May 9

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Howard Carter 1874

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Perhaps, the power of a curse is in the mind of the person who believes in it. Howard Carter, the man who actually opened the tomb, never believed in the curse and lived to a reasonably old age of 64 before dying of entirely natural causes.

*The power of anything is in your mind. Don’t believe the hype. Don’t buy in to what others are saying or thinking today. Believe in yourself and your focus.


Prince Fielder 1984

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One of the more unique aspects of Fielder’s workout is an exercise in which he swings a metal rod like a baseball bat into a punching bag over and over.

*This one may be tough to do. If you can’t find available punching bags to swing metal rods at, try one of these workouts instead.


John Brown 1800

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“We cannot come to a common definition of the meaning of John Brown,” says Dennis Frye, the park’s chief historian. “His soul goes marching on inside every American.”

*Imagine being so passionate about something that you would gladly give not only your life, but the lives of your sons as well. This passion from John Brown would cost him his life and a song about his body would go on to be a rallying cry for the Union. Who will your soul go marching on inside of?


JM Barrie 1860

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“It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”

*This is harder than it sounds but I think it may be the best advice in all of 365DOLF. I hate my job, but find it so hard to quit (only 6 years to retirement… blah blah blah) I want to like what I do so I can have true happiness, but I need a push.


Billy Joel 1949

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He taught me the importance of taking life day by day.

Slow down you crazy child, you’re so ambitious for a juvenile.

“Vienna” (1977)

“Vienna” taught me that you have so much living to look forward to in a world that teaches you the brevity of life. I learned to take life day by day in the present rather than living in the future.

*Listen to “The Piano Man” as you are taking life day by day.


Rosario Dawson 1979 – coconut rice with pork chops

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These days, Rosario lets her body call the shots. “Whether it craves fresh vegetables or foie gras, nothing makes me feel better than having something I really enjoy,” she says. Rosario eats three to five meals a day, depending on her schedule—most made from scratch at home. “I’m great at salads because I love chopping things up,” she says, “but I also enjoy making dishes like lasagna and coconut rice with pork chops.” And when she wants a glass of wine or dessert, no problem. “The stress you put yourself through for having a treat is probably a thousand times worse for you than the sugar you just had.”

*Eat 3 to 5 meals today. Have fresh vegetables, foie gras, a salad, lasagna, and make this coconut rice with pork chops. If you want a glass of wine or dessert, no problem. Maybe have a Peter Pan Float – in honor of JM Barrie’s birthday.

Peter Pan Float

With a base of Key Lime soft-serve ice cream, this colorful float is poured over with Sprite for the lemon-lime lovers out there, and topped with a red chocolate feather in tribute to Peter Pan.

SNUB – Candice Bergen

Review –

  • Don’t believe the hype
  • Prince Fielder workout
  • Who will your soul go marching on in?
  • Like what you do
  • Listen to Billy Joel
  • Make coconut rice with pork chops

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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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