April 12



Ed O’Neil 1946

Jay lives in a big house with a beautiful wife. He has a pool, a dog, and a successful business. He is everything Al Bundy wanted to become but did not have the smarts, the drive, or the motivation to do.

*Watch an Episode of Married With Children and then one of Modern Family. This should motivate you to strive for a life like Jay Pritchett and NOT Al Bundy.

What are some steps you can make to be more like Jay and less like Al?


Brooklyn Decker 1987

Step 1: Jump Rope (100 jumps) []                      Step 2: Burpees (10 reps) []

Step 3: Jumping Jacks with 3-lb weights (25 reps) []

Step 4: Mountain Climbers (10 reps) []    Step 5: Squat Jumps (10 reps) []

*Do the above Brooklyn Decker workout to burn fat. Check all 5 of these off.


Katelyn Ohashi 1997

“I like to go to the beach and write, and I’ve been trying to focus on giving myself time to be alone.”

*Give yourself time to be alone today. Writing at the beach sounds good.


David Letterman 1947

Top Ten Things We Learned from David Letterman About Finance

#10       Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses

David Letterman was always his own man. His career was long because he didn’t compare himself to the Joneses. He won Emmys because he didn’t compete.

*How are you different?

Are you following your own unique path?

What could you eliminate in your life to stop “competing?”


Saoirse Ronan 1994

*Watch Saoirse Ronan almost win an Oscar in Little Women, or Lady Bird, or Brooklyn.


Andy Garcia 1956 – cream cheese flan

This is one of actor Andy Garcia’s favorite dishes; the recipe comes from his wife, Marivi.


BONUS: Claire Danes 1979 – salad from Omen restaurant in Soho

“I found myself fantasizing most heavily and most readily about this one salad I eat at a restaurant called Omen, a Japanese restaurant in Soho.”

Avocado & Arugula Salad with cucumber, red radish, oyster mushroom & sesame dressing

*Make yourself this Avocado & Arugula salad for dinner and then reward yourself with the cream cheese flan.

SNUB – Herbie Hancock 1940

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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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