May 26

Seek the * and you shall find today’s advice.



Sally Ride 1951

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When Sally Ride died in 2012, her obituary noted a new fact that was widely picked up: that she was survived by her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy. The first American woman in space suddenly became a more complicated figure.

*Don’t worry if you are a more complicated figure. Don’t let anything hold you back or keep you from being yourself – your best self.


Lenny Kravitz 1964

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Take a picture of yourself, do this routine at least 3 times a week for a month and take another picture – including the big grin on your face!

*Take a picture of yourself right now. Then do Lenny’s 8 minute miracle workout. When you take a picture of yourself next year on Lenny Kravitz’s birthday, you will see a new you.


Stevie Nicks 1948

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‘We were probably the perfect, complete, crazy pair. He was the one that I would have married, and that I would probably have changed my life around for…’ She pauses. ‘A little bit. Not a lot. But he wouldn’t have changed his life either.’

The reason they broke up, she says, is that they were both ‘really seriously drug addicts. We were a couple on the way to hell.’

*Be with someone that isn’t dragging you to Hell with them. Seek help for them and you if needed. Listen to Stevie Nicks for inspiration.


Hank Williams, Jr. 1949

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Well now money can’t buy you happiness but neither can poor ole me
Money won’t help you very much if you wanna find true love
But that don’t mean just being poor will make you better off

*Don’t be a martyr. All things equal, go for the money. Don’t strive to be poor – you won’t be able to help anyone, most importantly yourself. Strive to be rich and then give it all away, if you truly want to be poor. Listen to Hank Williams, Jr. for motivation.


John Wayne 1907 – watch True Grit (1969)

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In fine Hollywood tradition, John Wayne had to play a “one-eyed fat man” before the Motion Picture Academy considered him worthy of an Oscar. In True Grit, Wayne plays grumpy, pot-bellied U.S. marshal “Rooster” Cogburn, hired by 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) to find Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey), who killed her father.

*Have true grit and watch John Wayne win an Oscar in… True Grit. Pilgrim


Troy Smith 1922 – eat Sonic

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Restaurant founder Troy Smith tried his hand at running a number of restaurants, from diners and steakhouses to a root beer stand in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He outfitted the root beer stand with a car-to-kitchen intercom system after discovering a similar setup at a restaurant along the Texas-Louisiana border. It didn’t take him long to realize that the stand was consistently outperforming all of his other restaurants, turning a 20 percent profit on a regular basis. (There’s always money in the root beer stand.) So, in 1953, Smith ditched the other places and focused all of his attention on the root beer business.


In 2014, the company announced plans to add 1000 restaurants in the next 10 years, including an additional 300 in California alone.

*Get to a local Sonic and enjoy somewhat fast food. Stay in your car and get served by roller skating servers – 1950s style.

SNUB – Helena Bonham Carter

Review –

  • Be your best self
  • 8 minute miracle workout
  • Be with someone who is good for your soul
  • Strive to be rich – give it all away, if you want
  • Watch True Grit
  • Eat at Sonic

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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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