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By John Wesley

What Common Self Esteem Exercise Can Actually Affect You Negatively??

You've probably read over and over (ad nauseam) about the power affirmations and positive self-speak have. Pick up a number of resources or talk to the experts and chances are you will hear about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Choose a Camp Stove

The question of how to choose a camp stove sometimes ends up being a discussion with the rancor of a religious debate. Ultralighters, basecampers, and everyone in-between has an opinion. So let’s explore the different options, and maybe we can come to an ecumenical agreement. There are many stoves on the market, and almost all have unique features that give them their niche.

Hacker Help: How to add slide out inserts to Lack table?

Materials: LACK coffee table + extra tabletops, mahogany veneer Description: If you can stand another question about a potential table hack, I'd love to hear what the amazing hackers here think about my current (theoretical) project. Click to read the rest of the post >>

So You Want My Job: Poet

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. There are legions of aspiring writers out there–would-be journalists, novelists, and bloggers are a dime a dozen.

Resist the Temptations of Soda and Fast Food (81/365)

Soda and fast food are both convenient pick-me-ups that many people utilize for a sweetness fix or for getting rid of a case of the munchies. From a personal finance perspective, though, there are much better choices for each of those options. Let’s look at soda for starters.

Ikea Self-Hack: Pax as Walk-in Closet

Materials: Pax, Malm Description: An IkeaFans user, responding to my question about using Pax wardrobes back-to-back, pointed me to an Ikea video in which an in-house interior designer shows a brilliantly simple way to create a walk-in closet with Pax. I feel obliged to pass this on. Enjoy! Click to read the rest of the post >>

How to Find Happiness Without Buying It

Our materialistic society has led us to believe that happiness cannot be obtained without having money.Rather than learning to be satisfied with what we have, we are taught to want more.

"I Feel Thankful for Trials That Have Helped Me See Perspective."

Happiness interview: Stephanie Nielson. Years ago, when I started out out as a blogger, I heard about a popular blog by Stephanie Nielson called the The NieNie Dialogues. Then in 2008, the sad news swept through blogland that Stephanie been in a terrible plane crash.

Desk riser to dog dining table

Materials: Desk riser, Capita legs Description: We wanted to raise the dog's food up off the floor, but didn't like the wire food dish holders they sell at the pet store. We were going to try to hack our old lack coffee table and make a mini dog dining table, but in the location our dog eats, we really didn't want squared edges.

A Powerful Three-Step Algorithm for Happiness

Post written by Leo Babauta. Today I’m going to share a really simple secret that can make your day instantly better. If you’re feeling down, it can make you happier, all day long. It’s something I’ve been trying myself, with great results. It’s three steps, and anyone can do them. This is an algorithm that can be repeated over and over, all day long.

Reader Mailbag: Seedlings

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. Renting or selling land 2. My religion 3. College cash and investing 4. Transportation dilemma 5. Drawbacks of ebooks 6. Retirement and student loans 7. Walking away? 8. Garden vegetable choices 9.

Leadership: Men vs. Women

Are women better leaders than men? This is the central question in a new survey by Utah-based Zegner/Folkman, a leadership development consultancy. The results of this survey might surprise you. For the survey, 7,280 leaders had their leadership effectiveness evaluated by managers and executives who worked with them.

Space-saving solutions for small homes

Although I grew up spending weekends on our family farms shucking corn and talking to Bessie the Cow (all the cows had the same name, it was easier that way), I am a big-city girl at heart. I long to be in a city with a coffee shop right around the corner and pavement under my feet.

Continuing Education May Make You Wiser, But Richer?

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. I live in a world in which I am blessed with lots of friends who are writers, but even I — social media maven that I am — would put my writing community at far less than a thousand. Yet a few weeks ago, there I was in Chicago with (according to one estimate) 11,000 writers, editors, publishers, and writing teachers.

7 Ways to Toughen Up Your Freelancing Game

Working as a freelancer may not conjure up images of being a tough cookie, but being a one-person show at your own business takes remarkable creativity, discipline, and good old-fashioned moxie. The Atlantic called freelancing the “next industrial revolution” of our time.