December 9



John Malkovich 1953

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What single thing would improve the quality of your life? “If one could shut off the modern world and all the information that flows, not necessarily into your brain but at your face, and doesn’t benefit anything or make one better informed.”

*Be John Malkovich and look to improve the quality of your life today. For as long as you can, shut off the modern world of social media. See if you can go all day.


Dick Butkus 1942

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Butkus did not workout during his playing days, can you imagine how unfair it would have been if he did?

*We are almost to the end of the year. Look in the mirror with your shirt off.

What are your thoughts?

BONUS: McKayla Maroney 1995

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“I ran on a treadmill to get back the flow of my runs; my rhythm was way off. I also rode the bike because doing so put less pressure on my joints. I also did gymnastic-centric moves like jumping on a mat to work on my balance and focused on my flexibility.”

*If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, get back on track like Maroney did. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.


Donny Osmond 1957

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“My faith also really helped me, though for a time, I wondered why my prayers were not being answered.  I have come to know that God gives each of us challenges to overcome, maybe to keep us humble and learn to rely on the love and forgiveness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It has also become clear to me that a part of the divine plan is to help us grow, to become stronger, which, of course is facilitated by the challenges we face.”

*How did you use the challenges of today to grow and become stronger?

God is giving you challenges to keep you humble- rely on the love and forgiveness of your Savior.


Lori Greiner 1969

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“In business, there are no “nos.” There is just, “How can I?”

*Don’t take “no” for an answer. Spin it around and ask, “How can I make things work?”


Judi Dench 1934 – watch Shakespeare in Love

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*Watch Judi Dench win an Oscar (nominated 7 times) in Shakespeare in Love.


Redd Foxx 1922 – Sanford and Son Mofongo

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Fred and Lamont’s new Puerto Rican neighbor, Julio Fuentes invites Lamont over for dinner. Lamont explains to Fred that Julio made “a dish of some stuff that was terrific” about mofongo.

*Make mofongo and wash it down with Fred G. Sanford’s favorite – Ripple.

SNUB – Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo) 1962 and Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland) 1978

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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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