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By Gretchen Rubin

Handling Out-of-Reach Goals

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see.

French Country House Library

Materials: 60 Billy / Benno Bookcases Description: Faced with a 11m x 4m landing which had been curtained off at either end as bedrooms we wanted to create a 'built in' library / office. With a 3.3m ceiling height there was an opportunity to build an impressive floor to ceiling installation to house a large book collection and 1500 DVD's.

Pallet desk

Materials: 4 Vika Curry legs + 1 pallet + 5mm thick ply wood + floor boards Description: My plan was to create the cheapest and the most functional desk I can. (finally I have spent about 30 euros) But the great idea with the pallet is the desk surface is doubled thanks to a large storage space See more photos of the Pallet desk. ~ pierre vedel, France

Finding Your Voice

Post written by Leo Babauta. Creators of any kind must find their voice. We are writers, musicians, designers, programmers, parents, builders of anything.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #29

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Hans Christian Andersen on what we need Just living isn’t enough. You need a little more. “Just living is not enough.

Career Interview with a Freelance Radio Journalist

View awesome conference lectures, engaging how to discussions, and high quality freelance business advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Career Interview with a Freelance Radio Journalist by Creative Interviews. In this video Career interview with freelance radio journalist, Rene Gutel discusses the freedom and challenges of being a freelance journalist for NPR.

HUSVIK in headboard

Materials: Lack + Anita + Huvsik = nice Description: Make a nice design for your bed head. You need : 2 wooden boards (from an old table LACK). 1 cloth curtain ANITA 2 lamps HUSVIK - Recover the wadding and fix with staples. - Then cut a cloth curtain ANITA. - Cover the wadding from the curtain. Staple everything. - Then fix upholstery nails to have an Louis XV Effect.

Why You Should Pay Attention To Diversity

The reality of today’s work environment in not only North America but in many places around the world is that diversity is here to stay. As a result of immigration over the years, we are finding many of our communities more and more diverse each year, which of course is directly related to local businesses.

Rules That Can Get You Killed

If you’re a runner, you know that there are certain unwritten rules that you use when running on roads. Never run on the side of the road where you can’t see the cars or the cars can’t see you. Sure, there are variations to this rule, but the biggest issue with running on roads with cars is making sure the cars know you’re there.

Dinner With My Family #25: Avocado-Spinach Panini

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. My wife and I love making “panini” sandwiches at home, even though we don’t have a panini press.

An IKEA room in Guinee-Bissau

Materials: several Description: This isn't really a hack. A Dutch artist, Tinkebell, thought the interior of Ana and Tinko could be improved and managed to get a complete IKEA interior for their two bedrooms and moved them to Guinee-Bissau, West Africa. The article is in Dutch. I'm not sure what to think about it and I'm looking forward to read the reactions to this video.

5 Unexpected Skills Needed on an Ultra-Backpacking Adventure

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Tony DiLorenzo from Fit Marriage. From the Mexican border to the vast expanse of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to snow-capped Mt. Rainer and beyond, there is truly nothing like leaving everything behind to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Etched Octodraws for Expedit

Materials: Expedit 4 draw unit, wood stain, wood cladding, laser or Acetone Description: Hacked Expedit draws with etched detail (for a fiver!) Although this looks a bit fancy it's actually very cheap and easy (although you will have wood stain under your fingernails for days).

Side Businesses for Stay-At-Home Parents

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see.

Workspace of the Week: Primary perfection

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Emu582′s super-mega-organized elementary school classroom: Holy orderly, Batman! Emu582′s use of clear plastic storage bins in the classroom play area and on the resource shelves is impressive. Students and teacher can see what is inside each box, so retrieval is simple.