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By The Wise Bread Team

How to Live a Happy Life

Photo by Shandi-lee By John Hollandsworth “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.” ~Howard Thurman I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. No, I haven’t won the lottery– haven’t even got a raise.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Soda

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Modern, Customizable Jewelry/Item Display/Organizer

Materials: Rationell Variera Pot Lid Organizer (only required item) Description: We looked at the Rationell Variera Pot Lid Organizer at IKEA and really fell in love with the steel pegs. My fiancee had been thinking about her not remembering every necklace, bracelet, set of earrings, etc that she has, so she decided it would be great if we could use those pegs to make a display for her jewelry.

In Which I Reveal a Big Secret. Well, It's Big to Me.

It's time to admit that I’ve been keeping a secret from my blog. Now all will be revealed! At last, it’s time to confess…not only am I working on a new book, I actually just handed in the draft to my editor! I’ve been working on it for a long time!

Are You As Fit As a World War II GI?

Have men these days “gone soft?” Is our generation less manly than past generations? Are we less tough than our grandfathers? I see guys debate these kinds of questions all the time.

Author’s Head for Sale: $170,000 (must see video)

Yes, this is for real…I’m only doing it once, for obvious reasons. And only for the right partner.Straight up, total goofball, do not do this at home fun.

Exclusive laundry

Materials: Faktum, Nexus Description: In our old house we had a cold and damp laundry in the basement. So when planning our new house I dreamt of a luxury one, and I got it! It's situated next to our kitchen and with a door to the backside of our house. AND with a big window to make it bright.

The Joy of Scarcity

Post written by Leo Babauta. Often we think of having very little as a hardship. It’s bad to be poor, right? It’s not easy struggling with low wages, with debt, with scarcity. And while all that is true, it’s also not true. There can be joy in getting rid of things, in living with less, in freeing yourself of debt and possessions.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 2, September

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.

Reader Mailbag: Child Independence

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. When to start retirement fund? 2. First house decision 3. Shopping for health insurance 4. Driving school 5. I’m overextended – what now? 6. Making money via social media 7.

August resolution wrap up and introduction of September’s goal

My August resolution to update my “In case of …” file turned out to be one of my favorite resolutions of 2011. I didn’t enjoy thinking about someone else needing the file, but I love the sense of calm I’ve been experiencing since finishing it.

DIY painted "driftwood" table

Materials: Hemnes coffee table, Milkpaint, brushes, electric sander Description: I bought a long time ago this HEMNES coffee table from IKEA. I sanded them a little and got the paint to create a driftwood look. I had some Milkpaint left from an other project, and started to paint. I didn't use so much water for the darker paint and used it like chalk to get the dark spots on the wood.

How Much Do We Owe Others? (And When Should We Walk Away?)

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Last January I loaned money to a friend who was in financial crisis: Her vehicle was about to be repossessed.

5 Simple Ways to Take Action and Do What You Love

It’s not enough to find your passion. You have to follow-through, and take action.No one else will do it for you. You are in charge, and if you don’t realize that quickly, you will end up looking back in regret when you’re taking the last breath on this earth. If you want to live a life of purpose, fulfillment, and passion, it’s up to you to make it happen.Is it going to be easy?