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By Gretchen Rubin

How to Build the Muscle of Change

Post written by Leo Babauta. When you try to make a change in your life, create a new habit, set a resolution … are you usually good at it, or does the change fail after 2-3 weeks? Some people are better at it than others because they’ve learned some simple strategies for changing, but also because they’ve built up their change muscle. What’s a change muscle?

Stolmen Plasma TV & gadget mount

Materials: Stolmen Description: I live in a small flat and wanted to try and use as little floor space as possible when fitting my plasma. I had already bought a wall bracket with my 50" plasma so fitted that to the two cross bars with "U" bolts from B & Q. The TV then fitted on the bracket as normal.

Health Care Help for Freelancers

Moving from a full-time job working for someone else to starting a freelance business is the dream of many. But before you make the switch there are a lot of things to think about: health insurance being one of them. If you were taking advantage of your employers health insurance benefits, be ready for sticker shock when looking at plans meant for independent workers such as freelancers.

Workspace of the Week: She’s crafty

This week’s Workspace of the Week is SpecialK08′s superb craft room: I am so incredibly envious of this week’s workspace selection that I’m now plotting to have a craft room somewhere in my home. This space is functional and impeccably well organized. It’s not matchy-matchy, and I appreciate that.

Rules Versus Facts

Personal finance articles often state “rules” of various kinds for people to follow when it comes to their money… You should be saving 10% (or 15%) of your pay for retirement. Don’t buy a home unless you have a 20% down payment. Don’t sell when the market is going down, and don’t buy when the market is going up. You get what you pay for. If you want to get a goo

10 Tips for Keeeping a Freelancer Covered

In the business world, CYA euphemistically refers to the actions you take to “cover your ass” at work (ie: taking actions to not get in trouble, get your company in trouble, or worse, get fired). In the freelance world, you still need to keep yourself covered, but in a slightly different way. Here are 10 tips on how to do that. 1. Get licensed.

Dining and Homework Center

Materials: NUMERÄR Countertop, AKURUM Wall, STÅT drawer and doors Description: Two shallow drawer cabinets were installed along the wall set the width of the counter apart. A larger counter top was purchased than needed and cut to the length and width needed for the space. The extra counter pieces leftover were cut to fit on top of the drawer cabinets.

Reader Story: How My Nosy Family Taught Me About Money

This guest post from GenQwerty is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Need Some Great Advice? Ask Death

Death is a subject that few are comfortable with.  Yet, making death your best friend can enhance your life in ways you might not otherwise imagine. One of the most effective practices recommended by traditional Toltec teachers, is called, “Using death as an adviser”.

Tripping into Terra Incognita: How Mistakes Take Us To New Places

A mistake is a collision between your perception and reality. As such, it's a terribly valuable asset.

Teaser: The 2012 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is Coming!

Spring is on the way, which means it’s almost time for the third annual Get Rich Slowly video contest! Two years ago, to celebrate this site’s fourth anniversary, we invited readers to submit short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. We received 57 submissions, from which J.D.

Minimalist Faktum/Akurum media furniture

Materials: Faktum/Akurum kitchen cabinets, 16mm MDF, 8 8mm bolts and nuts and the Kreg joinery system. Description: I wanted a minimalistic media unit with enough room for big receivers and amplifiers, but the ones I could find were either too small or too expensive for me so I decided to build my own using Ikea kitchen cabinets. I went for Faktum/Akurum cabinets and white Applad doors.

Automatically Build an Emergency Fund (60/365)

Whenever I’m asked for a single piece of financial advice for someone, I usually offer up “spend less than you earn.” When they inevitably ask me for something more specific, I tell them “start an emergency fund and stick with it.” An emergency fund is one of the best financial tools a person can have.

Faktum Organ Speakers Cabinets

Materials: Faktum Overhead Units, Non downlights. Description: Probably the most outrageous hack I've ever done. Faktum kitchen cabinets are rather heavy-duty, so I chose these cabinets as the basic frames to house the organ speakers. The blue wall, is unfortunately laid with wire and air-con ductings. Therefore the mounting points for the (rather heavy)Faktum cabinet were lowered.

At dinner the

At dinner the other night, my friend Melissa commented about how her family growing up never changed things in their houses once they occupied them. If there was wood panelling on the walls when the family moved into a house, there was wood panelling on the walls when they moved out of it.