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By John Wesley

“It Is Still a Beautiful World”: Happy Thanksgiving 2010

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and that means a quiet respite from our discussions of money. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; I’m grateful that we set aside a day each year to be remember for the good things we have. As usual, I have much to be thankful for this year. I’m fortunate to have a good life, a fine wife, and four soft and furry cats.

Day 33: Why Gossiping Is Killing Your Soul

Remember that telephone game we played as children? We all sat in a circle and the first person whispered a simple statement such as, “She is a girl” into a person’s ear.

Ten Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s a great day to step back and reflect on the positive things that have happened in our life over the past year and the things that bring joy into your life.

Giving thanks

Unclutterer is taking the day off today for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. Check back tomorrow for another installment of our Unclutterer’s 2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide. If you’re outside the U.S. and you’re not enjoying a day off from work, jump into the Forums and join the conversation.

Turn your blah Fjellse into a FAB upholstered bed

Materials: Fjellse bedframe (double) Description: Now that I'm living like a grown up after college, it's time for my sleeping situation to look the part too. So although the Fjellse bedframe has great bones (solid pine, not particleboard!) and the price at $50 cannot be beat, it's just a bit too plain and cheapie-college looking for my taste.

End of the Year Planning for Freelancers

Credit: joshuahoffmanphoto on Flickr The end of the year is rapidly approaching and, for freelancers, that means that a few things need to get done. There are money matters that need to be handled before the year ends, as well as some planning for the new year.

Clothing Fit: Dealing with Weight Loss and Gain

This holiday season many of us will be eating large meals and spending time with family watching our favorite sporting events.  Another portion of us will start our New Year’s resolutions and make exercise and healthy eating a part of our daily lives.  Either way, quite a few of us will discover over the next few months that our clothing doesn’t fit the way it used to.

Eight Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives over the Holidays.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for dealing with difficult relatives over the holidays. For many people, the holidays are a joyous time; for many people, the holidays are a dreaded holiday. One factor that can make it tough is spending time with difficult relatives. Here are some strategies for keeping family dinners pleasant: 1.

2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Kits

For high school graduation, my uncle bought me an emergency kit for my car. At the time, I thought it was the most boring gift ever.

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achieving, without goals

Post written by Leo Babauta. It was only a couple years ago that I was completely focused on goals … and I accomplished a lot by setting and working on goals. I ran several marathons, lost a lot of weight, got out of debt, started a fairly successful blog … the list of goals I achieved is long.

The dreaded Kids Train Table with a new twist

Materials: Lack Shelving Unit, Casters, Interior Door Description: We had used the Lack shelving unit as a playtable (on it's side) for our 2 year old twins, because it had the perfect height and lots of storage underneath.

Day 32: Would You Do This For 10 Minutes A Day To Retire 10 Years Early?

Is retiring early one of your life’s dreams? Do you long to be able to take off a few years while you are still young and healthy and travel, spend time on your hobbies or doing something else you love?

IKEA shelf-evators

Materials: Capita legs, Ekby Viktor shelves, Ekby Joxa bracket rail Description: I recently took a job teaching online in which I work from home, meaning I needed to convert part of my living/dining room into a home office. My biggest problems were accommodating my extensive library of academic books, and finding space for easily-accessed office supplies.

Ten Life Lessons from Richard Branson

Richard Branson clearly knows a thing or two about success. At 20, he started a mail order shop, and opened a recording studio a short while later.