December 22



Diane Sawyer 1945

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“I read once, which I loved so much, that this great physicist who won a Nobel Prize said that every day when he got home, his dad asked him not what he learned in school but his dad said, ‘Did you ask any great questions today?’ And I always thought, what a beautiful way to educate kids that we’re excited by their questions, not by our answers and whether they can repeat our answers.”

*Ask great questions today.


Jordin Sparks 1989

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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

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All About That Bass is a song about self-acceptance.”

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


Lady Bird Johnson 1912

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“Well, it’s your money,” said LBJ, who thought TV a risky investment. They didn’t even have a joint checking account.

*Even if you’re married to the president, handle your finances and go with your gut to 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

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Elaine Benes hated it. Like, really hated it.

*Watch Ralph Fiennes almost win an Oscar in the English Patient and judge for yourself.


Barbara Billingsley 1915 – sweet potato casserole

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*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 – Jean-Michael Basquiat 1960

Review –

  • Ask great questions
  • Jordin Sparks workout
  • Have self-acceptance
  • Take a risk on an investment
  • Watch The English Patient
  • Make sweet potato casserole

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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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