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By Gretchen Rubin

Steel Me - pendant luminaire

Materials: 2 BLANDA BLANK (36cm), 2 BASISK Description: My friend Rebecca needed 2 pendant luminaires for her brand new supermodern kitchen. I decided to try to make my first Ikea hack! So I bought 2 big BLANDA BLANK steel salad bowls 2 BASISK simple pendant element Utensils: a drill 1. I made many holes in the steel bowl, to have the "sea (gulls)" effect on the walls of the room 2.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #19

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. Barbara Kingsolver on community This is an extended bit from a speech by the author Barbara Kingsolver in 2008: This is an ancient human social construct that once was common in this land. We called it a community.

Malm + Bastis = Baby Dresser

Materials: Ikea Bastis, Ikea Malm Description: We mounted a Dog Bed called Bastis (not available anymore) on to a Malm commode to get a Baby Dresser for our 2 Children. For a little Space between the Dog Bed and the commode we took some curtain rings. ~ Anke, Germany

"Where Thou Art--That--Is Home--"

Where Thou art — that — is Home — -- Emily Dickinson * I always enjoy a visit to The Simple Dollar -- "financial talk for the rest of us." It's about much more than just personal finance. * Sometimes people ask me to contribute a copy of The Happiness Project for auctions or benefits for non-profit organizations, and I'm very happy to do that.

How Cee Lo Green Taught Me to Achieve

I’ve got to make a confession. On November 9, 2010, my life changed. You see I was minding my own business, watching the Colbert Report, and saw Cee Lo Green pick up the microphone to finish the show by singing his hit single “Forget You” (aka “[expletive deleted] You”).Since that day, that song has been playing in my head non-stop…for almost 6 months now.

99% Conference 2011: Key Insights on Idea Execution (Pt. III)

Why we should get creative with our business models, how fear can be a great motivator, and why we should be sprinters (not marathon runners).

A Sick Child or a Mountain of Money

My children have been sick for most of the week, so I’ve been sticking to old reliable meals that I can make with my eyes closed rather than being adventurous. That means no new “Dinner with My Family” post this week. Tune in next week for a new one, though! A few days ago, my two oldest children were extremely ill.

How to Shoot a Rifle

From some men, learning how to properly and safely fire a rifle is a skill they picked up when they were just knee high to a grasshopper. These guys probably got a .22 for their 12th birthday and spent summers in the woods plinking tin cans and squirrels and autumns hunting deer with their dads and grandpas. Me?

Waiting for the mail

Materials: SKRUVSTA office chair and post bags Description: A while ago, I got hold of 5 old post bags from our former company. As a remembrance of the company I used to work for for almost 25 years, I knew that I wanted to make a new cover for the Skruvsta chair.

Herbal Regal for the Terrace

Materials: GORM and any tools Description: So I made from the GORM a stairs for our herbs at the terrace ~ Frank Bendig, Germany Berlin

The Difference Between What We Want To Be True and What Is Actually True

Almost all of the suffering we put ourselves through in life is because there’s a difference between what we want to be true and what’s actually true. During my early professional years, I watched as the gap between the financially successful person I wanted to be and the financially unsound person that I was became wider and wider. As that gap widened, I became miserable.

Workspace of the Week: Duo designed

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Simplicity Bliss’ double desks: There are a number of wonderful items about this workspace. I really like the curtain that separates the office from the rest of the room. This definition of space doesn’t hide the office, but rather acknowledge that work happens behind it and not necessarily in the entire rest of the room.

Ultimate Entertainment Unit

Materials: 2 Besta Shelf Units, part of Billy bookcase Description: We have a long wall that we wanted to keep all of our entertainment stuff in (TV, Blueray, speakers, video game consoles, audio, etc.) but we also wanted to keep the whole unit low because we didn't want to block our windows. We had searched for a long, low unit but was never able to find one quite long enough.

Online Writing: A Brave New World

Advertise here with BSACredit: Wasim Raja on Flickr Throughout my career, I’ve had three freelancing phases interspersed between staff positions. The first time, I edited with a red pencil on hard copy, jotted queries on sticky (Post-it) notes attached to the margins, typed out my style sheets and invoices on a typewriter, and mailed them along with the manuscript via the U.S.

Ask the Readers: What Is My Financial Obligation to My Family?

Last Friday’s question about the moral implications of spending prompted a great discussion, as well as a few personal messages. One of those e-mails was from Dave, who wrote with his own ethical dilemma. Instead of looking at the world at large, Dave wants to know how to handle a financial dilemma closer to home: with his own family.