July 31

BE MERRY AND HAPPY DAY

MIND

JK Rowling 1965

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At age 25, she was riding on a train when one single idea flashed into her mind: Boy doesn’t know he’s a wizard, goes to wizard school. After that, Jo says her mind was flooded with ideas for Harry Potter.

*Keep writing. Keep creating. One day a single idea will flash into your mind and it will be flooded with ideas. This happened to me with 365DOLF, but at the age of 45 instead of 25 – doesn’t matter to me.

If you’re caught up with your reading, today would be a good day to start reading the Harry Potter series of books.

BODY

Wesley Snipes 1962

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Lackluster effort won’t get you there, and too much effort will ensure that you burn out before you do.”

http://roglawfitness.com/wisdom-of-wesley-snipes-fitness-edition/

*Put the right amount of effort into this Wesley Snipes workout. Find a white man to play basketball with at a local park.

SOUL

Herbert Armstrong 1892

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“Now, God set His law in motion to make man happy. God set His law there to give us peace, to give us abundance, and prosperity, to make us happy, to make our lives full, and interesting. Until there is not a dull moment, but we live fully, abundantly, happily, joyfully. God wants us to be merry and happy.”

*Be merry and happy today. God wants you to.

MONEY

Mark Cuban 1958

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Buy in bulk and on sale.

“It’s so hard to make a return on regular investments that … you’re better off buying two years’ worth of toothpaste when it’s on 50 percent discount,”

“There’s an immediate return on your money.”

“When they’re on a huge sale on Amazon, buy them, because chances are, their prices are going to go up. That’s a real savings that you get to put in your pocket.”

“Invest the money you save in the cheapest SPX mutual fund you can find.”

*Use this last day of July as the day to go to a Sam’s Club or buy in bulk off of Amazon. As a teacher, I’ll buy in bulk everything I’ll need for school for the next 10 months. I’m also going to invest $100 in…

Schwab S&P 500 Index Fund

Symbol:  SWPPX

Net Expense Ratio: 0.09%

Minimum Initial Investment:  $100

ENTERTAINMENT

Zac Brown 1978 – Zac Brown Band

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“It’s funny how it’s the little things in life that mean the most.” –Chicken Fried

*Listen to the Zac Brown Band while realizing how much that the little things throughout today have meant to you.

FOOD

Rico Rodriguez 1998 – grilled chicken and rice

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“I like the Food Network, because I want to be a chef,”

“I cook grilled chicken and microwaveable rice. That’s my meal.” Any secret ingredients? “Mrs. Dash [seasoning],” 

https://parade.com/45285/parade/rico-rodriguez-modern-family/

*Listen to the Zac Brown Band while making grilled chicken and rice and then watch Manny in Modern Family while enjoying it. Wash it down with some butter beer.

SNUB – A.J. Green 1988

Review –

  • Keep writing. Keep creating
  • Wesley Snipes workout
  • Be merry and happy
  • Invest in the cheapest SPX mutual fund you can find
  • Listen to the Zac Brown Band
  • Make grilled chicken and rice

 

July 30

NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY

MIND

Henry Ford 1863

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“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”

“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. Are you ready?  Are you thinking?”

*Think today. Spend an hour deep in thought. No phone. No TV. No distractions. Make ready your plans because getting ready is the secret to success.

BODY

Terry Crews 1968

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https://www.coachmag.co.uk/workouts/4028/terry-crews-workout-plus-crews-5-ways-to-win-at-life

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, who complimented his arm development. “I told everybody I knew,” says Crews. “I’m still working out today on that motivation alone.”

*Knockout this Terry Crews workout and be ready to receive compliments on your arms. Watch The Expendables for motivation. Crews and Arnold share a birthday today.

SOUL

Laurence Fishburne 1961

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“In every doctrine and every dogma and every spiritualism, in every religion there are some basic spiritual truths,”

“All these things are road maps for human being to use to try to live better lives, to try to make themselves better people. I am familiar with those concepts because I spend a lot of time reading shit, that’s all. I’m making it up as I go, I’m trying to do the best I can to be the best human being I can.”

*Do the best you can today to be the best human being you can be. 

MONEY

Arnold Schwarzenegger 1947

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“A friend of mine couldn’t understand how I had the guts to buy a rental property. My friend didn’t want to take any risks in his life.”

*Take advice from the Terminator and take a risk by investing in a rental property.

