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By Brett Kelly

WorkAwesome.com: For Those Who Want to Be Awesome at Work

In the last few weeks we’ve been working on a brand new Envato site called WorkAwesome, and we’re proud to say it has finally been launched. WorkAwesome is a blog for people who want to be awesome at work. It’s also a blog for people who want to find work, or simply quit work.

The state of self-storage in the U.S.

The New York Times ran an incredibly well-researched and informative article this weekend on the current state of the self-storage industry. The article gives insight into how the downturn in the economy is affecting storage units in terms of capacity and purpose of use.

A baby room with ikea hacks

New mom Alison carves out a baby 'room' in her dining area with clever use of space and Ikea. "Living in a 700 square foot, 1 bedroom condo, did not stop us from creating a cute and functional "room" for our 4-month-old baby girl.

Come to my first book signing!

Hey folks,Just a note to invite you to my first-ever No Impact Man book signing in New York City. It's at the Barnes and Noble in Tribeca, 97 Warren Street, at 7:00 PM tonight (Thursday, 9/10).And don't forget, No Impact Man the documentary opens in New York (Angelika) and in Los Angeles (Laemmie Royal).

Buying Happiness: Material Things vs Memories

Jonah Lehrer explores the difference between buying experiences versus buying things, which makes us happier, and why.

Putting People at the Center of Design Evaluation

IDEO's Jocelyn Wyatt describes the value of qualifying statistics with personal experience when it comes to "human-centered" design.

How to Ask a (Near) Stranger for a Favor

A breakdown of what makes a great introduction email (hint: keep copy & paste in mind).

So You Want My Job: Entrepreneur

From Possibility to Actuality There are some topics I know a great deal about, and some topics I don’t. Style and fashion would fall into that latter category. But I know enough to understand that how we look is absolutely critical to how other perceive us and how we feel about ourselves.

Done: Reduce Task Friction to Get to Task Completion

“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” - Dale Carnegie Post written by Leo Babauta.

Never Eat Alone: The Genius of Audacity

This is the third of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

Ten (More) Tips for Fighting Right with Your Sweetheart.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: ten tips for how to fight right with your sweetheart. My friend Karen Salmansohn has written several books on happiness -- The Bounce Back Book; How To Be Happy, Dammit; The Seven Lively Sins.

That Looks Easy!

This weekend, my brother-in-law graciously offered to tile our bathroom.  He does this for a living, so he is naturally very good at it.

Spice up your Grundtal racks

Autumn does some mixing and matching to get the idea Grundtal rack. "In setting up a Grundtal rail next to our stove, I found that the Grundtal spice rack was not deep or tall enough for the larger bottles that we use while cooking. And the Grundtal wall rack/dish drainer is not tall enough for bottles.

Best of Personal Finance: Common Car Dealer Phrases to Watch For

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Unitasker Wednesday: Itzbeen

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 baby industry is overflowing with unnecessary stuff, and I’ve recently found what may be the king of all baby-related unitaskers.