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By Chanpory Rith

"Nature, Which Makes Nothing Durable, Always Repeats Itself So That Nothing Which It Makes May Be Lost."

"Nature, which makes nothing durable, always repeats itself so that nothing which it makes may be lost." -- Oscar Wilde * A great way to start the new year is to help someone, and if you want to take a step in the next five minutes to help someone, sign up to be an organ donor.

Review: Goals!

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. For my first book review of 2011, which will pop up on the site on Sunday and appear in subscriber’s mailboxes early in the morning of the first working Monday of the year, I thought I’d take a look at one of the best books out there about defining and setting goals, since so many people start ou

How To Give Yourself The Break Your Body Needs

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is allow yourself to rest. Unfortunately, this isn’t always as easy or natural as it seems.

Linkswitch #50: Happy New Years!

How to Maintain Your Personal Brand as a Corporate Employee A strong personal brand is beneficial on many levels. At the core it differentiates the designer, developer, marketer, etc, from the rest of the pack within crowded disciplines.

Reader Story: A Fresh Start on the Path to Prosperity

This guest post from Louisa Rogers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

How To Be The Person You Want To Be

In a previous post I asked if you were an emotional pack rat. Stephen responded and left the following comment: "Any thoughts on how to change your character, you know, the way you are that means that you would behave in the same regrettable way in the future?"It's an interesting question and the answers usually lie in two camps: yes you can change and no you can't.

Video: Happiness-Boosting Resolutions for 2011.

The original book video for The Happiness Project book features many of my favorite resolutions. With the help of the fabulous Maria Giacchino, I've updated the video to highlight some of the resolutions that other people have made. Check it out! I'm always fascinated to hear about other people's resolutions and add them to my own list all the time.

3 Sure Fire Signs You Are Addicted To Overdrive – (Detox Plan Included)

Do you spend your day buried in your social network, email, or text messages? Do you have a better relationship with your technology than you do with yourself? Does your pulse race with every looming to-do item in your face? If you’re like me, you have become addicted to overdrive, struggling to maintain the quiet space in your life, running from it, believing you have too

Meet Bryan Franklin: The $10 Million Business Coach

You guys know I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the world of personal development and, yes, even the world of coaching.Why? Because I see a lot of folks getting into it after they’ve failed at nearly everything else and it’s either that or grad school.

Happy 2011 from The Simple Dollar

I hope that your 2011 is filled with financial and personal success. I’ll be spending today with my family, relaxing and recharging. Keep reading, because I have some exciting stuff planned for this year, including a completely different approach to putting my next book in your hands. (Your regularly scheduled programming will resume Monday. A single post will appear tomorrow.)

Upgrade Your Personal ‘Exit Strategies’ for 2011

Business planners often include an ‘exit strategy’ detailing how they plan to leave the business: will they ‘run it dry’ (increase personal salary, pay off debts and close down), sell your shares, or liquidate?  These strategies require advance planning and are often well-thought out. But have you ever thought about your own personal exit strategies – the ones you use

IKEA salad bowl sink

Materials: Blanda Blank Description: When my husband and I remodeled our bathroom a few years ago, we wanted to make the most of a small space and stay within our tiny budget. He found an old drinking fountain assembly at a salvage shop, and thought we could retrofit it to accommodate a larger bowl of some sort. Voila, the 14" IKEA Blanda Blank serving bowl.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Celebrate

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 31. Celebrate the year that has passed – and the better one to come. It’s New Year’s Eve, which for many of us means a party or social gathering of some kind.

Don’t Do These 6 Things When Trying to Make Friends – Especially Number 1!

There was a time in my life when I didn’t have friends. None. Zero. Zilch. I was that kid sitting by himself at lunch. Socially awkward, painfully shy, a bit of a nerd, and overweight.

Temporary bar from IKEA Trofast boxes

Materials: Trofast Description: How cool is that? A bar made of Trofast boxes? That’s the brainchild of designers Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto of Portugal who designed and built a temporary bar out of 420 Ikea storage boxes. At night the boxes were lit with LED and pulsated according to the music played.