February 23

Follow the * for today’s advice.

PASTA IS FOREVER DAY

MIND

W.E.B DuBois 1868

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http://www.webdubois.org/

The tools needed to address the challenges before the country must be interdisciplinary and globally informed. Du Bois is a role model for today’s generation of activists. He examined the American and global injustices of his age through the lens of sociology, economics, literature, poetry, policy, and politics. It is hard to think of a tool available to him that he did not use during his long life. The diversity of Du Bois’s advocacy suggests not only the breadth of his brilliance as one activist but also the variety of reform opportunities for today’s activists.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/02/23/bois-offers-lessons-this-generation-citizen-activists/Grzxw0bwxRr3Q08JeSv8WN/story.html

When he talked about double consciousness, Du Bois was using a term that set up a variety of connotations for the educated reader, thus making an effort to give Iris readers a reference point on the basis of which to understand the tragedy of racism, especially for the self-conscious individual, and also to appreciate his own program for a new definition of what it meant to be black in America.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug03/souls/brucepg.html

*If you are going to be an activist, use every tool available to help shape your opinions. Don’t just read Twitter headlines. Remember it is a big world and we are all in this together.

BODY

Emily Blunt 1983

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https://www.stutteringhelp.org/famous-people/emily-blunt

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/03/emily-blunt-nobody-goes-through-life-unscathed

1) Nutrition
Stick to unprocessed food
2) Exercise
Yes Emily Blunt trained 6 days a week, 2 and the half hours a day but not all of us have that luxury, so dedicate 20 minute everyday

3) Increase of activity 
Make every minute you have active, if you are not rushing, take the longer route, take the stairs, walk your dog, play sports with your friends or when you go shopping, try to increase your walking speed.

http://www.jasminedanker.com/blog/emily-blunt-exercise-routine

https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Place-Emily-Blunt/dp/B07BZ2YYPF

John Krasinski Says He Propositioned Wife Emily Blunt By Asking If She’d Like to Have Sex

https://www.etonline.com/john-krasinski-says-he-propositioned-wife-emily-blunt-by-asking-if-shed-like-to-have-sex-107021

*These are all excellent suggestions. Try them all out today. Except asking Emily Blunt if she’d like to have sex. #metoo

SOUL

Charles Tillman 1981

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http://www.charlestillman.org/

In honor of National Heart Month, I salute Charles Tillman for all that he does to raise awareness of pediatric cardiomyopathy. He is a heart hero to me and to countless other families battling this chronic and life-threatening heart disease.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-yue/charles-tillman-super-bow_b_9173318.html

*Make a donation to the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. He is trying to keep families out of homelessness and hopelessness due to medical bills.

MONEY

Michael Dell 1965

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https://twitter.com/MichaelDell?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Inside of you, there is bank vault of stored experiences. I don’t know if you are 19 or 99 years old, but it doesn’t matter. You have been breathing and living during all that time. By the course of nature, you have been collecting experiences, insights, skills, and talents.

And just like Michael Dell, those experiences can be worth millions to you. Why? Because other human beings are living and having similar experiences … and they demand to live life better. People don’t just want to live, they demand to thrive.

What skills, experiences, talents, and wisdom do you have locked inside of you that have a really high probability of creating rapid wealth in your life?

Another way to pose the question is this: What skills, experiences, and talents do you already possess that could benefit, bless, and enhance the life of another human being?

https://www.awai.com/2012/02/lessons-from-michael-dell/

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/bios/michael_dell?c=us&l=en&s=corp&cs=uscorp1

He was only 23 when his company had its IPO in 1988, and soon he was a billionaire.

Dell lives the extravagant life of a successful businessman as well, complete with all of the private planes, summer homes, and sweet rides you’d expect from a billionaire.

http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/del0bio-1

*365DOLF is what I have found to help people thrive. I have used my experience as a U.S. history teacher to research “Today in History” and famous birthdays to hopefully help people live their best lives.

What skills, experiences, and talents do you have that could benefit, bless, and enhance the lives of people while making you wealthy along the way?

ENTERTAINMENT

Dakota Fanning 1994 – watch I am Sam

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https://www.instagram.com/dakotafanning/?hl=en

The bottom line to the story of Sam and Lucy is that no loving parent and child should be separated because social services are not available.

“Everyone needs to understand that persons with disabilities have needs and desires just like everyone else,” the parent with a disability explained. “They need to take care of someone and love someone else.”

