“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives,”
*As a citizen of the world, work each day on fostering an inclusive culture where everyone should have a fair shot at achieving their greatest potential. And this includes you! Watch the movie 42 for inspiration.
Kerry Washington 1977
“With Pilates, I get to bring my true self. I cry, I laugh. I get to go: Where is my body today? What do I need today? How can I take care of myself and push myself past my comfort zone? How can I be both loving and challenging?”
*Take care of yourself and push past your comfort zone with a Pilates class. As always, start with an introductory class where applicable.
Ernie Banks 1931
*Have Ernie Bank’s “let’s play two” eagerness today. Embrace today’s challenges with a smile and an enthusiasm and love of life.
Nolan Ryan 1947
“I didn’t retire,” he said. “I just don’t play baseball.”
*Don’t retire – just don’t do your current job any more.
Justin Timberlake 1981
“I’m here to tell you that you and your choices matter,”
*You may have had your fill of listening to boy bands a few days ago, so focus on JT’s solo work today.
Portia de Rossi 1973 – vegan red beans and rice
“I’ve always seen myself as an animal lover, but honestly, my affection didn’t extend to all animals.”
*Look at FDR’s proposal for a Second Bill of Rights. Take today to write down how you can improve on all 6 of these ideals.
Christian Bale 1974
“I tie a plastic ice pack around my face and commence with the morning’s stretching exercises. Afterwards I stand in front of a chrome and acrylic Wash mobile bathroom sink – with soap dish, cup holder, and railings that serve as towel bars, which I bought at Hastings Tile to use while the marble sinks I ordered from Finland are being sanded – and stare at my reflection with the ice pack still on. I pour some Plax antiplaque formula into a stainless-steel tumbler and swish it around my mouth for thirty seconds.”
*In honor of Fred Korematsu, email his institute and let them know that you’d like to help out next year on this date. This is a way to help maintain civil liberties by donating time and not money.
Vanessa Redgrave 1937
Redgrave needs the money, they say, because she earned little during her exile, insists on doing low-paying theatrical productions and continues to pump much of her income into causes.
*Even Oscar winning actors need to continue to earn money, especially if they plan on giving to causes.
Dick Cheney 1941 – watch Vice
*Christian Bale shares a birthday with the man he portrays in the movie Vice. Enjoy this award-winning move today.
Gene Hackman 1930 – Popeye’s chicken sandwich
“Popeye Doyle, the New York narc created by Gene Hackman in ‘The French Connection,’ was the most compelling of characters, a man driven by violent hungers that had little to do with his job as a cop.”
Alvin C. Copeland Sr., opens “Chicken on the Run” in New Orleans
After several months of lackluster performance, he reopens the restaurant as “Popeye’s” (after Popeye Doyle of The French Connection), selling spicy, New Orleans-style chicken.
*Use that violent hunger to go get a Popeye’s chicken sandwich.
SNUB – Phil Collins 1951 – listen to “In the Air Tonight” to go to sleep tonight.
*Get up. Step Out. Live fully. Repeat this each day – this is life.
Heather Graham 1970 – yoga
“Yoga is my obsession. I love it! I would rather be doing yoga than most other things.”
*Yoga is a workout that is suggested on a regular basis. If it is suggested so much, it must work. Find a Yoga studio that you like and use it throughout this year. Maybe it will become your obsession.
Harriet Tubman 1820 (maybe)
“Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” ~Harriet Tubman
*Have a deep and abiding faith that guides you. The same God that helped guide Harriet Tubman, guides you. Don’t ever stop. Keep going.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1874
*Follow the example of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and start tithing today. Set up to have 10% of your salary directly donated to your church or a cause or charity that you have a strong feeling for. This is good for your soul and you’ll be surprised how it ends up helping your money.
Tom Selleck 1945 – watch Magnum P.I.
*Watch as much of the original Magnum P.I. as you can today, while growing an epic mustache.
*Do you want to sound smart about art? At least about Jackson Pollock on his birthday. Take the above course on him through Khan Academy. If you are young, you know all about Khan Academy. If you’re older, you’ll be upset that it wasn’t available when you were in school.
Andre Iguodala 1984
Iguodala has a strict “no screens, no lights” bedtime routine that involves “shutting down all the phones, putting everything on airplane mode, getting my alarm clock set, and taking a couple deep breaths.
“Sleep more and work out more.”
