August 4

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Louis Day


Barack Obama 1961

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Empower others. So often we think of leadership “as someone at the top who is ordering other people around,” Obama said. He learned that leadership was teaching people who thought they didn’t have a voice to speak up about the things impacting their lives.

*Empower others today. You have been empowered by 365DOLF, now teach people to speak up about the things impacting their lives.


Meghan Markle 1981 – try vinyasa (And yes, she shares a birthday with Elizabeth the Queen Mother)

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I love an intense Vinyasa class— and even better if its blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight,”

*Try a vinyasa class and maybe one day you’ll be an actress turned princess.


Billy Bob Thornton 1955

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One of the first things he spoke about was what it was like growing up with his father, William Raymond “Billy Ray” Thornton, who he described as a hard-headed Irish man. Billy Ray, who used to beat young Billy Bob and take him to accident scenes, had a major impact on his son’s life.

Billy Bob added that although his dad was morbid and couldn’t articulate himself properly, he did, however, help him develop his curiosity, which came in handy when young Thornton started making movies. Billy Ray died when the Fargo actor was 18 and although he admits that he has never quite understood his dad, Billy Bob says he loved him very much.

*Learn and grow from the negativity in your past. Love your parents and learn from the mistakes that they made in raising you.

CROSSOVER: Eat some “French Fried Taters” while watching Sling Blade.


Louis Vuitton 1821

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Louis, at the age of 13, wanted to go to Paris. 3 years after traveling on foot he arrived, and eventually became the apprentice to Monsieur Marechal. . . Louis’ success did not happen at once.

But it did begin when Louis took his first step toward Paris in the spring of 1835.

*Sometimes all you need is a “first step” and a good mentor. If you haven’t yet, take that first step today.


Louis Armstrong 1901

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So popular that warring sides in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa temporarily stopped fighting in 1960 to attend an Armstrong concert.

*Stop the fighting and listen to “Satchmo” all day today.


Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1900

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The Queen Mother was passionate about puddings. Despite her appetite for food and drink, she lived to be 101

Dinner: Chicken Tropicana

Another recipe inspired by the Queen Mother’s trip to Noel Coward’s house in Jamaica. Served in a halved coconut, this is the ultimate kitsch Sixties dish.

Dessert: Tipsy Tart

This brandy-soaked tart provided the perfect excuse for a boozy tea time.

Drink: Bloody Bull

A variation of the classic Bloody Mary cocktail made with vodka, tomato juice and seasoning, the Bloody Bull was an invention of the flamboyant playwright Noel Coward.

*Have a passion for food like the Queen Mother and enjoy her dinner, dessert and drink. Be ready to live to 101

SNUB – Yasser Arafat

Review –

  • Empower others
  • Try a Vinyasa class
  • Learn and grow from your past
  • Take that first step
  • Listen to Louis Armstrong
  • Eat like Elizabeth the Queen Mother

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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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