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By John Wesley

New month a good time to start new routines

As a child, I looked forward to August more than any other month of the year. It’s my birthday month and it’s back to school month — a duo of perfection in my world. August was, and still is for me, the month of new beginnings. As an adult, I’ve tried to use August as my month to start new habits and routines (or as a time to improve old ones).

Cookie stand for children

Materials: Duktig (plastic glasses), Kalas (plastic plates), Pyssla Description: This is a colourful cakestand for children party. You need: 1 set duktig plastic glasses, 1 set kalas colourfull plastic plates, and strong plastic glue. First place the 3 selected plates upside down. Glue the Pyssla beads to the plates, all along the border.

What is Retirement?

I just returned from my annual weekend trip to Oregon’s Opal Creek Wilderness area. Every year, I join five other friends to hike into the forest, pitch our tents on the banks of the creek, and sit around the fire talking about life.

7 Must Read Success Lessons from Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was a famous lecturer and writer as well as the developer of very popular courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, interpersonal skills, and public speaking.Dale wrote the first book I ever read (that I wasn’t required to read).

How To Stop Making Yourself Sick!

Nobody WANTS to be sick. Right? Before reading a fabulous book called The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin [http://www.sedona.com], I would have gotten all up in your grill at the suggestion that I wanted to be sick.  If you had told me that I, myself, caused my own sniffles, them’s woulda been fightin’ words (once I got better). After reading the book and practicing the exercises in

The Sacred To-do List

Everyone is familiar with a to-do list, but most people don’t really understand the importance of having a list of the things you want to accomplish. Creating a to-do list is creating a list of goals. The list tells you what you need to do to achieve some larger outcome in your life.

Man Knowledge: Legends of the Northwest – Mountain Men

“Habitual watchfulness destroys every frivolity of mind and action.  They seldom smile: the expression of their countenances is watchful, solemn, and determined.  They ride and walk like men whose breasts have been so long exposed to the bullet and the arrow, that fear finds within them no resting place.” -Thomas J.

Review: Point, Click, and Save

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. MashupMom.com is one of the better coupon and sale aggregating blogs out there (meaning that most of the content posted is either sales at various stores or coupons for various products). I have mixed feelings about such sites.

Reader Story: Widowed Young

This guest post from Heather 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. In 2002, I was 28 years old with a dead husband.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Simplicity and sincerityThe choice to live simply isn’t one of denial or exclusion, but rather one of being sincere in all of your actions. Unitasker Wednesday: Frozen Food Safety MonitorSo, in addition to having rotten food, you also have a monitor to tell you that your food is rotten — how about that! Tough calls and hard decisionsI’m of the opinion that it’s okay t

"If I Seek [Beauty] Elsewhere Because I Do Not Find Her at Home, My Search Will Prove a Fruitless One."

“Such is beauty ever -- neither here nor there, now nor then, neither in Rome nor in Athens, but wherever there is a soul to admire. If I seek her elsewhere because I do not find her at home, my search will prove a fruitless one." -- Henry David Thoreau * Interested in starting your own happiness project?

The Simple Dollar Reading Guide: What’s Missing?

Every Sunday morning for the next few months, I’m going to “riff” on a chapter from my book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by reflecting on particular pieces of it that I’ve had further reflections on or particularly excite me, including some elements that were removed from the final draft.

Linkswitch #29: Upselling, Report Writing, Meeting Deadlines

How to Balance Your Internet Life with Your Real Life Hi, I’m Carl, and I’m a blogger. I really started blogging back in 1997 when I created an e-mail newsletter for the newspaper. I would start each daily e-mail with some personal insights then list the day’s headlines. I didn’t know it but it was blogging. I thought I could quit whenever I wanted. But I kept posting updates.

The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How to Identify Them!)

Normal 0 0 1 883 5036 41 10 6184 11.773 0 0 0 A recent BusinessWeek article reported that, “According to a new survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM's Institute for Business Value (IBM), CEOs identify ‘creativity’ as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future.” While the stu

The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How to Identify Them!)

Want to make ideas happen? Or hire someone who can? We shortlist the key traits for putting ideas into action, and tell you how to identify them.