June 25

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Sonia Sotomayor 1954

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She has one of the most influential positions in the country, but as a girl who did not grow up privileged, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor credits her incredible journey to one thing.

“The key to success in my life, it’s the secret that I want to share with kids and how I became successful. I’m here as a Supreme Court Justice only because of books,” said Sotomayor.



“The work you do best is the work you love.”



*Take it from a “rags to riches” Supreme Court justice. If you don’t love what you are doing, it’s time to seek out the work that you love. If you’re all caught up with your reading, start reading My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor today.


Lauren Bush 1984 – IntenSati

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On her travels around the world as a World Food Programme (WFP) Honorary Spokesperson, Lauren Bush Lauren witnessed the effects of hunger firsthand. In places like Cambodia, Chad and Guatemala, she saw a program making a dent in child malnutrition: school meals. When a child is given a free, nutritious school lunch, it can break the cycle of poverty she was born into and empower her to change her own life.

Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Every one of our products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. Ten years later, we’ve built a movement connecting our customers to the cause, one bag at a time.


The workout I’m currently obsessed with: IntenSati, a feel-good workout that combines an amazing cardio, dance-like workout with affirmations.



*Seek out a place or website to try IntenSati for your body and think of donating to FEED for your soul.


Dikembe Mutombo 1966

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Giving back has always been a trademark of Mutombo ever since he entered the NBA in 1991. As a former spokesman for CARE, the international relief agency, Mutombo visited the Somali refugee camps in Northern Kenya in 1993 and traveled with NBA Commissioner David Stern and Georgetown colleagues Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning to Cape Town and Johannesburg.


We strive to accomplish our goals through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo.


*Think of donating to one of the truly good guys of the NBA and his charity – dmf.org.


George Orwell 1903

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Animal Farm might not sound like an interesting book, but reading it will give you a good idea of what can go wrong in any organization, from a Fortune 500 company on down.



*Read Animal Farm and learn what can go wrong with your business.


George Michael 1963

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The funny thing is, he says, everything that has happened to him in recent years has made him feel more normal. When he was regarded as pop’s Mr Perfect, he felt a fraud – knowing that so many people were envious, left him uneasy. And, somehow, being a flawed hero, or even antihero, makes life easier to cope with.

“People want to see me as tragic with all the cottaging and drug-taking… those things are not what most people aspire to, and I think it removes people’s envy to see your weaknesses.” He stops. “I don’t even see them as weaknesses any more. It’s just who I am.”


Nobody can make you happy but yourself.

“Be good to yourself ’cause nobody else has the power to make you happy.” ~ George Michael



*Listen to the “flawed hero” George Michael all day. He was one of the best.


Anthony Bourdain 1956 – Korean Army Stew

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Like SPAM? You’re going to love this recipe. Bourdain sourced this one from the other side of the globe. “This is known as Korean army stew, created, according to legend, from scrounged army PX canned goods during wartime,” he wrote. “It’s the ultimate dorm food. Just looking at the ingredients might make it sound like a horror, but it very quickly comes together and becomes delicious. It captures the essence of great cooking over the last few centuries: improvisational, born of war and hardship, nostalgic, sentimental, and transformative.”



“Everything important I ever learned, I learned as dishwasher and as a cook: you show up on time, you stay organized, you clean up after yourself, you think about the people you work with, you respect the people you work with. You do the best you can.”


The final episode of “Parts Unknown” revisited Anthony Bourdain’s heroin days as a struggling chef in the Lower East Side.

Airing five months after the television host’s suicide, the travel and food show bowed out with what was ultimately a fittingly unglamorous final meal — hard boiled eggs in a friend’s apartment.


*Enjoy this Korean stew and make sure you do the best you can while cleaning up after yourself. If you do go to a friend’s apartment – say no to the hard boiled eggs.

SNUB – Lele Pons

Review –

  • Do what you love
  • IntenSati
  • Donate to dmf.org
  • Read Animal Farm
  • Listen to George Michael
  • Make Korean Army 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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