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 Time. Last week’s resolution was to Set aside a specific time for something that's important to you. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?
Amy writes in:
I’ve been a paralegal with the same law firm for four years. I love the job and the work that I do. I feel like I’m genuinely helping people.
In October, my boyfriend and I sat down and looked at our finances as you suggested.
Materials: Sniglar changing table, saw, sanding paper
Description: Sniglar makes a great set of play tables when it's no longer needed for nappy changing!
Simply saw it in half, sand raw edges down, and voila!
Materials: Malm, Pax, l-brackets, plumbing straps
Description: My husband and I purchased a 1960's split level that has relatively little closet space and small bedrooms. In the "master" bedroom, we used two Malm nightstands that we already owned, took them apart and mounted the drawers to the wall as bedside stands.
When I was in high school, I wanted to get a computer. Computers weren’t nearly as inexpensive as they are now days. The one I wanted represented about 15% of my fathers yearly salary at the time. It was much more expensive than what I could reasonably expect to save during the summer–even with taking on some extra odd jobs and saving every penny possible.
Materials: Varde, glass tile, grout
Description: My husband and I purchased a 1960's split level that recently had the kitchen revamped - but not in a style we liked. The original island was too small for the kitchen, looked out of place and didn't offer additional seating.
Photo by Simon Pais
By Tina Su
“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work.
The professional knows that fear can never be overcome.”
For the last two months, I’ve been working on a mini book project I’m tentatively calling Life on Purpose—my first of hopefully many more to come.
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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Scott Young of ScottHYoung.com
Imagine getting a full day’s work done by noon. Sounds impossible, right? But it really shouldn’t be. If you eliminated all the time you spend procrastinating, distracted or stalled, getting a full day of work done by noon could be realized.
But being so productive is easier said than done.
We opened our windows in all seasons. Yep, even the winter.
For the past year, every time the temperature outside is between 50 F and 85 F, we simply just open up the windows and turn off both the internal heating and cooling.
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