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By John Wesley

Free Round-Trip Tickets with British Airways Card (or, J.D. Discovers Travel Hacking)

Yesterday, I met with a group of local Portland bloggers to plan for world domination. Over the past year, we’ve met regularly to organize an upcoming conference for readers of Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity. Usually our conversation is focused on gift bags and tour groups and the absolute racket that is event catering. ($15 cups of coffee? Give me that job, please.

Personal Outsourcing Caveats

Asian Efficiency has a nice post on personal outsourcing. The article makes some good points, but it falls into a few common traps. I’d recommend reading the article and then coming back here to read my list of gotchas when it comes to personal outsourcing. 1.

"It's Helpful to Remember the Younger Version of Me Because It Reminds Me To Feel Grateful When I Want To Be Snotty."

Interview: Mindy Kaling. I'm a gigantic fan of Mindy Kaling. I love her in The Office, as Kelly Kapoor (Mindy not only stars in the show, but also writes and produces); I love her on Twitter (@mindykaling); and I've already pre-ordered her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Reader Mailbag: Television

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Employee Stock Purchase Program help 2. Divorce mess (and follow up) 3. Unsure about next steps 4. Understanding tax brackets 5. A big mess of debt 6. Student loans or mortgage 7. Retirement path 8.

Selling Your Soul: Behind the Marketing Curtain

In a few weeks, two friends, Marie Forleo and Danielle LaPorte, are bringing to life a one-day experience called Selling Your Soul.Yeah, I know, that name brings up all sorts of stuff. That’s the point. This post is not about that event, it is about the website, video and copy they’ve set up to market it.Forleo and LaPorte are two of the smartest marketers I know.

Links for April 21, 2011

These items caught my attention over the past couple weeks, and I wanted to share them with you. They weren’t large enough to stand on their own as full posts, so I gathered them together in a link roundup: The company Electrolux sponsored nine teams at the Domus Academy in Milan to design the kitchen of the future.

How I Spend Money

Earlier this month, I shared a new financial framework I’ve been developing, one that stresses earning, spending, and saving as the building blocks of personal finance. Last week, I elaborated by sharing how I make money. This week, I’m turning to the other half of the basic personal-finance equation: spending. Or, more precisely, the lack of it.

11 Lessons Web Designers Should Learn from Painting Portraits

Credit: freeparking on Flickr Many designers stumble into the web industry from a fine arts background. Working commercially is a natural progression for artists – not only does it make for a reliable income, but you have the pleasure of making something useful for a wide audience.

How to Experience Life

Many of us go through life without truly living it. Jonathan Swift once said; “There are only few who live today, most of us live tomorrow”. I have mostly lived in tomorrow, always looking forward, aiming for my goals. Many times I have let my happiness and well being today slide so that I can produce results that will benefit me in the future. Find Balance I wrote about this

The Non-Overnight Success: How Twitter Became Twitter

What did Twitter look like before it was Twitter? Let us begin the story with an image… Jack Dorsey’s first sketch for what would become Twitter (Photo: Jack Dorsey and d0tc0m) This photo was first shown to me by Peter Sims, a former venture capitalist and now friend. Pete and I share a number of common interests: wine, K-os, long dinners, and above all… little bets.

Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way

Be stubborn, have faith, and follow your passion - but most of all, DO THE WORK. An excerpt from the new book by Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art.

Do The Work – Review and Free Book

Steven Pressfield is  the author of a number of  books including The Legend of Bagger Vance and War of Art.

Instead of Thinking About What You Don’t Have, Think About What You Do Have

About a week ago, I answered a question from Ashley that’s really stuck in my head since then. Here’s the question and answer: Growing up, I was not pretty spoiled, materially speaking, and was never taught to manage money. This led to bad spending habits in adulthood, and a divorce caused me to have to settle with my credit card companies because my debt was huge.

Rebalancing in Real Life

Earlier today, Robert Brokamp wrote about the importance of rebalancing your investment portfolio.

Malm Changing Table

Materials: Malm dresser, wood boards, screws and glue Description: Malm dresser can be used as a standard changing table and later as a normal chest. With 1m a perfect height to work (baby wrap) and with extra high side panels. Malm with increased support for standard changing pads.