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By Chanpory Rith

Video: Keep a Milestone Journal. (Or a Milestone Book.)

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Memories. Last week’s resolution was to Keep a one-sentence journal. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Leisure Time, Not Idle Time

As I’ve mentioned before, I was able to create, launch, and build up The Simple Dollar during my leisure time in the evenings after work over a two year period.

10 Modern Powerpoint and Keynote Templates that Deliver Clear Presentations

Have an upcoming conference presentation? Or does your freelance work have you creating presentations for clients? If so, then you need to make sure your visuals communicate clearly. That’s why GraphicRiver has some of the best designed PowerPoint and Keynote presentation templates on the market!

Besta climbs on Expedit

Materials: Expedit, Besta Description: We decided to move around the furniture in our living room, to get more space around the couch. We ended up with the Expedit and the two Besta bookshelves, which didn't really fit together, because of the different high and depth. So we had the idea to put the Bestas on top of the Expedit.

March resolution wrap up and an introduction to April the Super Simple Month

March is supposed to come in like a lion but go out like a lamb. In my case, it transformed from a lion into a stampede of angry bulls. I liken this past March to the running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona, and I am donned in a white shirt with a small, red (a little bloody) scarf tied around my neck. My March resolution to have our entire house unpacked was a failure.

Establish Your Financial Priorities (Worksheet Inside!)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Quick — can you list your top financial priorities? My top priorities (aside from basic living expenses) are building a house and travel.

Abstracting Yourself to Freelance Success

Credit: solaris_photo on Photodune Perhaps one of the most important lessons to a budding programmer is the idea of abstraction.

10 Ways to Remove Clutter from Your Life

Our lives tend to accumulate clutter in every corner: on our desks, in our drawers, on our shelves at home, in our closets, on our computer -- you name it, and clutter finds a way to fill every available space.But having a simple, uncluttered life is possible, with some very simple methods.Devote a little of your time to tossing clutter from your life, and keeping things relatively clutter-free, a

How to Stop Worrying What Other People Think

Have you ever changed your mind, backed out of something or even given up on a dream … because you were afraid of what someone else might think of you? I’m betting that you’re a kind, thoughtful person.

Baking in the Wild: How to Make Bannock Bread

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Darren Bush. Unless you’ve spent a lot of time in the woods on longer trips, you’re probably unfamiliar with bannock.  Bannock is a Gaelic-rooted word that comes from the Latin panecium, which means baked things. Add a thousand years of passing the word from Hadrian’s soldiers to Scottish ones and you see how panecium became bannock.

Pursuit of Happiness

Photo by Sandra Lara By Duncan Heath I lost my mother to cancer when I was just 13. Experts at the time said that it would have a psychological impact on me, and friends and family later told me that it did. I still don’t truly understand how it affected me and I believe the answers have been locked in a box in my mind with a key I cannot (or choose not to) find.

Vinyl Records and CDs sideboard

Materials: Four nightstand tables HOPEN Description: 1) I took out the feet of two tables 2) Put a right table on top of a left table and screwed them 3) Did the same with the other pair 4) Add some wood sticks to build a top at the open sides ~ Cristina, Estoril-Portugal

5 Tech-Related Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin

A couple of months ago we did a post on 22 Manly Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin. That post concentrated on more “classic”  DIY projects, like turning an Altoids tin into a survival kit. But there are also some tech-related things you can make with an Altoids tin.

Need a Frugal Gift for Someone? Relieve Some of Their Pressure

In July, my wife and I are attending a wedding for a couple that we’re very close to. As that date approaches, the couple is pretty heavily involved in planning things – and they’re really beginning to realize how many little things there are to take care of. Meanwhile, there’s another couple that are close friends of ours who recently had a baby.

Why Reading a Boring Article Every Day Actually Made My Vacation More Fun.

I just got back from a very nice week’s vacation. While I was away, I tried an experiment on myself, which turned out very successfully. I’d been intrigued by studies suggesting that interrupting a pleasant experience with something less pleasant can intensify a person’s overall pleasure. For example, surprisingly, commercials actually make TV-watching more fun.