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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Gumbo, Y’all: The Lowdown on Making This Louisana Classic

Last week I was scheduled for a breakfast meeting at LA’s 101 Coffee Shop. Though I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the City of Angels, I always feel like a fish out of water when traversing her sea of people and roadways. It was a very important meeting, and I was running late.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: October 31, 2014

The winner of our last Huckberry giveaway, two weeks ago, was Francis M. from Hartford, CT. He chose a flannel shirt from Kavu. My Picks This Week Red Wings boots are iconic for a reason; they’re made with premium leather, constructed by skilled craftsmen, and can hold up to all the wear and tear you can give ‘em.

DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases

A gorgeous bar from tall and short BILLY bookcases.

Giveaway: Cathay Pacific First Class Sleep Suit

Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! Happy Halloween! This weekend we’re giving away the perfect Halloween costume—a Cathay Pacific First Class Sleep Suit!

Boalt CD or DVD box to planter

An updated version of this hack that’s more permanent. That hack required lining the box with plastic – this version recycles other parts of the box, using nothing but glue. Materials: Boalt CD or DVD box Pliers, sandpaper, wood glue, paint or varnish Step 1: Using pliers, break off all the little slats that hold each DVD. They snap off easily.

The 16 Year Old Self’s Bucket List : Kristen Goldberg’s Quest

This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) Kristen Goldberg took a leap of faith when she agreed to share the story of her life list with me for The Happiness of Pursuit. Until then, she’d never publicly shared her quest before.

Maker Space from IKEA PS 2014 Wardrobe

As a maker working from home in a small studio, I found myself in a continuous quest for flexibility and organization of tools and parts. That was until I saw the metal frame based IKEA PS 2014 wardrobe by French designer Matali Crasset.

It’s Not a Competition

Several months ago, my sister-in-law took over a small business in her community. She had been working there as an employee, but the business owner was making some life changes and they came to an agreement that left both of them happy.

3 Skills to Future-Proof Your Brain for Tomorrow’s World

“If you are in school today, the technologies you will use as an adult tomorrow have not been invented yet. Therefore, the life skill you need most is not the mastery of specific technologies, but mastery of the technium as a whole — how technology in general works.

How to Use Technology to Start Saving More

Use a budgeting app such as Level or Goodbudget to save automatically and keep spending in check. Photo: Level The numbers on who is saving money in America — or more commonly, who isn’t — may shock you. According to a survey by Bankrate, 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

11 Lucrative Freelance Jobs That Are Still Growing

Here are some legitimate ways to make extra money online as a freelancer. Photo: jseliger2 Building wealth boils down to a pretty simple equation: Either spend less money, or earn more of it.

Quilting cutting table island on wheels

This is my version of a quilting cutting table island to look nicer for me. I was moving into a huge new quilting studio space and I knew I had lots of space to play with. So what I did was I wanted a table that was very big and tall because of my back pain I get from bending at a angle. So I wanted it tall.

Ask the Readers: Is financial ability intrinsic or learned?

This article is a guest post by Maggie O’Neill. Thanks to my big brother — and by that I mean my oldest brother — I’ve always had an interest in savings and retirement planning, although I haven’t been able to do much more than think about it until lately.

3 Simple Ways to Decrease Stress and Strengthen Relationships

In The Stories We Tell Ourselves, I argue that we’re all guilty of fabricating stories about the other people in our lives when we don’t have enough information about a given situation. For example, how many different stories have you devised after receiving a short but vague text message? If your friend suddenly texted you, “Call me ASAP,” what would you automatically think?

Best Home Security System for 2014

Home security is often not addressed until an intrusion has already occurred. According to the FBI, more than 2 million burglaries were reported in 2012. However, homes with alarm systems have shown to be 300% less likely to be broken into.