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By Jules

Manvotional: Be Faithful

From Courage, 1894 By Charles Wagner Steadfastness is the indispensable quality of every man who one day does not wish to be obliged to say: “I have wasted my life.” A man should not incessantly change with every impression of the moment, but should remain steadfast when he has once determined upon what is right.

"The Longer I Stayed, The Larger It Grew."

Early in his career, artist Alberto Giacometti moved into a Paris studio that measured only about sixteen feet square. He didn't expect this to be a permanent situation, but he stayed for the next thirty-eight years. "The longer I stayed," he said, "the larger it grew." -- Alberto Giacometti, Giacometti: A Biography * I enjoy reading Jonah Lehrer's blog, Frontal Cortex.

Bunk Bed to Loft Bed

Materials: Tromso Loft Bed, HacksawDescription: The Tromso Loft bed was too tall for the kids room and I always loved the idea of have a loft bed over another bed in an L shape and then adding a dresser underneath, kind of like the bed from Room & Board that cost $1400. I decided to literally "Hack" the bed in half.~ chris dichiaro, brooklyn, ny

Invest in a Deep Freezer (27/365)

One of the most critical appliances in our home when I was growing up was our chest deep freezer. We kept it in the attached garage, just a few steps out of the garage door that opened onto the kitchen.

Sea Glass GRONO Lamp

Materials: GRONO Table Lamp, Sea Glass, Glue, GroutDescription: My wife has been collecting sea glass for a year or so. We go to specific beaches where the glass can be found and she spends hours sifting through sand and rocks to find all the good pieces. By far the most abundant sea glass is white.

How to Deal with Difficult People and Have Constructive Conflict

Life and relationships aren't always perfect. Take a minute to think of some difficult people you have to deal with in your life? These may be people you work with, the in-laws that come to town throughout the year, or your neighbor who can’t seem to take a hint. For whatever reason, you're just not jiving with these people.Do you flee?

Flying fishes

Materials: Titta finger puppetDescription: Some finger puppets, a peace of cord, branch and a lot of time to make it into decoration for babies. See more of the finger puppet mobile.~ Christine Koblizek

Automating Savings on an Irregular Income

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. One of the tenets of personal finance is to pay yourself first. And one of the most sure-fire ways to make sure you do that is to automate your savings: setup your checking account to make an automatic deposit to your saving accounts. Automation has been incredibly effective for me.

Glowing drinking straw

Materials: SOMMARDescription: Why just use them for drinking? They can be very useful in an other way.See more of the straw lampshade.~ Christine Koblizek

Women Entrepreneurs, Example Not Exception, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Women Entrepreneurs, Example Not Exception by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. In this inspiring video she gives examples of women entrepreneurs across the world.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #57

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.

Varde sink cabinet becomes breakfast bar

Materials: Varde Sink Cabinet, Vika Amon countertopDescription: I wanted to build a breakfast bar that also had storage inside it instead of just being hollow. We had a useless wall between our kitchen and family room that I decided would make a good spot for the bar. I took that wall down completely to start from scratch.

The Top 2 Ways To Turning Your Passions Into Multiple Streams of Income

In Making a Living Without a Job, Barbara J. Winter described the idea of Multiple Profit Centers: “I think of creating profit centers,” she wrote, “as being akin to what a juggler does when spinning plates on top of sticks. The juggler walks out on the stage with ten sticks and ten plates but doesn’t begin spinning them all at once.

Creating Silence from Chaos

Post written by Leo Babauta. We are often afraid of silence, because its emptiness feels idle, boring, unproductive, and scary. And so we fill our lives with chaos, noise, clutter. But silence can be lovely, and therapeutic, and powerful. It can be the remedy for our stress and the habits that crush us. If we want quiet in our lives, how do we create it? I’ve been exploring this myself.

Powder Room by JANEJIRA

Materials: kitchen cabinet Description: Get the expensive floating vanity look without paying high dollars! I used the kitchen cabinet here, and installed sideways. Best of all, I found the cabinet and doors on the clearance section, so I paid something like $20 for the whole vanity! The handle was a leftover from a kitchen project. Click to read the rest of the post >>