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By Leo Babauta

Dealing with the Employment Mentality

Advertise here with BSACredit: Cecilia Picco on sxc.hu Many are the freelancers who keep a foot in the employment world by serving as a part-time instructor at a community college or university. This is a great way to have an income platform while building one’s freelance business.

The Financial Literacy Toolkit

You know, we started April with the best of intentions. Because it’s Financial Literacy Month, all of the writers at Get Rich Slowly agreed to discuss basic money concepts. But we didn’t do it. Instead, we explored all sorts of other interesting topics. I think I know part of the problem. For a couple of years, I spent all of April focused on financial literacy.

Lack Book shelf

Materials: Lack Description: To construct the bookshelf I took several Lack shelves. The challenge was to cut them to the right size. Therefore, I had to remove the end-caps by heat and, after cutting, replace them. To allow precise assembly I installed first a chipboard wall.

Did You Read The Happiness Project as an E-Book? Or Listen to the Audio Book?

For some time now, I've been offering to send free, personalized bookplates to anyone who wants them. But I know that many readers don't really have a use for a bookplate, because they read the e-version or listened to the audio version, and I wanted to dream up something similar to offer to those folks. At last, I have something!

Receiving Insights From the Universe

The first time I meditated, I was very happy. I felt incredibly relaxed afterwards, and experienced freedom from my thoughts in a real way for the very first time.

Personal Finance and Self-Worth

Kelly wrote in with a very interesting story. Even though she gave me permission to publish the full thing, I edited it quite a bit for some privacy reasons that will be obvious when you read the story. While I was married, I was really depressed. I had more money, but I spent most of the time hating myself. I thought that I was worthless because [my husband] told me I was all the time.

Expedit standing desk

Materials: Expedite shelving units Description: Overview: A large standing desk using Expedite shelving parts. At 48" high, it's high enough for a tall person to rest their elbows on. At 73" width, it's large enough to hold a bunch of gear AND eat meals on. At ~$250 in parts, it's a great value for the size.

Hoop art

Materials: Needlework hoops, Ikea fabric scraps Description: Repurposed needlework/embroidery hoops painted and used as frames for beautiful Ikea fabric leftovers. (All frames were charity shop finds.) See more hoop art. ~ Tilly

How To: Give an inexpensive door mat a welcoming modern makeover

Materials: TRAMPA door mat, contact paper, spray paint Description: After a winter of salt and snow, my hardwood floors had taken a beating. So, once I got them scrubbed down, I vowed to keep them in better shape with a door mat at every entrance. So I did what most DIYers would do - went to IKEA. I snagged a basic, large coir mat for $8.00, and picked up a can of spray paint on the way back.

"I Focused on Who I Wasn't By My Mid-Thirties...Instead of Focusing On Who I Am."

Interview: Melanie Notkin. One reason that this blog has brought me so much happiness is that blogging has widened my circle of friends so much.

So You Want My Job: Barber

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. Given our great love for barbershops, I can’t believe it’s taken this long to interview a barber for our So You Want My Job series. But better late than never!

AwayFind launches new features to help people curb their addiction to checking email

When I go on vacation, I’m a loyal AwayFind user. The service makes it so I don’t have to check email while I’m traveling, but I still receive emergency messages via text message (or IM, a secondary email account, or a phone call).

The Causes of a Messy Desk

Right now my desk is a complete mess. Now I have a pretty good excuse. I am in the middle of switching over to a new laptop. I’m also in the middle of trying to switch from AT&T to Sprint for cell phone service. An order of sample  gifts for clients just came in yesterday.

Beautiful Business Cards from Creattica

Advertise here with BSANothing quite matches the convenience of exchanging contact information like handing out your business card. Paperless office or not, business cards are still pretty darn useful. So here are a few great choices from the Creattica network to give you a little inspiration to make your next business card design really stand out!

Reader Mailbag: Rainy Season

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Climbing the car ladder 2. Apolitical 3. Upside down car loan 4. Military debt 5. Basic will question 6. Mortgage or not? 7. Health care costs 8. Buying silver 9. I’m almost 30, what’s next? 10.