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By John Wesley

99% Conference 2011: Illustrated Takeaways #1

What can we learn from looking at someone's face? Why is sleep more important than eating? Read on for key insights from the 2011 99% Conference.

Illustrated Takeaways #1: Simon Sinek, Patrician McCarthy & Beth Comstock

Learn how the shape of your face relates to how you interact with the world, and why understanding people is crucial to understanding business.

Re-Evaluate Your Mantras.

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?

The Second Job Paradox

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.

Sniglar grows up too!

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!

Bedroom malm nightstand and Pax TV stand hack

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.

Dressing and Influence: The Right Look for Different Meeting Types

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com.

Setting Goals and Making Them Visible

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.

Varde Island with mosaic front panel

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.

Fear & How to Beat It

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.” ~Steven Pressfield. 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.

Interview with Taylor Mingos from Shoeboxed

Advertise here with BSASite: Shoeboxed In this interview learn from Taylor Mingos about cloud based apps that can help your freelance business. Shoeboxed is the company he runs, which can save you time by scanning and organizing your business receipts for you. It integrates with Freshbooks and other affordable, open standards online apps as well.

The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done

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.

How We Cut Our Energy Bill By an Average of 30 Percent

It’s simple. 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.

Want a Comp Pass or 20% Off Blogworld East?

On Thursday, May 26th, I’m presenting at one of the coolest conferences around – Blogworld in NYC.And you can either be my guest and pay nothing or come for 20% off.

Discover Your Sweet Spot for Winning Freelance Work

Advertise here with BSA I have had the good fortune of being both a freelancer and a consumer of freelancer services. In fact, I have done both extensively (and simultaneously no less). There is a lot of talk about the importance of finding the right rate, and this relates a lot to what I want to consider here.