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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Why You’re Only Getting Better with Age

We’ve all heard it. Someone says something along the lines of, “To be young -well, don’t get too used to it because it’s all down hill from here.” We safely heed this warning, but as the years pass and we don’t see the ultra-rapid decline we expect, we begin to ask ourselves if there’s any truth to the belief that we peak when we’re young.

Spare Change: Contest Deadline Extended Edition

You know, sometimes I’m an idiot. When I scheduled this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest, I basically just copied all of the parameters from last year. That makes sense, right?

Who’s to Blame for My Failures?

This morning, I sat at the keyboard in our basement, practicing a certain part of a song on the piano that I’d been working on for a while. I had attempted to play it during my last piano lesson, but my attempt at it had completely fallen flat and I was disappointed in myself.

Video: The Power of Language + News

Hello. I’m trying something new. Sharing “big ideas” on video — ideas I’ve found helpful, inspiring or empowering. Check it out: Click here to watch it on YouTube, One of the many things I admire about my husband is that he is very prone to taking action. He doesn’t stay stranded for long talking in circles about what he wants.

Lack raised to the third

Materials: Lack TV bench Description: We are baby-proofing our living room, and the baby gates are high enough that they block the line of sight to our television, which was on a plain Lack TV bench. I loved the Lack-On-Lack TV benches, but we needed something at least 30 inches tall. I bought 2 additional Lack TV benches.

How to Bowl a Strike

Bowling has a long and thoroughly manly history. But if you’re like me, then your contribution to this legacy of manliness hasn’t been anything to write home about. Which is to say, for much of my life I was a pretty sorry bowler.

Re-Purposed BRATTBY Kitchen Cart

Materials: BRATTBY Kitchen Cart, Primer and Paint in One, Drawer Knob Description: We removed all the shelves except the bottom one (for support) from the BRATTBY kitchen cart, then removed the back wheels and cut the front legs of the cart to make all four legs even.

"Get Outside of the House. Literally Get Out and Smell the Roses."

Interview: Anne Kreamer. I met Anne Kreamer because I was a big fan of her book, Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters.

Simplify Your Life with Balance

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Anastasiya Goers of Balance In Me. What is the most difficult part about simplifying your life? It is fairly easy to clean your closets and organize your belongings. It is possible to eliminate activities that are not really important to us (watching TV, web surfing.) Even simplifying your finances is not too complicated if you have a general plan.

NYers: Really cool event at my NYC Zen Center on Friday. Please come!

Here is a note I just sent out to friends and since you are my friend, too: Hi Folks-- Sorry for group email. I'm just writing to a group of friends who have, at one time or another, expressed interest in my Zen school. This Friday, April 15, we have a very unusual event happening.

Reader Mailbag: Amazon’s Deal of the Day

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. Bank errors and credit cards 2. DirecTV contract 3. Pay taxes or shore up? 4. Next steps 5. Rental income as retirement strategy? 6. Iowa weather 7. High rate checking account 8. Sweating the small stuff 9.

Low End to High End Half Bath via As Is

Materials: Nexus Yellow Brown cabinet cover panels; drill, jig or circular saw, tape measure Description: This half bath in our 1950s house was utterly dull and style-less.

What Competition?

The email came from a friend in the fitness world who was about to strike out on his own after building his personal training business in space rented within a gym. The scenario’s not all that uncommon. It’s how many personal trainers get started. Gym owners get rent and trainers get an as-needed space to train in.

Staying organized during an office move

In some ways, moving offices is more stressful than moving a home. Personal appointments can be scheduled around a home move, but work demands continue regardless of an office move. Some things need to be unpacked right away during a home move (toilet paper, bed sheets), but for the most part you can take a few days, weeks, or months to put your belongings in their new locations.

Using a Collection Agency for Unpaid Invoices

Credit: Yuri_Arcurs on Photodune When collections are an absolute hassle, it’s nice to know that there’s an alternative — you can use a collection agency. It’s not a perfect option, but it can be better than spending all of your time chasing after a client for an unpaid invoice.