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By John Wesley

How To Start Conversations And Make Friends

If you’ve been reading a lot of articles on how to make friends that tell you to start conversations, be more outgoing, and be yourself, and you’re not getting the results you want, I’m writing this because I found myself in the same situation seven years ago, and I had no idea how to make friends, or how to build relationships and take things from the “acquaintances” stage, and I’d l

Sometimes All

Sometimes All You Need Is 20 Seconds Of Insane Courage… Hi, my name is Lori R Taylor… As a partner of PickTheBrain, the #1 ranked Self Confidence blog online, I co-created the 90 Days Ultimate Confidence Boost with my good friend Sean Platt. “I thought for sure getting an email every day would drive me crazy. But soon I looked forward to those small does of inspiration.

6 Forgotten Drugstore Colognes and Aftershaves

Every time I stroll down the men’s grooming aisle at my local drugstore to pick up some deodorant or Brylcreem, I can’t help but notice the shelves of colognes and aftershaves.

Starting Frugally

By Leo Babauta When I started Zen Habits, not only did I have zero money to invest in a small business, I was deep in debt. I couldn’t afford to hire a designer, pay for an expensive host, buy software, hire staff, pay for anything [...]

The Counter-Intuitive Benefits of Small Time Blocks

Let's face it, the interruptions aren't going to end. A look at how to let go of the "perfect moment" mentality and take advantage of small windows of time.

HEMNES gets a double topping

Materials: 2 HEMNES Shoe cabinets, 2 wooden planks, sanding paper, wood sealer, paint, small angle irons Description: The design of the slim HEMNES shoe cabinet is the perfect solution for my narrow hallway (and a vast shoe collection)... Only problem was that a double HEMNES set-up would exceed the wall space I had to play with.

Talk About Your Money, Especially with Your Partner (9/365)

For the first two years of our marriage, Sarah and I barely spoke to each other about money.

Making Child's Play of the Ikea Doll Bed

Materials: Duktig doll bed Description: $105.95 for an American Girl doll bed vs. $20 + a few supplies for re-doing the Ikea Duktig doll bed ($20). A happy outcome for me, my pocket and my daughter Elle! Click to read the rest of the post >>

Unfinished business

The inbox on my desk is currently overflowing. I returned from traveling two weeks ago, dumped a stack of must-complete paperwork out of my briefcase and into the inbox, and immediately started to ignore the mess I’d made. The inbox ceased to be an inbox and became a Black Hole of Forgotten Items. The situation with my inbox is similar to how most messes begin in our house and in my work.

Lack Tower

Materials: Lack wall shelf, feet and hardware from hardware store, paint, screws, piece of plywood Description: My Malm nightstand wasn't working for me, so I hacked a Lack. I wanted to use it as a tower but didn't trust it to stand unaided, and bolting it directly to the wall would make it awkward to reach from the bed. I also needed one larger area for my lamp.

"How Can I Stop Being Overwhelmed by Big Projects?"

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader.

Japanese/Swedish Kotatsu (made in Australia for Canadian conditions)

Materials: Lack coffee tables x 2; Mysa Gras quilt; Snille chair backs Description: A Kotatsu is "a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, often built into the table itself.

Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

My husband gave me an iPad as a wedding gift. I thought it was pretty cool. I had no idea how much I would use it for my job. I take my iPad with me everywhere. I do not have an iPhone, or even a smartphone. The thought of reading emails (and sending them) from something that fits in your jeans pocket makes my eyes hurt.

Finances, Opportunity, and the Path of a Little Girl

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth.” – Susan B. Anthony Today, I’m going to talk about my daughter. In many regards, she’s a pretty typical four year old girl – at least judging by her peers.

I Am Not a Web Designer

I am not a web designer, and nor are you. Or a developer. Or a writer. Or whatever it is you think you are. You’re not – not in any meaningful way. Full disclosure: I am actually a web designer, probably, but stick with me here. I thought I was – for a long time.