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By Brett Kelly

Design Your Life. Or Begin Your Journey. Or Make Your Resolutions.

Assay>: On the importance of choosing the right vocabulary. As I’ve talked to people about their happiness projects, I’ve realized that the specific words people choose are very important.

Why Should a Man Get Married?

I get asked this question all the time, and I think it’s one that’s got enough cultural pressure behind it that it’s worth discussing. From a purely financial standpoint, why should a man get married? Let’s look at the reasons behind this question first. The argument against marriage for men is pretty straightforward.

The Boring Truth Behind Very Exciting Ideas

In schools, we teach (or at least we used to teach) critical thinking, logic, communication, and even marketing. But we don’t teach creativity. We assume that everyone has creativity, lurking inside them somewhere. To that end, we send children to classes in music, dance, art, to give them a chance to let some of that relentless creativity out.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 2, March

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Flyt Miniramp for Fingerboards

Materials: Flyt Magazine case Description: To convert your Flyt Magazine case into a Flyt Miniramp for fingerboards 1. Take 4 Flyte magazine cases and asemble as instructed. 2. With the instruction paper mark out and cut a template as shown in the photo. 3. Mark out using the template on the flyt case and cut off the scrap area. 4.

Reader Mailbag: NCAA Tournament Predictions

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. Handling a windfall 2. Underwater on mortgage 3. The best next step 4. More for the mortgage? 5. Saving up for payments 6. Package price increase 7. Maximize investments or pay mortgage? 8. Exercising at home 9.

10 Hard Truths About Blogging

With job satisfaction rates at record lows and more and more people looking to enjoy a higher quality of life, millions of people are desperately trying to leave their miserable jobs and are flocking to the world of blogging and Internet marketing.If you're already a blogger, chances are you've heard of Darren Rowse, Brian Clark, and Leo Babauta.

Super storage closets

A well-organized storage closet can be a beneficial attribute in any home or office. You can easily find what you need, when you need it, and have an exact space to return an object when you’re finished.

A stool gone classy

Materials: An old Ikea stool, fabric, fiber foam, spray glue and staples Description: Very easy, I just glued some foam on an old stool then stapled a nice fabric on it and "voila"! ~ Marlene Weil, Montreal

You Can Have It All (Just Not All At Once)

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving.

How to Wake Up Early

By Cat Li Stevenson After reading last week’s article on problem solving, Tina casually mentioned wanting to wake up early. I felt inspired to write a piece on how to wake up early. For the past 4 months, I’ve been consistently waking up early—5am specifically. This article contain tips I’ve found helpful to became an early riser. 4:45 a.m.

Five Reasons to Keep a Journal

If you've been reading Dumb Little Man for a while, you might have figured out that I'm a writer. I love words. I write for a living – and it's a childhood dream come true for me.Now, you might not be a writer. In fact, for all I know, you hate writing.I'm going to suggest that you think about keeping a journal, all the same. Why?

A Man’s Guide to Pregnancy Part 1: How to Take Care of a Pregnant Wife

In today’s society, it’s easy to forget that there any major differences between the genders. Until your wife gets pregnant. Then the difference between the sexes will yawn like a great chasm before you.

Stop the Insanity: How To Crush Communication Overload

Are you constantly playing catch-up with a million different messages? It's time to take back control of our communications. Here's how.