October 1

Look for the * for today’s advice.


Jimmy Carter 1924

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The un-celebrity president

Jimmy Carter shuns riches, lives modestly in his Georgia hometown



Living a Healthy Lifestyle Matters 

He took his family history of cancer as an opportunity to stay healthy, not as an excuse not to. He was proactive and took control of his health, getting tested regularly for possible symptoms for many years. If you have a family history of cancer, speak with a genetic counselor and take President Carter’s example of not living in fear.



*Speak with a genetic counselor today about your family health history.


Mark McGwire 1963

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Mark McGwire says he would have hit 70 home runs without PEDs


Weinberg stresses that McGwire is reasonable in his approach to training and diet. He said many fans would be surprised to know that McGwire’s workouts do not involve heavy lifting, but many repetitions of relatively light weights. Likewise, Weinberg said McGwire is careful in his use of androstenedione and creatine.


*Use light weights with many repetitions and research any supplements that you would like to use. Go to the batting cages and hit 70 home runs.


Richard Harris 1930

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Harris reached deeper, his “classic Jesuit” education in evidence. “Did you ever read Pope John XXIII’s ‘Journal of the Soul’? He was one of the truly great popes and a great spiritual man. He says he would find faith maybe four times a week and then it would leave him. And he’d spend the rest of the day praying to get that faith back. And we thought the pope has faith 24 hours a day. No he doesn’t! He’s in doubt as well. But that’s religion. That’s the beauty of it. The doubt is as important as the certainty.”


*When the faith leaves you today, pray to get the faith back. You could also watch Richard Harris in The Sporting Life if you are sensing an immerging emptiness in your life.


Julie Andrews 1935

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Andrews’ father, Wells, was a very important person in her life. She remembered in her 2009 memoir, Home (via the LA Times), “He treated me and my siblings as his beloved companions, never dismissing or talking down to us.”

But at the young age of 14, Andrews learned shocking news that her father wasn’t the man she called her dad. In the same memoir, Home (via Daily Mail), Andrews recalls an evening in 1949 when she was performing at the house of a family friend. She described, “After I had sung, the owner of the house approached me…That evening the man came and sat on the couch next to me. I remember feeling an electricity between us that I couldn’t explain.” Later that evening, her mother asked her about the man and then proceeded to share, “That man is your father.”


In the late ‘90s, Andrews was the victim of a failed vocal chord surgery that resulted in the loss of her singing voice. That would have been devastating for anyone, but especially a performer whose livelihood had been built on her famous voice. Instead of giving up, Andrews picked herself up, refocused and continued developing her career by throwing her energy into other projects.

*Take today to think about how you can refocus and continue developing your career. What are some other projects that you could throw your energy into?


Zach Galifianakis 1969 – watch Between Two Ferns

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Galifianakis, in his characteristically dry demeanor, barely gets through his time with Seinfeld when Cardi B shows up to make the episode, as Galifianakis puts it, “relevant.”



*Watch some episodes of Between Two Ferns starring Zach Galifianakis – the Barack Obama one may be the best.


Brie Larson 1989 – butter basted halibut steaks with capers

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Have a Snack between Breakfast and Lunch, and Another between Lunch and Dinner

Fatty Fish for Dinner Promotes Better Sleep


Um, Apparently Brie Larson Can Deadlift 215 Pounds After Training For ‘Captain Marvel’

Just in case you doubted the badass-ness.




*Take the advice of Brie Larson for snacking today and have some halibut for dinner – not just for the halibut but to promote better sleep.

For dessert, have a spoon full of sugar – yes, Julie Andrews won an Oscar for Mary Poppins in 1964.

SNUB – Walter Matthau

Review –

  • Speak with a genetic counselor
  • Use light weights with many reps
  • Pray to get the faith back
  • Refocus to develop your career
  • Watch Between Two Ferns
  • Make halibut

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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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