Her words seem obvious. But how many of us thought about parents with special needs before seeing “I Am Sam”? Hollywood thought about it. And Hollywood gets it.

http://articles.latimes.com/2002/feb/04/entertainment/et-levy4

https://www.amazon.com/Am-Sam-New-Line-Platinum/dp/B000066HAS

*Watch I am Sam and realize that children should not be separated from loving and caring parents.

FOOD

Aziz Ansari 1983 – tortellini carbonara

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http://azizansari.com/

http://uproxx.com/life/master-of-none-carbonara-recipe/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-alan-yang-master-of-none-season-two-20170513-htmlstory.html

https://www.amazon.com/Master-None-Season-Aziz-Ansari/dp/B01NBMLMHT

Relationships come and go, but pasta is forever.

In the final episode — spoiler alert! — Dev hops on a flight to Italy to learn pasta-making instead of following Rachel to Tokyo. The true meaning behind this is, of course, that you should always choose pasta over love; pasta will never leave you. (Kidding! Sort of.)

On a more serious note, this scene touches upon the notion that we owe it to ourselves to act on our interests and passions. Pursuing the things that make us happy might require sacrifices up front, but will (hopefully) pan out later on.

https://www.thekitchn.com/5-things-aziz-ansari-gets-so-right-about-food-in-master-of-none-226279

*Remember that pasta is forever, as you become a Master of Carbonara by making tortellini carbonara just like Aziz Ansari in Master of None.

SNUB – Andrew Wiggins

Review –

  • Be an activist
  • Nutrition, Exercise, Increase your activity
  • Donate to the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation
  • How can you make money while enhancing the lives of others
  • Watch I am Sam
  • Make tortellini carbonara

 

February 22

Look for the * for today’s advice.

LIVE BY A CODE DAY

MIND

George Washington 1732

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https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/george-washington/

LIVE BY A CODE

Sometime before the age of 16 he wrote down his 110 Rules of Civility and he remained impressively consistent with these rules throughout his life.

https://medium.com/the-mission/3-glorious-life-lessons-from-george-washington-2b24c18dca41

http://www.mountvernon.org/

Washington lived and worked with brilliant philosophers, thinkers, writers, orators and organizers, such as Franklin, Mason, John and Sam Adams, Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Hamilton, Madison, Dickinson, the Randolphs and the Lees, almost all of whom were far better educated than he. Yet at the three major junctions in the founding of the nation, the Revolution, the Constitutional Convention and the selection of the first President, for each position the leader chosen was George Washington. In his own day he was seen as the indispensable man, the American Moses, The Father of the Country.

http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/history/articles/george-washington-genius-in-leadership/

*What is your code? What are some rules that you live by? Write them down and stick to them. Maybe not 110 of them, but how about a top 10? Also, surround yourself with brilliant people, but you be the indispensable one of the group.

BODY

Robert Wadlow 1918

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http://www.altonweb.com/history/wadlow/

Wadlow was a quiet and mild-mannered young man, which led to him be called a “gentle giant.” He enjoyed photography and playing guitar — until his hands grew too large to do either. A hyperactive pituitary gland fueled his extraordinary growth.  Wadlow broke the record for world’s tallest man when he reached 8 feet, 4 inches in 1937.

http://mashable.com/2015/07/27/tallest-man-in-history/#R1C.LKrZXmqO

*Appreciate the body that you have. Enjoy an activity today that you may not be able to in the future. I want to run a 5k on the treadmill today because I know that my knees aren’t going to hold up to run many more of them.

SOUL

Ted Kennedy 1932

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http://www.tedkennedy.org/

Edward M. Kennedy, who used his privileged life to give consistent, passionate voice to the underprivileged for nearly a half-century as a United States senator from Massachusetts. He was the only one of four fabled Kennedy brothers to reach late adulthood, and he was remembered for making the most of it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/us/politics/30kennedy.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

*Regardless of your financial situation, you can always help the underprivileged.

https://www.emkinstitute.org/

*Go to the above website and experience what it would be like to be a U.S. Senator and experience democracy.

MONEY

Steve Irwin 1962

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http://www.australiazoo.com.au/

Steve Irwin made me wish that all of us could live our lives as he did. I don’t mean wrestling crocodiles, although corporate America can feel like a jungle at times. What I mean is that we should all strive to do what we love and do it with passion.

https://www.exceler8.com/live-like-steve-irwin-pursue-your-career-with-passion/

*Strive to do what you love and do it with passion…even if it kills you.       

