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By Mark Shead

The Waiting Game

Recently, a friend of mine offered up an interesting thought on personal finance issues: “You know what the worst part about getting your money straight is? The waiting. It doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years. All of that waiting on your debts to go away is just excruciating.” I know exactly what he means – and it’s not just the debts either.

The Recession Special: 5 Low-Cost, Family Friendly Meals

On a typical Friday night, you can find me down at Robert’s Western World, a honky-tonk located on Broadway Street in downtown Nashville.  Robert’s has always been considered a Mecca for fans of the Rockabilly and Country & Western genres.  Yet, local Nashvillians will also tell you that Robert’s has arguably always been the best place to snag a burger after a night of imbibing oneself

Borrby Lantern lamp from Grono Disaster

Materials: Borrby Lantern, Grono lamp parts Description: After my dog broke my Grono table lamp, I wanted to get creative and salvage the lamp base. I took a Borrby lantern I had on hand and with a few minor alterations turned it into a great new lamp! Using a 1 1/4" hole saw bit, I drilled through the bottom to pop in the base.

Spare Change: Missing Person Edition

Most of the time, I use these weekly links round-ups as a chance to share bits and pieces about non-financial aspects of my life. Today’s a bit different. Today’s edition features a bit of a public service. Every summer, more than 2000 bicyclists participate in Cycle Oregon, a week-long tour of our beautiful state.

The Habit Course

Post written by Leo Babauta. Today I launch the 2nd rendition of my course on creating habits: The Habit Course. The 4-week course is a culmination of everything I’ve learned about habits in the last six years (read My Story for more on the habits I’ve changed).

To Boost Your Self-Control, Beware the "Licensing Effect."

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 Self-control, and last week’s resolution was to Use convenience to your advantage. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Ikea iPhone Stand

Materials: IKEA TERTIAL LAMP, iPod base. Description: Finally, we made the iPhone base we were needing to make better Arduino tutorial videos. It's a simple IKEA Hack of an extensible lamp. We remove the lamp head but keeping the base of the head. We also remove the screw for the head and use an 90 angle from the hardware store and attached it to the base with another screw.

Uncertainty and the Day the Music (Nearly) Died

It would be hard for me to find any of my buddies who’s impacted me more than Jonathan Fields. Jonathan has always found a way to push me, and he’s usually the first person I go to with ideas or advice. In fact, it was but a few months ago that Jonathan convinced me to take a massive step in a direction that scared the living wizz out of me.

Top 10 Note Taking Apps for Freelancers

A typical freelancer is an idea generating engine. New ideas spring up all the time. Suddenly, you may realize you have a perfect solution to a problem or get inspiration on the go. To record your precious ideas there are handy note taking apps. These tools usually contain features like notes and web clippings. They instantly save content with small text overview.

The Products You Buy

The products you buy will not make you smarter.

How To Blow A Business Ghostwriting Assignment

Credit: flattop341 on Flickr “Ghostwriting” business communications is a lucrative and satisfying writing niche that requires some special skills and the right mindset.

Glamour console

Materials: VIKA FAGERLID (table leg with storage) and EKBY ALEX (shelf with drawer) Description: My girlfriend and I were looking for a small console because we have little space near the front door, but consoles at ikea were all too big.

10 Career Lessons from Julia Child

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who believes lavender, chocolate, and honey are the stuff that dreams are made of. Readers, I hope you’ll forgive me for writing another culinary-themed post here at Get Rich Slowly.

How to Stay On-Task...Every Day

Do you have trouble staying focused?Whether you work for yourself or for an employer, spending hours surfing the net and updating your Facebook profile won’t get you any closer to your goals ...

Got Mental Exercise? 9 Ways to Stay Sharp

Just as we all need physical exercise, so too we all need mental exercise.  Just as our body becomes flabby from lack of physical exercise, so too our mind becomes “flabby” from lack of mental exercise.  Absent mental exercise, we’re likely to become bored or even depressed.    The good news is that we have many ways of exercising our mind.  Let’s take a look… Working Work prov