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By Leo Babauta

What Does “Success” Mean to You?

Success. It’s something that most of us want in our lives. We might have a hazy picture of what it looks like: “Lots” of money A jet-setting lifestyle A great relationship Achieving a particular status within a career The problem is, none of these things are easy (or even possible) to achieve. How much money is “lots”? What counts as a “great” relationship?

Elegant shades

Materials: Ekas Lamp Shades Description: I have 2 lamps with Ekas lamp shades - one in white and another black. I purchsed some glass chandelier glass prism and some purple chandelier acrylic crystals. On the white Ekas shade, I sub divided the circumference of the base of the shade into 12 even sections, each punched with a small hole near the bsae of the shade.

10 Books to Gift the Geeky Creative in Your Life

Shopping for that brainy special someone? Check our shortlist of great new nonfiction reads across creativity, productivity, and technology.

How to Roast Chestnuts Over an Open Fire (Plus Chestnut Roaster Giveaway!)

Wait. Before you begin reading this post, click play on the video below. Ah, that’s better. Now we’re ready to proceed. You’ve probably heard the “Christmas Song” hundreds of times in your life, and you’re well familiar with that opening line about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” But how many of us have actually partaken in this holiday tradition?

How to Appreciate the Pain of Financial Problems

Coming out of consumer debt (car, credit card, student loans) was an extremely painful experience for me. In fact, I intentionally allowed it to be more painful than necessary by going through the process faster and cutting expenses more deeply.

BESTA Floating Media Cabinet With Flat Panel TV

Materials: 2 BESTA Shelving units with 3 BESTA HOLMBO Doors Description: First off, I mounted the flat panel screen and ran wires through wall. BESTA shelving units rested temporarily on standard 1 gallon paint cans (which are the PERFECT height for any floating cabinet in my book).

The Unemployment Plan

Craig writes in: I just found out that I’m being “downsized” at the end of the year. While I have a small emergency fund, I do have a mortgage and a bit of credit card debt. I also have three kids at home. My wife will continue to work, but she has only a part-time job with minimal benefits.

The No New Gifts Holiday Challenge

Post written by Leo Babauta. Are you ready to participate in the mad shopping frenzy that we partake in every year, not only on Black Friday but all holiday season long? Are you ready for an incredible burst of spending, for racking up credit card debt, for the stress of buying things for everyone on your list? Are you ready to consume an insane amount of resources, to have a huge impact on the en


Materials: VANVIK bed (full), SARALISA, MINNA, & DITTE yard fabric, cording for piping, velcro, sewing machine, electic staple gun, and hours of measuring, pinning, and sewing! Description: A few years ago, IKEA released the VANVIK bed frame featuring curved black metal legs, adorned by a slipcover featuring the LEABY black & white floral print that was originally introduced in the EKTO

Remember the Dog That Doesn't Bark.

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 Gratitude (I didn't even consider the fact that Thanksgiving is coming up, very appropriate), and last week’s resolution was to Find gratitude cues in everyday life.

How to preserve photographs worth keeping in three simple steps

Today’s post is written by Sally Jacobs, the Practical Archivist. She has worked on archival collections at the Library of Congress Prints and Photos Division, the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives and American Girl. Thank you, Sally, for agreeing to share your amazing, in-depth knowledge of archival procedures with us.

Why Your Boss Keeps Killing Your Great Ideas

It’s 9am on a Monday morning. You’re gathered around a meeting table.“Listen up, people,” says the SVP who’s leading your team. “We need knew ideas. Fresh, creative approaches, things that push the envelope. If we don’t get them, I don’t know what’s going to happen. You have until same time next week.

Transfer Big Files: The Top 7 Tools You Should Use

If you work online, and most of us do in some capacity, it’s likely that you’ll have to transfer big files from time to time. Usually, the quickest way to transfer big files or share your work with someone is to email it to them, which means you just attach it to the email … right? Not so fast my friend. The problem, of course, is that most email clients have an attachment l

Thank Godmorgon all my jewelry fits!

Materials: Godmorgon Wall Cabinet with 2 doors, Satta Knobs, 8X10 Picture Frame, Ring Foam Pad, Cup Hooks, Earrings Holder Description: I wasn't happy with the amount of space I had with my previous jewelry cabinet, especially with the lack of space for my long necklaces. Since I am not willing to pay $300 plus for a jewelry armoire I decided to hack one.

The Cost of Maintenance and Defense

Based on the title of this post, you might think that I’m delving into politics or the federal budget, but I’m not. Instead, I’ll start off with three little stories about Sarah and our family. 1. When Sarah and I were shopping for a house in 2007, we looked at a lot of them.