ENTERTAINMENT

James Blunt 1974

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http://www.jamesblunt.com/

“Everyone goes, ‘Ah, he’s so romantic. I want ‘You’re Beautiful’ as my wedding song.’ These people are fucked up,” said Blunt, bluntly.

The singer said, “You get labeled with these things like, ‘Oh, James Blunt. Isn’t he just a soft romantic?’ Well, fuck that. No, I’m not. ‘You’re Beautiful’ is not this soft romantic fucking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a fucking kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.”

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/james-blunt-youre-beautiful_us_58d49473e4b02a2eaab23a7c

*Listen to James Blunt today and do NOT label him just a soft romantic.

FOOD

Drew Barrymore 1975 – Halibut Milanese

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https://www.instagram.com/drewbarrymore/

“I drink, I enjoy my life and get out of my own head,” she explained. “It’s not that I’m this militant person of clarity and presence but [cocaine] literally seems like my worst nightmare right now.”

https://people.com/movies/drew-barrymore-recalls-drug-abuse-my-worst-nightmare/

http://people.com/food/drew-barrymore-halibut-milanese-recipe/

https://www.amazon.com/Grey-Gardens-Drew-Barrymore/dp/B003URYMVS

*Watch Barrymore in Grey Gardens while enjoying her Halibut Milanese. No cocaine though.

SNUB – Khalil Mack

Review –

  • Live by a code
  • Appreciate your body
  • Help the underprivileged
  • Do what you love and with passion
  • Listen to James Blunt
  • Make Halibut Milanese

February 21

Look to the * for today’s advice.

SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC DAY

MIND

John Lewis 1940

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https://twitter.com/repjohnlewis?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

During a Congressional Black Caucus press conference less than one day after 12 police officers were shot in Dallas and after the controversial deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castillo, by white law enforcement, Lewis called for unity and nonviolence.

“The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in American society,” Lewis said. “We cannot sweep it under the rug in some dark corner. We have to deal with it, all of us.”

https://www.ajc.com/news/times-rep-john-lewis-broke-the-internet-2016/YcFEW2TIwuiXxE44nbf3KI/?icmp=np_inform_variation-control

https://johnlewis.house.gov/

In the wake of the mass shooting that took place on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, Lewis led a sit-in comprised of approximately 40 House Democrats on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 22nd in an attempt to bring attention and force Congress to address gun violence by taking definitive legislative action. “We have been too quiet for too long,” Lewis said. “There comes a time when you have to say something. You have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet. This is the time.”

http://www.biography.com/people/john-lewis-21305903

*There are radicals for most political topics, but none like guns. John Lewis marched with Dr. King in the 1960s and he continues to strive for a non-violent approach to a better America.

I once asked a student of mine from Germany what he thinks of America. He said, “Fat people and guns.” I think it is something that will never be resolved in my lifetime. Lewis has to be happy with how far we’ve come with civil rights but when it comes to guns, he won’t see much of a change.

*How would you solve mass shootings in the USA?

As I am editing this, another mass shooting took place yesterday morning at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

BODY

Jennifer Love Hewitt 1979

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https://twitter.com/thereal_jlh?lang=en

“Last summer we were in Monaco. Every morning we ran for 40 minutes through the streets of Monte Carlo. It was an amazing way to see the city. Now when we travel, we try to explore the places by running.”

https://www.shape.com/celebrities/jennifer-love-hewitt-shares-healthy-eating-tips

https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/jlhewitt.asp

She recommends not to leave your day meal, i.e. the lunch. Jennifer herself is a foodie and can’t stop her from binge eating. She believes that gone are those days when women with curves like Marilyn Monroe were given preference and liked by everyone. Now, most of the girls skip their diet to stay in shape.

http://healthyceleb.com/jennifer-love-hewitt-workout-routine-diet-plan/4736

*Run around whatever city you are in for 40 minutes today. It’s probably where you live, but use today to get out and see your city – explore. And then eat lunch.

SOUL

John Henry Newman 1801

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http://www.newmanreader.org/

Although Newman was not always understood or appreciated, he steadfastly preached the Good News by word and example.

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/blessed-john-henry-newman/

But there is another reason why God alone is the happiness of our souls, to which I wish rather to direct attention:—the contemplation of Him, and nothing but it, is able fully to open and relieve the mind, to unlock, occupy, and fix our affections.

https://catholicismpure.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/the-happiness-of-the-soul-a-sermon-by-bl-john-henry-newman/

*Share Good News by word and example today. Know that God is the happiness of your soul and thinking of him can open and relieve your mind and fix your affections today.

