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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Setting Goals and Making Them Visible

When I was in high school, I wanted to get a computer.  Computers weren’t nearly as inexpensive as they are now days.  The one I wanted represented about 15% of my fathers yearly salary at the time. It was much more expensive than what I could reasonably expect to save during the summer–even with taking on some extra odd jobs and saving every penny possible.

Varde Island with mosaic front panel

Materials: Varde, glass tile, grout Description: My husband and I purchased a 1960's split level that recently had the kitchen revamped - but not in a style we liked. The original island was too small for the kitchen, looked out of place and didn't offer additional seating.

Fear & How to Beat It

Photo by Simon Pais By Tina Su “The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome.” ~Steven Pressfield. For the last two months, I’ve been working on a mini book project I’m tentatively calling Life on Purpose—my first of hopefully many more to come.

Interview with Taylor Mingos from Shoeboxed

Advertise here with BSASite: Shoeboxed In this interview learn from Taylor Mingos about cloud based apps that can help your freelance business. Shoeboxed is the company he runs, which can save you time by scanning and organizing your business receipts for you. It integrates with Freshbooks and other affordable, open standards online apps as well.

The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Scott Young of ScottHYoung.com Imagine getting a full day’s work done by noon. Sounds impossible, right? But it really shouldn’t be. If you eliminated all the time you spend procrastinating, distracted or stalled, getting a full day of work done by noon could be realized. But being so productive is easier said than done.

How We Cut Our Energy Bill By an Average of 30 Percent

It’s simple. We opened our windows in all seasons. Yep, even the winter. For the past year, every time the temperature outside is between 50 F and 85 F, we simply just open up the windows and turn off both the internal heating and cooling.

Want a Comp Pass or 20% Off Blogworld East?

On Thursday, May 26th, I’m presenting at one of the coolest conferences around – Blogworld in NYC.And you can either be my guest and pay nothing or come for 20% off.

Discover Your Sweet Spot for Winning Freelance Work

Advertise here with BSA I have had the good fortune of being both a freelancer and a consumer of freelancer services. In fact, I have done both extensively (and simultaneously no less). There is a lot of talk about the importance of finding the right rate, and this relates a lot to what I want to consider here.

All That Glitters: Why I’m Not Investing in Gold

Over the past two years, I’ve received a lot of requests to write about investing in gold and silver. I’ve ignored these requests. For one, I feel unqualified to comment. For another, I’m afraid that anything I do say will just make people angry. Last week I realized, however, that I don’t have to come at this as an expert. Because I’m not one.

Time Management Basics: Get On Top of Life Today

Do you wish you had an extra hour in the day? Perhaps you struggle to get everything done – or you find that you only manage to get projects completed in a huge rush before a deadline. Maybe someone’s told you that you have “poor time management skills”. Maybe you believe that’s simply who you are.

Semi-Finals: Scholarship for Opening the Kimono

(Photo: Josh Liba) NOTE: VOTING HAS ENDED — THANKS! Once again, I have been BLOWN AWAY by you all. Please find below the semi-finalists for the scholarship spot to the $10,000 Opening The Kimono event. There are 26, listed in no particular order, as we could not narrow it down further.

Revisiting the Three Questions That Will Transform Your Life

Three and a half years ago (has it really been that long?), I wrote a post on the three money questions that will transform your life.

Do You Fall Into the Trap of Overthinking?

I was looking up something in Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky's excellent book, The How of Happiness, and I came across an interesting passage.

The Cure for the Modern Male Malaise: The 5 Switches of Manliness

A few weeks ago, I caught the premiere of the Discovery’s Channel’s “Human Planet,” a television show about the ways people have adapted to survive in Earth’s most extreme environments.

The Frost(a) Sledge

Materials: Two Frosta Stools Description: Needing a quick sledge we dismantled some well used Frosta stools and reassembled them after some hacking into a great sledge. Standard tools required and two hours on the kitchen table... ~ jonathan morris, London UK