May 6

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Sigmund Freud 1856

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“We are what we are because we have been what we have been”

Our past conditions us much more than we think. In fact, if we want to understand why we are at some point in our lives, we will be forced to look back, scrutinizing our past experiences and decisions. However, once we are aware of this influence, we can get rid of it and trace the life we ​​want. Our past is there, but we are not chained to the destiny.

*You are not chained to your past. It is not your future. Get rid of your past and start tracing the life that you want today.


Chris Paul 1985

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If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, it really takes planning—and I mean we plan everything else in our life, so you have to plan your food. If not, when you get hungry you’re just gonna stop at the fast food joint.

*Plan your healthy lifestyle. Meal prep for the entire week.


Rubin Carter 1937

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“Rubin, my Christian name, comes from the Book of Genesis, chapter 29, verse 32, of the Holy Scriptures. Other than both of us being black, that’s about the only thing the Bible and I ever had in common.

*Watch the movie The Hurricane and see why Carter feels this way.


Willie Mays 1931

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Mays had to finance his retirement by hiring on (at a $100,000 salary) as a “greeter” at a gambling casino

*How will you have to finance your retirement? Hopefully with proper planning, you won’t have to finance your retirement at all – just enjoy it.


George Clooney 1961 – watch Syriana

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“Syriana”’s confusing complexity is ironic, because its message is simple.  In “Traffic,” Gaghan showed us how complex the drug problem is, and how it’s driven by American demand.  Here, he attempts to do the same thing, hammering the point that as long as America is greedy for oil, corruption will abound.

*Watch George Clooney win an Oscar in Syriana.


Bob Seger 1945 – The Bob Seger pulled pork sandwich

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The Bob Seger

Our pulled pork that is sauteed in our memphis sauce and topped with our homemade slaw. there’s no ramblin’ gamblin’ about this sandwich, it’s one of a kind

*Listen to Bob Seger while making The Bob Seger pulled pork sandwich. It will move your soul.

SNUB – Naomi Scott

Review –

  • Get rid of your past
  • Plan your healthy lifestyle
  • Watch The Hurricane
  • Plan for retirement
  • Watch Syriana
  • Make The Bob Seger pulled pork sandwich

May 5

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Karl Marx 1818

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To put it nicely, Karl Marx did not like Capitalism. He believed it was exploitive, self-destructive and a “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie”, which would eventually be overthrown because of the inevitable internal conflicts between classes.

*Like it or not, you live in a capitalist nation. You can complain about it or become a capitalist yourself, make money, and create jobs.


John L. Leal 1858 – Drink water

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I think that promoting a water treatment process that saves millions of lives qualifies Leal to be known as a Hero of Public Health.

*Drink at least 8 glasses of water today, and every day going forward. (Ignore if in Mexico for Cinco De Mayo)


Brian Williams 1959

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When confronted with a copy of a document which he could not deny signing, Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News broke down in tears and admitted he had sold his eternal soul to White House political strategist Karl Rove.

*I loved watching NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams every weeknight at 6:30. It was heartbreaking to learn that he had sold his eternal soul and would lose his job as a result. NOTHING is worth selling your soul for.


John Stetson 1830

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His aim “to do good work at fair prices” as well as his taking good care of his employees, their families and the factory neighborhood non-employees, separated this man form the usual manufacturers of the time.

*“Do good work at fair prices” is a pretty good business model. Take care of your employees and their families too. Wear a Stetson hat on this day, every year.


Adele 1988

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In a 377-word letter about the Hello singer – published in Time magazine – Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence revealed that as well as being a fantastic mother, and all round global icon, Adele is still as down to earth as ever.

*Hello. Listen to Adele all day.


James Beard 1903 – tacos al pastor

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The James Beard Foundation offers current culinary students the opportunity to work side by side with some of the best culinary minds in the world through our Kitchen Volunteer Program.

*Become one of the best culinary minds in the world and make these tacos on Cinco De Mayo from the one and only James Beard.

SNUB – Chris Brown

Review –

  • Be a capitalist
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Don’t sell your soul
  • Do good work at fair prices
  • Listen to Adele
  • Make tacos al pastor


May 4

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Horace Mann 1796

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Mann’s commitment to the Common School sprang from his belief that political stability and social harmony depended on education: a basic level of literacy and the inculcation of common public ideals. He declared, “Without undervaluing any other human agency, it may be safely affirmed that the Common School…may become the most effective and benignant of all forces of civilization.”