MONEY

David Geffen 1943

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http://www.geffen.com/

https://fconline.foundationcenter.org/grantmaker-profile/?collection=grantmakers&key=GEFF002

Billionaire, philanthropist, and noted Instagram user David Geffen has resparked the age old rivalry between West Coast and East Coast money. This time, however, it’s centered around support for the arts — or, according to Geffen, lack thereof. The Los Angeles-based media mogul, who founded Geffen Records and co-founded Dreamworks along with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, has taken to task New Yorkers for not donating enough to make the renovation of David Geffen Hall, a home for the New York Philharmonic, at the Lincoln Center possible.

https://www.wmagazine.com/story/david-geffen-takes-new-york-billionaires-to-task-art-funding

WELCOME TO LOCAL MUSIC!

DISCOVER LOCAL BANDS
SIMILAR TO YOUR MUSICAL TASTE

https://www.localmusic.net/en/home

*Research and find a local artist. Buy some of their art as an investment for you, them, and your community.

ENTERTAINMENT

Jordan Peele 1979 – Get Out

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https://twitter.com/JordanPeele

Beyond the clever scares, excellent plotting, and timely message, watching ‘Get Out’ was, for me and, I imagine, most of its audience, a lesson in seeing clearly.

http://observer.com/2017/03/pop-psych-get-out-is-a-lesson-in-blind-injustice/

https://www.uphe.com/movies/get-out

*See clearly today and watch Get Out. Have some hot tea while watching.

FOOD

Lidia Bastianich 1947 – braised pork chops with apples, onion, and dried cherries

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https://lidiasitaly.com/

Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.

http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/oven-braised-pork-chops-apples-onions-dried-cherries/

*Listen to some local music while making Lidia Bastianich’s braised pork chops. Enjoy it while watching Get Out.

SNUB – Alan Rickman

Review –

  • Solve the gun issue in America
  • Run around the town you are in
  • Think of God to relieve your mind
  • Support a local musician
  • Watch Get Out
  • Make braised pork chops with apples, onion, and dried cherries

February 20

Scan for the * for today’s advice.

DON’T STOP THE MUSIC DAY

MIND

Sidney Poitier 1927

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https://www.biography.com/people/sidney-poitier-9443345

Poitier is hardly dogmatic and subscribes to no particular faith; his views are informed by Christianity, but also by other influences, including the Caribbean voodoo practiced by his Bahamian mother and thinkers such as Carl Sagan. Without saying it explicitly, Poitier worries that the world his great-granddaughter inherits will be continually threatened by religious conflicts. God, he pleads, “is for all of us. It is not a God for one culture, or one religion, or one planet.”

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/01/entertainment/et-book1

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/02/sidney-poitier-remarkable-run-in-hollywood-history

With his unique career, a career he forged without any precedent or model, Sidney Poitier helped change many stubborn racial attitudes that had persisted in this country for centuries. He has built the bridges and opened the doors for countless artists in succeeding generations. He is an actor who stood for hope, for excellence, and who has given happiness to millions of people around the world.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/artist/A3785

*If we could all think like Poitier, the world would be a much better place – “It is not a God for one culture, or one religion, or one planet.”

BODY

Charles Barkley 1963

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http://charlesbarkley.com/

“When I got to Philadelphia, Dr. J., Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, they never practiced,” Barkley said. “They’d sit on the side or on the stationary bike eating McDonald’s. Once I had been in the league X amount of years, I adopted that philosophy.”

http://www.stack.com/a/charles-barkley-used-to-eat-mcdonalds-breakfast-while-riding-a-stationary-bike-and-heckling-his-teammates

*Go to McDonald’s. Buy one cheeseburger. Then drive to the gym and eat said cheeseburger while riding a stationary bike. If anyone asks, just simply say that it’s Charles Barkley’s birthday. Keep pedaling until you’ve burned off all 300 calories and then move on to your favorite workout.

