2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Last month’s theme was Possessions, and last week’s resolution was to Spend out.
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I suppose I could have given this article a really provocative title. Something like “Set Your Career on Fire with Ignite!” Or worse.
But, since this is FreelanceSwitch, I’ll have to be more low-key while telling you the truth. And that is to suggest you try something new.
While I was digging out of debt, I cut back on my comic book habit. I’d been spending a mind-boggling $250 every month on comics — most of which I bought in the form of hard-bound compilations — but for a few of years, I slashed that to less than $50 a month. I also cut my book spending from $100 per month to $50 per month.
In other words, I made trade-offs.
Do you have so much to do that you just don’t know where to begin?We all feel like that sometimes – maybe most of the time. When there’s a whole bunch of different commitments and responsibilities pressing on is, it’s easy to freeze up and do nothing at all.That’s why you need a to-do list and more importantly perhaps, you have to execute on it.
Materials: IKEA Frosta stool, PLAID Acrylic Paint, Stencil Brush, Plaid Simply Stencil set, PLAID extra thick glaze, Double Bracket
Description: I saw this hack and was inspired to do up a side table for my living room.
However, I wanted something more decorated and had really wanted to try stencilling.
Materials: Markor TV Cabinet, drill, sandpaper, level
Description: After getting rid of our huge tube TV I couldn't let go of my beloved Markor. But with the shelves firmly configured as they are, I had no use for it. So I took out the top shelf and drilled some holes the same depth of the little pins that hold the shelf at a position that seemed perfect for my bags.
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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. Refinance mortgage to add spouse?
2. Scanner recommendations
3. Paying off boyfriend’s debt
4. Investing in bond funds
5. Budget question from Phillipines
6. Financial book for teenager
Derek Sivers is an interesting cat…A grad of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he trained for years as a musician, before making the jump into the world of entrepreneurship (not that he stopped being a musician).Over 10 years, he built industry-leading indie-music distributor/retailer, CDBaby, then sold it for $22 million in 2008…but not before transferring the entire company i
Materials: Pax komplement shoe rack, drawers
Description: I love the closet organization section of IKEA and I was dying to buy a Pax wardrobe, but alas, it wouldn't fit in my walk-in closet because of a sloping wall. As usual, I scavanged in the "As-Is" section and found the Mother Lode of Pax Komplement shoe racks! They must have had 30 or so and they were all marked $1!
Materials: Malma Mirror, 3/8" glass drill, clock work
Description: Carefully drill a hole in the center of the mirror with the glass drill. I use a drill press to do this but it can be done with a regular drill motor. The trick is using a glass drill bit- one made for drilling through glass. Once the hole is made, install a clock work through it.