April 4

Scan for the * for today’s advice.



Maya Angelou 1928

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She once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” And that’s exactly how she encouraged others to live as well, using her status as a prominent writer to promote arts and literature up until the very end of her life.


*Angelou’s above quote is why you are sticking with 365DOLF. Use this quote today to give you new life and a new purpose to thrive.


Robert Downey, Jr. 1965

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Since 2003, he has trained using the Wing Chun technique made famous by Bruce Lee, a discipline that’s become a part of his daily routine


*Try this Iron Man workout and also look into a place to practice Wing Chun, and maybe it will become part of your daily routine.


Dorothea Dix 1802

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Spiritually and intellectually driven, she had spent her young adult years teaching and writing moral tomes for children until she suffered a nervous and physical breakdown in 1836. This very personal experience may have increased her sensitivity to the plight of the mentally ill, and, after a chance encounter with “lunatics” in the East Cambridge House of Corrections, she devoted her life to ameliorating the conditions under which they were incarcerated.


Volunteer Opportunities

Throughout the creation of Dorothea Dix Park, we are going to need the dedication, time, and talents of volunteers to help make this endeavor a success. For some areas of volunteering, we need help right now; for other areas, opportunities will be coming up as the process progresses. In all cases, we respect the value of your time and will work to maximize the impact of your volunteer efforts. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering so we can keep you in the loop about current and future opportunities.

*If you live in the Raleigh area, or would like to travel there, here is a chance to give your time to a worthy cause without having to donate money.

Finding Help: When to Get It and Where to Go

Mental health disorders are real, common and treatable. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 5 American adults (nearly 44 million people) and 13-20% of children living in the United States will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year.


*Robert Downey Jr, Clive Davis, and Heath Ledger all suffered from either mental illness or drug dependency. Throw in the fact that your day ends with watching the movie Psycho and today shapes up to being a mental health awareness day. Thank you Dorothea Dix for being a pioneer and a saint when it comes to this topic.


Clive Davis 1932

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Disgraced, broke, and a target of a federal grand-jury investigation, he was so low that friends feared he might commit suicide. Instead, Davis clawed his way back. Within two years, he started Arista. Within months, it was making millions. And, save for some notable bumps, bruises, and back stabbings since, the rest is multi-platinum history.



*No matter how low you get, you can always claw your way back and start your own business.


Heath Ledger 1979 – watch The Dark Knight

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I Am Heath Ledger, a new documentary about the actor supported by his family, dispels one common rumor: The Joker did not bring the Australian actor down.

“Honestly, that’s been the biggest thing for us as a family,” says Kate Ledger, Heath’s elder sister, by phone. “He had an amazing sense of humor and certainly playing the Joker, for him it was one big gag. He had so much fun doing that. It was actually the exact opposite. There was no doom and gloom. … That was a shock to me that people even thought that, really.”




*Watch Ledger in his dream role and enjoy his sense of humor as the Joker, and then watch the documentary about his untimely death. – I am Heath Ledger


Anthony Perkins 1932 – Psycho Tuna Salad

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“I think I was coming home from the theater. I was by myself, and some guys approached me, like they were about to mug me. And I said, `Don’t you know who I am? I’ve been giving you nightmares since you were kids! And they said, `Oh yeah. Norman Bates! Wow! And they left me alone. ”




*Enjoy this Psycho Tuna Salad while watching Psycho…then take a nice long shower and call it a day.

SNUB – David Blaine

Review –

  • Have a new purpose to thrive
  • Iron Man or Wing Chun Workout
  • Find help for you or someone you love
  • Claw your way back
  • Watch The Dark Knight
  • Make Psycho Tuna Salad