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By Chanpory Rith

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #44

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. Pumpkins Pumpkins are sitting on our front step. Our garden has more squash and similar vegetables than we know what to do with. Leaves are falling from the trees. Yes, October is here.

How Speaking and Attending Conferences Can Boost Your Profile, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at How Speaking and Attending Conferences Can Boost Your Profile w/ Jake Goldman by FreelanceJam.

Book Review: A Brief Guide to World Domination by Chris Guillebeau

“No matter what you have been told, no matter what has happened to you, and no matter what mistakes you’ve made, you can completely change the way you live every day of your life.

Besta with hidden entertainment

Materials: BestaDescription: Wanted a tv/entertainment bench where I could hide all the electronics and speakers. The only nice thing I found was about 2000 $ so decided to go for 2 besta units and make the doors myself. Pretty excited how it turned out.

Kitchen Pantry

Materials: Ikea Oven UnitDescription: Very simple but works great. I just took the Ikea kitchen oven cabinet and kept adding drawers. They are all 11 1/4" drawer fronts except the bottom which is the 12 1/2" front. Easy breazy.~ Brian Ledig, Sebastopol, CA

Turn a vase into a lamp

Materials: Gurkort, Dioder, meter, marking penDescription: This easy hack provides a great effect. You need just a Gorkort white vase and a Dioder strip. First step : with a metering strip, track on the vase surface a spiral of m.1,00 following your taste. Be creative.

The Small Economies of Pleasure

Dinner with My Family is taking a one week break this week. Most of the time, when people mention frugality, the first thing that comes to mind is doing without little pleasures. They think of giving up something that they deeply enjoy, like their morning coffee or their weekly lunch out with coworkers. I’ll be completely honest: this was my first impression of frugality, too.

Dim & Dash: Out With Friends

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Ask Unclutterer: The connection between surroundings and perspective

Reader Tom submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I don’t buy it. I read “Clutter can kill creativity and innovation” and don’t believe a word of it. I can work if my desk is a mess. The “scientific research” is preposterous. I don’t need a minimalist workspace to be creative or innovative.

To Be Happier: Look Out the Window.

One of my resolutions is to Cultivate gratitude, but I find it very challenging; I'm always searching for new ways to remind myself how precious an ordinary day is.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Energy-Efficient Clothes Washing

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Workspace of the Week: Dutch details

This week’s Workspace of the Week is iBSSR’s minimalist Mac office space: This selection is located in a minimalist house recently built in Parkstad Heerlen, the Netherlands. (It’s in the southern Limburg province of the Netherlands.) The name of the house is “Minimum to the Max,” which I believe also aptly describes the feel of this room.

Scheduling Spontaneity

Scheduling spontaneity. It sounds counterintuitive.But, the deeper you get into life, the more you’ve got going on, the more you need to schedule time to not have anything scheduled.Ritual is important. So it routine.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Starting a Bigger Business

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at starting a bigger business. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to askfreelanceswitch@gmail.com. Question I am a bit fed up with 6 years of freelancing.

Saving and Spending in South America

¡Hola, todos! For the past month, I’ve been on the road — first at a conference of financial bloggers in Chicago, and then trekking through the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. For most of this time, I’ve been without an internet connection.