*I teach high school U.S. History, so I am around public education all of the time. Inquire about volunteering with a local public school. It will be an eye-opening and rewarding experience – but mostly eye-opening. If you haven’t done so yet, start saving to send your kids to private school.


Rory McIlroy 1989

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It was a sportsman’s workout filled with specific moves to help build stability, strength, flexibility and speed. It may have only lasted around 35 minutes in total but the intensity was enough to make even Rory breathe a little harder.

*Build stability, strength, flexibility, and speed with this workout in just 35 minutes. This workout will get you breathing harder and ready to play like Rory. (Or as my mom calls him – Roy)


Keith Haring 1958

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His paintings and sculptures became very expensive. He wanted everyone to be able to buy his work, so he opened a new store called the Pop Shop to sell his art on posters, buttons, T-shirts, and games.

He also worked with children in schools to paint large murals with them, and he made paintings and sculptures for schools and hospitals in many places.

*Buy a Haring t-shirt and wear it proudly on this day, knowing that the money went to helping kids.


Erin Andrews 1978

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She’ll have to pay the lawyers. It is virtually certain that Andrews’ lawyers took the case on contingency, which means they’ll be paid a percentage of the settlement.

At least she won’t have to pay taxes: The good news for Andrews is that personal injury court verdicts are typically tax free.

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million in her lawsuit against the owners of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and a hotel guest who used a hacksaw to tamper with her room’s peephole and record a naked video of her.

This case is a shocking wake-up call to employers to solidify your workplace expectations and culture, develop a robust complaint and investigation process, and shore up your codes of conduct and harassment policies.

*With fame, comes opportunities to be exploited. With owning a business, comes opportunities to be sued for something that one of your employees or customers have done. Solidify your workplace expectations and culture before even opening.


Audrey Hepburn 1929 – watch Roman Holiday

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Gregory Peck already had 18 films and four Oscar nominations under his belt when he was paired with Audrey Hepburn, a newcomer who’d had small roles in a handful of movies but nothing substantial. Given his status, it’s no surprise Peck’s contract called for solo top billing in the credits. But shortly after shooting began, Peck called his agent and said Hepburn’s name should appear with his above the title. The agent: “You can’t do that.” Peck: “Oh, yes I can. And if I don’t, I’m going to make a fool out of myself, because this girl is going to win the Oscar in her very first performance.” So maybe he was being pragmatic more than generous, but still. Stand-up guy, that Peck (and a bit of a prophet, too).

*Watch Audrey Hepburn win an Oscar in Roman Holiday.


Lance Bass 1979 – pan fried largemouth bass

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It’s Friday night and you just got paid: What food item are you splurging on?
It’s definitely got to be seafood. I love crab legs and any kind of sushi. Fresh tuna is one of my favorites. And if you put truffle on anything, it makes it fancy.

*Listen to some N’Sync while making this pan fried largemouth Lance Bass. Put truffle on it to make it fancy. Enjoy it while watching Roman Holiday.

SNUB – Kimora Lee Simmons

Review –

  • Volunteer at your local public school
  • Rory McIlroy workout
  • Buy a Keith Haring t-shirt
  • Solidify your workplace expectations
  • Watch Roman Holiday
  • Make pan-fried largemouth Lance bass

May 3

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Niccolo Machiavelli 1469

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They found Machiavellians’ brains went into overdrive when they encountered a partner who exhibited signs of being fair and cooperative.

*A good day to harness your inner Machiavellian brain, learn to sell, and watch Mad Men.


Cheryl Burke 1984

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“Dancing is the best exercise,” Cheryl says. “Not only is it great cardio, but it works everything, strengthening your whole body.”,,20307347,00.html

*Take your better half dancing tonight.


James Brown 1933 – The Godfather of Soul

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He was variously tagged “Soul Brother Number One,” “the Godfather of Soul,” “the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Mr. Dynamite” and even “the Original Disco Man.” This much is certain: what became known as soul music in the Sixties, funk music in the Seventies and rap music in the Eighties is directly attributable to James Brown.

*Listen to the Godfather of Soul James Brown, until you can scream – “I feel good!”


Damon Dash 1971

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Dame Dash: The new business model is managing your audience directly. Learn how to sell products, experiences and merchandise direct-to-consumer.

