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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

So You Want My Job: Public Speaker

Photo by Alex Harris Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Do you love to listen to yourself talk?

Lindmon mosaic tiles

Materials: Lindmon natural, wood stain, grater Description: This hack is using Lindmon blinds to make decorative mosaic tiles. The blinds used in these pictures are natural coloured ones and this is probably your best bet as these are minimally treated and the wood stain is sticking to them well. Even with one set of blinds you will get more than 1 m2 of tiles.

Calculate How Much You Really Make (4/365)

One of the most painful realizations I had when I started getting my financial life in order was that my job didn’t really earn me as much money as it seemed. My salary at the time of this realization was about $40,000 a year, so let’s use that as a baseline. Now, on the surface, that’s really good money.

Themed placemats for Antilop

Materials: Silicon, Antilop Description I am a father of two and a graphic designer as a profession. Like most of families we own a Antilop highchair from Ikea. But to me it seemed a bit dull. So I came up with placemats that fits this highchair. The placemats are made out of silicon and you can wash it either by hand or in the dishwasher.

The 4563 Red Wing Boot Giveaway

Red Wing recently released a new boot as part of their awesome Heritage collection: the 4563. First developed for farmers, Red Wing introduced the 8-inch round toe work boot in 1919. The combination of two traditional styles, round toe boots provided the comfort of an oxford with the durability of a work boot.

8 Out of the Ordinary Approaches to Defeating Your Food Cravings

Do you feel like you can’t lose weight because you struggle with cravings?Has a gnawing, insatiable want hijacked your healthy eating plan?Chocolate, candy, potato chips, pizza, steak, coffee, ice-cream, salt or what have you —most of us battle these cravings.But we don’t have to.Are you ready to defeat them?

The Besta photobooth

Materials: Besta storage cabinet Description: I've been wanting to build an open air photobooth but I'm not much of a handyman. While browsing the IKEA store here, I stumbled upon the Besta Storage with it's variety of sizes and door finishes. I knew right then that this would be perfect.

How to Have the Best Year or Your Life (without Setting a Single Goal)

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeff Goins of Goins, Writer. This new year, do something different: stop setting goals. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, then making resolutions for another year is a sure-fire way to drive yourself crazy.

Why Customer Service is So Important for Freelancers

The term customer service reminds me of wasted time spent on the telephone with some huge conglomerate that somehow messed up something I purchased. Right now I’m dealing with customer service for both my cable/TV company and my home/auto insurance. It’s infuriating. But customer service isn’t just for big box stores and insurance agencies.

Dotted Malm

Materials: Malm, paint roller, paint, dots stickers, lacquer Description: We own quite old Malm chest of drawers and I was still not able to find a suitable place for it in our new house. At the end I decided to place it in children's room but with it's original 'clothing' seemed to be a bit boring. So space for pimping up. Click to read the rest of the post >>

An unclutterer’s perspective

In Tuesday’s post, we discussed the seven routines and guidelines most unclutterers follow. These aren’t laws, they’re just actions that unclutterers often have in common. In a comparable vein, unclutterers seem to repeat similar statements about physical possessions. The vast majority of unclutterers I know are not ascetics who eschew physical possessions or consumerism.

"Volunteering Made Me So Happy That I Altered the Course of My Life."

Happiness interview: Conor Grennan. I met Conor Grennan at a book event in Canada—he was there for his book, Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, and I was there for The Happiness Project. Conor's book—which came out in paperback this week—tells an amazing story.

Reader Mailbag: Word Processing Middle Ground

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. Mess of debt and taxes 2. Renting out a room 3. Settling on retirement philosophy 4. Long games 5. Hotel disappointment 6. Future state retirement benefits 7. Lacking the “spark” for change 8.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Client Disputes and Lack of Communication

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at client disputes and lack of communication. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to askfreelanceswitch@gmail.com. Question 1 I have been working as a freelancer since August.

Kickstart New Habits with a 30-Day Challenge

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I never make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve got nothing against them, but I’m usually already working on resolutions made throughout the previous year. I’m too impatient to wait for an arbitrary day to start changing something in my life. One example? Less-than-healthful holiday eating habits.