August 4

Louis Day


Barack Obama 1961

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“We are reminded that, in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”

*Take today to think about how well you have loved and what small part you have played in making the lives of other people better.


Meghan Markle 1981 – try vinyasa (shares a birthday with Elizabeth the Queen Mother)

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“I love an intense Vinyasa class – and even better if its blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight.”

*Find a local studio or a vinyasa class online and workout like you’ve got nothing to lose.”


Louis Armstrong 1901

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Warring sides in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa temporarily stopped fighting in 1960 to attend an Armstrong concert.

*While listening to Louis Armstrong, reach out to someone you have been warring with and suggest a peace treaty.


Louis Vuitton 1821

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Louis, at the age of 13, wanted to go to Paris. 3 years after traveling on foot he arrived, and eventually became the apprentice to Monsieur Marechal. . . Louis’ success did not happen at once. But it did begin when Louis took his first step toward Paris in the spring of 1835.

*Sometimes all you need is a “first step” and a good mentor. If you haven’t yet, take that first step today.


Billy Bob Thornton 1955 – watch Sling Blade

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*Watch Billy Bob win an Oscar in Sling Blade.

BONUS – FOOD – make French fried taters


Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1900

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Despite her appetite for food and drink, she lived to be 101

Dinner: Chicken Tropicana

Served in a halved coconut, this is the ultimate kitsch Sixties dish.

Dessert: Tipsy Tart

This brandy-soaked tart provided the perfect excuse for a boozy tea time.

Drink: Bloody Bull

A variation of the classic Bloody Marymade with vodka, tomato juice and seasoning

*Have a passion for food like the Queen Mother and enjoy her dinner, dessert and drink. Be ready to live to 101.

SNUB – Jeff Gordon 1971

Review –

  • Make the lives of others better
  • Try a Vinyasa class
  • Listen to Lois Armstrong for peace
  • Take that first step
  • Watch Sling Blade
  • Eat like Elizabeth the Queen Mother

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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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