April 2

Search for the * for today’s advice.



Hans Christian Anderson 1805

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Andersen compared his own life to the story of “The Ugly Duckling”, seeing his prosperity and fame later in life in stark contrast to how he was treated before the public found value in his work. Unlucky in status, in love and in looks, Andersen refused to let others intimidate him out of using his talent and became determined to only live up to the standards that he set for himself.


*No matter what you are “unlucky” in, work hard to live up to the standards that you set for yourself.



Christopher Meloni 1961

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In previous years, Meloni would put his body through 90-minute workouts, attempting to lift the heaviest weights possible. Today, his weight-room regimen consists of a jam-packed hour that extends to 90 minutes only on the days he tacks on an extra treadmill session. “The workouts are fast and intense,” he says—he prefers to “hit it and quit it” while “targeting exactly the muscle group I want to fire.”


*“Hit it and quit it” with a jam-packed hour work out and throw in another 30 minute treadmill session if you feel like solving a big SVU murder later.


Charlemagne 742

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“Charlemagne is reputed to have said that to speak another language is to possess another soul,”



*Start today and you could learn another language by the end of this year. Living in Florida and teaching several Spanish-speaking students every year, it makes sense for me to learn Española.


Walter Chrysler 1875

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His first job as a janitor brought him 10 cents an hour.   In 1893 he took a cut in pay to 5 cents an hour in order to enter a four year machinist apprentice program.


*Think about how you could change jobs to help your future business plans. I know that teaching is getting in the way of me promoting 365DOLF. If I had the courage, I’d retire from teaching right now to pursue my dreams full time.


Marvin Gaye 1939

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There is as much war, uncertainty and hurt in the world now as there was when these songs were laid down and Gaye always sounds as though he is singing with one eye on the future and one on the present. These songs, then, sound every bit as relevant to the world we live in now as they were to the one in which they were composed. A welcome introduction and also a stunning reminder of one of our great lost artists.





*Be reminded of Marvin Gaye’s greatness by listening to his music today.


Alec Guinness 1914 – Guinness Stew

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*This is the stew you’re looking for

SNUB – Roselyn Sanchez


  • Live up to your standards
  • Hit it and Quit it workout
  • Start learning a new language
  • Change jobs to help your future business
  • Listen to Marvin Gaye
  • Make Guinness stew

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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