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By Mark Shead

20 Ways to Start a Conversation and Build Into a Connection

I’m an introvert. Let there be no doubt about it. I often feel innerly awkward around people I don’t know, and I tend to clam up and not speak. At times, I even do this around people I do know. Yet, I also know how incredibly valuable human relationships can be. Close friends and close family relationships add a ton of value to life.

Creative Self Promotion Event – Win $100 in MOO Printing Vouchers

Advertise here with BSACredit: Luisa Vidal on MOO Need to put your name out there? Get the right peoples attention? Grab more clients? Who doesn’t right? It’s time to put together a creative self promotion. FreelanceSwitch and MOO have teamed up to challenge you to think outside the box. Will you create a viral video to promote your freelance business?

Switching out seasonal clothing

If you live in an area of the world that experiences four seasons, this is the time of year when you’re switching out your cold weather clothes for your warm weather ones (or the other way around if you live in the southern hemisphere).

Bedroom Litter Box

Materials: Stolmen Chest with 2 drawers Description: We share our bedroom with the cat's litter box, which is the only suitable space in our apartment. I came across this site a few months ago and was inspired to make a hack that would hide the box and allow us to use the space above it.

Five Ways to Outwit the ATM

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. Automated teller machines are from the devil, and debit cards are Satan’s imps. Sure, it’s great to be able to get cash whenever you want.

When It’s Time To Go – Leaving Your Current Workplace

Advertise here with BSACredit: smartview27 on Photodune “I wouldn’t want to know a man who hasn’t been fired!” I forget who said that but I laughed whenever I heard it because I had never been fired.

Five Ridiculous Reasons Why You’re a Couch Potato

I’m pretty good at making excuses – and I expect you are too. It’s all too easy to come up with a reason not to do something if we’re feeling a bit tired or lazy.Now, we all know that we should be exercising. We’ve heard all the benefits – lifelong health, weight loss, more energy, fewer illnesses – but we’re great at finding ridiculous reasons not to get moving.

Why Do We Suffer From Low Self-Esteem?

Mike had become a wealthy entrepreneur, but he had a hard time enjoying his business success because it seemed that every minute he wasn’t solving a business problem he was worried about what others thought of him and what he could do to get their approval. Janet probably had as many good ideas as Mike, but because she was plagued with procrastination, she was nowhere near as s

How Naked Pizza Grew from 1 to 450 Stores in 18 Months

Eighteen months ago, World’s Healthiest Pizza was a tiny pizza shop operating out of 496 square feet of space in a part of New Orleans that was largely submerged after Hurricane Katrina.Today, just a year and a half later, it’s a multi-national company with more than 450 franchises sold under the name of Naked Pizza, including a flagship shop in Dubai.

An honest question for climate skeptics in the southwest

The federal government today came out with a report saying that the southwest is going to get much dryer in the coming decades. That means: Less drinking water Less water for crops and livestock More wildfires More conflict between states and cities over river management According to the New York Times: ...

Two Important Lessons from My Much-Procrastinated Trip to the Dentist.

This afternoon, I finally went to the dentist. I was due for a check-up in July, and for the last eight months, I've been moving the reminder card around my office and coming up with new excuses about why I couldn't make an appointment.

How I Invest My Money

Earlier this month, I shared a new financial framework I’ve been developing, one that stresses earning, spending, and saving as the building blocks of personal finance. Two weeks ago, I elaborated by sharing how I make money. Last week, I turned to the other half of the basic personal-finance equation: I shared how I spend money.

Why I Prefer Living Rural

This past weekend, my family travelled to visit several members of our extended families. The are we travelled to was decidedly rural. Statistically, it’s a below-average income county in a below-average income state. I know a lot of people near where we live who couldn’t imagine living in such an area. They complain about the educational level of the people there.

Island Getaway

Materials: Any Ikea Base Cabinet, Ikea Perfekt End Base Unit, Ikea Capita Legs, Any Ikea Wood Butcher Block Countertop (Lagan, Varde, Numerar), Wainscoting Panels Description: Okay, maybe not, but with the money I saved on my kitchen island, I probably could have taken a nice little vacation. I turned an Ikea base cabinet into an island for my kitchen.

Jump-Start Your Career With a Personal Business Model

This post previously appeared on Get Rich Slowly in a slightly different form. Work life. The business world. So often, jobs and the businesses that provide them are framed as an opposition of sorts — as adversaries compelling us to be someone other than ourselves.