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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Bookend Your Day: The Power of Morning and Evening Routines

You’re a college student. It’s midnight. You’re brushing your teeth and reviewing how the day went. And you’re disappointed. You had planned to work out, study for an upcoming history exam, clean up your apartment, and find time to meditate. But none of those things happened. You woke up late.

A Short Thought on Labor Day

Many of us are spending today enjoying the latter days of summer. I sure am. I’ve spent the last few days with my cousin and her family, visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and just simply enjoying each other’s company. Take a moment, though, to remember why it is that we’re taking this day off.

Kristaller Chandelier-hacking!

Materials: Kristaller chandelier, masking tape, spray paint, new shades and a little bird Description: First I removed all the glass prisms and the bulbs. And then I prepared it for spray painting, by masking the wire and inside where the bulbs had been. I first spray painted with a primer, waited a couple of hours, and then sprayed again with the colored paint.

Keys to Leading a Happy and Fullfilled Life

Some of you may believe that if you just had more money, or a better job, or another degree, or some other external “thing” that life would be better. Like there is a nagging feeling that you shouldn't have to be dissatisfied with your life- that you don't have to just 'put up with it'Maybe you don't know what to do to make your life more fulfilled, or don't know where to start.

BJÖRKUDDEN Modern Harvest Table

Materials: BJÖRKUDDEN Dining table, STEFAN chair, orbital sander, table saw, wood stain, lint-free rag, white paint, paint brush, clear varnish, fine-grit sand paper Description: A little bit of elbow grease and around $40 is all you need to turn an old birch table into a modern harvest table.

Reader Mailbag: Art Museum

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Refinancing decision 2. Maintaining good credit 3. Toning down our wedding 4. Handling a windfall 5. Handling a changing 401(k) 6. Handling unpayable medical bills 7. Repossession and marriage 8.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, September

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

On the Road to Nowhere: The True Story of My First (and Worst) Job

It’s Labor Day in the United States, the holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. Officially, it’s intended as “a day off for the working citizens”. As usual, GRS is taking a short break. This is a reprint of a column from five years ago. Your job is one of your most important assets. It gives you earning power.

Browning/IKEA .22 Pistol Charging Handle Hack

Materials: one RULL cabinet knob 300.714.30 Description: Older Browning .22 Buckmark pistols are designed in a way that it difficult to rack the slide; it's skinny and hard to grip, it's impossible to operate when wearing gloves. I decided to add an external charging handle to the left side of the slide (lefties want to add it to the right side).

How to Find Peace of Mind in the Modern World

In my opinion this is the biggest problem we face as “modern” people. We might have flashy gadgets and shiny cool things, but in the end when it comes down to peace of mind we have nothing. I know for me at least whenever I used to come home for the day; I used to always be 90% tense and 10% anxious for reasons I couldn’t understand.

Vision Without Obstruction: What We Learn From Steve Jobs

Self-doubt, short-term expectations, bureaucracy. How can we pursue bold ideas without letting these everyday obstacles get in the way?

Review: From Bud to Boss

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the best discussions I’ve ever had with a reader was with Emily. Emily worked in an office environment where the supervisor position was going to become available soon.

Previously on Ikeahackers: Week of the Geek

Take a stand or have a seat: With all the fuss about standing desks, here's a Jerker that does double duty. Stands to attention when you want to stretch your legs and bows down on your lazy days. Gizmos in hiding: Somehow gadgety stuff don't look good sprawled in the living room. So hide them well in a Hol.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Advice from Sebastian Junger on achieving a remarkable life The September issue of Outside magazine has an inspiring interview with author-documentarian-bar-owner Sebastian Junger that speaks directly to an uncluttered pursuit of a remarkable life. We’ve got the technology Having the right tools to do a job can increase productivity and greatly improve your overall experience working o