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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Why You Might NOT Want To Be Like Gary Vee

I am a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk. If you've never heard of him, he became famous for his online TV show, Wine Library TV, in which he brings wine tasting to the masses. Rather than being uppity and condescending, Gary's everyman style is down-to-earth, passionate, and fun. He's been known to compare wine to various breakfast cereals, candy, and even dirt occasionally.

10 Timesavers for Office Workers

If you work in a traditional office, you need specific strategies to help you make the most of your time.  This post looks at a number of simple things you can do to save time at work. Most people can easily free up another 15 minutes per day, simply by following a few of these strategies.

Want Free HBO or Showtime? Just Ask.

By Paul Michael Premium channels come with premium prices. Usually, between $10 and $20 a month, depending on the channel and your cable/satellite company. But here's something that applies across the board. They're usually available for free. I used to be employed by one of the big premium channels, and I can tell you right now that there are ALWAYS deals going on.

More mindful, less clutter

Have you ever been on a road trip, driving down a long stretch of highway, and suddenly become mindful of where you are and what you’re doing? You don’t know where the last few minutes went, but you are instantly aware that you had zoned out for awhile.

Cleaning and Chinese New Year

I was recently inspired during the days before Chinese New Year (which started on February 14) to clean the entire house and do some necessary baby proofing in the process. It is a custom in China to thoroughly clean your home before New Year’s Eve to get rid of the bad luck of the previous year. It’s similar to the “out with the old, in with the new” idea many in the U.S.

Reader Mailbag: Bad Loans and Bad Yeast

It’s Monday morning… that means it’s time for another reader mailbag! My girlfriend bought a 2006 Chevy Cobalt in March 2009 because she wanted dependability and good gas mileage. She has put 31000 miles on it since then. She wants to settle down near school and doesn’t need the car anymore/can’t afford the insurance that goes with it.

Doing Great Work With Michael Bungay Stanier

Box of Crayons founder, Michael Bungay Stanier, has a pretty awesome job… He goes into companies and teaches people how to do great work. Not good work, but great, butterfly in the stomach, soaring with delight, serving the world in a powerful way work.

Freelance Freedom #144

Super easy kid's table hack

Nicole cuts the Ingo down to size for her kids. "We really wanted a kid's art table, but we werent satisfied with the kids tables sold at Ikea... way too small for 2 kids plus art supplies. Instead, we sawed the legs down on a cheap Ingo table to coffee table height...which is perfect height for the Ikea kiddie chairs. We painted it with oil based semi gloss for a durable finish.

Online Tools for Mindful Consumerism

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. For many people, mindful consumerism starts with questioning the desire to buy Stuff. The reason might be to save money or avoid clutter — maybe both. It’s the first part of a journey to differentiate needs from wants and make mindful decisions about where to spend our hard-earned money. But at some point, most of us will consume.

8 Interesting (And Insane) Male Rites of Passages From Around the World

At the heart of the modern crisis of manhood is the extension of adolescence, a boyhood which is stretching on for a longer and longer period of time. Once thought to end in a man’s 20s at the latest, men are extending their adolescence into their 30’s and in some especially sad cases, their 40’s. But in some ways it’s not their fault.

Review: Payback Time

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few years ago, I read and really enjoyed Phil Town’s first investment book, Rule #1 (you can read my review here). Town actually contacted me after reading my review and offered a few thoughts on my comments on the book and we exchanged a few emails over the years.

"Give Me My Scallop-Shell of Quiet..."

Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon, My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation, My gown of glory, hope’s true gage; And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage. -- Sir Walter Raleigh * Have you started a happiness project yourself? -- either by testing one resolution or a bunch of resolutions? Share your experience here.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Planning your perfect dayAt the beginning of every day, I set aside five minutes to plan my perfect day. It doesn’t always turn out exactly the way I expected, but it rarely gets completely uprooted.

Keeping Kids from Being Crass Consumers

I’m a goal-oriented person. With almost everything I do in life, I set a clear goal for what I want to accomplish, then I do the research needed to figure out how to get there, then I work at it tenaciously. The same is true for parenting.