April 13



Thomas Jefferson 1743

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  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do to-day.
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  3. Never spend your money before you have it.
  4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
  5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
  6. We never repent of having eaten too little.
  7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
  8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
  9. Take things always by their smooth handle.
  10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

*Pick one of the above Thomas Jefferson practical life lessons to focus on today. For me, I’m going to focus on #1. I’m not going to put anything off until tomorrow. I’m taking care of everything that I can today.


Allison Williams 1988

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“I do two different things. For cardio I do SoulCycle. I really don’t like to run, plus I have terrible knees and get bored on the elliptical. SoulCycle is basically a dance party on a bicycle, and you burn calories and it’s so fun. Then I also do Core Fusion at Exhale Spa locations. It mixes together Pilates and barre method. It’s really hard and kicks my butt, so those two together work perfectly. 

*SoulCycle and a Core Fusion workout. Find a class or a workout online.


Madalyn Murray O’Hair 1919

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“An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An Atheist accepts that heaven is something for which we should work now — here on earth — for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist accepts that he can get no help through prayer, but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and to enjoy it. An Atheist accepts that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help lead to a life of fulfillment.”

*A true leap of faith for some may be that the above description of an Atheist sounds pretty good.


John Paul DeJoria 1944

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John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron tequila, grew up in the slums:

“I lived off $2.50 per day. When you’re down and out, you make with what you have and you learn how to survive … if you look at the glass half full.”

*Make with what you have and survive for now. Your dream business is coming!


Alfred Mosher Butts 1899 – play Scrabble

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Butts died in 1993 and did not become rich from his invention, but he was able to enjoy the worldwide popularity of Scrabble

*Play Scrabble with someone you L O V E


Baron Davis 1979

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“When I was growing up, my grandmother cooked every day. Mac ‘n cheese, collard greens, all kinds of desserts. And she was the best vegetable-maker in the world!”

*Ask your grandmother to make you mac ‘n cheese, collard greens, desserts, and the best vegetables in the world.

BONUS:  -John Paul Dejoria sold his 70% stake in Patron to Bacardi in a $5.1 billion deal

*Wash it down with a shot of Patron

DOUBLE BONUS – “I have a doughnut every morning. Vanilla frosted with sprinkles on one half, weirdly. How hard is it to sprinkle the whole thing?”  – Allison Williams

 *Have your daily doughnut for dessert. Get Out

SNUB – Kelli Giddish 1980

Review –

  • Thomas Jefferson life lesson
  • SoulCycle and Core Fusion workout
  • You don’t have to believe in God to be a good person
  • Make with what you have and survive for now
  • Play Scrabble
  • Grandma’s mac ‘n cheese

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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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