Perhaps the most important subject you can study is sales. Yet many of the smartest students avoid learning it, and some of the best colleges shun teaching it. Successful people learn how to sell one way or the other. If they do not learn a formal process as outlined in this post, they may make costly mistakes and develop bad habits. If you want to increase your chances of success in business and in life, it will greatly help you to learn the sales process and practice it so it becomes part of your marketing DNA.

*Increase your chances of success in business and in life, learn to sell, sell, sell.


Christina Hendricks 1975 – watch Mad Men

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Actress Christina Hendricks, named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire magazine, is known for playing Joan Holloway on the TV series Mad Men.

*Watch as many episodes of Mad Men as you can today.


Ann B. Davis 1926 – pork chops and apple sauce

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Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis is best known for playing the wise-cracking, live-in housekeeper Alice on the 1970s television sitcom The Brady Bunch.

*Just like the Brady Bunch – eat your pork chops with apple sauce – while watching Mad Men. Wash it down with a…

Gin Gimlet: Joan Holloway

If there is ever a hair out of line, Joan would be the first to know. Sweet with a kick, a gin Gimlet consists of gin, simple syrup, and lime juice. It may be sweeter than most cocktails but don’t let it deceive you. Just like Joan, this drink looks innocent, but is all business. If you like to take control, and run the show, all while maintaining perfect etiquette, you’re just like Joan and this is your drink.

SNUB – Bing Crosby

Review  –

  • Harness your Machiavellian brain
  • Dance
  • Listen to The Godfather of Soul
  • Learn to sell
  • Watch Mad Men
  • Make pork chops and applesauce

May 2

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Catherine the Great 1729

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Catherine the Great is one of those fascinating figures whose political power was often overshadowed by scandal. She did not, as popularly rumored, die attempting to have sex with a horse, but her real life was way more interesting. She had twelve well-known affairs, illegitimate children (no one’s totally sure which ones)

*This DYK may not be suitable for work, but it definitely is a conversation starter.


Shaun T 1978

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You don’t need a gym membership to get your best body back! Tone your belly, butt, arms and legs in only 15 minutes with this miracle workout from fitness guru Shaun T.

*Try this 15 minute workout while watching the video. This almost killed me.


Saint Catherine Laboure 1806

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Believe it or not, after 141 years, her body is still in perfect condition. You can find her encased in a glass coffin at the altar in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at 140 Rue du Bac in Paris, France.

Labouré said Mary told her those three images she presented to her needed to become medallions so people could receive “great graces.

The Miraculous Medal is the most popular religious medal in the world, and for good reason: it comes from Heaven! offers thousands of Miraculous Medals, including 14K Gold, Sterling Silver and more.

The Medal’s Divine Origins

The Miraculous Medal originated in Paris, France, in the year 1830, after St. Catherine Labouré experienced an apparition of the Virgin Mary. “God wishes to charge you with a mission,” Our Lady said to Catherine.

*God wishes to charge you with a mission today – buy a Miraculous Medal to wear and maybe your body will stay intact after 141 years.


James Dyson 1947

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I became obsessed. It took five years of doing nothing but making and testing prototypes. My wife supported us by teaching art. She was wonderful. But most other people thought I was mad.

*The success of your business will be determined by your obsession with it and the support received towards it. Don’t worry about what people think. I am obsessed with 365DOLF. I’m not worried about who supports me or what others may think. I’m in it to win it.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 1972 watch Moana

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“There are mornings in life where there are no words.. this is not one of those mornings,” he captioned the photo. “Jazzy, let daddy tell you his goals.”

He went on to list out his hopes for his daughter as she grows. What’s great about his list is that they’re all goals very specifically geared towards feminist parenting and raising a strong, independent young woman. Those goals include firm hand shakes and eye contact by 5 and being a literal ladyboss by 10.

*The Rock could represent every category – especially the BODY. Maybe get an extra weight room workout in in his honor. Check out his website and realize that at one point he was down to 7 bucks – good for MONEY and SOUL. At some point, watch him (hear him) in Moana.


David Beckham 1975 – risotto

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The F Word segment is supposed to be about the pair competing to make a risotto but mostly consists of the two of them exchanging verbal barbs. Beckham even remarks that his wife thought a fish Ramsay once made her was “undercooked,” to the shock (and laughter) of the pro-chef.

*He’s maybe the most popular soccer player of his generation and he even went toe to toe with Chef Gordon Ramsay. Enjoy Beckham’s risotto while watching Moana.


