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Get Rich Slowly

By J.D. Roth

The Things You Don’t Want to Hear

The things you don’t want to hear are often the very things you should be thinking about and focusing on. Whenever my weight used to peak, the last thing I wanted to hear from anyone was a remark about my weight.

Dress and cage stand from floor lamp

Materials: Old IKEA NOT floor lamp TYP G9711, cage, dress body Description: First I dismantled the lamp. Then I polished the surface. The stand comes in three pieces, I took one piece out, otherwise it would be too tall. I painted it with white ground coat, after that I used white color spray. I simply pulled the dress body over it.

How to Create a Scanned Digital Signature

If you like this article you might also enjoy our post about how to use your signature to sign documents in Acrobat. We also have a number of other articles about going paperless and one on Digital Signatures and Encryption that might be useful. If you want to create a scanned electronic version of your signature, there are several ways to do it.

When Being Who You Are Challenges the Norms

Post written by Leo Babauta. I believe in shaking up the way things are done. Often we’re stuck in a rut of doing things a certain way, because that’s the way everyone else does things, because that’s how it’s always done. Because it’s safe. But the normal way of doing things is often not the only way, nor the best way.

DIY Mud Room

Materials: Hemnes Bookcase and Hemnes TV console Description: Having three small kids I really needed a mudroom, but the cost of an addition was impossible. We had a neat little alcove in our dining room that seemed like the perfect place for a DIY mudroom. Ever the IKEA addict, I scoured their website looking for a solution, but was left disappointed with my options and their prices.

Everything Else Is Icing

I had the incredible experience of being the closing keynote at my friend, Chris Guillebeau‘s World Domination Summit in Portland a week ago. You can find Chris’ wrap up and links to others here.

Organizing advice from classical Greeks

More than 2,000 years ago, famous Greek philosopher Socrates and a man named Isomachus were having a discussion about how Isomachus wished his wife would run their home (the conversation is recorded by Xenophon in chapter eight of his writing Oeconomicus).

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 2, June

Advertise here with BSA Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Reader Mailbag: Longer Hair

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Painful consequences 2. Starting a blog 3. Saving for international college 4. Financial plan feedback 5. Separating personal and business money 6. Buying a vehicle 7. Cutting expenses and paying debt 8.

Black TV unit gets a Second hack

Materials: HUGE BLACK TV UNIT, MDF, WOOD, GLUE, SCREWS. SAW AND SCREWDRIVER Description: Sorry can't remember what the unit was called and it wasn't around for long. First we cut it in half and added Ikea work tops and made 2 console tables from it a couple of years back now. Then we moved just over a year ago and they got pushed together as a craft table Second hack...

Freelance Freedom #211: Inspiration Strikes

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Putting First Things First

The morning is my time. Five days a week, I’m up at 5:30. I come downstairs, sip a diet soda or a cup of tea (lapsang souchong), and spend a few minutes checking e-mail and approving comments. By 5:45, I’m in my gym clothes and out the door. I walk through the quiet streets of my neighborhood, greeting the birds and the cats and the dogs. I admire the flowers.

Why Efficiency is Overrated – and What to Do About It

An awful lot of time-management techniques show an obsession with efficiency. And being efficient – getting tasks done quickly – is certainly important. But efficiency for its own sake is worthless. Sure, you could spend three hours implementing a new system that lets you automatically tag every email as it comes in.

The 5 Switches of Manliness: Legacy

We started the last post in this series with a surprising fact–that only about 33% of our ancestors were male.

Fix Bad Habits: Insights from a 7-Year Obsession

Getting rid of bad habits isn't just about saying NO. To truly succeed, we must replace the bad behavior with a better behavior. Here's how.