April 13



Thomas Jefferson 1743

  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself
  3. Never spend your money before you have it
  4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap
  5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold
  6. We never repent of having eaten too little
  7. Nothing is troublesome that we do so willingly
  8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened
  9. Take things always by their smooth handle
  10. When angry, count ten, before you speak, if very angry, an hundred

*Pick one of the above Thomas Jefferson practical life lessons to focus on today.


Allison Williams 1988

“I do two different things. For cardio I do SoulCycle. Then I do Core Fusion. It mixes together Pilates and barre method.”

*SoulCycle and a Core Fusion workout. Find a class or an online workout.


Madalyn Murray O’Hair 1919

“An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An Atheist accepts that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on Earth – for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist accepts that he can get no help through prayer, but that he must find himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and to enjoy it. An Atheist accepts that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help lead to a life of fulfillment.”

*A true leap of faith for some may be that the above description of an Atheist sounds good. What are your thoughts?


John Paul DeJoria 1944

DeJoria, who grew up in the slums, co-founded Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron tequila.

“I lived off $2.50 per day. When you’re down and out, you make with what you have and you learn how to survive.”

*Make with what you have and survive for now. Your dream business is coming.


Ron Perlman 1950

*Watch Perlman win a Golden Globe as the Beast in the 1987 TV Series. The movie will be suggested in 2 days.


Baron Davis 1979

“When I was growing up, my grandmother cooked every day. Mac ‘n cheese, collard greens, all kinds of desserts. And she was the best vegetable maker in the world!”

*Ask your grandmother to make you all the above. Or you become the best vegetable maker in the world.

BONUS: John Paul DeJoria sold his 70% stake in Patron for $5.1 billion. So wash down dinner with a shot of Patron – with grandma.

SNUB – Alfred Mosher Butts 1898 – play scrabble with granny.

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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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