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By Leo Babauta

5 Ways to Spread Some Festive Freelance Cheer

Freelancing is all about building relationships, and the holidays are a perfect time to nurture those relationships. Sending a holiday greeting adds a human touch to your cyber business, and keeps your name fresh in people’s minds.

Honey I shrunk the TV cabinet

Materials: 2001 Ikea av cabinet Description: The 4 door cabinet (Ikea San Francisco 2001) was too tall - I was worried that our toddler would swing on the doors and drag our pre-flatscreen TV down to flatten himself. Click to read more>>

Handling the Well-Meaning Helpers

It’s probably happened to every freelancer. Your friends, relatives, and acquaintances heard about your business – especially your never-ending quest to find and retain good clients – and they try to help. Sometimes, this help can be just what you need. I can remember when I finished my first-ever website design back in 1996.

"Catalogs. Don't Look At 'Em. Big Time Suck."

Happiness interview: Kelly Corrigan. Kelly Corrigan is a writer well-known for her books, The Middle Place and Lift, and also from her YouTube video, Transcending, which has been viewed more than 4.75 million times. She writes a lot about the challenges of life, small and large—from ordinary, day-to-day issues to major challenges such as her fight with cancer.

Reader Mailbag: Book Suggestions

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. Investing in tax liens 2. How much for housing? 3. Stuck in a rut 4. Choosing an investment house 5. Turning the economy around 6. Investing for youths 7. Reactivating old card 8. Auto loan credit question 9.

5 Free Ways to De-Stress

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I’ve started to notice something about my spending habits, and maybe you can relate. When I’m sad, stressed, or emotional, I often justify expenses by telling myself “I deserve it.” Before I wised up financially, my self-rewards were expensive. Spa services, new clothes, beauty products I didn’t want or need.

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Anton Beech/Birch Veneer takes a walk on the wild side...

Materials: Anton, high gloss paint, d-c-fix Self Adhesive Vinyl Description: Practical but UGH-LY hand-me-down cabinet with a huge old grease stain on top. No way this was gonna stand next to my Expedits in my home office/livingroom looking like that! Fast and easy fix.

Whose Goals Are You Really Chasing?

Do you have a big goal for the next year – or perhaps a three-year or five-year plan?

How To Make Exercise a Great Part of Your Life

Are you exercising enough? For most people, the answer to that question is “no” – especially at this time of year, during the holidays. Exercise might not feel like your top priority right now. But keeping active is crucial for good physical and mental health. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, exercise is important.

Lessons in Manliness from Dante

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Ratelle. “I see man’s mind cannot be satisfied unless it be illumined by that truth beyond which there exists no other truth.” - Paradiso IV.124-126. Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Thinker, is probably the single most well-known depiction of the poet Dante.

A Quick-Start Guide to Teaching Yourself Creative Software

Growing as a creative often means learning new software. But how to go about it? We break down the best tutorial resources, and some quick tips on getting started.  

Bonus for my tire

Materials: Bonus (1 spoon) Description: A Bonus spoon as a tire lever ~ MacFlo

Two Fjellse Twin Beds into a Trundle

Materials: 2 Fjellse twin beds, 2 sultan lade slats, 2 tag handles, 4 felt furniture sliders,2 twin mattresses, wood screws, drill, saw, screwdriver Description: Our office/music studio needed a place to relax and space for guests. An upholstered day bed plus trundle is the perfect solution! 1. Assemble the headboards and drill new holes for the bed rails about 4" above current holes. 2.

Developing Self-Control and Perseverance

Laurie writes in: My main observation though is the constant path of self control and perseverance you seem to follow. I commend you highly for being able to do this.