*When you go to bed tonight, perform Andre Iguodala’s nightly routine to get more sleep and don’t forget to work out more too.
Gregg Popovich 1949
“Win the championship? I don’t know, but it’s not a priority in my life. I’d be much happier if I knew that my players were going to make society better, who had good families and who took care of the people around them.”
*Take today to make society better. Work on making your family better. Take care of the people around you. Work hard at your job or business, but stay focused on being more than successful in your job.
Carlos Slim 1940
Invest in areas that customers find it difficult to avoid you
Carlos has invested in real estate, bakeries, telecoms, education institutions, healthcare, fashion, museums etc. By doing this, he is serving his customers every day in different ways. People joke that: Mexico should be renamed “Slimlandia” because it is impossible to avoid contributing to his vast empire.
*It’s never been easier to invest. Invest online and focus on areas that people can’t avoid. As you go through your day, observe what people “have” to do (cell phones, groceries, gas, etc.)
Nick Carter 1988
Joey Fatone 1977
*Boy bands were never better than at the height of the Backstreet Boys and Nsync. With Nick Carter and Joey Fatone sharing a birthday, enjoy a mix of both groups and decide for yourself which one was best.
Ariel Winter 1998
“I tried it recently and I just fell in love with it,” Winter said. “I go through stages like every three months, I pick a new favorite food and it’s currently mint chocolate chip ice cream. So I have six different companies of mint chocolate chip ice cream in my freezer currently.”
*Get some mint chocolate chip ice cream and watch Winter in Modern Family
*You would think that the greatest labor leader in American history would have nothing but liberal thoughts. Gompers is an interesting mix of fighting for the rights of labor while being against welfare programs. This ties into his political non partisanship and could be a lesson for today – to not choose party over what is best for the country.
Rosamund Pike 1979
The Rosamund Pike workout is a basic weight lifting regime: squats, dead lifts, lunges, curls and other simple moves — but Pike was maxing out (that’s lifting as much as is physically possible for you) in eight repetitions.
*Max out on squats, dead lifts, lunges, and curls. Record what your max is on these lifts and look for improvement later this year. Watch Gone Girl for inspiration.
John Chivington 1821
*John Chivington chose his commitment to the US Military and the extermination of Native Americans over the morality of killing women and children. Even as a Methodist minister, he chose country over God. Take today to think about the choices you make each day that put your relationship with God secondary.
Art Rooney 1901
Rooney never held a “regular” job in his life, except for a half day. He worked one morning in a steel mill, then quit. “I never even went back for my paycheck,” he later recalled.
*Never holding a “regular” job is what 365DOLF is all about. Find your passion like Art Rooney, and become legendary at it. Go Steelers!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756
*Listen to Mozart and let his intelligence rub off on you.
Lewis Carroll 1832 – Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
*Have friends over for an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. If you’re caught up on your reading, start reading the book by Lewis Carroll today.
*Today is the day to learn a new trick to use all year long. If you are in an unwinnable situation, don’t just quit or give up, say “I shall return.” This reminds you to revisit the situation when you are more prepared and this time conquer it. Try this the next time you are in an argument and the other person won’t listen to reason.
Wayne Gretzky 1961
“When you’re 6 years old, you want to do what makes you the happiest, and for me, it was to be able to skate in the backyard.”
*Think about when you were 6 years old. What made you happiest? That is your workout today. Maybe you’re like Gretzky – find a local ice rink and go skating. Maybe roller skating? I’m going to get a Nerf basketball hoop and shoot hoops in my living room for hours.
Louis Zamperini 1917
Zamperini: The one thing he said that shook me up was, “When people come to the end of their rope and there’s nowhere else to turn, they turn to God.” I thought, That’s what I did on the raft. All I did was pray to God, every day. In prison camp, the main prayer was, “Get me home alive, God, and I’ll seek you and serve you.” I came home, got wrapped up in the celebration, and forgot about the hundreds of promises I’d made to God.
*I highly suggest reading the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I hate to sound cliché, but the movie really doesn’t do it justice. Think about, in times of desperation, when you made promises to God. Take today to follow through on one of those promises. Seek God and serve him today.
Paul Newman 1925
Since 1982, Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $495 million to charity.
*In The Color of Money you’ll learn that “money won is twice as sweet as money earned”. I think we can also learn from Paul Newman that giving money to those who are less fortunate is three times as sweet. Find a way to win some money today and donate that money to Newman’s Own Foundation. Buy some Newman’s Own products today for future recipes.