SOUL

Angelina Grimke 1805

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https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/angelina-grimke-weld

Her challenge to the slave system had expanded to a challenge to the many established customs and laws restricting women and African Americans. Her urgency was no longer fueled by fears of a heavenly intervention and reckoning, but by an awareness of the continuing suffering inflicted by human society on its own members.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-berkin/angelina-grimke-evangelical-passion-to-end-slavery_b_2435248.html

http://grimkesisterstour.com/

Drawing her views from natural rights theory (as set forth in the Declaration of Independence), the Constitution, Christian beliefs in the Bible, and her own experience of slavery and racism in the South,

http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Angelina%20Grimk%C3%A9&item_type=topic

*One thing that I will never understand are Christians who hate. The church I grew up in always had a disturbing undertone of racism, sexism, and homophobia. This is what has always turned me off about set religions. I would much rather go through life being kind to everyone than relying on a church to get me into heaven.

MONEY

Rihanna 1988 – Better Have My Money

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http://www.rihannanow.com/

This is one reason you should keep your BOOKKEEPER separate from your ACCOUNTANT. The professions are distinct, and they serve as a check and balance system to make sure each is doing their job.

http://goodcentsbookkeeping.com/bookkeeping-lessons/

*I wouldn’t argue with Rihanna. If possible have a separate bookkeeper and accountant. If married, maybe each could have a separate role in the family finances. And please don’t stop the music.

ENTERTAINMENT

Kurt Cobain 1967 – listen to Nirvana (and some of his solo acoustic stuff too)

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http://www.nirvana.com/

Be empathetic toward others.

Even when it didn’t seem like it, Kurt cared for others on a deep level. He would always listen to his fans, no matter what. He liked to receive fan mail because he wanted to hear from the fans, whether it be about how his music impacted them or how they interpreted the lyrics. He was interested in the well-being of others, something that we should carry on, as well.

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/learned-kurt-cobain

*Be interested in the well-being of others as you listen to Nirvana and Kurt Cobain’s acoustic songs too.

FOOD

Cindy Crawford 1966

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http://cindy.com/

Cindy Crawford’s Favorite Mint Cacao Morning Shake

“Life goes by quickly, and I’ve learned that decisions made from a place of confidence—rather than one of fear—are the ones that get me to the place I want to be.”

https://www.vogue.com/article/life-lessons-cindy-crawford-becoming

*Start your day off from a place of confidence and with Cindy Crawford’s mint cacao morning shake. If you like this recipe, use it as much as you like, as there aren’t very many breakfast recipes in 365DOLF.

SNUB – Justin Verlander

Review –

  • It is not a God for one religion
  • Eat a cheeseburger while riding a stationary bike
  • Be kind to people
  • Have a separate bookkeeper and accountant
  • Listen to Nirvana
  • Make a mint cacao morning shake

February 19

Look for the * for today’s advice.

A GUY NAMED JEFF DAY

MIND

Nicolaus Copernicus 1473

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https://www.space.com/15684-nicolaus-copernicus.html

Most of us attach special importance and greater weight to ourselves. It has been so since the beginning of time, and will likely be thus in the foreseeable future. But this prevents us from viewing things from different perspectives and can be costly in both our personal and professional lives.

In this regard, we have much to learn from Copernicus. While his hypothesis was literal, we would do well to remember its figurative interpretation and be reminded constantly.

We are not at the centre of the universe; the world does not revolve around us.

https://constantrenewal.com/how-to-develop-new-perspectives/

As I understand it, there is an underlying principle to Copernican astronomy, and that is that we are not as special as we thought we were in ancient times (if we disregard those Greek philosophers who, before Plato and Aristotle laid down the law, proposed not only atoms but a heliocentric system). Later, astronomers worked out the possible, or probable, number of Earth-like planets in the universe, and concluded that it was extremely unlikely that we were the only sentient species out there.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/03/the-copernicus-complex-by-caleb-scharf-review

*Think beyond yourself. Beyond your life. Beyond your job. Beyond your country. Beyond your religion. There is a whole world out there.

BODY

Marta 1986

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https://www.biography.com/people/marta-21322927

Push hard, rest smart. “What matters to me is the fact that I’m going to have to be the first one at the ball,” says Marta. “I give 100% of myself to the game and to my training. I’m very determined and really eager to always be great at what I do. I’ve always been motivated to go further and further and just accomplish more and more.” But knowing your limits is as important as pushing them. If you’re in a game and start to tire, don’t be afraid to ask your coach for a break—that’s what subs are for. You won’t be much good to your team if you’re lagging behind the action. Sometimes doing your best is knowing when to rest.

https://www.shape.com/fitness/world-cup-secrets-raise-your-game-how-get-ahead-field-and

*If you’ve been pushing hard lately, take today to rest smart. If not, play soccer with friends.

