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By Brett Kelly

Is This Moving You Towards Your Goals?

Whenever I consider whether or not I should be doing something, I ask myself a very simple question. Is this moving me towards my goals? The outcome of that question casts a strong light on the activity at hand. Sometimes, it’s a positive light and it encourages me to move forward.

"If I Could Remove One Phrase from the English Language, It Would Be 'It Is What It Is.'"

Happiness interview: Hope Edelman. I first met Hope Edelman when her book The Possibility of Everything had just been published, through my friend Kamy Wicoff of SheWrites. I already knew Hope by reputation, because of her other books, such as Motherless Daughters.

Dog chair

Materials: Gulliver Description: A stool for my dog King made of the Gulliver chair. A very simple switch and the stool becomes a dog. ~ Jo Klaps, Brussels

Ikea Spice Rack Hack - The Warli Way!

Materials: BEKVAM Spice Rack Description: I wanted spice rack to match my theme in Indian Kitchen. Got it Painted Black and did warli Painting on it. Warli painting dates back to 10th Century, found in Maharastra in India. It depicts the daily life of Warli Tribes. See more of the Warli spice rack. ~ Anitha Murali, Dubai, UAE

How To Create Your Own Personal Independence Day

‘The greatest security is to plan and act and take the risk that will make you independent.’ - Denis Waitley I am an Australian, and we don’t celebrate Independence Day like the Americans.

February resolution wrap up, and introduction of March resolution

In 2011, I’m trying out small, monthly resolutions instead of large, annual New Year’s resolutions. My public resolution for January was to be more organized in the kitchen, and create and use more nutritious meal plans for my family.

Semi-home made 'LACKured' media cabinet

Materials: Lack Shelving Unit, Power Drill, 2-1/2 in. Hole Saw, Key Hole Saw, 1/4" brushed nickel aluminum channel, BIN shellac based primer by Zinsser, satin white spray paint, translucent white plexi-glass, plastic oval grommet, Loctite super glue Description: I was inspired by an Ikea hack done by Matt in Portland.

Reader Mailbag: Communication

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. Converting to Roth IRA 2. Going part time 3. Short sell our home? 4. Going back to school 5. Pushy in-laws 6. Healthy but tasty lunches 7. Which debt to repay first? 8. Should we refinance? 9. Underwater loan 10.

The Freelancer’s Cheat Sheet for Collections

Credit: Olle Svensson on Flickr Collections — even the mention of that word puts a sad look on any freelancer’s face. We’ve all wound up with a client who simply failed to pay up. The simple truth is that we’ll probably see more down the road, as well. There’s no set signals that we can look for that will tell us if a given client will pay or not.

Developing Systems That Work

In my fantasy life, I’m an organized guy. In the real world, that’s just not the case. I do my best to stay on top of things — I make lists, use a calendar, ask Kris for help — but there always seems to be something slipping through the cracks. Before we left for Africa, for example, I hid my wallet. I always do this when we go on a long trip.

The 5 Step Process to Complete TV Elimination

“But when television is bad, nothing is worse…Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off.  I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.”  These words were said in 1961, by FCC chairman Newton Minnow. When he said this, there were only three channels to choose from; now there are hundreds.  However, I think his words still ring true.

Hero Training: The Chase Down a Purse Snatcher Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. Awhile back, Chad did an awesome series for us on the basics of boxing. Today he’s starting a new fantastic series on hero training. Every other week, Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task.

Confessions of a Manipulator

Photo by Sara Lando Editor’s Note: Welcome to two new members of the TSN family: Matt & Pooja, who together worked on this article. When Matt first shared his stories with me, I felt instantly moved by the raw beauty, innocence and candidness in his voice. I hope some of it speaks to you. Pooja is our new editor.

8 Tips for Feeling Happier During an Unhappy Time.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for feeling happier during an unhappy time. At some points in life, it's not possible -- or at least not easy -- to feel happy. However, even then, it's sometimes possible to feel happier.

Spare Change: Tweetchat Today! Edition

Wow. No matter how much I try to prepare, coming back from a long vacation is always a lot of work. It’s very difficult, for instance, to sort through hundreds of e-mail messages to find the ones that are most important. Meanwhile, there’s a blog that needs to be written!