Kirk Franklin 1970
*Listen to Kirk Franklin songs and be entertained while soothing your soul.
Ellen DeGeneres 1958 – vegan tacos
Love who you are.
“It’s not up to me to question why, who or how I am. I just accept who I am, and I don’t judge myself.”
*Enjoy Ellen’s favorite tacos while loving who you are. You can judge these vegan tacos, but don’t judge yourself.
SNUB – Vince Carter 1977 – In 2020, Kobe died on his birthday.
In 1788 Robert Burns sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper. The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.
*Take today to look back over the events of this year…all 24 days of them. Reflect on what you’ve liked about 365DOLF and the things that you are going to continue to do throughout the rest of this year.
Steve Prefontaine 1951
“Stress, re-cover, improve, that’s all training is,”
*Stress your body by running 3.1 miles, then recover, then improve on your time the next time you run.
Virginia Woolf 1886
Virginia’s suicide note to Leonard, written before she drowned herself in the River Ouse in March 1941 is testament to that closeness: “What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good . . . I don’t think two people could have been happier.”
*Wolf suggests that you are not getting older, but that your soul is changing. Suffering from mental illness throughout her life led to her suicide. How is your soul changing? What if you were to write a letter to the person that you love the most, what would you tell them? How have they helped shape your soul?
William Colgate 1783
Colgate remembered the encouraging words of his mother and also the words of a boat captain he had met. They both told him to earn his way by working hard and by being honest in his business dealings.
*As you brush your teeth this morning, think about the best advice that someone has given you about working hard and being honest. What are your Colgate values? Either as an employer or employee, what is going to be at the heart of your success?
Alicia Keys 1981
*Listen to Alicia Keys and let her distill the chaos of today while connecting you to another.
Marcus Samuelsson 1971 – Swedish Meatballs
“My perfect weekend is to play soccer with my friends and then cook for them. My wife, Maya, and I entertain friends from all over the world, so it is great to cook something that might be familiar to them, yet has been prepared in a completely different way.”
In 1885 she married Edward Robbins (Teddy) Wharton. Though imperfectly suited for each other, the couple filled their early married years with travel, houses, and dogs.
*My advice to anyone who is or wants to be married, is to find that common interest and have it be the guiding light of your marriage. Maybe like Edith Wharton it could be travel, houses, and dogs.
Tatyana Ali 1979
“Health, to me, is more mental and spiritual than physical,” says Ali. “But with the physical, I drink lots of water and sleep. You don’t have to be out all the time. Go home and go to sleep. If you’re comfortable with yourself and you’re being yourself then your health will radiate.”
*Drink lots of water throughout today. Catch up on your sleep tomorrow – sleep off your hangover.
Oral Roberts 1919
Welcome to the Oral Roberts Ministries Prayer Group. Here at ORM we believe in prayer! We believe that prayer is the key that unlocks the throne of God’s mercy.
*Go to the website and send a prayer request. Whatever is weighing most on your mind today, use the Oral Roberts website to help in prayer.
Neil Diamond 1941
Neil Diamond may have set a new trend in the music world by giving an unprecedented refund to his fans after performing with a raspy voice.
“Songwriting gives me the greatest joy, the greatest sense of accomplishment, the sense that my life does have some purpose, although I don’t fully understand it right now. It’s what I am.”
*Set a trend like Neil Diamond and always give refunds when the customer hasn’t received your best. Hopefully you are striving to do what gives you the greatest joy and the greatest sense of accomplishment for a living.
Ed Helms 1974 – watch The Hangover
*Get together with your wolf pack and watch The Hangover. Booze it up so you can experience a hangover tomorrow morning. You’ve been working hard and you deserve to let loose. Make a dentist appointment for 2/13 at 2:30.
John Belushi 1949 – Billy Goat Cheezborger
THE BUN Kaiser
THE PICKLES Kosher Dill Pickle Cheeps
THE MEAT Fresh. Never Frozen. All-natural. 100% Beef
*On John Belushi’s birthday, make Billy Goat Tavern cheezborgers. Try not to yell out “food fight” as you and your wolf pack watch The Hangover and maybe follow it up with Animal House and/or The Blues Brothers
Wash it down with some Hangover Roofied Jager shots.
A Doctor’s Advice
The worst hangover booze on earth: Jäger.
“All of my worst cases have included the stuff. Germans, they don’t even drink it! It’s practically diesel.”
