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By Brett Kelly

The New World versus the Old World: Are You Being Left Behind?

The second or third question in virtually any introduction is, “So, what do you do?” What’s your answer to that question? For most people it has something to do with their career, job title, or the company they work for. It makes sense.

Estate Planning Done Right: How to Help Your Family from the Great Beyond

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a blog, Twittering thing. Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks.

Interview with Digital Nomad Cody McKibben

Advertise here with BSA Cody McKibben isn’t your ordinary freelancer. After he quit his job in 2007 to begin freelancing, McKibben took off from Northern California and headed for Asia.

The Benefits Of Meditation

There have been several scientific studies that have revealed that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain ion a positive way.

So You Want My Job: Olympic Hopeful

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Daah daah duh don don don da. That was the Olympic “fanfare and theme.” So hard to convey in writing.

Unitasker Wednesday: Eggies

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This week’s unitasker is far from being the worst contender we’ve ever featured. In fact, if you don’t eat egg yolks, I could see its usefulness.

Personal Finance Choices and Economic Fears

Rarely does a day go by when I’m not contacted by a reader who is alarmed about some economic fear or another. What about inflation? What about deflation? What about precious metals? What about national bankruptcy? The list goes on and on. Right off the bat, let’s make it clear that I don’t buy such apocalyptic feelings.

Loft Bed/Workstation

Materials: MATERIALS: FJELLDAL Loft Bed, VIKA KAJ Table Leg, Solid Birch Door, slim pine board. TOOLS: Table saw, handsaw, wood screws, a few small nails Description: I did this like 4 years ago and didn't realize this wonderful site even existed. Anyhow, it was really simple and cheap so I thought I'd dig up some photos and share it.

Hyllis Garage "Man Cave"

Materials: Hyllis Storage, Melamine Shelves, Screws Description: I needed to convert an ugly mess in my garage into a "man cave" with a useable bench -- I was sick and tired of all the projects being conducted on my kitchen bench! And my budget is very small.

No More dinner services

Materials: Magasin - dish drainer Description: I just used it as a plant stand. ~ Silvia Vázquez , Spain

The Comparison Trap

Post written by Leo Babauta. I love reading about other people’s work setups, I really do.

How Is Your Happiness Challenge Going?

Unbelievable as this is, the year 2011 is half over. If you've joined the 2011 Happiness Challenge, how are you doing? If you've managed successfully to keep even one resolution, give yourself a big gold star. It's hard to make change; it takes mindfulness, self-knowledge, and self-mastery.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Leadership Edition

One area I’ve been reading about quite a bit lately is leadership. How does a person who is a bit on the introverted side and is scared of leading a social group actually leap across that chasm and lead a community organization? I’ve been reading a pile of books by John Maxwell and other such authors and I’ve mostly come to three conclusions.

The Simplest Way To improve Your Creativity, Health, And Relationships

We called him Radio Bill. He was an eccentric man who could be seen all over town walking the streets with his Walkman radio attached to headphones on his ears. He was the Forrest Gump of our small town.For myself and my fellow high school students, there was something unsettling about Radio Bill. He was odd. A misfit. A person living at the edge of society.

You don’t have to turn off your emotions when uncluttering

We sold our house yesterday. We signed a lot of papers, handed over the keys, and said an official farewell to a place we loved. The rational part of me accepts that a house is just concrete, bricks, glass, steel beams, and wood. As George Carlin once pointed out, a house is simply a container for you and your stuff.