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By Leo Babauta

Back from Belize

Greetings, friends. I am back from a relaxing week-long vacation in the jungles of Belize (with a one-day trip across the border to Guatemala to visit Mayan ruins — or the rebel base on Yavin IV, if you’re a Star Wars geek like me). I had a blast. I slept a lot, thought a lot about my future plans, and basically forgot about the world. As always, coming home was overwhelming.

The New ABC’s of Success: Always Be Creating

Image courtesy of Hemmy.net (Creative Photography) In every economic crisis, there have been those individuals who have emerged from the aftermath even more financially secure. Luck has something to do with it, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. In order to rise up and get ahead, you need to shift paradigms. You need a new way to look at and interact with the world.

"We Needs Must Love the Highest When We See It."

"We needs must love the highest when we see it." -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson * I was intrigued by this blog, Birth of a Playwright, by a writer chronicling her attempt to write her first full-length play in 266 days (typical length of human gestation). A happiness project!

Parental Responsibility and Retirement Savings

As I discussed yesterday in a pair of articles (this one and this one), I dream of a future where my children and I are completely financially independent from one another. I’m not dependent on them, nor are they dependent on me. The real question that both articles strive to answer, though, is where should I put my money to ensure the best possible outcome for both me and my children?

Stuck in Anger Mode? Use it to Fuel Your Drive for Change

Everyone knows that anger is a destructive emotion that causes all kinds of harm, to ourselves, to other people, and the world at large.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 27, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Flash mob: Sell out the Union Square farmers' market by 3PM on Saturday

Saturday is give back day in the No Impact Week and the group who just did it decided their way of doing something positive would be to support local farmers by trying to sell out the Union Square farmer's market by 3PM. Join in!

The Art of Manliness Suit School-Part II: The Alterations Every Man Needs

Editor’s note: The AoM Community’s resident style hobbyist, Leo Mulvihill, posted a series of posts on the Community blog to help men understand more about buying, wearing, and looking your best in a suit. We’ll be publishing his entries here every other week. Thanks for sharing your sartorial knowledge, Leo!Fit is the single most important part of looking good in your suit.

The Case for Saving for a Child’s College Education over Saving for Retirement

One of the most common debates I hear about from people such as myself – twenty- and thirtysomethings with young children at home – is whether it makes more sense to save adequately for retirement or save adequately for their child’s college education. Quite often, young career folks (like myself) don’t have the means to do both, so it becomes a choice.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Financial Lessons of Cheese Peddler

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we share lessons learned from a cheese peddler, how bottled water stands up to filtered tap, and 10 decorating ideas for fun and frugal homes! Top 5 Articles Financial Lessons of Cheese Peddler — This very well done post spells out the psychology of buying and selling in an entertaining and accurate way!

Finish The Projects You’ve Started. Or Call an End to Them.

I'm working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Ask Unclutterer: Auto office

Reader Jim submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My wife uses her mini van as an office for her process serving business, and a shuttle bus for taking our children to and from various events plus all the household shopping. Her process serving business involves carrying multiple files that need served and ones that have been served.

Kill Busywork: The One Skill to Focus On What Matters

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Michael Bungay Stanier of Box of Crayons. Imagine everything you do could fall into one of three buckets: 1. Bad Work. 2. Good Work. 3. Great Work. I’m not talking about the quality of the work you deliver – I’ve no doubt that’s fine.

Someone Always Pays: The Truth About Blogs and Money

It’s no secret I believe bloggers should be free to earn a living at their craft… Which is why it bugs me when someone questions my right to mix a relatively miniscule volume of features or content with a blended commercial intent into what I do here. Warning: Rant ahead! I’ve said it in my recent posts on the NY Times putting up a paywall, bloggers getting paid for their conten

The Case for Saving for Retirement Over Saving for a Child’s College Education

One of the most common debates I hear about from people such as myself – twenty- and thirtysomethings with young children at home – is whether it makes more sense to save adequately for retirement or save adequately for their child’s college education. Quite often, young career folks (like myself) don’t have the means to do both, so it becomes a choice.