December 27



Hayley Williams 1988

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“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is, “It’s okay.” It’s okay for me to be kind to myself. It’s okay to be wrong. It’s okay to get mad. It’s okay to be flawed. It’s okay to be happy. It’s okay to move on.”

*It’s okay for you to be kind to yourself today.


Bill Goldberg 1966

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Bill Goldberg

  • never trains longer than one hour per session.
  • drinks up to 15 bottles of water per day.
  • lots of naps

*Lift for an hour today. Drink 15 bottles of water and take a nap – don’t wet the bed.


Jamaal Charles 1986

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A learning disability eroded his confidence in all that he did.

Charles ultimately took flight because of a nurturing extended family, plus teachers and friends in special education classes. Classes that led him to what he considered a life-changing opportunity to compete in Special Olympics at age 10.

*What used to (or still does) erode your confidence? Who are the people that let you take flight? What was your life=changing opportunity? Or are you still waiting for it to happen? Jamaal Charles gives back to Special Olympics still today. What can you give back to those who helped you most?


Savannah Guthrie 1971

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“For some reason, I never forgot the time he took my sister and me to the movies when we were little. We were just beyond the age where we could have gotten those “under 10” tickets for a few dollars less. I remember asking my dad, “Why don’t you just get the kids’ tickets? The cashier probably won’t know how old we are.” I’ll never forget what he said: “I’m not going to sell my soul for 2 dollars.”

*Don’t sell your soul for any amount of money.


John Amos 1939 – watch Roots

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*Watch as much of the original Roots series as you can today.


Noah Cappe 1977 – sweet potato ice cream

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Sweet potato pie ice cream was the first treat that Noah mentioned when asked what dish he loved the most.

BONUS: Louis Pasteur 1822

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*In honor of Louis Pasteur’s birthday, used Pasteurized milk to make one of Noah Cappe’s favorite carnival treats.

SNUB – Carson Palmer 1979

Review –

  • It’s okay to be kind to yourself
  • Lift for 1 hour
  • Give back to those who helped you most
  • Don’t sell your soul over money
  • Watch Roots
  • Make sweet potato ice cream

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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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