: “Identify what you are truly passionate about.”

University of Texas marketing professor Dr. Raj Raghunathan gives a glimpse into how he’s turned the study of happiness into a successful career with his course A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment.