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The Essential Zen Habits of 2009

Post written by Leo Babauta.

One Day

I was driving home this afternoon, listening to Soundcheck on NPR and had to pull over… They were doing a tribute to the best live performances of the year, playing each track. When I heard the next song was by a Hasidic reggae artist named Matisyahu, I chuckled and just assumed it was a bit of marketing shtick. Then, the song began and I was, simply, blown away on so many levels.

2010 Resolution #3: Learn to Play the Piano/Keyboard

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my four resolutions for 2010 this week. For several years, a keyboard has sat in our basement, gathering dust.

Getting Started with Asset Allocation

This is a guest post from Dylan Ross, a certified financial planner and a long-time GRS reader. If you’re new to investing, recognize the merits of using low-cost index funds, but you’re not sure how to allocate your long-term savings among various types of index funds, this information is for you. Asset allocation basics While there are many ways to divide investment assets into different cat

More Tips about Making and Keeping New Year's Resolutions Than You Could Want.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: More tips about making and keeping resolutions than you could want. In 2009, the top three resolutions made by Americans were: -Losing weight (20%) -Quitting smoking (16%) -Spending less (12%) Did you make any of these resolutions on January 1, 2009? Did you keep them? Many people make and break the same resolution year after year.

How to Master the “Art of Apathy”

When we hear the word "apathy", we may also hear the words "uncaring", "soulless", or "lazy". You may think that an apathetic person doesn't like to be bothered with the burdens of the world or even in his immediate community. You may picture him having a slothful attitude.

Best unitaskers of 2009

With only one more day left in 2009, I thought it might be fun to relive some of my favorite unitaskers from the year.

Best of Personal Finance: 10 Jobs That Will Get a Raise in 2010

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. In this article, we'll we look at 10 jobs that will get a raise in 2010, a super easy approach to decluttering your home, tax tips for children and newborns, and 4 wine pairing rules to break! Top 5 Articles  10 Jobs That Will Get a Raise in 2010 – Are you a natural-born multi-tasker?

An Introduction to Falconry

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from John S. Kunze. Falconry doesn’t have to be reserved for medieval dukes and Saturday Night Live skits. Though it has dropped out of favor in our increasingly technological society, there are still many men who enjoy practicing falconry today.

How to Bring More Joy Into Your Daily Life

It would be hard to imagine two more contrasting worlds. Above me, stretching up into the heavy rain clouds, the opulence of the Trump Tower, sleek and black.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Organizing your personal financesProducts and services that might be able to help you keep better track of the money you earn, save, and spend. The post-holiday tear downI inevitably spot one every year — a house with Christmas decorations still displayed in mid-March. Apartment Therapy’s small space round-upGet inspired by taking a look at some of ideas and products that they hi

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Cookbook Overload Edition

In our kitchen, we have a shelf devoted solely to cookbooks. Upon this shelf sits a hefty number of volumes, from Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything to volumes like Molto Italiano and Fast Easy Fresh. I use these cookbooks all the time, not necessarily for strictly following recipes, but for ideas on how to start on a particular dish or how to execute a particular technique.

Preparing for End-of-Year Accounting

If you’re reading this you’re probably not an accountant so bookkeeping is painful, boring and no one likes it. Let’s see if we can make this as painless as possible. Let’s remember that the reason to keep tidy books is to maximize your tax deductions. I make more on an hourly basis when I do my taxes than any other time of the year.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Tuna Squeeze

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! The last unitasker of 2009 is the Tuna Squeeze! No longer do you need to use the lid of the tuna can to conveniently drain off the water or oil packed with the fish.

Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Could Be Your Personal Government-Bailout Package

This is a guest post from Richard Barrington, a freelance writer and novelist who spent over 20 years as an investment industry executive. There’s nothing like the holidays to make you think of cold weather — and your spending. If your wallet is as leaky as your windows, there’s a way to kill two birds with one stone.