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By Mark Shead

In Praise of Paying Yourself First

Can you bear with me for one more labored metaphor? As I’ve mentioned a few times already, I’m in the midst of a successful fitness program.

Streamlining your morning routines

To know me is to know my love of coffee. My entire morning routine is structured around brewing the perfect cup and drinking it before the busy-ness of the day begins. Hanging on the bulletin board above my computer screen is my mantra: “When in doubt, drink more coffee.” I’m not really addicted to caffeine, I’m more addicted to the routine of crafting an ideal cup of joe.

Tell Other People about What Makes You Happy -- a New Feature of the Happiness Project Toolbox.

A few days ago, I wrote about the happiness of creative collaboration. Another collaborative project which has been a huge source of happiness, novelty and challenge, and fun for me has been the creation of my companion website, the Happiness Project Toolbox. What is the Happiness Project Toolbox?

Korean guitar pedalboard

Materials: Ikea Gorm shelves and planks, velcro, screws, brackets... Description: I took the IKEA Gorm shelves and made a pedal board from them for guitar effects pedals.

Organizing your home and family with notebooks

On Friday, I wrote about creating an information notebook for every person in your family. Notebooks are great because they keep all of your important papers in one place and they are easily portable.

Reader Mailbag: Dad’s Health Update

What’s inside? Many readers have written to me asking for me to summarize the questions in the mailbag right at the top so that they know what’s inside. So, I’m going to try this out for this mailbag and see how it goes. Here are summaries of the included questions in five words or less. 1. Ethics of item return strategy 2. Budgeting after debt freedom 3.

13 Sure Fire Ways to Raise Your Consciousness

Raising your consciousness means raising your vibration or your energy. The higher it is, the lighter and more at peace you feel.Think back to one of those days where everything went effortlessly. Work was seemingly a piece of cake, conversations went great, and your relationships just shined. Everything was going so well that you broke into song and smiled to everyone you met.

How to make a Laptop Riser for watching movies and TV in bed

Materials: IKEA Benjamin, Handsaw, Extension Cord Description: Laptop riser designed for in bed/recumbent media watching. Includes built in power cable extension. Full instructions and step-by-step photos here. ~ Chris

Freelance Freedom #160

Blogging From Bali: The Renegade Workflow Project

So, I’m going to be hitting the road with my family this summer and basing out of Bali for July and maybe August, too. I’m also starting on book number two (which was just sold, formal announcement to come soon) and is on a totally different topic than Career Renegade.

The Rewards of Routine Maintenance

I had a great weekend. In fact, it was probably one of the best weekends I’ve had in years. I spent all day Saturday and Sunday doing chores. (Well, I watched the World Cup a little, too.) I spent nearly 16 hours doing yardwork, and I loved every minute of it. This passion for pruning may seem strange to you, but it seems even stranger to me. I generally don’t like yardwork.

5 Priceless Self-Improvement Tips from Chuck Norris

There’s always something we can learn from people that have been able to do things that we still only dream about. When I was younger I used to watch Texas Rangers on TV, and I laughed a lot. Chuck Norris from Texas Rangers is obviously admired by a whole lot of other people as well, because the amount of Chuck Norris jokes online is huge.

Submit Your Story! GRS Now Accepting New Reader Stories

After nearly six months, the first stage of a grand experiment has come to a close. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been using Sundays as a place to run reader stories.

Finding Your Calling Part IV: Discovering Your Vocation

In Parts I and II of our series on vocation we talked about what a vocation is, and in Part III we put forth an argument for why every man should pursue his vocation.

Review: The New Frugality

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The title of this book hooked me from the start.