SOUL

Seal 1963

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http://www.seal.com/

If there’s an overriding message to Seal’s multilayer lyrics and ornate orchestrations, it’s an insistence on the innate human capacity to heal. With his rags-to-riches professional success and forlorn, forbidding childhood, he happens to know all about that. Abandonment, brutality and death were childhood leitmotifs for Seal, and when lupus left its calling card in the form of a spray of scars across his face at 23, the specter of an incurable disease joined that list.

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/05/garden/at-lunch-with-seal-from-a-crucible-of-early-pain-comes-the-gold-of-stardom.html

*Look at a picture of Seal as you listen to his music. Think how easy it would have been for him to not want his face to be seen. Get out there and be seen today.

MONEY

Jeff Kinney 1971

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http://www.wimpykid.com/

“My books wouldn’t have existed without the upbringing I had or without the family that I have,” concedes Kinney

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/dec/01/diary-wimpy-kid-jeff-kinney

Eight years ago, Kinney was a self-described “failed newspaper cartoonist,” playing too much Doom and struggling to come up with an idea that would jump-start his career. Today, Kinney is the No. 1 best-selling kids author in America and chief architect of the $500 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise that has captured the playground with its irreverent attitude, playful drawings and spot-on understanding of a kid’s frustrations.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/inside-diary-a-wimpy-kids-205906

*Don’t be afraid to use what you know and who you are to help guide your future. Don’t be a wimp – start making your dream business today.

ENTERTAINMENT

Jeff Daniels 1955 – watch Dumb and Dumber

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001T9WIB0

http://www.jeffdaniels.com/

Dumb & Dumber is the kind of film you can bond with strangers over.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/apr/15/my-guilty-pleasure-dumb-and-dumber-farrelly-brothers

*This is one of my guilty pleasures. If Dumb and Dumber is on, I watch it. I also use quotes from it all of the time. Watch it today and see how it helps you bond with strangers. “So you’re telling me there’s a chance”

FOOD

Haylie Duff 1985 – stuffed shells with three cheese stuffing

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https://www.instagram.com/haylieduff/

http://www.realgirlskitchen.com/

You may know Haylie Duff as an actress/singer/songwriter…but she is most at home in the kitchen.

“I started cooking for my friends and family and realized people loved my recipes! So, I decided to share them and started The Real Girl’s Kitchen blog.”

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/haylie-duff/stuffed-shells-with-three-cheese-stuffing.html

*Listen to Seal while making Haylie Duff’s stuffed shells and enjoy them while watching Dumb and Dumber. “I like it a lot”

SNUB – Benicio del Toro

Review –

  • Think beyond yourself
  • Push hard, rest smart
  • Be seen
  • Don’t be a wimp
  • Watch Dumb and Dumber
  • Make stuffed shells with 3 cheese stuffing

February 18

Look out for the * for today’s Presidential advice.

PRESIDENTS’ DAY

MIND

Alessandro Volta 1745 – Yes, Volta shares a birthday with Travolta

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https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alessandro-Volta

Napoleon was so impressed with Volta, and his Voltaic Pile, that he awarded the Italian Professor a Legion of Honor medal and made him a Count.

We honor Volta even now since the word “voltage” – meaning the unit of electrical potential – is named for him.

https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Alessandro-Volta//1

A true scientist, Volta once wrote, “You must be ready to give up even the most attractive ideas when experiment shows them to be wrong.” That’s advice that Darwinists would do well to heed.

https://evolutionnews.org/2015/02/happy_birthday_1/

*It’s February 18 and hopefully you’re not ready to give up because this experiment has proved to be wrong. Keep plugging along.

In honor of Volta’s birthday, try to see how little electricity you can use today.

BODY

Jillian Michaels 1974

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https://www.jillianmichaels.com/

An infinite variety of fully interactive, customized daily workouts, or choose from one of Jillian’s specifically tailored programs listed below. For individuals of ALL fitness levels, from total newbie to super advanced.

http://www.jillianmichaels.com/fit/the-regimen/the-routine

*Go to Jillian Michaels’ website and choose a workout of your liking. Or download her app and do the same.

