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By Trent Hamm

3 Ways To Be The Architect Of Your Own Life

Architects are skilled in planning, design, and oversight. Architecture isn’t just limited to the construction of buildings. For example, often visionaries are architects of their generations. When you look at the leaders of yesterday and today, such as Henry Ford, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs, they are architects of sorts.

Willpower Part III: How to Strengthen Your Willpower and 20 Ways to Conserve It

In the first post in this series, we discussed the nature of willpower, noting that is a real mental energy. In the second post, we explored the way in which this mental energy is a finite resource and how it can be depleted through the exercising of self-control and the making of decisions. Now if willpower is a real, finite energy, the question that naturally arises is this: What can I do to st

Consider Last Year’s Models (14/365)

A few weeks ago, I found myself at a local department store looking at microwave ovens. While I was browsing the ovens on sale there, I couldn’t help but notice a few things. For starters, there were quite a few display models of microwave ovens right there at eye level.

Besta American Girl Sized Doll House/Toy Car Garage

Materials: Besta Shelf Unit, two Inreda Half Shelves, black and white checkered contact paper, self adhesive vinyl tiles (12inx12in from Home Depot - wood look for kitchen and tile look for bathroom), currogated cardboard (Save Besta box!) and ultra plush fabric for carpeted rooms (more plush than fleece), poster board and scrapbook paper (12inx12in) for walls, doll furniture (See Description fo

My workspace

Materials: Expedit shelf insert, ekby shelf, vika amon table Description: I needed a laptop/speakers raiser so I bought an Expedit shelf and after I cut it into 3 pieces (unfortunately there are screws right in the middle of it so I had to cut it in three pieces and leaving the middle part out of it) I drilled new holes for it to hold it together.

"Good Order Is The Foundation Of All Good Things."

"Good order is the foundation of all good things." -- Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France * Especially with my new obsession with color, I love looking around on Gabrielle Blair's blog Design Mom—"where design and motherhood intersect." * Do you love quotes as much as I do? If so, sign up for the Moment of Happiness, to get a happiness quote by email each morning.

Review: Brandwashed

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One element of personal finance that has always fascinated me is the psychology of why we buy things.

Linkswitch #94, Attract Clients, Conduct Experiments, Remote Work

Every other week we roundup some of the highest quality articles and resources that benefit freelancers from across the web. We present these articles here on various helpful topics.

Reader Story: Turning a Side Hustle into Self Employment

This guest post from Crystal is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Is Your Mindset Secretly Making You Miserable? Here’s How to Fix It

Is your mindset secretly ruining your life?And if so, is there a way to fix it?Michael Jordan wasn’t considered the best basketball player of all time when he was starting out. In fact, he was cut from his varsity team when he was a sophomore.

Billy Bookcases to Built-Ins

Materials: Billy Bookcases Description: I got this great idea from a post on Centsational Girl and I had to have it for myself! We made our Billy Bookcases into built-ins by following these simple steps: Click to read the rest of the post >>

Look for the EnergyStar Logo (13/365)

When you’re trying to determine which product to buy, one valuable calculation to make is the total cost of ownership of the item. For example, if you’re buying a washing machine, it’s worthwhile to also include in the calculation the total cost of the energy you’ll use during the lifespan of the washing machine (as well as the water used). Why is this important?

Floating Lack Media Unit (Inspired by Taylor's Idea)

Materials: BRODER System and LACK Wall Shelves. Description: Starting with Taylor's idea. (Thank You Taylor! :)) I made this wall system for TV, media center and/or Cd's/DVDs/books. Click to read the rest of the post >>

The other cat tree

Materials: STOLMEN, LACK, ANTONIUS, BORRIS Description: Searching the internet for a cat tree, which did not look like one, I landed on ikeahackers.net An I found the tree of Maria and Jan Ove Gjerde Strand, Norway. I was immediately impressed and inspired by this tree, because it is easy to clean and defective parts can be changed easily. Now you can see here the German version.

Roger McNamee: Six Ways to Save the Internet, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Six Ways to Save the Internet by Roger McNamee. In this video The next big shift is now, and it’s not what you think: Facebook is the new Windows; Google must be sacrificed.