Look for the * for today’s advice.
TAMPER WITH AN ELECTION DAY
Yo-Yo Ma 1955
Do you regret choices you’ve made?
I remember 20 years of having unbelievable children at home and falling asleep reading stories to them. I remember being impatient with my family members because I was so tired and stressed out. If I were to do it over again I would seriously look at the quality of decisions made during those years.
*Listen to Yo-Yo Ma as you think about the quality of decisions that you are making. Are you too tired to spend quality time with your family? If yes, then you have life backwards.
Charles Woodson 1976
Take a Class
The easiest way to get into boxing is to take a boxing class like Woodson did. This means you don’t have to fight anyone or take any punches.
*I know that Charles Woodson does this. I’ve seen him working out in a boxing gym in Orlando, where I used to work out. I’m going back there today to take a class… You need to get another boxing workout in too.
Bishop Desmond Tutu 1931
Breaking the cycle of violence also includes forgiving. Once the cycle is interrupted through openhearted invitation and apology, the circle of transformation is completed by forgiveness.
*Forgive someone today. Break the cycle through openhearted invitation and an apology. Welcome someone back into your life today.
Simon Cowell 1959
Don’t get stressed
Easy for a multi-millionaire to say, maybe, but Cowell’s love of the Cartoon Network, American Spirit cigarettes, Sapporo beer and Barbados holidays all serve one purpose: keeping him happy. “If you’re going to cut one thing out of your life, cut out stress,” he says. “It’s the cause of cancer, heart attacks, diseases. If you’re stressed, you’re going to get ill.”
DOWNLOAD YOUR STRESS
Make a physical list of what you’re stressed about — whatever’s been ruminating in your brain in the wee hours of the night, Molitor says. “You’ll feel better just writing it down because you’re downloading all of those negative thoughts, taking it out of a space where it’s taking up a lot of energy.”
*Easier said than done, I know. Try downloading your money stress by writing it all down and getting it out of your head. Also, be like Simon Cowell and focus more on the things that you like to do.
John Mellencamp 1951
John has said many times in interviews that you will never meet anyone luckier than John Mellencamp. He is grateful for the support of those who have enjoyed his work and career over the years. If he has any advice to offer, it is to be tenacious: John’s found that far too many people quit too soon in the face of early disappointment. While his own early efforts may have been faltering, he stayed with it–and that tenacity has been rewarded with the successes that continue to the present.
With a streak of success, both commercial and critical, Mellencamp finally reclaimed his name. When 1991’s Whenever We Wanted hit record store shelves, it bore the actual name of the man who made it: John Mellencamp.
*Listen to Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp, and John Mellencamp today.
Vladimir Putin 1952 – porridge, quail eggs and fruit juice
Well, for all the macho posturing and shirtless horseback photo shoots, he begins his day quite leisurely indeed. In fact, he wakes up late enough that breakfast is served at noon, which is the sort of routine usually reserved only for college students and writers.
On the menu tends to be a large omelet or a bowl of porridge, with quail eggs and a glass of fruit juice on the side. The ingredients are shipped over from the Patriarch Kirill’s own farmland estates too, so you know he’s getting the good stuff. All very nice, but it’s not salmon caught by hand from the stream, or fruit wrenched from the jaws of a mountain bear, is it?
- Russian Standard Gold, 40%: £22 for 70cl, Waitrose
Bling bling! You’re going to need your sunglasses for all the light reflecting off this glitzy bottle. Russian Standard Gold is made with winter wheat and is inspired by an ancient Siberian vodka recipe. How does it differ from the regular Russian Standard vodka? Well, Gold uses extracts of Siberian ginseng, which add caramel notes initially, and then a pepperiness that really lingers – we’re in tingly tongue territory here. And again, there’s that soft mouth feel and creamy finish. We love the embossed bottle, which makes it pretty giftable, too.
*Sleep in and have a Putin type breakfast around noon. You’ll still have plenty of time to interfere in an election afterwards. Wash it down with some Russian Standard Gold vodka.
SNUB – Toni Braxton
- Will you regret the choices your making today?
- Take a boxing class
- Forgive someone
- Don’t stress over money
- Listen to John Mellencamp
- Make porridge and quail eggs