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Do You Think About "Self-Curation"?

I read an excellent novel this weekend, Dana Spiotta's Stone Arabia. Like any good novel, it's about many things, but in particular, it made me think about the issue of self-curation. In his "Chronicles," the character Nik elaborately archives his work in music and an alternate autobiography.

Reader Mailbag: School Mornings

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. Self employment and taxes 2. Macs, PCs, and frugality 3. Can’t stand frugal apartment 4. Buying a “forever” home 5. Prenatal college savings 6. A major hobby “leak” 7.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, 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.

Don’t Label Me, Bro…

Today guest contributor is my friend and founder of Man Vs. Debt, Adam Baker, though most people just know him as straight up Baker.

5 Quick Ways to Deal With the Confusion and Conflict Within You

Have you been feeling confused and conflicted lately? Most people right now are going through a transition. There’s something going on, and you feel it in some part of yourself.You may be confused, disorganized, or even frustrated. You don’t know what’s what anymore and life doesn’t make sense.It used to be logical and you used to know what to do, but now it’s all up in the air.

The table clock

Materials: Ikea Bravur wall clock, small old round table, black lacquer, adhesive, saw, brush Description: I became fascinated with the "DIY" madness. For a long time I wasn't interested in the Do It Yourself attitude, I never thought something could be done using old furniture or knick-knacks. I was only interested in the things of design. But now I got the taste.

Old Friends: Scenes from a Class Reunion

I am getting old, my friends. I am getting old. It’s no longer just a feeling, either. More and more, there are objective real-world reminders that I’m not the young man I once was. Kris and I spent last weekend, for instance, hanging out with other old folks at our 20-year college reunion. We had a blast, of course.

Sparks don’t Fly, but They’re Your Best Friend. Is That Enough?

“Amy, you always tell people to imagine themselves as the main character in a movie.  Haven’t you ever seen a movie where best friends wind up falling in love?” Mark asked. We were emailing about his questionable relationship with Amanda, a woman who was allegedly perfect for him based on the fact that they worked in the same field,  she was a gifted healer, and she owned a successful pra

Dealing With Difficult Clients

Are you dealing with a Naysayer or a Linebacker? We show you how to identify difficult clients from the get-go, so you can manage for success.

Review: The Real Cost of Living

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. Most of us, at some point or another in our lives, end up having to make a fundamental choice between more money or doing something that’s deeply personally important to us.

Previously on Ikeahackers: Work on the Walls

Wall cubes: Inspired by wall boxes she saw at a high end furniture store, Jenni hacks her own version. Aren't those chairs cute? Wallpaper art: I still drool whenever I see these wallpapers by Swedish designer Hanna Werning. So beautiful, framing them is just the thing to do.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 The dimensions of stuff In Peter Walsh’s “It’s All Too Much Workbook” he discusses the physical limitations of storage and how to use math to determine how much you can keep and have your home be clutter free. Unitasker Wednesday: 1 lb Fat Model Replica I had no idea what 20 lbs of fat looked like — simply looking in the mirror was ineffective — so I jumpe

What Are Your Priorities?

A few weeks ago, I was reading a yet-to-be-released personal finance book. At one point in the book, the author suggested that I make an actual list of my priorities. What is the most important thing in my life?

"She Always Had the Feeling That It Was Very, Very Dangerous To Live Even One Day."

“She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.” --Virginia Woolf, Mrs.