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By Leo Babauta

Affirm Your Way To Wealth

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. This morning, I did something unusual.

Thoughts on Choosing Guardians for Your Children

Yesterday morning, I posted an article discussing our decision-making process with regards to deciding whether or not to become named guardians for several children. Is it something we could handle? After posting that article, several parents emailed me to state that they had been struggling with the guardianship question in their own lives.

The Simplest Cure for Insomnia

Post written by Leo Babauta. For years I had a mild-to-medium case of insomnia, often staying up late watching crappy television and eating junk food because I couldn’t fall asleep, no matter how tired I was. It is miserable. You walk through the day like a zombie, unable to function properly. You desperately try to sleep but nothing works.

18" Ensuite Bathroom Vanity

Materials: Bekvam Description: Put off by outrageous prices for bathroom vanities and an awkward space to fill in my ensuite bathroom, I turned to Ikea Hackers for inspiration. Not to be disappointed, Karen from SFO gave me the great idea to use the Bekvam butcher block as a base for my shaker style vanity with above counter sink.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Meatballer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! My husband comes from a large Italian family, and when we were first married I decided to learn to make pasta, marinara, and meatballs from scratch.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sister-In-Law Visit Edition

My sister-in-law and her soon-to-be spouse are coming to visit us for several days starting later today.

Tax Prep Costs: How Much Will It Cost to Get Your Taxes Done?

This is a guest post from Richard Barrington, a freelance writer and novelist who spent over 20 years as an investment industry executive. Barrington is a regular contributor at MoneyRates. Previously at GRS, he shared how to find the right CD or money-market account and tips for sound saving and investing. Tax season is in full swing. In fact, income tax returns are due in just over a month.

Product Review: Low Cost High Impact Photography eBook

In my away-from-the computer life, I’m an avid bicyclist. Talk about a gadget-centric activity. It seems as though there’s always another nifty, lightweight bike to buy.

10 Ways to Chase a New Direction in Your Life

Since graduating from high school, I have spent the last fourteen years on the “right track” for my big transition into adulthood. I moved out, went to college, found a good job, and bought a house. I did everything I was expected to do. I worked long hours, chasing promotions and raises I didn’t care about.

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric-Style

Welcome back to our series on Classical Rhetoric. Today we’re continuing our five-part segment on the Five Canons of Rhetoric. So far we’ve covered the canons of invention and arrangement.

Finding Your Work Sweet Spot: Genuine Interest, Skills & Opportunity

How can you make a real impact with your creative projects? The secret lies in the intersection of your genuine interests, skills, and opportunities.

Spare Change: First 5k Edition

It’s been a while since I posted a fitness update around here. I’ve been a little scared to — some of you hate them! More than that, though, I’ve had a nagging injury.

7 Ways To Upgrade Your Brain

A person’s mind is their most powerful tool.  Yet very few people take intentional steps toward “upgrading” their brain and trying to become smarter.

Building Passive Income Streams

As time goes on, the value of having multiple income streams becomes more and more apparent to me. The more income streams you have, the less trouble your life will have if one of those income streams goes defunct or experiences a downturn. Thus, I’ve been thinking a great deal about developing more income streams for myself. So, let’s back up.

So, You Want to Be a Writer? Read This First.

(Photo: Sybren A. Stüvel) Neil Strauss has written six New York Times bestsellers and is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine. From the standpoint of most aspiring writers, he’s reached the pinnacle of success. That’s why I first sent him an e-mail in 2005. I attached a draft book proposal and asked for his feedback, hat in hand.