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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Winners of the Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest Sponsored by Kiwi

A few weeks ago we held a contest on the site called Shoe Shine Saturday. Readers submitted photos of their best shoe shine, and the pictures were judged by the quality of the shoe shine and the creativity of the photo. KIWI Shoe Care was kind enough to sponsor the contest by offering some awesome shoe shine kits to the winners.

How to hide a tumbler inside a Vika Alex cabinet

Materials: stated Vika Alex, a vintage rock tumbler, a roll out trashcan hider thingy, some scrap wood Description: First, you have to have a tumbler that you need to get off your mother's kitchen counters. Second, you need to take a trip to your local IKEA, and get a Vika Alex cabinet, like this.

Making It All Work – Getting Control: Capturing

This is the fifth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. This chapter is where the meat of the book begins, in my opinion, this chapter and the ten that follow it make up the heart of the book.

Planning and executing a productive work schedule

Each morning when you sit down at your desk, before turning on your monitor or checking your voice mail, take a second to mentally prepare yourself for the day’s work. Briefly close your eyes, inhale, exhale, and settle into your chair. Once you’re comfortable and relaxed, pull out your to-do list and calendar.

Video: Show Up (If You Want to Build and Strengthen Your Friendships).

Video: Show up -- if you want to build and strengthen your friendships. 2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Friends, and last week’s focus was to Stop gossiping. Did you try to follow that resolution?

Getting Paid: 6 Standards to Set for Your Freelance Business

Credit: stevendepolo@Flickr One of the joys of having your own business is that you get to set the standards. And if you’re interested in getting paid, I’d advise you to start setting them as soon as possible. Why? Because there are a lot of people who are constantly thinking of new ways to take advantage of freelancers.

Giving Away, Not Selling, My Stuff

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Ever since I cleaned out my closet, I’ve gotten more and more ruthless, editing more and adding less. The result of deleting items from drawers and hangers is two large brown boxes taking up floor space in the closet, overflowing with castaways.

How to Learn a Language in 90 Days or Less

I’ve become addicted to learning Spanish. When I moved to Spain in January of 2010, I wasn’t interested in learning the language, but I am now.As I started doing research on the most effective ways of learning a language, I started thinking back to how I learned English at the age of 8.

25 Of the Most Inspiring Quotes Ever Spoken

An inspiring quote may be just what you need to turn your day around.  Here are 25 of the most inspiring quotes ever spoken or written. 25 Inspiring Quotes: I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit.

The Basics of Art: The Baroque Period

This is Part II in a series designed to give readers a primer on the simple basics of some of the major periods of Western art in the hopes of giving you something to say on your next date to the museum and a deeper appreciation for art in general. Part I covered the basics of Renaissance Art.

Degrees of Want

I received an iPod Touch as a Christmas gift in 2008. Since then, I have used and absued the thing at a level perhaps beyond what Apple ever intended. I’ve used it as a constant pocket notebook. I’ve used it as a podcast and music player every time I go on a walk (usually several times a week). I also use it as a pedometer to help record my exercise.

Are You Annoyed by Excessively Cheery People? Or Extremely Gloomy People? Part II.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the post from two weeks ago -- about people’s reactions to each other’s pronounced positivity or negativity.

What is Holding You Back?

What is keeping you from reaching your full potential?  Think of four or five things that are really holding you back.  Better yet, write them down on that scrap of paper sitting on your desk. Did you write them down?  Why not?  Go ahead and do it. I’m not going anywhere.Did you write them down now?  Ok good.

Why I don’t care about success

‘Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.’ ~Albert Einstein Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter. A lot of people in my field write about how to be successful, but I try to avoid it. It’s just not something I believe is important. Now, that might seem weird: what kind of loser doesn’t want to be successful? Me.

Donate your unwanted shoes to people in need

Do you have shoes you’ve never really worn taking up space in your closet? Are there tennis shoes that are too small for your son’s feet but with life still in them lingering under his bed?