I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too. Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.
Else stood this stone a fragment and defaced,
with lucent body from the shoulders falling,
too short, not gleaming like a lion’s fell;
nor would this star have shaken the shackles off,
bursting with light, until there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Torso of an Archaic Apollo, translated by C. F.
You’re a freelancer, and you know what your job is. You’re a web designer. You’re a copywriter. You’re a marketing consultant.
Here’s what you probably don’t think about often, but should:
What’s not your job?
I’m not talking about clients who ask you to perform above and beyond the scope of the project.
When I work with a new marketing client, one of the first things I do is go deep into their business model.
This intrigues some…and pisses off others.
“Listen up,” I’ll hear, “we’re not paying you to fix our business, we just need more people coming through the door.”
To which I reply:
Let me ask you a question. In my car, I have a box.
This week’s Workspace of the Week is OrsonKent’s shared home office:
Regular readers of Unclutterer know I have a fascination with shared desk space. It’s difficult to share a home, and 5,000 times more difficult to share an office and desk. This week’s workspace beautifully solves all those difficulties. From OrsonKent’s description:
The work area I share with Marie.
J.D. is on vacation in Alaska. This is a guest post from Neal Frankle, a Certified Financial Planner, and the author of Wealth Pilgrim, a blog about his financial journey.
If you know someone in their fifties, don’t be surprised when you discover they’re afraid. I’m 52, and I checked with everyone. They confirmed it. It’s true.
Materials: Numerar Countertop Double Sided & Vika Moliden Legs
Description: I needed a really wide work station that would let me put up all my music production equipment but also look great while it was all put away.
I found a similar desk for 2800 dollars and decided that it was way too much and I could build something better.
I’m going to go a little bit off of the beaten path here and talk about something not directly related to personal finance, but something that has a strong indirect relationship: piracy of intellectual property.
A week barely goes by when a person writes to me asking for some sort of justification for their piracy of music, computer software, or other electronic materials.
Materials: 6.5 yards of Majken fabric
Description: I folded the fabric directly in half and cut down the fold, making the two panels.
To hem each side, I used Stitch Witchery. I followed the steps on the back of the packaging to adhere the 1/2" hem on each side. No sewing machine for this project!
Happiness interview: Aidan Donnelley Rowley.
Aidan Donnelly Rowley and I were set up on a blind coffee date, as writers who live in the same neighborhood, by the indefatigable Danielle LaPorte. Which is a bit odd, because at that time I'd never even met Danielle, who lives in Vancouver, but only knew her through the internet.