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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

$4 Gas and Fragile Finances

Right now, as I look at AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the nationwide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.53. Just one month ago, it was $3.12 per gallon, a $0.41 jump. I’m lucky – I work at home. My wife is at least somewhat lucky – she commutes in a fully-paid-for car that gets 45 miles to the gallon.

The Little Habits

‘Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.’ ~Publilius Syrus Post written by Leo Babauta. It’s amazing how big a difference a little thing can make. Starting your day mindfully with some tea, for example, can change your entire day. Clearing your desk will make your work day amazing.

An Ikea Kura bed felt playhouse

Materials: Kura bunk bed, felt Description: I recently finished a felt playhouse for my daughter as the bottom of her bed is being used for toy storage. Read more about the Kura felt playhouse. ~ Anna

IKEA vases for a translucent rounded bathroom wall

Materials: Rektangel vase Description: The REKTANGEL vases are used as glassblocks in the design of a distinctive loft located on the first floor of a historic warehouse and monument on the Brouwersgracht in the center of Amsterdam. The apartment is designed by Marloes van Heteren of SOLUZ and Remco Wilcke of CUBE architecten.

Moving: How to transport the belongings of your home

I’m not sure there are words to fully express my feelings of loathing about moving.

Hire Heart

If it didn’t really happen to me, I’d have thought it was a skit in a training video about what not to do.I was at Fairway market on 125th Street in NYC, perusing the itty bitty supplement section. Clearly looking for something I wasn’t finding.

Reader Mailbag: Wisconsin Emails

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Regular or Roth IRA? 2. Setting long-term goals 3. “Free” texting and phone service 4. Saving for a laptop 5. Paying for taxes 6. Buy or rent? 7. Are protective sleeves worthwhile? 8.

Billy-Benno Corner Bookshelves

Materials: Billy Bookshelves, Benno DVD Tower Description: Billy has corner bookshelves combo. However it doesn't fit in my root neatly. So what I did is to use Benno DVD tower as corner shelf. Billy corner hardware can be used as is. I also put on height extension. However, Benno DVD tower doesn't have height extension. I have to use 15 3/4" Billy height extension and cut narrower.

4 Tips: Go From Temporary Help To “Trusted Ghostwriter”

Credit: J Wynia on Flickr Some great long-term client relationships, for writers, originate from the client’s lack of time rather than their perceived lack of skill. In other words, they bring on writing help because they do not have the time to handle all the internal demands for writing services.

Consumer Reports Auto Issue: Best and Worst Cars for 2011

It’s that time of year again! The annual auto issue of Consumer Reports landed in my mailbox yesterday, and I spent some time browsing its pages. I’m not nearly as interested in car info as I used to be; I’ve had my beloved Mini Cooper for two years now, and am quite pleased with it.

11 Motivational Quotes for 2011

Do you know that 25 percent of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week, and 60 percent of people abandon their New Year’s resolution within six months?  According to Tony Schwartz, the average person makes the same New Year’s resolution ten separate times without success. So today I want to give you 11 motivational quotes to keep you motivated in 2011, a

The biggest barrier to climate change progress?

Hi folks, I wanted to share an email I got from my friend Bill McKibben, leader of 350.org. In it, he explains how the Chamber of Commerce is injecting huge amounts of cash into American politics and blocking action on climate. He says that the Chamber claims to represent all of American business.

Problem Solving Secrets

Photo by aeschleah By Tina Su I recently discovered a simple technique for problem solving that I thought you guys would love. But before diving in to this effective problem solving process, let me tell you the background story. Lately, I’ve been struggling with this feeling of unproductive frustration.

Newsflash! The Happiness Project Debuts at #4 on the New York Times Bestseller List!

I just got the great news! The paperback of The Happiness Project hit the New York Times bestseller list at #4! Yay! Thanks so much to everyone here. I know the support and enthusiasm of the blog readers made a huge difference to the success of the book. I so appreciate your help -- your pre-orders, your helping to spreading the word about the book, and your encouraging comments.

Quiz: What's Your Personality Type -- for Play?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Quiz: What's your personality -- for play? As I've worked on my happiness project, the importance of play has becoming increasingly apparent to me. For a happy life, it's not enough to have an absence of bad feelings -- we also need sources of good feelings.