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By Brett Kelly

In Defense of Solitude (Part II)

— “We are each … miraculously our unique selves and mysteriously enclosed in that selfhood.” -William Deresiewicz — In my last post, I wrote: The vocation of selfhood, the cultivation of personal, psychic, and spiritual independence, remains — and will remain, as ever — inescapably tied to solitude and its concomitants: privacy, slowness, inner quietude, and anonymit

Three Stories About Banking

As part of my downshifting project, I’ve spent the past couple of days replying to several hundred stale messages in my inbox. There were plenty of great reader stories, guest posts, and “ask the readers” questions in my stack of stuff, but there were also some good article ideas, too. For example, I had three different e-mails about bank-related stories.

Ten Big Mistakes #3: Lifestyle Funded by Credit Cards

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes. In this ten part series which runs from July 19 to July 30, I’m going to focus on ten of my worst mistakes and the difficulties and successes I’ve had in overcoming those mistakes. I spent more than I earned and made up for the difference with credit cards. It started in college.

How to be Insanely Productive and Still Keep Smiling

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mary Jaksch of Goodlife ZEN. Do you want to be more productive? Maybe you do, but I’m sure you don’t want to feel stressed, overwhelmed, or unhappy – which happens to many super-productive people.

"The Things That Go Wrong Often Make the Best Memories" -- and Further Secrets of Adulthood.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: More Secrets of Adulthood. What have I learned, with time and experience? Not much, I fear. Here are my latest Secrets of Adulthood.

Atelier Martino & Jana: Tapping into the Collective Brain

Do you identify with any of these statements? 1) I have a long list of things to do. 2) I have too little time to do them. 3) I am desperately in need of a holiday.

Lack wall mounted home Theater

This is really just a modification or practical application of wonderful hacks that I found on this site. I take a step further by incorporating moderate handy-man skills to turn just a few bucks of Ikea stuffs into a real slam of a home theater system. before I used the Lack long and medium shelves to build the frame, and the Lack side table to do the entertainment center.

Freelance Decor: 6 Motivational Posters from the Movies

OK, so – I’m a sucker for motivational posters.  Maybe not the kind that populates cubicles everywhere — with kitteh dangling from the laundry line with the caption “hang in there, baby” – but perhaps something a bit more inspirational, with a touch of humor & sarcasm.

How to Fan a Spark into a Fire

Photo Credit: Vecchia Betty/Flickr There’s a climactic moment in the movie Castaway where Tom Hanks, who has been shipwrecked on a desert island, finally creates the one thing that can provide him with a means for survival: FIRE. The pure ecstasy that fills him as he dances around the beach, screaming like a kid who just won the big game, is palpable.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Three laws of basement storageIf you use your basement for storing things other than root vegetables, let me introduce you to my Three Laws of Basement Storage. Off-beat solutions for organizing your mailIf you don’t immediately process your mail when you come home each evening, then I strongly recommend having a set place to store your mail until you do have time to process it. Behavi

Fire (or keep) the Workaholics

A while back Jason Calacanis has list of things to save money in a startup. One of his points was to fire people who aren’t workaholics. David from 37 Signals responded with a post saying that you should fire the people who are workaholics.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Watermelon Cooler

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I know about your obsession with watermelon.

The Dream Job Project Part II

Be a part of "The Dream Job Project" that Design Observer is putting together. Lend your opinions on life and work.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Rainy Days Edition

It’s raining outside. My children want to go to the park. That means it’s time to come up with an indoor solution. That means, of course, that it’s time for an elaborate blanket-and-chairs fort in the living room. Live Within My Means? How? It’s not too hard to live within your means if you just follow one rule: spend less than you earn.

How to Reach Targets and Get Marketing Results

One of the obvious must-do things as a freelancer is to market yourself. The concepts of self-promotion and marketing are in just about everything we read when looking to improve our businesses. We are constantly being told to promote ourselves, develop business, toot our own horn, boost client relations…the list goes on.