December 22

*Look for the * for today’s advice.



Frank B. Kellogg 1856

Image result for frank b kellogg

Once he had made the suggestion, Kellogg devoted his prodigious energies to making it a reality. The Pact was signed on August 27, 1928, and proclaimed on July 24, 1929, with sixty-four signatories.

His most significant accomplishment, however, was the Kellogg–Briand Pact, signed in 1928. Proposed by its other namesake, French foreign minister Aristide Briand, the treaty intended to provide for “the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy.” He was awarded the 1929 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition

*The intent of the Kellogg-Briand Pact was to make war illegal. Kellogg devoted his energies to making it a reality. Devote your energy today to make something a reality. Something significant, like world peace.


Jordin Sparks 1989

Image result for jordin sparks

Her personal trainer put her on a 5 day per week workout regimen that would combine cardio, body weight exercises, and some light machine work to tone her muscles.

*Do this cardio, body weight, and light machine Jordin Sparks workout today. Listen to her music for motivation.


Meghan Trainor 1993

Image result for meghan trainor

The singer says All About That Bass is a song about self-acceptance: an upbeat celebration of female curves, it is a defiant retort to the music industry’s obsession with ‘stick figure, silicone Barbie Dolls’.

*Have self-acceptance today. Celebrate who you are. Listen to Meghan Trainor for inspiration.


Lady Bird Johnson 1912

Image result for lady bird johnson

Caroli also makes a convincing case for Lady Bird as a shrewd businesswoman. She bought her first radio station in 1943 and moved into television in 1951. “Well, it’s your money,” said LBJ, who thought TV a risky investment. His matter-of-fact comment rebuts the notion that he took over her finances after they married; they didn’t even have a joint checking account.

*Even if you’re married to the president, you can go with your gut and take a risk on an investment. Who would have thought that investing in TV would be a money maker?


Ralph Fiennes 1962 – watch The English Patient

Image result for ralph fiennes english patient gif

It’s one of the most Seinfeld-ian predicaments one could imagine: disagreeing with a significant other about a movie, only to have the whole relationship deteriorate as a result. That’s exactly what happens in “The English Patient”: Elaine just wanted to go see Sack Lunch, but her date, Blaine, really wants to see The English Patient. Her choice is sold out, so instead they watch Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in the war drama that went on to win best picture. The only problem? Elaine hated it. Like, really hated it.

List of Ralph Fiennes movies includes top-grossing films like ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘The English Patient’ and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) while his films like ‘Sunshine’ (1999) remained box-office failures.

*Watch the English Patient and judge for yourself.


Barbara Billingsley 1915 – sweet potato casserole

Image result for barbara billingsley

The Cleaver clan became the iconic 1950s American nuclear family. As the mother in the show, Barbara was often seen performing her household duties wearing complementary pearls and earrings. The pearls actually were her idea. The actress bore a noticeable surgical scar on her neck and wore a strand of pearls to conceal it from the cameras.

*Watch an episode of Leave it to Beaver as motivation to make Mrs. Cleaver’s sweet potato casserole. Spend the rest of your night enjoying it while watching The English Patient.

SNUB – Diane Sawyer

Review –

  • Devote your energies to make something a reality
  • Jordin Sparks workout
  • Have self-acceptance
  • Take a risk on an investment
  • Watch The English Patient
  • Make sweet potato casserole

Published by

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s