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“It Is Easy To Be Heavy: Hard To Be Light.”

“It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.” –G. K. Chesterton, “The Eternal Revolution,” in The Everyman Chesterton Agree, disagree? This idea haunted me as I was writing The Happiness Project. It seemed relevant to everything.

Mini City Guide: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

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

Nine Strategies for Stretching Out a Tiny Food Budget

We’ve all faced it at some point in our life. Your next paycheck isn’t due to arrive for a week or so. You don’t have much in your checking account and there’s not too much in the cupboards, either.

A new Beautiful Writer’s Group with Linda Sivertsen and me starts next week!

Aspiring writers and digital creators, news for you! Linda Sivertsen’s and my first Beautiful Writers Group filled up way fast, and the community is thriving. Our wait list for a second group made it clear: It’s time to make space… for another Beautiful Writer’s Group! The next group starts next Thursday, Oct. 2nd. It’s $50 a month.

Giveaway: Woodland Chevvy Scarf by Krama Wheel

Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! Up for the win is this awesome scarf from Krama Wheel, founded by traveler and entrepreneur Roni Sivan. Every Krama Wheel scarf sold secures the making of a new school uniform for a young Cambodian student who otherwise couldn’t afford it. This small business was inspired by Roni’s travels through Cambodia.

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of Convenience.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative.

Art of Manliness Podcast #83: Learning to Breathe Fire With J. C. Herz

This episode is brought to you in part by OriginalStitch.com. Visit OriginalStitch.comto check out an entirely new way to buy a shirt for the modern man and and get $20 OFF with code ‘ARTOFMAN’ In this episode I talk to writer J. C. Herz about her book, Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: September 26, 2014

Last week’s winner was Travis C. from Durham, NC. He chose the Apolis Wool Chore Jacket — an excellent choice for the coming fall and winter. My Picks This Week A couple weeks ago we featured Woolrich’s new line of shoes; this week we’re highlighting their iconic wool blankets.

You’ll Always Lose at the Comparison Game (So Stop Playing It)

I went back to the Tattered Cover in Denver last night. Love that store! Fun people. I remembered being there two years ago. At the time, The $100 Startup was selling really well and there were at least 150 people at every tour stop. I was feeling good. In Denver that night there were more than 200. The store manager seemed impressed. “You don’t always have this many people?” I asked.

The Biggest Reasons You Haven’t Changed Your Habits

By Leo Babauta Like a chump, I struggled for years trying to change my habits. I started an exercise program or diet with unrestrained optimism, probably a dozen times. I threw away all my cigarettes and tried quitting smoking about seven times.

3 Powerful Ways To Boost Your Self Confidence

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” – Samuel Johnson There’s a lot of truth to the quote above by Samuel Johnson. Almost everything great starts with self confidence. Confidence is what sunlight is to plants, without it, you’ll struggle, be unhappy, and find it hard to make real progress.

Unhappy With Being “Locked In”? Here’s a Strategy for Building a New Career Path

Recently, one of my family members gave me a copy of the wonderful book The Nighttime Novelist.

Kitchen cart turned bathroom vanity

Materials: Groland kitchen cart 1. Before assembling all pieces were stained with Minwax Early American. I first brushed on wood conditioner according to instructions and then applied a single coat of stain with a foam brush. I whipped the stain off after 30 minutes. 2. I applied three thin coats of matte polyurethane to the butcher block top, allowing to dry at least 2 hours between coats.

Ask the readers: Would you try meditation to improve your finances?

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. For years I’ve tried to keep a daily meditation habit. Every time I read a new study about how meditation can improve your health, I vow to start again and to do it every day. Sadly, the habit lasts for about a week. But I recently learned about a non-health reason to meditate: Some money experts credit it with their financial success.

What To Do When You Have No Idea What To Do With Your Life (9 action steps to start)

Once upon a time, I had no idea what to do with my life. Actually, there were many times while I was in college and after when I was lost.