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By John Wesley

Bali Dispatch #2: Eat, Pray, Spasm, Pray Some More, Move

It’s 10:20 on a gorgeous Bali morning, our second real day here…as I write this dispatch from my bed. Not because I want to. But, because I can’t move… See, here’s the thing. I love my new Ogio Epic pack.

Ãnga cabinet sideboard

Materials: Ãnga two compartment cabinet, Capita legs, Rubrik cabinet door Description: My roommate and I were looking for something to use as a sideboard in a space in our dining room, and obviously wanted to go the Ikea route to flow with the rest of our apartment, but were having some troubles. We wanted something that would provide lots of storage but wouldn't be too big depth-wise.

How to Safeguard Your Social Security Number

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. In articles about how to prevent identity theft, I’ve often read that one should never give out his or her social security number (SSN) unless absolutely necessary. That sounds like good common sense.

7 Steps to Creating a Successful Online Business

We all want to create a passive online business that allows us to travel the world, sip drinks on the beach and enjoy life to its fullest. But does that reality exist? Is it possible to create a successful online business that practically runs itself?

Fake it Till You Make it: 10 Ways to Feel Confident (Even When You Aren’t)

“Original Fake” Photo Credit: courtesy of MashKulture Is your self-confidence natural, or a daily struggle? Many people’s confidence naturally wavers from day to day, leaving them too timid or confused at just the wrong time.

The Whole Man: 25 Men Who Cultivated Both Mind and Body

They are the two stock characters of many a movie and television show, especially those set in high school or college: the jock and the nerd. Brains and brawn. The meathead and the brainiac. AC Slater and Screech. The jock excels at sports, but has little between his ears. The nerd is a whiz in the lab but a total klutz on the field.

Getting Things Done: The Power of the Collection Habit

This is the eleventh entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Allen concludes the book with three short chapters discussing the power of various aspects of the GTD system.

Video: Cultivate Gratitude -- Find a Way!

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 Eternity. Last week’s resolution was to Imitate a spiritual master. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Energy Drink Showdown: Rockstar vs. Red Bull

It’s no secret that freelancers run unusual and sometimes extended hours. When making a deadline matters, what do you use to give yourself a kick in the seat?  When you need to pull an all-nighter, or you need to stay awake after your last all-nighter, which energy drink do you reach for before you fall asleep on your keyboard?

Hack of a Lack holding Cat

Materials: Lack wall shelf Description: We wanted to put up something that our cats could use to climb on and that didn't take up any valuable horizontal real estate. Saw a pet store in our neighborhood using shelves as climbing walls for cats and looked online only to find that this is not so uncommon a practice and discovered this fab site along the way.

The Delicate Art of Being Perfectly Assertive

 Finding the sweet spot - how to achieve a balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.

NeighborGoods helps you find specific items to rent or borrow

Borrow or rent equipment, tools, and reusable goods from your neighbors through the new NeighborGoods site. Instead of buying a specialized item, first check to see if you can save your money (and storage space) and get it on loan from a neighbor. Since the NeighborGoods site is new, there might not be many items yet available in your community.

Making Your Time Less Money-Dense

One of the biggest ways to leak money is to spend your time in money-dense ways. The easiest way to explain it is to just show you a bunch of examples. Spending eight hours at Disney World with the requisite food, drink, and souvenir purchases costs about $200. The cost per hour of this event is $25 per hour.

XL Numerar Desk

Materials: Numerar Worktop (246 x 62cm) / Vika Kaj Adjustable Leg Description: Me and my girlfriend needed a new desk. A large one. So that we could work at it together. Inspired by this post, we decided to go for a Numerar worktop (length 246cm). We thought it would look best to use as few legs as possible so we mounted some wooden beams we had left to our wall for the worktop to lay on.

Cool PC Apps: The Top 50 PC Applications for Freelancers

credit: Shutterstock Poor PC freelance users, we never get the love we deserve! So to help rectify that, I took some time to round up the best 50 PC apps that freelancers can use in their business, in no particular order.