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By Glen Stansberry

Plan a Mental Health Weekend – 5 Steps to De-stress Your Life

Guess what? The use of life-enhancing devices such as cell phones and laptops has not changed the fact that you have too much to accomplish each day. And, with only twenty-four hours available, you try your best to get the most from each hour. That would be easy if you only had one hat to wear in life but you don’t.

Dinner With My Family #19: Slow Cooker Pot Pie

My favorite meals are ones that are flexible enough to incorporate whatever we have on hand as well as incorporating whatever might be on sale at the grocery store or at the farmers market. This way, we minimize the food we waste while also taking advantage of sales, minimizing our food costs. At the same time, convenience is a need for us, too.

Meddling with Melodi

Materials: Melodi pendant lamp Description: I've wanted a feature lighting pendant for some time for our dining nook. Any of the beautiful pendants I've seen have unfortunately been outside of a reasonable price, so the opportunity arose for me to come up with a little something of my own. Here is what I came up with ...

Frustrated by Devices? Read the Manual.

Handsome, well-made tools are a joy to use; confusing devices are a drain.

Hot air balloon Regolit

Materials: Regolit, paint, box, string, fabric scraps. Description: We got some Regolit light shades and have been decorating them to suit our style. We did a hot air balloon for the spare bedroom, this was inspired by something my Dad had seen once but unfortunately he doesn't remember where!

Lessons We’re Learning Riding Mass Transit

Post written by Leo Babauta. For almost a year now, my wife Eva, my six kids and I have been walking and riding mass transit almost exclusively. We have bikes but we’re still new to them, and we also use City Carshare for longer trips out of the city.

Ask Unclutterer: Gift bag storage

Reader J submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: We just purchased our first home and we are in the process of organizing everything. One thing that I have no idea how to handle is my large collection of gift bags, gift boxes, ribbons, bows, etc.

How to Transform Your Garage Into a Barbershop

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Australian AoM reader, Aaron Round, who built a barbershop in his garage and shared the results with us. Thanks a lot Aaron–I tip my hat to your imagination and initiative! So you want to be a barber? But you don’t have enough scratch to pay for barbering school quite yet.

Starting the Journey Right

Me, at approximately age two, in the kitchen of the house I grew up in This past weekend, I was cleaning out a drawer in my office when I came across a stack of photos from my early childhood.

Workspace of the Week: Kitty approved

This week’s Workspace of the Week is DelightfullyHostile’s anything-but-hostile home office: The office is not in use to the same degree as last week’s featured workspace, but I like how a cat makes an appearance in this week’s selection. It’s a nice reminder that offices are designed and used daily by real people, and, in this case, an adorable kitty.

Lack tables to floating shelves

Materials: Lack tables, wooden battens, screws, plasterboard plugs, corner brackets, wallpaper leftovers, electric saw, drill, screwdriver Description: Let's start at the beginning, which is: what the doodah was I going to do with all my DVDs? I don't have nor want a TV and love my DVD collections.

Learning To Say No: 6 Simple Tips To Do It

A few months ago, I received a business pitch. It was from an acquaintance I was on good terms with, and the pitch was based on something we verbally discussed and agreed on in the past. However, sometime had passed since our last conversation, and things had changed.I was no longer keen on the opportunity, but didn't quite know how to put it across to him.

The Professional Photographer’s Bookshelf

Advertise here with BSACredit: Juhan Sonin on Flickr Photography is one of those “doing” fields. Meaning that you’d rather be doing photography than reading about it. Especially when the topic is the business of photography. Nothing wrong with wanting to be a doer, but there’s much to be said for the insights and reflection that are prompted by the reading of a good book.

Ask the Readers: I’m Getting Older — Should I Save or Should I Travel?

Long-time GRS reader Sheila (aka PawPrint) dropped a line earlier this year because she’s facing a financial dilemma. She and her husband want to be responsible — to save for retirement — but they’re afraid that doing so means they won’t be able to pursue other passions, such as travel. Sheila writes: My husband is nearly 60.

How To Be Persuasive

Not so long ago, influence was claimed as a matter of birthright. Now, even for the highborn, influence is a skill that is honed with dedicated practice, feedback and reflection. Here’s how to be more persuasive: Being right doesn’t equal winning Too often people get stuck in a trap of thinking that if I’m right I should win. You won’t.