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By Brett Kelly

Collections: Trash or treasure?

While uncluttering, you may come across a few collections you decide no longer interest you or are worth the space in your home you’ve been dedicating to them.

Reader Mailbag: What Gets Mentioned

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. Bankruptcy and student loans 2. Refinancing question 3. Revocable living trust questions 4. Using Vanguard for retirement 5. Retirement savings or debt? 6. Flaw in retirement calculations? 7.

Dragan bath set charge station

Materials: drill and appropriate bit (i used 5/8), jig saw Description: Remove both containers from the base. Cut away the inside wall from each container, thus making 1 large container. Decide which side of the container you would like cords to come through and drill through the base and container. Voila! Very nice looking charge station. ~ Chris Church, West Virginia

"Be Yourself, But Keep Your Inner Jerk in Check."

Happiness interview: Bob Sutton. I'm a huge, raving fan of Bob Sutton's writing. His blog, Work Matters, is consistently engaging, and I loved his book, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't. Bob's new book, Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst, just came out, and it is every bit as good as the last one.

How to Sell Yourself to Do-It-Yourselfers

Image courtesy of johnnyberg @ SXC Aw, darn. After writing what I thought was a bang-up proposal for a ready-to-buy client, I get word that he’d rather do a basic website himself. This, despite the fact that he’d already said that he wanted to present a professional image of his organization to grant funders.

Passing inspection

Without giving the process much thought, car owners in many states have their cars inspected annually to ensure their cars meet a minimum set of government standards. This is also a process that you can easily apply to your home, with you making the rules. Your kitchen, garage, and closet are three areas that easily lend themselves to annual inspections.

Simplify, and Savor Life

‘The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh Post written by Leo Babauta.

Book Review: Banker to the Poor

This post, from GRS staff writer April Dykman, is part of Book Week at Get Rich Slowly. When J.D. announced that this week would be Book Week at GRS, I was excited about a set deadline for tackling a book from my ever-growing reading list.

5 Motivational Tips to Get You Through the Day

Photo Credit: The Pirata Your motivation is what pushed you to succeed and determines to a large degree if you are going to succeed or fail.

Jay O'Callahan: The Power of Storytelling

About this presentationJay O'Callahan has the rare distinction of traveling the world telling stories. Here, he introduces us to the power of storytelling – that most human, and ancient, art form. Through the lens of a tale about NASA putting a man on the moon, O'Callahan illustrates how storytelling taps into our imagination, engages those around us, and inspires amazing achievements.

Manly Finds on Etsy

I’ve been doing some guest blogging of late, but I enjoyed a recent opporunity the most. Etsy.com invited me to be a guest curator, which basically involved writing up a list of some things that I thought were cool and manly that are offered for sale on the site. If you’ve never been to etsy.com, it’s a site where independent craftsmen and women can sell their wares.

So You Want My Job: Martial Artist

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. The martial arts are a manly pursuit as they teach discipline, focus, respect, and self-defense. Mastering a martial art, which requires years of dedication, is even manlier.

Confusion to Clarity in 3 Steps

By Tara Sophia Mohr Time and time again, I’ve watched coaching clients walk into my office stuck, in the fog of confusion about some situation in their lives. They are sure that they don’t know how to move forward, that they don’t know which next step to take. We’ve all been there – in that uncertain, frustrating place.

Jay O'Callahan: The Power of Storytelling

“Stories are people, place, and trouble,” says veteran storyteller Jay O'Callahan. Describing NASA's first moon landing, O'Callahan shows how stories can free our minds and our imagination.

What You’re Buying When You Go to a Store

Why do you shop at your preferred grocery store? Think about it for a minute. What reasons do you have for shopping at one store over another? Is it purely the prices? What about the location – is it because it’s close to your home? Cleanliness (like my Aldi story a while back)? Store organization? Convenience? Shopper rewards programs? How they treat their employees?