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By Leo Babauta

Start Now, Planning for a Freelancer’s Retirement

Credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr Retirement is a topic that freelancers shy away from. Bring it up with your fellow freelancers and you’ll probably hear at least one person proudly proclaim that they plan to work until the day that they die. There’s a certain sense among many of us that we actually enjoy what we do.

From the Rich to the Poor (or, What I Learned in Africa)

After 36 hours of travel (followed by twelve hours of sleep), Kris and I are back from vacation. For the past three weeks, we’ve been exploring southern Africa. With a tour group, we visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia. We had a great time, and we learned a lot. It was well worth the expense. In fact, I loved what I saw so much, that I’m eager to return.

Five Daily Writing Exercises That Can Improve Your Blogging

Maintaining a blog full-time can be a bit stressful, and this stress can sometimes have a restricting effect on your writing.

How to Fell a Tree

A few years ago, AoM reader Will shared his tips on how to split firewood. Great advice, but where do you get those small logs to split in the first place? You can buy logs, but a man heads into the forest to get them at their source.

Advice from an Accidental Activist

The following article was originally published in Yes! Magazine at this location. Other articles I've published in Yes! include: "Ten Ways to Change Your Life," "Fight Climate Change: Live the Good Life," and "Christmas with No Presents." So many of us have good ideas for helping the world. But we tuck our ideas away. I did.

In Which I Create 'Preference Card' for Myself.

The other day, when I was listening to a presentation on organ donation, the speaker made reference to a surgeon’s “preference card” – a term I’d never heard. “What’s a ‘preference card?’ I whispered to the person sitting next to me. “Surgeons fill out a special form so that supplies and equipment can be set up the way they prefer.” A preference card!

Out of Control

This past week, I had a wonderful exchange with Maggie, an administrative assistant at a Fortune 500 company. In one email, Maggie said the following, which I found quite compelling. The rest of my life feels completely out of control. My children are demanding, as are my bosses, and the demands change all the time.

Double Lack

Materials: 2 lack table Description: For the first table, cut the four legs (about 10cm less), for the second one, cut just one leg. That's all, you can nest them as you wish. ~ dunoon, brittany

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 4, February

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Moving: How to pack your home

This week is a bittersweet one for me. After six years in our amazing home, we are moving. I’m sad to say farewell to this place — we love our neighbors, we love the house, and this is my son’s first home. Unfortunately, the house isn’t configured for our needs.

Reader Mailbag: Parental Visit

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. Buying a car 2. Life insurance when uninsurable 3. Consolidating accounts 4. Selling homemade items online 5. Investing down payment 6. Credit card conundrum 7. Psychological blow of mistake 8.

Ivar Studio Desk

Materials: Ivar shelving units Description: I work for a small architecture firm in southern California, and last summer I started working from home 3 days a week. I had a small workspace setup prior to that, but it was inadequate for actual day to day work. I needed storage space for books, my computer, stuff, and a big enough desk surface to roll out drawings.

Coffee table advance

Materials: Malm Storage Unit, Galant Monitor Stand Description: Only a little hack ;) The Malm Storage Unit is perfect to hide things like the TV guides, bottle opener, the reserve of sweets, ... but they are not big enough for a coffee table. So I have expanded it with a Galant Monitor Stand and 3 short table-legs.

Back to the Stone Age: Low-Tech Expense Tracking

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. As many of you know, before I was a GRS staff writer, I was a GRS reader and active commenter. I’d say the bulk of my early personal-finance education came from this website, and it’s most definitely the resource I credit for spurring me to get serious about paying off debt and saving money. So last year when J.D.