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By Trent Hamm

Manvotional: Difficulties

We all face difficulties in our lives. Some big, some small. When I look at the lives of great men who overcame great obstacles, one common thread between them is the attitude they took towards the challenge. They didn’t mope around and let whatever happen happen. The ones who conquered their difficulties took action and persevered.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 22, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

How to Shop at an Estate Sale

At 10am yesterday morning, Kris and I climbed into the Mini Cooper and to head for the county fair. We’d only been driving for a few minutes when Kris pointed at a sign. “Look! An estate sale,” she said.

Art of Manliness Weekly Round-Up

Art of Manliness Contests Last week we ran the Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont bow tie giveaway. It looks like the bow tie might be coming back in style because there were over 600 of you who entered to win one. Well, we randomly selected a person from the the list of comments and the lucky winner is: Scott Shields. Congratulations Scott! You’ll definitely be looking dapper with your new bow tie.

Cultural Divides

A reader once told me that he identifies better with other blogs because they write about the “city” and I write about “rural life.” I was informed, quite clearly, that he couldn’t possibly learn anything from a blog that spoke from a “rural” perspective. This is actually a pretty common thing.

Five Things You Can Do NOW to Make Christmas 2009 a Success

It’s the summer, and Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind (unless you happen to be a magazine editor preparing for the Christmas issue...) It might seem far too early to start any preparations: but taking a little bit of time to think, plan and shop now can save you a lot of hassle, stress and even money when December rolls around.Here are five simple things you can start doing now

To-Do Tattoos

I can’t remember where I first saw these, but the “To-Do Tattoo” caught my attention as a great way to help kids remember things. The temporary tattoos in the kit seem a bit unnecessary, but the skin-safe gel pen is a hit in my book. Sure, you could easily create a digital list or a list on a sheet of paper, but both run the risk of being lost.

The Real Lessons of “How Low Can You Go?”

Over the past eight Fridays, I’ve posted a series of recipes based on NPR’s “How Low Can You Go” series, highlighting meals that can serve a family of four for under $10.

Learn from the Past.

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.

The Most Important Relationship You’ll Ever Have

If you Google the word “relationships”, your search results will be several links to articles and web sites on the topic of relationships between members of the opposite sex, and relationships with other people.Yet in these search results, we don’t find links and articles on the topic of the most important relationship you’ll ever have, the one you have with yourself.The relationship you h

Virus Protection For The Mind

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Steven Aitchison of Change Your Thoughts. We all know how destructive viruses on our computer can be and how important it is to have virus protection installed.

Ask Unclutterer: Organizing hair styling doo-dads

Reader Karey submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I have a 9-yr-old girl with long hair. She has zillions of barrettes, headbands, clips, bobby pins, etc. and I need some good ideas how to organize these! Any suggestions?? Such a fun and direct question! I recommend using a tackle box.

Rule #10: Plan Ahead Every Time You Spend.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. Whenever some people see statements like the one above, they roll their eyes.

What’s Coming Up in September!

It’s been a hectic 3 days for us here at Envato. We’ve had a massively successful Birthday Bundle (over 5,000 sales in 3 days), lots of giveaways, a fantastic Tuts+ tutorial set up for free download and our first video interview. Here in the office we’ve also been celebrating today with a big lunch and lots of network gaming!

5 Things To Do When Twitter Goes Down

Back in the good old days, when it was only just starting up and no-one really saw the point, Twitter used to crash all the time.