ENTERTAINMENT

Hilary Swank 1974 – watch Boys Don’t Cry

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*Watch Hilary Swank win an Oscar as a boy that doesn’t cry… sort of.

FOOD

Alton Brown 1962 – sour cream cheesecake

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NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY

National Cheesecake Day is observed annually on July 30th.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/sour-cream-cheesecake-recipe.html

*On National Cheesecake day, enjoy Alton Brown’s sour cream cheesecake.

SNUB – Gina Rodriguez 1984

Review –

  • Think
  • Terry Crews workout
  • Be the best human you can be
  • Look to invest in rental properties
  • Watch Boys Don’t Cry
  • Make sour cream cheesecake

July 29

WRITE FAITH ON YOUR WRIST DAY

MIND

Benito Mussolini 1883

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Mussolini was never very humble, but he pretended.

“I was certainly not moved by a desire for egotistical political domination. I obeyed the positive command of my conscience, not any opportunism. I have always had a vision of life which was altruistic.”

*Be humble today – even if you have to fake it like a brutal dictator.

BODY

Scott Steiner 1962

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Scott Steiner claimed he could Bench Press over 600 pounds.

*Max out on your bench press today.

SOUL

Dak Prescott 1993

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He continues to miss his mom. To help him pull through every time he plays, Prescott puts a strip of tape with the word “faith” on his wrists.

“I simply write ‘Faith’ on there for the faith that my mom showed me; the relationship we built from the faith we had and my faith in God.”

*Put a strip of tape with the word “faith” on your wrist. Look at it throughout today to remind you of your faith in God and the faith you’ve built up with someone you love.

MONEY

Tim Gunn 1953

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‘You need to be good to people. You need to take your work seriously. You need to have integrity. You need to work with what you’ve got.”

*If you want to earn as much as possible, take this advice from Tim Gunn.

ENTERTAINMENT

Josh Radnor 1974 – watch How I Met Your Mother

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*Start watching How I Met Your Mother and you may not stop until you figure out who the mother is.

FOOD

Martina McBride 1966 – Hunters Chicken

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http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/hunters-chicken-martina-mcbride-around-the-table

*Listen to some Martina McBride while making her Hunters Chicken.

SNUB – Ken Burns 1953 – if you can’t fall asleep tonight, watch one of his documentaries

Review –

  • Be humble
  • Max out on your bench press
  • Remind yourself  of your faith in God
  • Take your work seriously
  • Watch How I Met Your Mother
  • Make Hunters Chicken

July 28

JACQUELINE LEE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS DAY

MIND

John David Washington 1984

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“You have to adapt and adjust—you can’t take your sweet time all the time, but cherish your process.”

*Adapt and adjust throughout today. Cherish your process.

BODY

Terry Fox 1958

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Terry Fox Runs take place in over 9,000 communities across Canada every year and are accessible to anyone with no entry fee, no minimum pledge and a non-competitive atmosphere. Participants can run, walk, blade or bike and most of all have fun while raising funds for cancer research.

http://www.terryfox.org

*Sign up for a Terry Fox Run today. Run 3.1 miles to prepare for it.

SOUL

Jackie Kennedy 1929 – watch Jackie

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LIFT YOURSELF UP

“One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.”

If we can’t be in charge of our situations, we can at least be in charge of ourselves. We can try to focus on what we can control going forward. Jackie said seeing the world through her children’s eyes helped restore her faith in her family.

*Watch Jackie to learn how to deal with loss like Jackie Kennedy.

MONEY

Dana White 1969

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“Rob Dyrdek called me after the sale, and he said, ‘I’ve got to ask you a question – how do you get up every day and run the race when you’ve already won the race?”

“I want to know how you strap your f—-ng shoes on and go to work every day.’ I said, ‘Because I was never in it for the money.’ I don’t even think about the money.”

*When your business of passion makes you rich, will you still want to run it every day? Sure you want to make money, but that money will be much sweeter if it comes from your passion.

ENTERTAINMENT

Lori Loughlin 1964 – watch Full House (she bribed her way onto this)

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Elizabeth Berkley 1972 – watch Saved by the Bell

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*Go back to the 1980s and watch Loughlin in an episode of Full House and Berkley in an episode of Saved by the Bell.

FOOD

Jim Davis 1945 – Garfield Lasagna

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Davis named Garfield after his grandfather, James Garfield Davis (who was named after President James Garfield).

http://www.gooseberrypatch.com/gooseberry/recipe.nsf/55e548eeef8c89b9852568d4004c5ffe/ADC342C8A4B78CA485257B39005BFB97

*Hopefully this day doesn’t fall on a Monday, but even if it does, enjoy Garfield’s lasagna.

