July 20



Sir Edmund Hillary 1919

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His most famous quotation after summiting Mount Everest on May 29, 1953: “Well, George, we knocked the bastard off.”

*Is there something you’ve been putting off for way too long? Have a friend help you finish it today and then utter those famous words – “We knocked the bastard off.”


Gisele Bundchen 1980

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“[Yoga is] so serene that I can be in a state of meditation while I practice … Whether it involves music or mantras or breath work or meditation, [yoga is] a powerful beautiful spiritual practice. Yoga gave me back my life.”

*Get your life back with Yoga


Sandra Oh 1971

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Oh has practiced Vipassana meditation for years now. “It takes a long time to free oneself from chatter: Goals, social media, image, persona,”

“And if you’re able to move through in that way, you can actually start trying to create from a different place.”

*Free yourself from the chatter in your life. Look in to Vipassana meditation.


Ray Allen 1975

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‘I’m in the NBA and I want to make a lot of money, if I want to be around for a long time, I have to make sure I prioritize this job… The money is really a non-issue; it’s really about being effective and successful at your job. The money will come along with it.”

*Focus on being effective and successful at your job and the money will come.


Carlos Santana 1947

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*Listen to Carlos Santana all day today. And smile while doing it.


Harley Morenstein 1985 – The Meatball Death Star

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Ground up pork, beef, and veal are pounded into a bowl to create the massive meatball. They then fill it up with some vegetables (purely for aesthetic purposes, Harley explains), pancetta (Italian for “bacon”), and tortellini. The ball is completed, placed inside a circle of garlic bread, and topped with meat sauce.


*Listen to Carlos Santana while making this Meatball Death Star and have some friends over to help eat it. Enjoy it while watching Star Wars or He Got Game.

SNUB – Julianne Hough 1988

Review –

  • Knock the bastard off
  • Yoga
  • Practice Vipassana meditation
  • Be effective and successful at your job
  • Listen to Carlos Santana
  • Make a Meatball Deathstar

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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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