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Global Freelancer Survey Extended!

In order to gather enough data to fairly represent freelancers world wide, we’ve extended the run of the 2010 Global Freelancer Survey! We want to create a complete view of freelancers around the world–and we need your help.

Three common organizing mistakes

If you’ve hit a stumbling block in your organizing process, you may have come up against one of the three common organizing mistakes: Choosing form over function. It’s easy to fall in love with aesthetically appealing organizing products.

Join My Creation Tribe, Be In My Next Book?

So, you’ve probably seen me hinting around this for a few months, but now it’s official…I’m working on my next book, publishing with the fabulous team at Portfolio and I’m deep into it already.The working title is Beyond Creation: How to Stake Your Claim to Genius Without Losing Your Mind.Though, as often happens, that’s not necessarily the final title.This will

Reader Mailbag: Thanksgiving Week

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. A scary future 2. Effects of Kindle giveaway 3. Hiding savings from spouse 4. College accounts for grandchildren 5. Too much retirement, too young? 6. Snowblower? 7. Helping a financially distressed friend 8.

Wrap it up in silver

One of the things I discovered during my uncluttering process is that silver wrapping paper works for every gift-giving occasion — weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, baby showers, housewarming, etc. — and when you only have a few tubes of wrapping paper to store, it takes up very little space in a closet.

Emergency Fund vs. Debt Snowball: What’s the Top Priority?

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. A few weeks ago, in my review of Mary Hunt’s Debt-Proof Your Marriage, I mentioned that she advocates building a 3-6 month emergency fund before beginning to snowball your debt payments.

5 Must-Read Life Lessons from Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi was the pre-eminent ideological and political leader of India during the Indian independence movement.

Classical Rhetoric 101: An Introduction

As many of you know, I read a lot of biographies on the lives of great men from history. The part of a man’s life I enjoy learning about the most is their education. What books did they read as young men that influenced them later on in life? Where did they travel? What classes did they take while at university?

The Top Ten: October’s Best Posts from WorkAwesome & FreelanceSwitch

Each month we round up the best posts from WorkAwesome and FreelanceSwitch so that you can catch up on anything awesome you might have missed.

Day 22: Do This For Your Mind And Your Days Will Be Better

Ever have one of those days when NOTHING seems to be going right? The bills are piling up, your boss is on your case, a co-worker won’t shut up about her lousy daughter-in-law, the kids are driving you nuts, and instead of helping, your spouse is also driving you nuts. You’ve had enough. Here’s an awesome trick to change your mood. Get up and get out. A change of scenery can inst

"The True Effect of Genuine Politeness Seems To Be Rather Ease than Pleasure."

“The true effect of genuine politeness seems to be rather ease than pleasure. The power of delighting must be conferred by nature, and cannot be delivered by precept, or obtained by imitation; but though it be the privilege of a very small number to ravish and to charm, every man may hope by rules and caution not to give pain…” -- Samuel Johnson Kindness!

90 Days Round-up

Great week of posts for our 90 Days program!

Review: The Little Book of Commodity Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Commodity investing is one of those areas of personal finance that I simply don’t know much about.

This Awesome Trick Can Make You Feel Good At Any Time

I admit, I swiped this trick from a friend of mine, writer Alisa Bowman. One day, she wrote about how much it helped her to re-read positive emails from friends when she was feeling down and discouraged.