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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Fair Wages for Freelance Writing

A recent story in The Australian caught my eye. The title of the piece is “Online magazine offers less than 2c a word to freelancers”.

Closet litter box hack

Materials: BOTNE Description: I made this very simple hack a few months ago. What I wanted to do was to hide the litter box but not build something special. So I decided to just cut a hole in the door of a simple BOTNE closet. Simple yet clean. ~ Robin Limpek, Österreich

Four Steps To Rescue Stray New Year Resolutions

Looks like it is that time of year when many New Year resolutions that people set have already strayed. Attempts to kick a smoking habit for example, might have seemed successful for a few weeks but once the realities and stresses of coming back from the holidays have resurfaced, some people may have caved into the nicotine again.Of course there is the usual health promises that get broken too.

Reader Mailbag: Super Bowl Celebration

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. Repeatedly failing to achieve goals 2. Handling bill collectors 3. Rethinking mortgage payoff goal 4. Handling extra cash 5. Paying taxes at year end 6. Online business and credit cards 7.

The Euro Crisis Presents a Unique Opportunity for Freelancers

Unless you’ve been living underneath a very large rock for the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard that Europe is teetering on the brink of financial armageddon. While there’s no shortage of doom and gloom in the the global outlook, it’s not all bad news – especially if you’re a freelancer.

How to Spend a Tax Refund

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. For the past two years doing taxes has not been bearable: it’s been terrific! I’ve used an online e-filing service for several years now after many years of taking great pleasure — really!

Fira Chest Makeover

Materials: Fira Chest, knobs, paint, paper, sandpaper Description: I sanded it first then applied a white wash of acrylic and water. Then I drilled holes in four of the drawers for the knobs. I pasted some paper on the drawer fronts, which I wasn't really happy with. I painted them with a mixture of blue acrylics, which I changed for each drawer and sanded the paper away.

3 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Cravings

Let’s face it – You don’t have to be pregnant to know what it’s like to crave salty potato chips or sweet ice cream. The fact of the matter is that everyone has a craving now and then. But did you know your cravings might actually mean something? Usually, when we crave a certain food, it’s because our body is telling us it needs a specific nutrient.

Disaster Relief: How to Get Hands-On and Volunteer

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeff More. How many of us have watched the footage of recent disasters unfolding, wishing we could drop everything, pack our bags, and head down to Joplin/Haiti/Japan/Turkey to spend some time helping out with the recovery efforts? Then reality sets in. You don’t know how to get there, where you would stay, and what you would do once you arrived.

Marjane Satrapi: On Artistic Freedom, Fame & Finishing No Matter What

Sometimes being an artist is your only choice. We talk to Persepolis filmmaker and author Marjane Satrapi about the rewards of choosing the path of most resistance.

February 2012 (listening!)

Hurry Up and Meditate: Guided Meditations by David Michie If meditation was available in capsule form, it would be the biggest selling drug of all time. It has been scientifically proven to deliver highly effective stress relief, boost our immune systems and dramatically slow the aging process. It has also been shown to make us much happier and more effective thinkers.

Modern Hideaway Dressing Table

Materials: Vika Veine, Vika Lage, Sandby, low voltage downlights, mirror, plastic trays, Velcro strips Description: I really wanted a dressing table for all my girly things...but all the ones in the stores were very old fashioned! Recently married, all our furniture is pretty new and in a modern chocolate brown, so I wanted something to suit.

Don’t Buy a Service Contract or an Extended Warranty (31/365)

I don’t like high pressure sales situations. Whenever I find myself in a situation where some cheesy salesperson is trying to give me the hard sell on some product, I find myself walking away.

Headboard with storage

Materials: 2 x Lack wall shelf (190 cm), Vika Amon table (200 cm), Besta book shelf (60x20x192 cm), Sultan leg, Wheels (non IKEA) Description: We wanted a headboard with storage and found that IKEAs Malm solution would be a good alternative. However, this unit is not available in white, so we decided to build our own version.

Lamp brings bread

Materials: bread basket plastic Description: Unfortunately I have not found the original name of the product, because they are too old. The main difficulty was to cut the metal structure to place the lamps. The plastic structure that supports the lamp, the current island from the basket, making it safe. ~ Roberto Pedretti, Italy, Brescia