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By John Wesley

The Difference Between What We Want To Be True and What Is Actually True

Almost all of the suffering we put ourselves through in life is because there’s a difference between what we want to be true and what’s actually true. During my early professional years, I watched as the gap between the financially successful person I wanted to be and the financially unsound person that I was became wider and wider. As that gap widened, I became miserable.

Workspace of the Week: Duo designed

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Simplicity Bliss’ double desks: There are a number of wonderful items about this workspace. I really like the curtain that separates the office from the rest of the room. This definition of space doesn’t hide the office, but rather acknowledge that work happens behind it and not necessarily in the entire rest of the room.

Ultimate Entertainment Unit

Materials: 2 Besta Shelf Units, part of Billy bookcase Description: We have a long wall that we wanted to keep all of our entertainment stuff in (TV, Blueray, speakers, video game consoles, audio, etc.) but we also wanted to keep the whole unit low because we didn't want to block our windows. We had searched for a long, low unit but was never able to find one quite long enough.

Online Writing: A Brave New World

Advertise here with BSACredit: Wasim Raja on Flickr Throughout my career, I’ve had three freelancing phases interspersed between staff positions. The first time, I edited with a red pencil on hard copy, jotted queries on sticky (Post-it) notes attached to the margins, typed out my style sheets and invoices on a typewriter, and mailed them along with the manuscript via the U.S.

Ask the Readers: What Is My Financial Obligation to My Family?

Last Friday’s question about the moral implications of spending prompted a great discussion, as well as a few personal messages. One of those e-mails was from Dave, who wrote with his own ethical dilemma. Instead of looking at the world at large, Dave wants to know how to handle a financial dilemma closer to home: with his own family.

"Over-Spending. Over-Eating. Under-Sleeping. Watching Too Much TV."

I'm so happy for my friend, the incomparable Molly Jong-Fast. Her new novel, The Social Climber's Handbook, just came out. It's a delicious, dark, biting story about some characters here in New York City -- one of whom has a big, crazy secret. The novel is very funny, and at the same time, also extremely acute in its observations about people.

9 Famous Quotes That Will Supercharge Your Day

There are many famous quotes out there, but there are only a few with the power to touch your heart. In this article, I’ve gathered 9 famous quotes that will not only supercharge your day and make you wise, but also inspire you to go after your wildest dreams and aspirations. The truth of the matter is that you can become and have anything you want in this world.

If it came to it, would you choose energy or drinking water?

Watch the video. If you don't like what's going on so much, maybe take a next step by looking at this citizen's guide. Leave ideas for what else we can do in comments.

Scott Wilson: Do What You Think Is Right & Apologize Later

Designer Scott Wilson raised almost $1 million on Kickstarter - and that was just a side project. We talk clients, confidence, connecting the dots, and finding opportunities.

The Value of a Minimal Approach

Above, you’ll see a picture of a Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart enameled cast iron pot. I picked it up at a cookware sale about a year and a half ago at roughly half off the list price. Yes, I paid around $150 for this single pot. Since then, it’s almost the only pot or pan or skillet I’ve used in my kitchen. I’ve fried eggs in it. I’ve made casseroles in it.

Antonius frame turns into printer cabinet, to its surprise

Materials: Antonius frame, Harlig doors, drawer runners, Jigsaw and Fixa screwdriver. Description: Since one of our printers is 1cm too wide to fit inside a Besta cabinet we had to find a solution to house our two printers in a very small space. It had to be a cabinet with slide-out feature so we could tuck them away when not in use.

Felicia throw chair cover

Materials: Felicia throw, spray glue, thread Description: Felicia throws are a great deal for recovering old furniture without breaking the bank. It cost less than 20 bucks to recover this entire egg chair.

How to Make Your Own Manly Bar of Soap

“A paste of lye and water can burn through an aluminum pan. A solution of lye and water will dissolve a wooden spoon.

Big living in a small space

We continue to be fascinated with people who live big in incredibly small spaces.

To Dine for Hack

Materials: Spontan Board, Vika Moliden underframe, Perfekt cover panels, Ribba picture ledge, Gidea conference table, metal wire, and Tidig pendant lamp Description: Buen provecho and bon appetit! A smorgasbord dining room full of hacks...