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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Why Pay Debit Card Fees? Changing Banks, or Not

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. Bank of America will soon be charging $5 per month for consumers who use its debit cards to access the money in their accounts.

5 Tips To Build an Amazing, Personal Twitter Brand

Credit: Jeff Turner on Flickr One of the amazing things with Twitter, Facebook and Google+ slowly gaining maturity is the power coming through it to build my personal brand. What I found most crucial when doing so is that I don’t waste all of my day doing this. The best part here is that this can become very powerful for many aspects of your life.

5 Ways to Cope During a Life Crisis

One of the great things about a life crisis is you get to find out what works. When life is easy and no major challenges are on the horizon, you can read all about affirmations, pray, meditate, firewalk or just read self-help manuals written by big-name gurus. Then life throws you a major health challenge, the end of a relationship, the death of somebody close to you and an unexpected job loss.

How to Do Laundry on a Road Trip Like John Steinbeck

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeff More. You’re packing for a road trip and you’re down to deciding how much clothing to bring. You could have a fresh change of clothes every day, but that adds up to a lot of space quickly, especially if you have multiple companions.

Nine Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Life

A few days ago, a friend of mine made a comment that stuck with me.

Cultivate Good Smells.

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 the Five Senses, and last week's resolution was to Listen to your favorite song. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

New, elegant life for a DOMBÅS!

Materials: DOMBÅS, fabric, cotton ribbon, glue Description: I liked the DOMBÅS closet for its size, but not the all-white color. My room is in greys and reddish-purple. I have decided to do something with the doors, below you can see the results. I have bought a beautiful piece of grey cotton, with a delicate weave pattern of various shades of greys.

Simple strategies for changing a bad habit

For the month of October I’ve been trying to work on improving my posture. In the book Willpower, the authors reported on a study that found that simply reminding yourself to stand up straight can increase self-control and resolve in other areas of life. I’m waiting until the end of the month to evaluate my level of self control.

Stolmen outdoor cat ladder

Materials: Stolmen upright and clamps Description: This ladder was custom-made for access from a 1st-floor balcony down to the garden outside. The top step of the ladder reaches out from under the balcony and the remainder are arranged in a zig-zag fashion. With wider steps it would work just as well as an indoor climbing platform for the cats.

Ikea Hat Holder Hack With Recycled Light Globe

Materials: Ikea Ribba frame, Mod Podge, Hot Glue Gun, Ribbon or String, Recycled Light Globe Description: There is a complete, easy to follow visual walkthrough on the website. 1) Take apart the picture frame. 2) Mod Podge the backer board and apply your favorite texture (i.e.

The Fastest Way to Level Up Your Business

Today’s guest contributor is Jonathan Mead. Jonathan is a coach, writer, and barefoot runner helping people quit their jobs and get paid to be who they are.+++I always marvel at the way some people seem to rise from ground zero, to leading and dominating their market in a short amount of time.

Some Thoughts on Magazine Subscriptions

Kelly writes in: Do you subscribe to any magazines? Why? Do you find enough value in them to be worth the cost? This was originally a question in Thursday’s reader mailbag, but the answer became long enough that I felt it deserved a post of its own. Sarah and I get several different magazines in the mail.

10 Killer Apps for Freelance Bloggers

A freelance blogger is a jack-of-all-trades. This person has writing, design and coding skills, all used to create inspiring content. Besides, blogging requires a lot of responsibility, perseverance and diligence dealing with web media on a daily basis.

Features of the Freelance Economy

As the unemployment rate in many industrialized countries continues to languish in double digits – or close to it – government policy makers are devising all sorts of programs that will put people back to work. Most, if not all of them, focus on the creation of jobs. Now, since this is FreelanceSwitch, the j-word is something that provokes a rather strong reaction.

7 Profound Realizations That Have Changed My Life (And Might Change Yours)

It is not the big things that end up changing our life, but the little things. Most people believe they have to make huge changes and take massive action, but it often isnít necessary. Life goes on by itself without you having to force anything. Changes happen, good things happen, and bad things happen. It is not the outside that counts, but what you do with it inside.