The Rock, is an American actor and former professional wrestler who has a net worth of $280 million dollars. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Dwayne Johnson earned $125 million, making him by far the highest paid actor on the planet.

David and Victoria Beckham: $900 million. Together, the Beckhams are just shy of $1 billion, with both having a hefty estimated net worth of $450 million each.

James Dyson



*I think I made the right choice for the MONEY section. Don’t forget to vacuum today.

SNUB – Donatella Versace

Review –

  • Catherine the Great DYK
  • Shaun T workout
  • God will give you a mission today
  • Your success is determined by your obsession
  • Watch Moana
  • Make David Beckham risotto

May 1

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Judith Sargent Murray 1751

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A staunch believer in improved educational opportunities for women, Murray’s essays were vital to the post-Revolutionary notion of “Republican Motherhood.” Advocates, notably Abigail Adams and Murray, argued that the success of the new nation required intelligent and virtuous citizens—and since the education of patriotic sons (future voters) rested with mothers, women should be educated.

Only when women and girls have full access to their rights – from equal pay and land ownership rights to sexual rights, freedom from violence, access to education, and maternal health rights – will true equality exist.

*Be an intelligent and virtuous citizen today. Realize that women and girls deserve true equality and think about donating to today.


Wes Welker 1981

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“You can’t throw away a day at the gym with a greasy burger,” Welker said of his commitment to more healthy eating.

*After your day at the gym, do not eat a greasy burger. Simple enough.


George Inness 1825

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His own late paintings were not literal transcriptions of nature but evocations of spiritual truth. One painter friend provided a key to Inness’s Eventide, Tarpon Springs, Florida: “He who would know its profundities must sit with it, dream with it, and so he shall come to know that true art bears a message to the Soul of man.”

*Look at George Inness’s art today and see if it bears a message to your soul.


Anna Jarvis 1864

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Jarvis insisted Mother’s Day “to be a day of sentiment, not profit.” Jarvis soon soured on the commercial interests associated with the day.

*Mother’s Day is on May 12 this year. Shop for her today and make your plans to spend the big day with her, not spending a fortune on her. She won’t mind.


Tim McGraw 1967

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He has routinely been cited as one of the biggest touring artists in the history of country music.

*Listen to Tim McGraw, or better yet watch one of his concerts on-line.


Kate Smith 1907 – coffee cake

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Kate’s career came to an end on a high note when she sang her version of “God Bless America” for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. This inspired the team to go on to win two successive Stanley Cups (1974 and 1975). Kate was named Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1976. And on July 4th of that same year, Kate sang “God Bless America” one last time. After a long battle with diabetes, she passed away on June 17, 1986 in Raleigh, NC.

*Listen to a mix of Tim McGraw and Kate Smith while making her coffee cake. Go easy with the sugar.

SNUB – Calamity Jane

Review –

  • Be an intelligent and virtuous citizen
  • Work out and don’t eat a cheeseburger
  • Look at the artwork of George Inness
  • Make plans for Mother’s Day (May 12)
  • Listen to Tim McGraw
  • Make Kate Smith Coffee Cake

April Inventory

Ways that I LIVED FAMOUSLY throughout the month of April.

  • Took a test
  • Watched Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town
  • Made “tootless beans”
  • Made Alec Guinness stew
  • Realized that I am a “cultural christian”
  • Made Psycho Tuna
  • Had more passion, compassion, humor, and style
  • Moved more, drank right, snacked smart
  • Listened to Pharrell
  • Had “Sprezzatura”
  • Made turkey tacos
  • Watched Ant Man
  • Gladiator workout
  • Went off script
  • Made chicken pan-sagna
  • Rested on the Sabbath
  • Listened to Staind
  • Had Curiosita
  • Watched The Disaster Artist
  • Listened to Selena
  • Made Sean Bean’s Sunday Roast
  • Got a massage
  • Went on a “staycation”
  • Watched Blue Sky
  • Stationary bike workout
  • Watched Split
  • Made Lenin Milk Soup with Dumplings
  • Started reading Hamlet
  • Listened to Roy Orbison
  • Made Apees
  • Used a point system for eating
  • Made baked chicken
  • Listened to Ella Fitzgerald
  • Researched a perfect place to live – Bocas del Toro, Panama
  • Listened to TLC
  • Watched Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Made a Durward Kirby Burger and a $5 milkshake
  • Worked on my side hustle
  • Gave up sweets for Lent
  • Drypril – no booze in the month of April