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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

When a Freelancer Becomes an Event Organizer

Like a lot of freelancers, I do a bit of volunteering in my community. All of it has been with established organizations. That changed during an impromptu outdoor meeting on a muggy July morning. I was part of a group of neighbors who were talking about street flooding during rainstorms.

Sit down in the kichen

Materials: Freden bathroom shelf, Faktum wall cabinets Description: Made a bench with a shelf. The wood on top is made form a kitchen worktop. ~ Ewa-Charlotte Faarinen, Sweden

Do What Works for You

I’m writing this post in Lima, Peru, on the last day of my six-week South American odyssey. I’ve had a great time. I’ve climbed mountains, explored ancient ruins, petted llamas (and cats), mangled Spanish, and eaten more maracuyá (passion fruit) than is probably good for me. In other words, this has been a perfect vacation. But this trip wasn’t cheap.

Addition by Subtraction: Don’t Let Bad Friends Drag You Down

It turns out Garth Brooks was right. When you have friends in low places, you’ll have plenty of company to help you drown your blues away. But did you ever consider that your friends are contributing to your problems? Research shows that who you are is a function of who you know. Your friends help shape your outlook, values, emotions and behaviors.

Ever wanted kids but decided not to have them?

I am curious about people who wanted to have a child or children but decided to have none or fewer because of concerns over population growth. I'm *not* interested in hearing from people who condemn the choice to have chidren but rather from people actually feel and understand the tug towards parenthood but have chosen not to. Have you had feelings of loss?

That “Someday” Thing

Someday, I’d like to finish my fantasy novel, and then follow that up by self-publishing it and promoting it myself starting with an electronic version and perhaps moving to a paper version. Someday, I’d like to move forward on a long-planned series of video reviews of board games and card games that my friend and I have long discussed making and posting to YouTube. Someday, I’d

Make the Positive Argument.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Gratitude, and last week’s resolution was to Follow a threshold ritual. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

From Stool to Bedside Locker

Materials: ODDVAR stool, INGMAJ curtain, 2 drawer slides, white paint, staple gun Description: We needed a small bedside table for our guestroom. As always, instead of simply buying one, we went to IKEA and got a stool named ODDVAR (77996709) and a curtain named INGMAJ (00212714). Using these and two drawer slides, we created a bedside locker with a sliding top board.

The Art of Shining Shoes: An Illustrated Guide

This illustrated guide is brought to you by Johnston and Murphy.  See also: How to Shine your Shoes like a Soldier. Related posts:A Man’s Guide to Boots and Shoes Waterproofing Your Shoes – A Man’s Guide to Weather Resistant Footwear A Manly Handshake: An Illustrated Guide How to Break Down a Door: An Illustrated Guide

5 Simple Principles for Becoming an Expert

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Corbett Barr of Expert Enough. There aren’t shortcuts. Merely direct paths. Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us. Things that look like shortcuts are usually detours disguised as less work. -Seth Godin For the past month, I’ve been studying people who have become skilled and knowledgeable enough to be called “experts” in prepara

The Latest Google Update is Fantastic News for Freelance Writers

On November 3, 2011 Google published a new article on their blog informing readers that fresh new content is now being seen as highly valuable on their blog or website. This “freshness update” is a new addition to Google’s “Caffeine web indexing system”. Now blog owners who update their sites regularly will be rewarded with a higher search engine ranking.

Children as Financial Paradox

Karen writes in: I have a question I think it would be interesting for you to attempt to tackle.

Ikea Brada iPad stand

Materials: BRADA Description: An iPad stand hacked from the Brada is featured on Pappasappar.se. This improves on the one Ikeahackers featured previously, with a cut-out notch for the charging dock and dampers to keep the iPad firmly in place. See more of the Brada iPad stand. (View the site in Google translated English) ~ Pappa Daniel, Sweden

Getting Ready for Next Year–Now

While the end of the year is likely not in the minds of many, it’s closer than you may think. So before the ball drops and that tax deadline gets even closer, it’s a good time to think about the many things you can do to prepare for the end of the year–and the promising year ahead. Here are 4 tips to get you started. 1.

Lack coffee table makeover with wallpaper

Materials: Lack coffee table, wallpaper, scissors, decoupage glue, brush Description: On my Lack coffee table from IKEA stains had come by drinks and coffee, which I couldn't clean anymore. Therefore I provided it with another layer. I cut the wallpaper first to size. Then coated decoupage glue to the table. Press the wallpaper firmly to the table, particularly the edges.