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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

The Gratitude Guide: 14 Practical Ways to Practice

A few months ago, I was going through one of the hardest times of my life: Within the span of a few weeks, I had to find and move to a new apartment suddenly, suffered a devastating personal loss of a close family member, and was having some serious health problems. Every day when I woke up, it felt like life was becoming increasingly hectic.

14 Steps to Finding the Right Career Path

Look Within Think About What You Love What are you passionate about? What excites you and makes you feel alive? Thinking about the things that you love doing will help steer you to what might be the best career path for you. Love numbers? Maybe you're an accountant. Love fixing things?

How to Build a Large Audience From Scratch (And More)

Sometimes, going weird allows you to go big. (Photo: My weird Instagram) In this episode, I answer questions submitted by you all. 50% of this episode is spent explaining how I’d build an audience from scratch, if I had to start over today. The other ~10 questions/topics are listed below. Do you like or dislike this type of episode?

The Winston Churchill Guide to Public Speaking

“Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory.

Podcast #116: The Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen With Matt Moore

If you’ve read the site for awhile, you’re likely familiar with Matt Moore, AoM’s resident food writer. Matt broke into the cookbook scene with his self-published cookbook Have Her Over For Dinner, which was named one of the best cookbooks of 2010 by The New York Times.

8 Questions To Help You Find Your Own True Self

Who were you before you were born? “ We are born originals and die as copies” (Kierkegaard) Before you were born you were free to be yourself. You had no one to worry about, no one to copy.

KALLAX Kids Desk

This year my kids got their own bedrooms. For my Daughter’s 9th birthday, I IKEA Hacked a desk for her to do her homework and art, as well as a place to store her books, stuff and art supplies I combined 2 pink KALLAX units ( 2x2cubbyhole[902.758.20] & 2x4cubbyhole[602.825.20]) and Gorilla Glued a gloss red LINNMON table top [502.513.45] to the smaller KALLAX. I had to prep the top of

What Remains in the Quest for Literary Permanence

From Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher: I am always taken aback when students confide in me that beneath their desire to write lies a quest for permanence.

Organizing for aging in place

Unclutterer reader Liz recently wrote to us describing her biggest organizing challenges: My organizing or decluttering issue is the garden — I need to make the gardens a bit easier to manage as I get older. Some of it will be resolved by switching to services to do the work.

A small but useful FINTORP paper towel hack

When we installed the FINTORP rail system we had to trim some of it down to fit, and were left with a tiny piece of pipe as well as 2 plastic end caps. Instead of throwing it out we found it to be the perfect size for a paper towel holder. You’ll need: * A FINTORP railing system installed on the wall including 2x FINTORP hooks (we used the small ones in the 5-pack) * 1x FINTORP rail set, or

12 Mind-blowing Tips for Increasing Your Overall Positivity!

Positive thinking has been very often understood and used in a wrong connotation. People abuse the power of this great practice and suggest that it will attract you money, wealth and abundance. “Be positive and you’ll have anything you want!” No you will not! That’s nonsense, and that’s NOT the purpose of exercising your mind to think this way.

5 times to leave landscaping to the professionals

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the various costs that pop up when you’re a homeowner. Things like furnace/AC Repair, having to put on a new roof, and annual maintenance can take a bite out of your savings account — and leave you wondering why you ever stopped renting in the first place.

5 Deceptively Easy Ways to Double Your Energy Today

It’s 3 pm at work, and you’re dragging.

Podcast 14: Cultivate a Shrine, Know What’s Different about You, and Fight Hostess Neurosis.

It’s Wednesday– time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Updates: we have listeners in 192 countries! Zoikes. And we’ve heard from a lot of people who have successfully used the “one-minute rule” that we discussed in the first episode. Great to hear that it’s working for people. This week: Try This at Home: Cultivate a shrine.

A Beginner’s Guide to Pyrography, aka Woodburning

Pyrography — derived from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing) — has been around since fire itself. While there isn’t hard evidence, it’s quite likely that cavemen etched the walls of their caves with fire sticks.