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By J.D. Roth

DIY: Producing Your Photography Book

Bike-tography: Combining Bicycling with Photography Back in July, I wrote a review of Publish Your Photography Book by Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson. I finished that review by saying, “If you’d rather shun the commercial publishing route and travel the do-it-yourself road, be prepared for quite the learning experience. Because you’re not just in charge of producing the book.

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Gifts?

As Kris and I near the end our trip to Peru, we’ve begun to make preparations for our return home. That means shopping. I spent some time today buying books, for instance. Keeping in mind my recently-drafted guidelines of what to buy, I picked up a couple dozen Spanish translations of classic novels and popular children’s books.

How to Beat the Fear of The Unknown

When my coaching clients find their purpose in life, they become so enthusiastic about their new discovery. But the fear of the unknown leaves them in a frozen status. They are afraid of entering and exploring the new ground, because they think they might get in trouble.

The Rut, & the Way Out

Post written by Leo Babauta. You’re in a rut, and you can’t get unstuck. Motivation is a resource that seems harder and harder to come by these days. You’re mired in malaise, you’re unexcited after a slump or a break, you’re in a dull 9-to-5 routine. Any of these sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone.

How Important Is It to Start Early?

I get a lot of emails from people in their forties and fifties who are suddenly panicking about their retirement savings. Often, they don’t have any or they have very little, yet they still want to retire at age 65. At the same time, I also get emails from people in their twenties who are already saving diligently for retirement.

Announcements

Here is a collection of products, events and applications that people have sent in over the past few weeks that might be of interest to readers. If you try any of these things out, please take a few minutes to leave a comment on your experience for others. Manvotionals The Art of Manliness has launched their second book, this one is called Manvotionals.

Why the best phone in the world is useless.

For more than 10 years I happily used Nokia mobile phones, but this all changed with the introduction of the first iPhone. Apple changed the way we think about mobile phones and showed the increasing importance of software. Unfortunately Nokia saw this change too late and started too loose many loyal customers.

Pax Built-Ins (The Tall Doors!)

Materials: 3 Pax Wardrobes and Birkeland DoorsDescription: Thanks to all previous hackers for their advice and pictures. It inspired us to save $7K on 'custom' closets and give it a go with PAX. Worked out great...for $1K. 1) Build the base. This is primarily to get the closet level - but also useful if you have baseboard trim to match. 2) Build and install boxes one by one.

Reader Mailbag: The Family Months

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. Charter school conundrum 2. Roth as college savings 3. Saving Legacy TreasuryDirect 4. Favorite board game 5. How I read 6. Education debt question 7. Community of church without religion 8.

Halloween Pumpkin Lanterns

Materials: Ikea Lantern, not on the site anymore. Paint. CandlesDescription: I had two of these round-globed lanterns and decided to try and make pumpkins out of them for Halloween. I painted the insides of the globes orange, swirling the paint around the inside after I'd thinned it a bit. I did two coats of the paint, letting it dry in between.

October resolution wrap up and introduction of November’s goal

October’s resolution was focused on improving my posture. After reading the book Willpower and learning that something as simple as reminding yourself to stand up straight can increase self-control and resolve in other areas of life, I decided to try it. My posture was awful and my willpower could have used a boost. Willpower is an essential component of living an uncluttered life.

4 Questions to Ask Startups Before Pitching

It’s exciting to work with startups. Usually, their business is just on the verge of launching, often without the hangups, hierarchies, or bureaucracy that tend to exist within larger, more established companies. But pitching to startups presents challenges as well. Since these companies are new, their direction, scale, and status changes frequently.

A Closer Look at Bonds

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. In the past, I’ve illustrated some of Robert’s posts with cats.

How to Use Motivation to Let go of Stress

The most common question I receive when coaching people is how to sustain motivation and how to let go of stress. “How do you stay motivated after the initial rush of inspiration has faded and the hard work begins?” “I have so much to do today, how can I not be stressed?” Without motivation, producing quality results is near impossible. With motivation you can accomplish extra-ordinary th

Industrial Stationary Set

Materials: Utby, nuts, bolts, magnetDescription: The two hacks here are a tape dispenser and a paper clip dispenser. With the spare parts from the Utby stainless steel legs I made the tape dispenser with nuts, bolts, and a roll of tape. The paper clip dispenser just has a magnet glued on the inside of the square tube.