SOUL

Yoko Ono 1933

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http://imaginepeace.com/

The artist and widow of John Lennon has designed a collection of cups and saucers featuring the dates and places of six tragic events written in Ono’s handwriting, such as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and the day Lennon was shot and killed in 1980. A seventh cup appears untouched to represent hope.

http://pagesix.com/2015/05/07/yoko-ono-designs-coffee-cups-inspired-by-tragedies/

Join in with these participatory artworks by Yoko Ono. Print out WAR IS OVER & IMAGINE PEACE posters. Send your wishes to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER & SKYLANDING. Add your smiles to #smilesfilm. Send your testimonies to ARISING. Tribute your parents at My Mommy Is Beautiful & My Daddy Is Beautiful.

*Yoko’s imaginepeace.com website is really interesting and interactive. Try one of the above to soothe your soul today. And take today to forgive her if you blame her for breaking up the Beatles. Give peace a chance.

MONEY

Dr. Dre 1965

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https://www.drdre.com/

Don’t buckle to skepticism.

The hip-hop culture that Dre grew up in and helped build is one that fosters and relies on entrepreneurial skill. In the early years of hip hop, record labels were skeptical of the genre, and worried that it would be a difficult sell to Middle America. Hip-hop artists were thus masters of hustle: They were out there promoting their mixtapes and starting their own record labels, doing everything it took to get their music heard. Dre was part of this scene, and learned how to be an entrepreneur almost out of necessity. Innovators create opportunity by forging ahead, even when they meet great resistance and skepticism.

https://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/5-success-secrets-that-made-dr-dre-a-hip-hop-billionaire.html

Dr. Dre topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid hip-hop acts a few months back, and now the financial mag has named Dre the world’s richest musician overall, a conclusion that should surprise no one after Dre and Jimmy Lovine sold their Beats empire to Apple for $3 billion this year. Thanks largely to that Apple payout, Dre earned $620 million in 2014, which Forbes calls “the biggest single-year payday of any musician in history.”

http://www.stereogum.com/1724689/dr-dre-tops-forbes-richest-musicians-list/news/

*Be a master of hustle today. Create opportunity by forging ahead, even when you meet great resistance and skepticism. Listen to Dr. Dre for motivation.

ENTERTAINMENT

John Travolta 1954 – watch Saturday Night Fever

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http://travolta.com/

TRAVOLTA WAS ALREADY SO FAMOUS THAT MAKING THE MOVIE WAS A HASSLE.

Saturday Night Fever made Travolta a movie star, but he was already a teen heartthrob because of the popular sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, where he played a delinquent teenager with the hilarious and timeless catchphrase “Up your nose with a rubber hose.” Still, nobody was prepared for how Travolta’s fame would affect the movie, which was to be shot on the streets of Brooklyn. As soon as the neighborhood found out Travolta was there, the sidewalks were swarmed by thousands of onlookers, many of them squealing teenage girls. (Badham said there were also a lot of teenage boys holding signs expressing their hatred for Travolta for being more desirable than themselves.)

http://mentalfloss.com/article/78679/14-tempo-facts-about-saturday-night-fever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0lm58cet1g

https://www.amazon.com/Saturday-Night-Fever-John-Travolta/dp/B00003CXCH

*Watch and learn Travolta’s epic dance and be prepared to perform it at the next wedding reception you go to.

FOOD

Vanna White 1957 – Wheel of Fortune Chicken

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https://www.sonypictures.com/tv/wheeloffortune/

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Star Vanna White Reveals Regret, Major Life Lesson Over Playboy Photos: ‘Listen to Your Instincts’

https://www.faithwire.com/2017/03/30/wheel-of-fortune-star-vanna-white-reveals-regret-major-life-lesson-over-playboy-photos-listen-to-your-instincts/

http://www.astray.com/recipes/?show=Vanna%20white%27s%20wheel%20of%20fortune%20chicken

*Listen to your instincts and enjoy this Wheel of Fortune chicken while watching John Travolta almost win an Oscar in Saturday Night Fever.

SNUB – Molly Ringwald

Review –

  • Keep plugging along – don’t quit
  • Jillian Michaels workout
  • Participatory artwork by Yoko Ono
  • Don’t buckle to skepticism
  • Watch Saturday Night Fever 
  • Make Wheel of Fortune chicken

 

February 17

Look for the * for today’s advice.

MIND

Mary Frances Berry 1938

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http://www.maryfrancesberry.com/

Berry asked the audience to commit to doing something every day for the cause of justice—from praying to showing praise for those doing the more active work to feeding the hungry.

