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By John Wesley

Links of Interest

Here is a short collection of very random links that may or may not be of interest. They are just various things that I’ve found interesting and wanted to share. Non-Profit Donations – Most people are involved in some type of non-profit organization.  This post lists some of the options available for accepting donations online.

Manliness Doesn’t Just Happen

TR: A Man of Action. A Man of Contemplation. From time to time, readers will email me an article they’ve read that argues a point contrary to the message of the Art of Manliness and suggest that I respond to it.

Small Steps to Buying a House (and More)

A week or so ago, a friend of mine purchased a house with cash. It’s a bit of a fixer-upper, but it’s more than roomy enough for his needs. How did he manage to come up with the cash to just buy a home without a loan? Small steps. Nothing more, nothing less. He doesn’t go out to eat very often. Instead, he makes most of his meals at home.

Unitasker Wednesday: S’more s’mores!

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Today is National S’Mores Day, and so I decided to go searching for yet another s’mores-related unitasker. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I was going to find one.

Grundtal's Melodi

Materials: Grundtal rail, Melodi lamp Description: I was sick of my Regolit lamp. The main reason I bought it was because it is cheap and does not look too awful. But after one year sitting under Regolit there was need for something new. I wanted my new ceiling lamp to illuminate my table in a better way, so I decided it has to have at least three bulbs.

New Use for Bygel wire basket

Materials: Bygel Wire Baskets Description: I needed a better way to store ribbon in my craft room. Dowels are annoying to swap out ribbon spools, especially if you're very particular about arranging your ribbon! I suddenly realized that the hanging Bygel wire baskets in my shower might work perfectly and they did :) I went to IKEA and bought 12 BYGEL wire baskets.

A Day in the Life of a Minimalist

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Joshua Millburn of The Minimalists. I do not have a daily routine. I no longer need one. I do, however, have habits on which I focus every day. Don’t get me wrong, I used to have a daily routine — before I quit my six-figure job to pursue my passions and live a more meaningful life. And I hated that routine.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Catching Up Edition

I spent several hours yesterday just catching up on some of my favorite personal finance and personal growth blogs, bookmarking interesting posts and the like. These are (some) of my favorite articles that I found along the way. Athletes Are Not Overpaid, Stop Whining About It I completely agree with this. Athletes are paid what the market will bear for them.

Quiz: Do You Make Other People Happy?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Do you make other people happy? As put forth by the Second Splendid Truth: One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people is to be happy yourself. Everyone accepts the Second Splendid Truth, Part A; the Second Splendid Truth, Part B often isn’t as clear to people.

FreelancerPro Interview: Making a Living Writing with Carol Tice

Carol Tice has made a name for herself in the writing industry. Not only is this Seattle area resident a well-known wordsmith, but she’s carved out a niche for helping other writers to establish and grow their talents through her award-winning blog, makealivingwriting.com and her eBook by the same name.


Materials: Ikea Bodo, Gorm, plywood, wood glue & screws Description: So, I needed a shelving unit that would fit snugly in the corner of my laundry area. The space is a couple inches shy of 2 feet and apparently most units ikea has is about 2 feet wide. So I guess it's justifiable to hack.

What S&P Debt Ratings Mean for the U.S. (and Its Citizen Shareholders)

This post is from new staff writer Sarah Gilbert. We’d planned for her to make her debut later, but Gilbert offered to write about the current economic situation, so she’s stepping up the plate a little early. This is a rare GRS foray into current events. Do you like it? Hate it? Not care either way? Let us know.

Getting Advice: Who Should You Listen To?

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” -Frank Crane Everyone does it at some point in their lives.

Interview with Al Pittampalli

I recently wrote a review of Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli. It is a good book and well worth the money. Al was gracious enough to do an interview with us about his passion for creating better meetings. I was going to publish it next week sometime, but since you can still get the  digital version for free (but only for the next few days) I decided to post it now.

Seminal Productivity Ideas

A look at key articles and ideas that have influenced the way we work, including: Makers vs Managers, the "Stop Doing List," and rules to end the email spiral.