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By Leo Babauta

Cupcake lights

Materials: You'll need a package of Drommar, a strand of lights and an X-Acto knife. Description: Using an X-Acto knife, make a cross cut in the bottom of an Ikea Drommar (cupcake liner $0.99 for a pack of 65). Slip over socket on a strand of lights to create small paper lamp shades that look really sweet. See more of Camilla's cupcake lights. ~ Camilla Fabbri, Family Chic

Fighting the summer productivity blahs

I have the mid-summer blahs. It happens every year, and, even though I know it’s coming, there isn’t much to do to prevent it. It’s something I have to survive instead of avoid. Maybe you get it, too? You look out your office window, see the glorious warm sun shining, and the last thing you want to do is work.

How to Save Money While Traveling

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. When I was packing for my trip to Argentina, a friend advised me, “Put everything you’re taking on the bed. Now put back half the clothes, and take twice the money.” Good advice.

The (re)acquisition of your Personal Power

Photo credit: OpenDemocracy Power: What a subject. We all desire power to varying degrees whether we call it ‘power’ or ‘control’ or something else; whether or not it’s ‘power’ over ourselves or ‘power’ over others; power to do good, power to do evil, power to create, power to destroy…and so on. We are fascinated by the subject. We write about it: “Power tends to corru

Boxing Basics-Part III: Defense

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who is doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing.

Planning for Budget Busters: Home Ownership

This video post is the third of a four-part series from staff writer Adam Baker. Baker previously featured a post on his own blog entitled Cost of Living Abroad: Dozens of Bloggers Share Their Expenses. Last week, I introduced the concept of a Budget Buster, which is any irregular expense that I fail to plan for.

The Obligations of Wealth

Connie writes in (I edited her question a bit to protect privacy): I recently married a business owner who had a net worth of around $10 million before we got married. He has lived in the same medium-sized town all of his life and has kept many of the same friends since his school years. Lately, though, he has noticed that a lot of them seem resentful of him.

Shower liner turned reusable lunch bag

Materials: NACKTEN shower liner, paper lunch baghalf yard of fabric, sewing machine, coordinating thread Description: Using a NACKTEN shower liner, I made a few reusable, eco friendly lunch bags. To start, I took a paper lunch bag leftover from a takeout delivery and gently ripped the seams where it was fused on the side.

Freelance-Freedom Round-Up

It’s a soul-melting 35°C (93.8°F for you folks south of the border) and the only air conditioning I have in my home office is a 3 speed fan that only has one speed left.  In lieu of writing a post full of pithy humour and brilliant insights, I’ve opted to take a look at some of the best Freelance-Freedom strips from the archives.  One of my favourite parts about being a freelancer – I ca

Want To Be Happy at Work? Dozens of Tips, Plus a Few Quizzes, To Consider.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Want to be happy at work? Here are dozens of tips, plus a few quizzes to consider. One issue that comes up frequently in the area of happiness is -- no surprise -- the relationship of work to happiness. How to be happier at work. Why happiness is good for business. How to feel happier if you've lost your job. Etc.

The elements of change

‘Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.’ ~Shunryu Suzuki Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. Change can be a difficult thing.

Unitasker Wednesday: ept’s Keepsake Bag

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to acquire these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Such a waste of timeBeing disorganized wastes 4.3 hours of fruitful productivity per workweek. Small space fun and gamesWhile surfing through the Apartment Therapy website over the weekend, I found this brilliantly designed space-saving door/ping-pong table and knew I had to share it with you. Unplugged and unclutteredOprah asked two families to unplug and unclutter for one week and see how

Use an Informational Interview to Overcome Mental Barriers

If you think going after your goal seems risky, doing nothing can be even riskier.

Newly Published Mark Twain Essay, 'Concerning the Interview'

"No one likes to be interviewed, and yet no one likes to say no." Mark Twain on the perils of journalism.