SNUB – Ali Krieger 1984

Review –

  • Cherish your process
  • Terry Fox run
  • Lift yourself up
  • Have a business of passion
  • Watch Full House and Saved by the Bell
  • Make Garfield Lasagna

July 27

IT’S HAPPENING DAY

MIND

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau 1970

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“The Danes are said to be one of the happiest nations on Earth, after all. The trick is that we Danes have low expectations. My father always used to say to me, “Only fly as high as your ears will take you.”

*Have low expectations for today and see how you feel at the end of it.

BODY

Jordan Spieth 1993 – driving range

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“A lot of people wonder how a 21-year-old with average power (I finished 89th in driving distance) can be so successful. The answer is simple: I know how to score.”

*Play a round of golf today or at least hit a bucket of balls at the local driving range, maybe you can outdrive Spieth.

SOUL

Leo Durocher 1905

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Leo was never what you would call nice. He didn’t grow old gracefully, and it cost him. Life is choices, and Leo made his. Hall of Fame or not, he lived his life.

*Life is choices. What choices are you making when it comes to how you treat people? How will you be remembered? Does it even matter to you? Live your life.

MONEY

Alex Rodriguez 1975

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“You have an incredible opportunity if you’re frugal and you’re smart and you put your money away early. The ability to have compound interest over 20, 30, 40 years — you can be a very wealthy young person in a very short period of time.”

At 8% simple interest, your $10,000 investment would be worth $34,000 after 30 years. However, using compound interest, the value would balloon to more than $100,000.

*Be frugal. Be smart. And start getting compound interest on your investments and savings today.

ENTERTAINMENT

Taylor Schilling 1984 – watch Orange is the New Black

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There’s no better place to cheat-learn from other people’s errors than Netflix’s award-winning Orange is the New Black.

*Watch the first season of Orange is the New Black to cheat-learn from the mistakes of Taylor Schilling.

FOOD

Maya Rudolph 1972 – Bridesmaids Brazilian Skirt Steak

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“I think I will always be the lady who took a s— on the street,”

“This happens to me all the time, people are always like, ‘You’re the lady who took a s— on the street!’”

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/brazilian-skirt-steak-golden-garlic-butter.aspx

*Hopefully your experience with this Brazilian skirt steak works out better for you than Maya Rudolph and her bridesmaids. It’s happening.

SNUB – Triple H 1969

Review –

  • Have low expectations
  • Hit a bucket of balls at the driving range
  • You will be remembered by how you treat people
  • Get compound interest on your investments
  • Watch Orange is the New Black
  • Make Bridesmaids Brazilian Skirt Steak

July 26

MOVES LIKE JAGGER DAY

MIND

Stanley Kubrick 1928

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“Learn from others’ work.”

*Find someone successful in what is important to you and copy what they do.

BODY

Kate Beckinsale 1973 – 3-2-1 Workout

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The 3-2-1 workout is so named because it involves three cardio sessions, two circuit and one core workout.

http://thejenniferanistondiet.com/kate-beckinsales-diet-workout-routine/

*Complete Kate Beckinsale’s 3-2-1 workout. Watch her in Underworld for motivation.

SOUL

Carl Jung 1875

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To strive to be good, and disregard one’s darkness, is to fall victim to the evil in ourselves whose existence we have denied. The ‘shadow’ is Jung’s term for the dark, unwanted, feared side of our personality.

The shadow personality can also be thought of as the unlived life.

This shadow is experienced as a foe, but it is really a friend because it contains clues as to what the individual lacks, rejects and distrusts.

*Turn toward your fears today – they contain clues as to what you lack, reject, and distrust. What is your “shadow” or unlived life?

MONEY

Mick Jagger 1943 – The Rolling Stones

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“We don’t like throwing computers away as soon as they don’t work… We like cars to be repaired instead of junked.”

*Have moves like Jagger – before tossing that computer, car, or home appliance, check whether it can be repaired.

ENTERTAINMENT

Sandra Bullock 1964 – watch The Blind Side

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*Watch Sandra Bullock win an Oscar in The Blind Side.

FOOD

Helen Mirren 1945 – grilled cheese

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The Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, and Academy Award winner revealed that she’s rather fond of melted cheese on toast, and thus would like her last meal to be a grilled cheese.

