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By Jonathan Fields

The Difference Between Coworking Spaces and Coffee Shops

Advertise here with BSA Freelancers wind up working everywhere: I’ve done my work at coffee shops, coworking spaces and even truck stops in in the middle of nowhere. But there are some big differences between using a general public space and an area built from the ground up for working. Coworking spaces are becoming more common, especially in big cities.

The 8 Steps to Becoming Successful

Success is an interesting concept, one I have studied for many years while working with some very successful people. While watching these people I have seen that their success always followed the same, general, path.

Self-Reliance by Emerson – Review and Free eBook

Self-Reliance is an essay that was first published by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1841. Emerson’s didn’t always write in the most accessible prose, but the essay is short enough that it should be within the reach of most readers. In Self-Reliance Emerson is issuing a call to avoid conformity–without worrying about what other’s think.

Spare Change: RV Parking Edition

As many of you know, former GRS staff writer Adam Baker — aka the Babe Ruth of blogging — has spent the last few months on a cross-country RV tour. Adam and Courtney and three-year-old Milli have been living in a 51-foot gas-guzzler sponsored by Adaptu, a new online money-management tool. Note: Have I mentioned Adaptu before? I can’t remember.

It Adds On To Your Career

If I were to go sell my Honda Pilot right now for a new vehicle, I might drive in a bit more comfort, I suppose. However, that $25,000 invested would have to come from somewhere. I can think of several gadgets that might be fun to have around the house, but they would cost thousands of dollars.

1 Pot, 1 Pan, 5 Ingredients: 5 Minimalist Meals

Several years ago, I decided to attempt my first marathon. Certainly not the most original idea, as it seems these days running a marathon is on the bucket list for just about every man. Nevertheless, after following a brutal 16-week training schedule, I was confident in my ability to survive the 26.2 mile challenge. That was of course, until I arrived at the starting line.

Trofast frames to play table

Materials: Trofast x's 2, mdf, connecting hardware, glue, nails Description: We used 2 Trofast frames and put them together according to manufacturers instructions. We connect them together using connecting hardware. We then cut mdf top to fit over both units with some hang over on each side then we cut strips to nail/glue underneath top to keep top from sliding off.

Lamp from a hanging planter

Materials: Skurar hanging planter, Hemma cord Description: I found this beautiful, doily pattern hanging planter at Ikea a few days ago. It was just too pretty, to put only flowers in it, I wanted to use it in a different way: as a lamp, in my kitchen! So, I turned the planter up side down, and drilled a hole, on the top of it. Finally, I pulled hema cord, thru the hole.

Unitasker Wednesday: Yonanas

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! The incredibly difficult recipe for making single-ingredient banana “ice cream”: Put bananas in freezer. When frozen, take bananas out of freezer. Peel frozen bananas. Put frozen bananas in blender and blend until smooth.

Simple Budgeting for Lazy People

Post written by Leo Babauta. I haven’t written about finances in awhile, because these days I barely think about them. That’s because for several years, I focused on getting out of debt — and these days, I live completely debt-free and worry little about finances.

What’s holding you back?

We all have hesitations when it comes to change. It’s normal to drag your feet when you don’t know if the change will be an improvement or if it will last or how other people will respond.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Perfect Diet Edition

The more you evaluate the ins and outs of particular diets, the more you discover that there is no “perfect” diet. No matter what “rules” you apply to your eating, there is always a study or two contradicting it. The only thing I’ve seen that seems to be universally agreed upon is portion control.

Shoes storage that looks stunning

Materials: MALM, TRONES Description: This hack is quick simple to realize. Assemble and fix to the wall 4 TRONES boxes for the shoes storage. 2 columns of 2. Use the rest of a MALM item (in our case the MALM bed structure) to realize the wood top. Fix the wood part to the wall. It's done and it cost you very little money. ~ Laurent, France

Why These 6 Happiness "Boosters" Might Actually Make You Feel Worse.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Why these six happiness "boosters" might actually make you feel worse. Everyone has a few tricks for beating the blues. It turns out, however, that several of the most popular strategies don’t actually work very well in the long term. Beware if you are tempted to try any of the following: 1.

A Penny Saved is a Penny Spurned? What to Do with Pockets Full of Change

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I regularly empty the change from my wallet. Pennies, nickels and dimes go into a pink piggy bank. Quarters go into “Mr.