“Another day, a whole ‘nother set of fresh possibilities … I’m a sucker for mornings.” – MacGyver
*Be a sucker for this morning as a new beginning. Watch an episode of MacGyver and it will help you realize that you can overcome any obstacle today.
Walter Frederick Morrison 1920
When Walter Morrison died in 2010, his family cremated him and turned him into the very toy Morrison invented in 1955, then under the name Pluto Platter.
It would later become one of the most successful toys of all-time under the new name adopted by Wham-O: the Frisbee.
*Go outside with a friend and throw a Frisbee around. Take today to think about your funeral arrangements.
Chesley Sullenberger 1951
*For an uplifting story, you can watch the movie Sully or read some blogs from the birthday boy himself.
John Hancock 1737
“John Hancock” is synonymous with “signature.”
*What will your name be synonymous with when you are gone? At the very least, you can leave a legacy of some financial independence to those you have left behind. Take today to focus on your life insurance and if it will be enough to provide for your family after your passing. Use the John Hancock website on his birthday to research not only life insurance but also investing and retirement plans.
Mariska Hargitay 1964 – watch Law and Order SVU
*I can almost guarantee you that it is on TV somewhere right now.
Tiffani Thiessen 1974 – Mom’s Cream Cheese Pie
NATIONAL PIE DAY
National Pie Day is celebrated annually on January 23rd.
“It’s important for me to recognize how my life has changed since becoming a mother. The role of mom, more than any I’ve played as an actress, has given me new levels of comfort, joy, love and belonging beyond any measure of words, time or space.”
*Enjoy Tiffani Thiessan’s mom’s cream cheese pie with your mom on National Pie Day.
Bacon, “more fully than any man of his time, entertained the idea of the universe as a problem to be solved, examined, meditated upon, rather than as an eternally fixed stage upon which man walked.”
*Take today to look at the world around you as a problem to be solved, examined, and meditated upon. In fact, meditate right now for just two minutes. Get to a quiet place and close your eyes for two minutes. Try to shut out the rest of the world and see what answers you come up with.
Diane Lane 1965
Diane Lane’s diet is based on portion control. This type of diet allows Diane to eat whatever she likes as long as it is kept in small amounts.
*No love is ever wasted, but don’t be afraid to waste food. Today’s message is about portion control. Practice this with all of your meals today and especially with the blonde brownies for dessert.
Linda Blair 1959
“I was not raised Catholic so I didn’t have any answers, and I certainly didn’t understand a lot of what was happening in the story either. We didn’t talk about any of these things – God, the devil, evil – before we started shooting, and I really didn’t ask any questions either; to me it was just a character that was made up from special effects and not a symbol of something more like Regan has become over the years.
I feel that it’s my job to use my voice, my money and my charity to give people guidance as to how they can make a difference- whether it’s to rescue or adopt an animal, to volunteer in the community or to just keep our local food banks stocked. Animals and people out there are suffering, and we need to do something about it. You can find all the info on the official The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation website and through The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation Facebook page, too. I feel that it’s important that we all find a way to give back somehow.”
*Linda Blair took what could have been a negative and turned it into a positive. She could have shunned religion but instead has become a champion for helping communities find better ways to serve people and animals.
DJ Jazzy Jeff 1965
“My name used to be Mix Master Jeff, so to promote your name, you would go to the store to get your name out on your shirt, and it was pretty much 50 cents a letter. Mix Master Jeff is really, really long,” he laughed. “I shortened it to Jazzy Jeff because that was a little bit easier on my pocket.”
*As suggested, hopefully you are trying to become an entrepreneur and sometimes that entails cutting some corners to save money. DJ Jazzy Jeff has proven that to get started at least, sometimes cutting corners can work out for the best.
Steve Perry 1949 – listen to Journey
*Don’t stop believing and listen to Journey all day today.
Guy Fieri 1968 – blondies with dark roots
NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY
National Blonde Brownie Day on January 22 recognizes a treat often referred to as blondies.
Blonde brownies are similar to the traditional brownies known almost everyone. In place of cocoa, brown sugar is used, giving it a sweet tooth-satisfying molasses flavor!
*The fact that Guy Fieri was born on Blonde Brownie Day is proof to me that 365DOLF had to be written. Enjoy his “Blondies with Dark Roots” recipe today. Think about getting a new hairstyle.
SNUB – John Hurt 1940
Look at the world around you as a problem to be solved