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/best-ever-grilled-cheese

*I know how you can get some satisfaction – eat this grilled cheese. Enjoy it while watching Helen Mirren win an Oscar in The Queen.

SNUB – Jason Statham 1967

Review –

  • Learn from other’s work
  • 3-2-1 workout
  • Turn toward your fears
  • Fix it first
  • Watch The Blind Side
  • Make a grilled cheese

July 25

HOW YOU DOING DAY

MIND

Henry Knox 1750

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DYK – Knox witnessed and/or participated in all of the following

  • Boston Massacre
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Lexington and Concord
  • Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Crossing of the Delaware
  • Battle of Yorktown

*This is a great DYK for anyone in the elevator with you or at the breakfast table.

BODY

Walter Payton 1954 – run in hot sand

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He ran countless sprints through hot sand, because he believed that it made his legs stronger and allowed him to cut better at full speed.

*Find some hot sand to run in and remember this quote by Sweetness – “Tomorrow is promised to no one.”

SOUL

Emmett Till 1941

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Emmett Till’s death claimed the nation’s attention, thanks to his mother, who demanded an open casket, so the world could witness what white racists had done to her black son. The incident ignited the fledgling, modern civil rights movement into a raging fire.

*What are you passionate enough to ignite into a raging fire?

MONEY

Louis Bacon 1956

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Secretive, risk-conscious, a bit paranoid–Louis Bacon has many of the traits of a hedge fund boss. A nice chunk of the $7 billion he plays with is his own.

https://www.turtletrader.com/bacon/

*Check out turtletrader.com for advice from Louis Bacon and many others on investing.

ENTERTAINMENT

Matt LeBlanc 1967 – watch Friends

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*Have fun laying on the couch and binge watch as many episodes of Friends as you can today. They’ll be there for you.

FOOD

Geoffrey Zakarian 1959 – ultimate BLT

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In addition to being a judge on Food Network’s Chopped, and as an Iron Chef, Zakarian is a co-host on Food Network’s Emmy-nominated daytime series, The Kitchen.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/gzs-ultimate-blt.html

*In honor of Louis Bacon’s birthday try Geoffrey Zakarian’s ultimate BLT. Afterwards go to a coffee shop like Central Perk with your friends.

SNUB – Iman Abdulmajid 1955

Review –

  • Henry Knox DYK
  • Run in hot sand
  • Have enough passion to ignite a raging fire
  • Get investing advice from turtletrader.com
  • Watch Friends
  • Make an Ultimate BLT

July 24

SAY “HI” TO YOUR MAILMAN DAY

MIND

Amelia Earhart 1897

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“Follow your passion and don’t give up.”

*Good advice by Amelia Earhart – follow your passion and don’t give up. Even if it kills you (or leads to your disappearance) at least you went down following your passion.

BODY

Karl Malone 1963

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“I think by lifting weights, you get power. I also think that you get focus, direction, discipline, and patience.”

http://www.coachmarian.de/Spezials/Workouts/MaloneWorkoutSecrets.htm

*Lift weights today, using this Mailman workout. Play some pickup basketball and dominate inside. Say “hi” to your mailman today too.

SOUL

Chief Dan George 1899

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“…I am small and weak. I need your wisdom.  May I walk in beauty? Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things that you have made, and my ears sharp to hear your voice.  Make me wise so that I may know the things that you have taught your children, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.  Make me strong not to be superior to my brothers but to fight my greatest enemy –myself.  Make me ever ready to come with you with straight eyes so that when life fades as with the fading sunset, my spirit will come to you without shame.”

*The above is your prayer for today. Say it word for word from your soul. This could be your “go to” prayer each and every day.

MONEY

Elisabeth Moss 1982

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“I don’t take acting that seriously. I love my work, but I do not think that I am saving the world.”

*It’s OK to love your job, but don’t take it too seriously. It’s just a job! Unless you are actually saving the world.

ENTERTAINMENT

Jennifer Lopez 1969

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*It was a big deal when  JLO was closing in on being 50. She’s 51 today and looks incredible. Listen to her music as you work out.

FOOD

Michael Richards 1949 – Kramer’s Lobster Scrambled Eggs

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http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/breakfast/egg-breakfast/seinfeld-kramers-lobster-scrambled-eggs.html

*Don’t steal any lobsters to make Kramer’s lobster scrambled eggs. Other choices for Kramer would be to make your own pizza, and your own sauce without a shirt on.

