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By John Wesley

Mini City Guide: Toubacouta, Fatick Region, Senegal, West Africa

I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others.

Books with Impact: Early Retirement Extreme

The “Books with Impact” series takes a deeper look at specific books that have had a profound impact on my financial, professional, and personal growth by extracting specific points of advice from those books and looking at how I’ve applied them in my life with successful results.

To Express Gratitude, Put the Do-Not-Disturb Sign Back Where It Belongs

When I check into a hotel room (something I do 100+ times a year), I immediately put the do-not-disturb sign on the door. I don’t want to be bothered while working or napping, and unless it’s a really nice hotel, I don’t care about turndown service. Over the years I’ve tried to follow a routine when unpacking. The short version is: everything belongs in one or two places.

Bringing Back Common Sense [VIDEO]

Whenever we publish an article about a basic life skill, we invariably get a comment from someones that says “Gee, it’s so sad that such common sense has to be taught on the internet.

Art of Manliness Podcast #82: The Secrets of Happy Families with Bruce Feiler

This episode is brought to you in part by OriginalStitch.com.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: September 19, 2014

Last week’s winner was Anthony from Milwaukee, WI. He chose the Millwright boots made by Woolrich. My Picks This Week We’ve featured the meat bars from EPIC before, and now they’ve come out with a new product: the Hunter Gatherer pack. It’s one part beef jerky, one part trail mix, made with only the finest ingredients.

Super compact shoe storage using GRUNDTAL

Materials: GRUNDTAL rail, GRUNDTAL S-hook GRUNDTAL is great for unloading your kitchen drawers by moving various bits-and-bobs to the walls.

What to Eat for Fat Loss

By Leo Babauta I’ve gone from obese to overweight to normal weight to pretty fit, in the last decade, and I’m sometimes asked what someone should eat if they want to lose fat. I’ve tried many diets: Atkins, Mediterranean, South Beach, Paleo, Vegan, and a handful of others.

How to tuft/button your cushions

Hi guys! I wanted to share a super easy DIY project that I did on our Ikea Karlstad Sectional this past weekend. And by easy, I mean it took me about 20 minutes to complete the project, but it made a pretty big impact to our sofa. I’ve always dreamed about owning a tufted sofa, but did not want to spend $1000′s of dollars!!!

Giveaway: Win 25,000 American Airlines Miles!

Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! We wanted to do something extra special for this week’s giveaway… by offering 25,000 miles that can be used for a round-trip ticket with American Airlines! See a new place, visit an old friend, or check out that wax museum you’ve always dreamed of. The possibilities are endless!

Living Lean Without Being an Outcast

It’s not exactly a secret that the “spend less than you earn” strategy is a little different than how the average American lives their lives. As I’ve quoted many times on The Simple Dollar, 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.

Success Comes To Those Who Have No Need For It

The idea of hard work leading to success has been a universal and sacred tenet for centuries. But is it true? Does hard work truly lead to success? Is every hard working person that you know a success? Or is their life full of disappointments and anguish? As is always the case, this advice is a reactionary response to laziness.

Bookshelf or Fireplace? I Couldn’t Decide.

Materials: Two full-size and one narrow Hemnes bookshelves I had a spare wall in my living room, but wanted both a lot of book storage and a fireplace. I checked the dimensions of the Hemnes bookshelf, and discovered an electric fireplace insert that fit with just a little extra space. I used this AKDY 28 inch unit.

4 Steps To Become More Decisive

I hate making decisions. I always envy those who say, “I just knew this was the house for us,” or “to me that was a sign, so I just broke up with him.” They make it seem so easy. They don’t spend sleepless nights poring over the pros and cons list, scrutinizing it one  more time just in case something new pops out.

How to Perform a J-Turn: An Illustrated Guide

I’m a big fan of old cop and detective shows. One of my favorites is The Rockford Files that aired in the 1970s and starred the legendary James Garner as private detective Jim Rockford. The Rockford Files was famous for the car chase scenes in which Rockford would race down bad guys in his Firebird Esprit.