August 28

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Leo Tolstoy 1828 (9/8 New Style)

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Shortly after turning fifty, Leo Tolstoy (September 9, 1828–November 10, 1910) succumbed to a profound spiritual crisis. With his greatest works behind him, he found his sense of purpose dwindling as his celebrity and public acclaim billowed, sinking into a state of deep depression and melancholia despite having a large estate, good health for his age, a wife who had born him fourteen children, and the promise of eternal literary fame. On the brink of suicide, he made one last grasp at light amidst the darkness of his existence, turning to the world’s great religious and philosophical traditions for answers to the age-old question regarding the meaning of life.

The True Meaning of Life: In One Word

No matter what job title you hold, how many zeroes you have in your paycheck or where you came from, I know the true meaning of life can be summed up in one word: service.

Service is the meaning of life and what will ultimately bring you joy.

*Hopefully Tolstoy figured out the meaning of life before it was too late. With all he had, all he had to do to be happy was to give it back.


LeAnn Rimes 1982

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Besides sculpting her body parts, boxing also relieves her from stress and boosts the flow of adrenaline in her body.

*Do another boxing workout today – to sculpt your body, relieve stress, and boost the flow of adrenaline through your body. Listen to LeAnn Rimes for motivation.


David Soul 1943

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I’ve got a better handle on family perspective today. In the days when I was – as they used to call me – “one of the biggest stars in television”, I got the balance wrong. The caring about what I looked like, what I sounded like, what I represented to other people was more important than being with my family. That was the sadness of that period but it doesn’t mean I don’t have time for other people now.

*Re-balance. Being with your family is more important than anything else today, and every day.


Armie Hammer 1986

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Oh, it just takes hard work? Why didn’t anybody tell me this? And someone probably did, but I didn’t listen because I was an idiot.

*Listen. Don’t be an idiot. It just takes hard work. Watch Hammer work hard in the movie Call me by Your Name for motivation.


Jack Black 1969 – watch The School of Rock

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An improviser down to his DNA, Black was constantly unpredictable, kicking over desks and flying around the room like a dervish. But that made for an even more rebellious mood on set. “All of the laughter that you see coming from us in the scenes was genuine, he’s just the funniest motherfucker,” Brown told me. Even Sarah Silverman, who played the shrewish girlfriend of Mike White’s diminutive Ned, would also hang around—even if she didn’t have many scenes with the kids. “She would mess with us and say shit… like ‘Okay, I’m the cutest one though, by the way, I’m still the cute one!’”

*Watch The School of Rock and listen to Jack Black’s rock band Tenacious D


Shania Twain 1965 – poutine

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Oven Fries

Shania, who worked at McDonald’s in high school, says French fries are her go-to junk food. Whether it’s this cheesy and mouth-watering recipe for poutine, or garlicky thick-cut oven fries, both are perfect for when a savory and salty craving strikes.

*Listen to a mix of Shania Twain and Tenacious D while making poutine (sorry), compliments of this Canadian country gal.

SNUB – Jennifer Coolidge (The Original MILF)

Review –

  • The meaning of life – service
  • Boxing workout
  • Re-balance
  • It just takes hard work
  • Watch The School of Rock
  • Make poutine