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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Easy art

Materials: HEAT trivet, IKEA fabric With the HEAT trivet and TIDNY fabric you can make some cute wall decor. Cut out the portion you want to wrap around your HEAT trivet. Fill in the line drawings with markers. Here is how you affix the fabric to the trivet. Use glue to secure the fabric to the trivet. Then staple them down. ~ Bettie

Luxury MICKE desk

Materials: MICKE desk I added a custom honey onyx stone top and gold pyrite drawer pulls from stephendevans.etsy.com

Sugru lets you fix, improve and avoid clutter

A few weeks ago I wrote to Erin and said, “I’d like to review Sugru for Unclutterer.” She was intrigued, so I ordered a set, and after weeks of using the product I wanted to share the results of my test-drive with you. Sugru is a “self-setting rubber” invented by Ireland’s Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh.

Thirteen Strategies for Financial Independence Through Self-Sufficiency

My primary financial goal is what I call financial independence. Though financial independence can have a number of meanings, I define it as being a state in which I no longer have to actively work for money and my savings and investments cover all of my needs and reasonable wants for the long-term future.

DIY plywood doors for Ikea EXPEDIT shelf

Expedit shelf outer edges are hollow. You have to attach hinges in the thin partitition walls. You will nead two sizes of doors: 39cm X 79.5cm on the edges of the cabinet and 34,5cm X 79,5cm size in the middle. Materials: Expedit shelf Before attaching the doors drill opening holes in every door or use knobs. In my case, holes are 35mm.

“Feararchy” – The Hierarchy of Fear

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” ~Nelson Mandela An often used definition of fear is: An anxious feeling, caused by our anticipation of some imagined event or experience.

Get on the alert list for my app. Conversation Starters launches next week!

Next week, Tuesday September 2, we’re launching my first app!: Conversation Starters: A Desire Map App. To us, it feels like a sacred (digital) talking stick. And with it, we’re setting out to fuel a revolution of meaningful conversations. CONVERSATIONS STARTERS: A DESIRE MAP APP It has hundreds of questions to inspire connection. Simple questions. Profound questions.

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of the Clean Slate.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative.

Hiccups on the way to combining finances

This is a guest post from Kathleen O’Malley, who writes about finding joy in a simple, frugal life at Frugal Portland. It happened fast. We barely talked about it, but all of a sudden, about a week after we got engaged — and before we were really ready — my fiancé and I had combined our finances.

30 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Day in 5 Minutes or Less

You’re a busy person. Your days are filled with meetings, project, deadlines, family issues, and many other urgent things. That leaves very little time for rest and rejuvenation. Over time you may begin to feel disillusioned. You may wonder “What is this all for?” But the thought goes away as quickly as it comes.

The Art of Strategic Laziness

David Heinemeier Hansson (“DHH”) The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, a frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company.

Lessons In Manliness from Fight Club

“The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.” Today we’re gonna break the first rule with aplomb. Hey, everyone else does too. Though it came out a decade and a half ago, the film version of Fight Club continues to be a cultural touchstone, especially in discussions about masculinity.

Double Decker VITTSJÖ

Materials: VITTSJÖ Shelving Units We recently moved into a 250 square foot loft apartment… so we had to get creative with our storage. Luckily, the place had 12 foot ceilings, so we decided to do a floor to ceiling shelving unit. We purchased 4 VITTSJÖ 39 3/8×68 7/8″ shelving units, and 2 VITTSJÖ 20 1/8×68 7/8″ shelving units.

5 pointers for developing freedom-based creativity & work habits. Which is to say, you’ve got to dissolve guilt and rock you

I posted this to my Facebook on a recent weekend: A note on CREATIVE FLOW…. I’m “working” today. Wasn’t planning on it. It’s a sunny, gorgeous Vancouver Sunday. But since my kid is running around the block with his neighbour buddies, I’m using this time to write, respond, vision. Last week I filmed in LA, curled up with friends, worked hard, lounged.

Organizing tips from outer space

I just finished reading An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Col.