November 15

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Georgia O’Keeffe 1887

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In the 1950s, O’Keeffe began to travel internationally. She created paintings that evoked a sense of the spectacular places she visited, including the mountain peaks of Peru and Japan’s Mount Fuji. At the age of seventy-three she embarked on a new series focused on the clouds in the sky and the rivers below.


#1 in World’s Best Places to Visit

Every day, the magnetic City of Light draws visitors who travel from around the globe to see iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame in real life. But what travelers really fall in love with are the city’s quaint cafes, vibrant markets, trendy shopping districts and unmistakable je ne sais quoi charm.

*Make plans today to travel internationally. Even if you’re 73, get out and see the world.


Karl-Anthony Towns 1995

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The first cue you should take from Towns is to focus on movement quality, not quantity—and definitely not on how much weight you can move. “People in high school get hung up on lifting heavy weights and all this stuff,” Towns says. “Don’t do that. Make sure you do your exercises with purpose and great technique.”

*Lift lighter weights today with purpose and great technique. Play some hoops and dominate inside and out.


Shailene Woodley 1991

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“My religion is the Earth, man. I believe in trees,” Shailene told The Hollywood Reporter in March 2014. It is safe to assume that she isn’t super religious and that she is more spiritual.

Care . Action . Change

Real Change happens when we question and seek truth and care so much to take action that yields the change we want to see. Activism is your everyday habits. The Shailene Woodley Foundation strives to empower, encourage and train people of all ages, backgrounds to choose activism as a lifestyle.

All It Takes was founded in 2010 by Lori and Shailene as a global call to action. We believe that each of us has a responsibility to humanity and our planet to be a part of sustainable positive change and that happiness comes from participating in ways we are individually passionate about.

*Have a religion. The Earth as a religion is fine. It’s OK to be more spiritual than religious. Activism as a lifestyle is a noble endeavor and happiness comes from participating in ways that you are passionate about.


Jimmy Choo 1948

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Identify your spending style. Tackle your spending triggers.

*Take the above quiz from Huffington Post to identify your spending style.

Understand Your Spending Triggers

In many cases, knowing how to stop spending money has to do with identifying the emotional and psychological triggers that cause us to spend. If you remove those triggers, you’ll remove the temptation and opportunity to overspend. So the next time you head out the door, keep these in mind:

Time of Day

Do you find that you have more energy during certain periods of the day? If so, shop during times when you have more energy and feel less stressed. You’ll make wiser spending choices and think more rationally when you’re relaxed and less pressured.


Are there certain environments that make you want to spend, or make you feel obligated to spend just because you’re there? Craft fairs, shopping malls, home shows, and even when you’re on holidays are all prime examples of times when you’re more likely to spend impulsively. So, take away the temptation by either steering clear of such environments, or only taking a few dollars with you.


What’s important is that you identify the moods that affect your spending behaviour, and to find ways to avoid shopping during moods that will cause you to impulse buy.

Peer Pressure

Don’t be scared to let your friends know that you’re trying to spend less; perhaps they’ll help you on your journey, and some may even follow suite! What’s important is that you surround yourself with friends who will support you as you work toward your financial goals.


If you’re accustomed to a certain lifestyle, it could be difficult to give up when you suddenly encounter a financial hardship. But, if your lifestyle ends up becoming bigger than your budget and you don’t know how to stop overspending your budget, you could end up in worse shape.

*Now that you know your spending style, you can start to eliminate your spending triggers.


Sam Waterston 1940 – Watch The Killing Fields

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Sam Waterston was warned early and often that acting was an “unreliable” profession.

“I mean, the truth is that at any time in this business you could fall off the edge of the world,” he said.

But then, on the NBC series “Law & Order,” he stumbled on the rarest thing in his business: A steady job

Critics Consensus: Artfully composed, powerfully acted, and fueled by a powerful blend of anger and empathy, The Killing Fields is a career-defining triumph for director Roland Joffé and a masterpiece of American cinema.

*Watch Sam Waterston almost win an Oscar in The Killing Fields.


Beverly D’Angelo 1951 – wet sandwiches

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D’Angelo has continued to act steadily since the release of “Vacation”, but she’s been more focused in recent years in her role as a mother. She was in a turbulent relationship with Al Pacino from 1996-2003 and the couple had twins Olivia and Anton in 2001.

Rusty Griswold:
Mom, my sandwich is all wet.

Ellen Griswold:
They’re all wet… Oh God!… The dog wet on the picnic basket.

*Dance with this sandwich. Kiss this sandwich. Then enjoy your wet sandwich.

SNUB – Erwin Rommel

Review –

  • Make plans to travel internationally
  • Lift lighter weights
  • Activism could be your religion
  • Identify your spending style
  • Watch The Killing Fields
  • Make wet sandwiches

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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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