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A Call to Arms

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about different approaches and methodologies for living especially with the recent publishing of my book, The Common Thread, on what living correctly means in our modern world. These approaches include anything from a belief system to the common proverb. How does one sort through all of these ideas to come up with something truthful?

A Man and the Sports Jacket: A Tailored Suit’s Sports Jacket Giveaway

Introduction to the Sports Jacket Examples of a Sports Jacket Few garments in a wardrobe can transform a man like a handsome sports jacket.

Merge Left

Charlene writes in: I’m getting married in March. My future husband and I are talking about when and how to merge our finances and we’ve had some difficulty coming up with a plan. What did you and your wife do?

Getting Kids Started with the Stock Market

By Julie Rains Recently, a reader asked how to give stock to kids in her life in an effort to inspire a life-long interest in investing. Now seems like a great time to start investing but opening an account for someone who isn't your child (a nephew or niece, for example) isn't as straightforward as handing over cash. The investments may cause a burden on the child or the family members.

Drive-By Book Review: The Happiness Project

It’s been a while since I’ve done my Drive-By Book Reviews, but one of my resolutions is to get back into sharing more of the books I’m reading with you guys in my special cut-to-the-chase Drive-By style. Up today is… The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin Who’s it for?

Review: The Happiness Project

Today is the release of Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. I’ve made no secret about being a fan of Gretchen’s blog of the same name, and so I was elated when she sent me an advance copy of the book to review.

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The Simple, Ridiculously Useful Guide to Earning a Living from Your Passion “It’s not easy — I’ll tell you that up front. If you hope to make a quick buck, or a fast million, you’ll need to find another guide. Probably one with lots of flashing ads in the sidebar. So you have your passion picked out?

Does It Still Make Sense to Refinance in Today’s Market?

Last winter, Kris and I refinanced our mortgage. Interest rates had dropped, and it seemed like a good idea to make the leap. Though it took us a couple of months to actually pull the trigger, we finally ended up cutting the interest rate on our loan from 6.25% to 4.96%.

The Definitive Guide to Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

‘Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.’ ~ Spanish Proverb Post written by Leo Babauta.

Make 2010 a Happier Year. Decide Now.

It’s the last week of 2009, and the new year begins on Friday – a great time to make some resolutions.

2010 Resolution #1: Lose 40 Pounds

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my four resolutions for 2010 this week. I’m overweight. One of the biggest reasons for this is hypothyroidism, something I’ve had literally since I was born (and have treated with medication since I was three days old).

Find Your Passion – 6 Tips to Discovering What Ignites Your Fire

When you decide to find your passion, you’re making an important commitment to yourself. You’re saying that you’re a top priority and you’ll be finding the things in life that you truly enjoy. When you have a true passion for life you never feel like life is a chore.

Motivational Posters: Winston Churchill Edition (Part II)

Share Since we are gearing up for the new year and pondering the task of improving ourselves in 2010, we thought it was a good time to hear from old Churchill again, master of giving men a needed kick in the pants. Hopefully these posters will leave you feeling motivated to get yourself in gear.

Reminder: Chicago book signing and meet and greet

A reminder that tonight is the first stop on my Unclutter Your Life in One Week book tour: Chicago The Book Cellar. 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. I’ll be there from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Again, there isn’t a speech or formal presentation, so come when it’s convenient for you during the three-hour window.

Get a Grip on Your Debt: How to Obtain a Clear, Concise Financial Snapshot

By Adam Baker This is part three of my Getting Out of Debt: The Essentials series. In the first two parts of the series we laid the 'mental foundation' to start our surge against debt.  For most, this groundwork is essential to succeeding, however there comes a time for action.  That time is now. Before we can know where we are going, it helps to know where we currently are.