September 6



Jane Addams 1860

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“Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.”

*Don’t give up. The world needs what you have to offer.


Idris Elba 1972

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“I was always a real athletic kid,” “Then when I got older, I just figured it was part of life to keep training. “It’s a great way to stay active and burn hundreds of calories without even knowing it.”

*Sign up to play on a team in a league. For me it’s a basketball league at the local YMCA. This gives me something to look forward to and continue training for. 


Ryan Shazier 1992

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When life changes before you and fear grips you cling to the Lord who understands your every need, question and heart’s cry. I’m trusting God for a better tomorrow.#prayfor50 #Shalieve

*Shazier’s father sent out the above tweet in asking for prayers for his son who was paralyzed on the football field. Ryan Shazier danced at his wedding a year and a half after the injury. Trust in God for a better tomorrow. Go Steelers!


Naomie Harris 1976

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“I was very lucky because I started earning at nine and I saved all my income so that when I turned 18 and needed to go to university, it was all there. I always had a really strong work ethic. I didn’t need to rely on anybody else financially and I couldn’t anyway – that was never really an option – but I had a strong belief in myself that I could do it on my own. And that’s what got me through.”

*Have a strong belief in yourself that your work ethic makes it so you don’t have to rely on anyone else financially.


Roger Waters 1943 – listen to Pink Floyd

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*Listen to Pink Floyd until you “get it”.

BONUS: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris share a birthday and co-star in the Oscar nominated Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


Pippa Middleton 1983 – chicken and leek casserole

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“Healthy food is not just good for you but can also be fun to prepare and delicious to eat.”

*Make some healthy food like Pippa’s chicken and leek casserole.

SNUB – Kerry Katona 1980

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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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