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/practicing-activism-every-day/

https://feedthehungry.org/

*Pick one to commit to today. What’s it going to be? Pray? Show praise? Or feed the hungry? Whichever ones you don’t commit to today, there is always tomorrow and then the day after that to keep it going.

BODY

Rene Russo 1954

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https://www.ranker.com/list/rene-russo-movies-and-films-and-filmography/reference

‘I work out every day, but not like a maniac. Just 20 minutes on that damn bike, do some light weights, and that’s it and I’ve gotta move on,’ she said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2811741/Rene-Russo-60-reveals-works-day-admits-laser-treatments-too.html

*Get on that damn bike for twenty minutes, lift some light weights, and move on with your day.

SOUL

Jim Brown 1936

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https://www.profootballhof.com/players/jim-brown/

Amer-I-Can was founded in 1988 by NFL Hall of Fame recipient, Jim Brown. The program goal is to help enable individuals to meet their academic potential, to conform their behavior to acceptable society standards, and to improve the quality of their lives by equipping them with the critical life management skills to confidently and successfully contribute to society.

http://www.amer-i-can.org/

Fifty years ago, Brown was cast as the leader of the Muhammad Ali Summit in Cleveland. Brown was joined by legendary athletes like Bill Russell and Lew Alcindor outside the offices of the Negro Industrial Economic union for a press conference with Ali, a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.

http://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/columns/mitchell-has-football-legend-jim-brown-sold-his-soul/article_6b726549-3118-5597-ae7b-e2cf0ac97afe.html

http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2015/09/28/jim-brown-cleveland-browns-hall-of-fame-nfl-greatness

*Help Jim Brown out by going to the Amer-I-can website. There you can donate money or volunteer your time to help make a better America.

MONEY

Michael Jordan 1963

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https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Jordan-official-291443770942586/

https://twitter.com/Jumpman23?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Use social media to keep your brand relevant. MJ hasn’t been on the court since the 2002-03 season. But he has 27 million Facebook fans, and although he does not use Twitter, Nike’s Jordan Twitter account has 1.7 million followers. Jordan’s Q score, which gauges awareness and popularity, has been tops among sports fans every year since 1991.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2014/06/14/4-lessons-from-michael-jordan-on-how-to-become-a-billionaire/#6055326730d4

https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/jordan

Jordan right now is the most marketable person in the U.S. ahead of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Bill Gates and every other celebrity you can name. He posts top 10 scores for aspiration, endorsement and influence. His awareness level is almost unmatched at 98%.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2016/03/30/how-michael-jordan-will-make-more-than-any-other-athlete-in-the-world-this-year/#1a7846db5044

*365DOLF is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – and I’m not a big fan of social media. If you don’t like or aren’t comfortable with social media, having your own business in 2019 might not be for you.

ENTERTAINMENT

Ed Sheeran 1991

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http://www.edsheeran.com/?frontpage=true

http://perfectsnowglobe.edsheeran.com/home?ref=https://www.google.com/

He put the hours in. He never gave up. He put his talent on the line every night, when others faded and failed. Sheeran is a living embodiment of Arnold Palmer’s ironic sporting truism: “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” Keeping a watchful eye on his sales is merely a function of his obsession with winning, a word he uses over and over again.

https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/ed-sheeran-new-album-divide

*Enjoy the talent of Ed Sheeran today.

FOOD

Larry the Cable Guy 1963 Git-r-Done biscuits and gravy

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https://gitrdonefoundation.org/

http://www.larrythecableguy.com/

http://www.killprettymagazine.com/blog/corner-store-critique-larry-the-cable-guys-git-r-done-grub-biscuits-n-gravy

BONUS: Paris Hilton 1981 – lasagna

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https://parishilton.com/

http://www.recipecircus.com/recipes/gijane/CELEBRITY/Paris_HIlton39s_Lasagna.html

*It’s not very often in life that you can tell someone that you had Larry the Cable Guy biscuits and gravy for breakfast and Paris Hilton lasagna for dinner. And then tell them – oh by the way, two of the greatest athletes were born on this day – “Michael Jordan and Jim Brown” – all while listening to Ed Sheeran in the background. What a conversation. That’s hot.

SNUB – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Review –

  • Pray, show praise, or feed the hungry
  • Get on that damn bike
  • Donate to Amer-I-Can
  • Use social media
  • Listen to Ed Sheeran
  • Git-r-Done Biscuits and Gravy
  • Paris Hilton Lasagna