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By Mark Shead

Lessons from Less

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Courtney Carver of Be More with Less. When I was 16, I wanted more. When I was 24, I wanted even more than that. So, I worked harder, earned more, spent more, to have more, only to owe more. I was exhausted at the end of the day and tired when I woke up most mornings. I ate on the fly, fell behind, ran late and could never catch up.

Ask Unclutterer: House falling to pieces after injury

Reader Catherine submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I sprained my ankle yesterday and can’t move without crutches, and I am feeling very overwhelmed. Neither my husband nor my 13-y/o daughter really cook, so he went out and stocked up on TV dinners but already that is getting OLD for me. (OTOH it doesn’t bother them.

Workspace of the Week: Freeing up floor space

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Psleda’s home office: This workspace is nice for many reasons — I like the vertically stored laptop, the filing cabinet on wheels that expands the work surface, and the overhead storage that doesn’t eat up any floor space. In an alternate photo in the set, it also appears that there are portraits affixed to the front of the cabinets.

The Power Of The Extra Mile

Today’s guest contributor is my friend Tim Brownson, who’s a Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner and author from England now living in Orlando, Florida. He’s currently involved in a huge project to give away 1,000,000 copies of the book he co-authored, How To Be Rich and Happy.

How Did My 2010 Resolutions Go?

As 2010 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at my resolutions for the year and see how they’ve gone. 1. Lose 40 pounds Result: Partial success What do I mean by partial success? I mean that I did lose weight during 2010 and made it halfway to my goal by losing twenty pounds during the year.

My Freelance Mentor: Mr. Dressup

Photo Credits: CBC As freelancers we’re always on the lookout for some great advice. As for me, nothing beats the advice from a man known simply as Mr. Dressup. Ernie Coombs, or Mr. Dressup as he was known to his closest friends, was an American turned Canadian who starred in a long running children’s show in Canada.

Entertainment center for small spaces... Ikea style

Materials: (2) Ekby Osten Shelves, (1) pack Capita Brackets, (2) Vika Fintorp ($42.97) Description: We have a tiny den. We had an Expedit bookshelf, Ektorp couch and a Kivik ottoman and couldn't get in the room! So we needed a small entertainment center to house our TV and devices. We didn't like anything we saw, so here's what we came up with.

Does Your Spending Match Your Values?

Last night, I joined a large group at Powell’s Books in Portland to see my friend Chris Guillebeau speak on the last stop of his 50-state book tour. Afterward, I got to chat with several GRS readers, including Dakota and Katy. I also talked with Tsilli Pines, whom I’ve mentioned here several times before. “You look great,” Tsilli said.

5 Steps for Retooling in the New Job Market

I’m not sure if we should call it the “new” job market or the reduced, redefined, elusive job market.  Too many people who have worked for years with relevant skills and valuable experience now can’t find employment where once their talents were in demand.  This dilemma isn’t limited to the industrial workforce that has watched American production ship out to foreign shores.

Nine Writers Carrying the Torch for Men’s Fiction

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jarrett Haley and Tim Chilcote. Gentlemen, let’s face it: Hemingway is dead. Likewise with Faulkner, Mailer, Updike, Cheever, Miller, Carver, and the rest of the greats who made a living writing the stories of men in the golden age. But just because the big men of letters have fallen doesn’t mean that letters for men have gone down with them.

An Excellent and Manly Example of a Sympathy Note

Awhile back, we published an article on how to write a sympathy note. Penning this type of correspondence is a difficult task. While I think we offered a good guide, it’s one of those things that’s easiest to understand when you see a real example. So I when I came across the following letter in the book War Letters, I knew I had to pass it along.

A rain coat for my dog

Materials: Ikea Frakta bag Description: With an IKEA Bag I made a rain coat for my dog! ~ Francesca, Rome, Italy

My Lifehacker Password was Hacked

You’ve got to appreciate some of the irony in that title. Lifehacker is part of the Gawker group of websites. Some hackers got into their system and downloaded their database and source code.  They also ran some scripts agains the database and were able to find nearly 200,000 people who were using passwords that weren’t very strong.I had an account on Lifehacker from years ago.

Capture, Capture, Capture

I’m a creative professional. My job as a designer is to solve problems creatively for my clients. My job as a writer is to find thoughtful, inspiring ideas to dialog and share with you, my readers. Whether I’m branding a company or drafting a simple piece for my blog, I’m creating something new. For me, the key to creation is the ability to capture inspiration.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Put Up Some Passive Barriers

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. 16.