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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

"One Lives in the Naïve Notion that Later There Will Be More Room Than in the Entire Past."

"One lives in the naïve notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past." —Elias Canetti, The Human Province * Writing my Secrets of Adulthood is one of my favorite happiness exercises, and I always enjoy seeing other people's lists. On Drawing Near, Andria posts her own 38 Secrets of Adulthood (38 for her 38th birthday.) * Need a good summer book?

Growing Every Single Day

The one question I ask myself each day as I go to bed is, “Did I grow in some fashion today?” If I can’t answer that question with at least one very strong and clear statement, I view that day as a failure. What do I mean by that? Let’s break it down into smaller pieces. First of all, why?

Fwd: IKEA table makeover

Materials: Ikea table Description: Just posted this DIY project about an IKEA table makeover using simple decals and spray paint. See more of the DIY project on Curbly. ~ Bruno

Desk for our bambino

Materials: Malm Nightstand Description: This clearly wasn't difficult, but it's our first hack, so we're proud. We found the Malm nightstand in the AS IS section for $20 (since it was missing the drawer). We found these leg posts, which already had screws in them, at Home Depot.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #32

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. This week will mostly feature pictures of highlights from our recent travels. 1. Mount Rainier The cloud-wreathed peak of the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states was stunning as we approached it. 2.

Lisa Gansky, Ted Video: The future of business is the “mesh”

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at The future of business is the “mesh” by Lisa Gansky.

Micke Printer Hutch

Materials: Micke Desk, Ekby Jarpen Shelves (x4) Description: I recently purchased a new printer (HP Officejet 7500A) and discovered that it is the largest electronic in my room. I had my old printer in my Billy bookcase, but my new one is far too large.

The GRS Garden Project: July 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for July 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) We had a strange July in our garden. First, the cool weather lingered longer than it ought to have. It wasn’t cold and wet, but the days were cool.

Make More Bad Stuff

I spent 90-minutes yesterday interviewing Bob Taylor, the legendary founder of Taylor Guitars, at his San Diego compound.What an amazing person, company and and experience.

Dinner With My Family #28: Personal Pita Pizzas

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Pita bread has such a wide variety of uses that we always pick some up if there’s a sale on it.

Woodwork Lamp with Customized Lampshade

Materials: Hemma lamp (18"), Lobbo shade (12"), bench-top scroll saw, 1/4" plywood, 1" pine board Description: I designed this project for a day camp woodworking group. Customizing the lampshade was a challenge - it's made of polypropylene and polyethylene, and it's almost impossible to paint with fume-free, non-toxic materials!

Your Scariest Competition is YOU

We all have competition in life. This could be the competitors trying to steal business away from the company you work for or the guy who really irritates you at work who just happens to be going after the same senior promotions as you are.

Malma Mirror Nightstand Storage Thingy

Materials: 10 Malma Black-Brown mirrors, 8 straight joiners, 8 L brackets, box of 4x1/2 tiny screws, two hinges Description: I had a bunch of old Malma mirrors lying around and figured it was time to do something with them (read: I'm sick of making Swiss cheese out of the walls trying to line them all up grid-style; and I needed another nightstand, and I didn't want to buy wood).

How I Earned My Ph.D in Disaster Recovery over 7 Years

If you’ve ever been to a live show of a famous act, say U2, it seems like they do everything perfectly and effortlessly. It turns out that even bands like U2 make mistakes. They just know how to cover them really well so that you don’t know you’re seeing one. I sing and play guitar in a band for a few hundred people each week at our church.

Ask Unclutterer: Secure password managers

Reader Nutro submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Since my father passed away recently, I’ve had to take care of almost all kinds of family accounts (bills, insurance, car titles, house deeds, etc). Not only is this new to me (I’m really young), my mother never learned how to take care of these things since her English is bad.