I asked my good friend, David Applegate, to describe a day in his lift at Taft Prison Camp. Since David surrendered he has foucsed on making the most of the experience. He is a mentor to other prisoners, and he has taken the time to better understand some of the decisions that led him to prison. I am proud to share his work and to have him as a client. JP

“Groundhog Day In Federal Prison

That’s how many of my fellow inmates describe their days here at the Taft Federal Prison Camp: the Bill Murray movie where every day is EXACTLY the same. And it’s easy to fall into that trap. After all, meals are at the same time every day; we are counted at the same time every day; we see the same people every day; we are in the same space every day; and the list goes on….

While there is no doubt I have given up some control being here, I do still have choices. Most importantly, I can choose what attitude I will have each day and each moment. And I have chosen to make the most out of the time I have here. How often in life do we have no responsibility and a nearly unlimited amount of time to reflect on the choices we have made and the ones we want to make?

So I don’t have a “typical” day although there ARE certain things I do almost every day. I usually wake up around 6am and the first thing I do is tell myself, “I will live today with honesty and integrity and my heart will focus on love and not fear.” I also work out almost every day including a mixture of aerobic cross training, resistance training and core strengthening. It’s important to stay as healthy as possible. It’s also almost always sunny here so I get a good dose of Vitamin D as well which helps with mood and sleep.

I have taken a number of classes since I have been here; all of which are taught by inmates. Currently I am in classes on culinary arts, food service entrepreneurship, viticulture, stock option trading and poetry. It’s almost like being in college again – except without the tests and grades! I have read over 120 books in the 17 months I’ve been here. Many of these have been in the “self-help/philosophical/ spiritual” category and a handful of these have been truly transformative in terms of helping me identify my issues and become the best version of me possible. Most importantly, I work really hard on maintaining my network of friends and colleagues on the outside. Keeping my “real life” going helps keep me grounded and I am able to do this through snail mail, email and visits. I am also extremely fortunate that I am able to share my journey with my network as Justin Paperny hosts my blog on his others prison consulting website at Etikallc.com/DavidApplegateBlog.

I try and focus on the things for which I am grateful and the list is long. At the end of each day, I reflect on the good things that happened that day and the good things in my life. And every night before I fall asleep, I offer a prayer to keep my husband, Ken safe from harm and to keep us close.”

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Justin Paperny is the cofounder of White Collar Advice (@whitecollaradviceofficial), a Calabasas company that well-heeled convicts facing prison hire to help them deal with the experience. His past clients reportedly include Martha Stewart and Bernie Madoff. “Let Us Take The Confusion and Headache Out Of Preparing For Sentencing, Prison and Probation,” the company’s website cheerily states. Paperny, whose fees can run into the six figures, says he’s already been hired by one person caught up in the college admissions scandal and been contacted by a half dozen others. Visit the link in bio for more information and advice (or maybe this only applies to Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman). ⠀⠀

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