SNUB – Torrie Wilson 1975

Review –

  • Follow your passion and don’t give up
  • Mailman workout
  • Chief Dan George Prayer
  • It’s just a job
  • Listen to JLO music while working out
  • Make Kramer’s lobster scrambled eggs

July 23

SEE MORE DAY

MIND

Woody Harrelson 1961

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“I don’t believe in politics. I’m an anarchist, I guess you could say. I think people could be just fine looking after themselves.”

*What are your thoughts on politics?

BODY

Stephanie Seymour 1968

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“I was raised in a really strict household in terms of health. We were never allowed to have candy, chips, or soda. I should be more regulated about my exercise, but thankfully I’ve had really good dietary habits. I’ll have a cheeseburger, but I don’t indulge in junk food ever. My favorite forms of exercise are Pilates, swimming, and walking.”

*You have a choice today between Pilates, yoga (again), or swimming. No chips, candy, or soda!

SOUL

Daniel Radcliffe 1989 – watch Harry Potter

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We can’t win over everyone, but Harry Potter showed us that we can triumph in our relationships with loved ones. Harry Potter always had a support system of family and friends to help him.

*Reach out to your support system of family and friends for support today.

MONEY

Monica Lewinsky 1973

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“Control your reputation online, or someone else will.”

*Search yourself online and see what could keep you from your dream job or that would keep customers away. Control your reputation online. Have a nice cigar to reward yourself.

ENTERTAINMENT

Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967 – watch Capote

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*Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman win an Oscar as Truman Capote.

FOOD

Marlon Wayans – candied yams

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“I hate cooking. But I do make the candied yams every year at Thanksgiving. And they’re awesome! You could definitely get diabetes and cavities from them, but they’re delicious!”

https://www.sugarandsoul.co/candied-yams/

*Make these delicious candied yams for your family tonight.

SNUB – Slash – yes, Slash and Axl’s wife share a birthday

Review –

  • Think about politics
  • Pilates, yoga, or swimming
  • Reach out to your support system
  • Control your reputation online
  • Watch Capote
  • Make candied yams

July 22

ANSWER IN THE FORM OF A QUESTION DAY

MIND

Don Henley 1947

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“We have to stay curious, stay engaged, and, above all, stay fit. Family, friends, travel, music, books, gardening, a little good wine now and then — all these things, coupled with the right attitude, can make aging enjoyable.”

*Stay curious, stay engaged, and stay fit. Actually just try to live by the above quote. Listen to The Eagles and drink some good wine.

BODY

Willem Dafoe 1955

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“Have work that you love and also some sort of physical or spiritual practice. Get some kind of healthy routine. For me that’s yoga practice.”

*Yes, yoga again today – it helps you grow old the right way. Watch Willem Dafoe almost win an Oscar in The Florida Project for motivation.

SOUL

Selena Gomez 1992

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“As a family we go to the communion church. We do everything that’s Catholic, but we don’t really have anything traditional except [that we] go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church.”

*The next chance you get, take your family to church and then go to the park and have a barbecue. 

MONEY

Ezekiel Elliot 1995

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Ezekiel Elliott is a holdout no more as he and the Dallas Cowboys agreed to a six-year, $90 million contract to make him the richest running back in NFL history.

Why?

“Because I believe I am the best,” Elliott said.

*Want to make more money? Become the best at something and hold out until they pay you.

ENTERTAINMENT

Louise Fletcher 1934 – watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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*Watch Louise Fletcher win an Oscar in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

FOOD

Alex Trebek 1940

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“This past year, I ran into a nutritionist who said, ‘Oh, Alex, that’s terrible! You’ve got to be eating better than that at the start of the day.’ So I changed. I stopped eating Snickers and Diet Pepsi and I replaced them with Milky Ways and Diet Cokes.”

*Answer: Milky Way and Diet Coke. Question: What are you having for breakfast?

BONUS: Albert Brooks 1947 – Defending Your Life – steak, pasta, sushi, and ice cream

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Daniel and Julia pass the time discussing their lives and feasting on steak, pasta, sushi, and ice cream. Not a bad way to … die!

*Watch Albert Brooks in Defending Your Life and then eat like you’ve died and gone to Heaven. Feast on steak, pasta, sushi, and ice cream, just like they do in the movie. Obviously this is a major cheat day.

SNUB – Danny Glover 1946

Review –

  • Stay curious, stay engaged, stay fit
  • Yoga
  • Go to church and have a barbecue in the park
  • Be the best to make the most
  • Watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Milky Way, Diet Coke, steak, pasta, sushi, ice cream