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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

How to Survive a Shark Attack

Ahhhh…. life couldn’t be better. You’re finally on that vacation in the Florida Keys that you’ve been planning for the past year. And it couldn’t have come any sooner.

Leave a Tip & Win a Copy of The Wealthy Freelancer

Kristen Fischer recently mentioned the book The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle in her article, Tuning In to True Wealth.

Getting Paid to Lose Weight with HealthyWage

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently posted a transparent personal update entitled “When to Quit Traveling“. Today J.D. is very thankful to have staff writers, because his computers (plural!) are on the fritz, and he has no time to write about money… I struggle with weight. In fact, it’s a far more difficult issue for me than personal finance.

The Incremental Change

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to reduce my hobby and entertainment spending by 50%. Each month, I budget a certain amount to spend on my hobbies and other entertainment sources, with any “leftovers” rolling over into the next month.

Dorm room to the Studio

Materials: Ikea ODDA night stand Description: Being a recent college graduate without a job, sometimes you have to be creative. I had two Ikea night stands, which I turned into rack mounts for my audio gear. I popped off the four wheels. It just so happens that the width of the night stand is exactly the same width needed for a rack for audio equipment.

New Beginning

Photo by Kevin Russ By Tina Su For the past 8 months, I have been silently battling with, and drifting in and out of a state of depression.

10 Paperless Office Myths

Do you have a backup plan for your important files? Hard drives always fail eventually. What would happen if your hard drive failed right now? Our DropBox review looks at a great free application that can help you backup and synchronize your important files across multiple computers.

Simplification trends in product design

Since the dawn of time, inventors have searched for ways to build the proverbial better mousetrap. Engineers envision a society where everything is (to steal from Kanye West) “harder, better, faster, stronger.” Our cold relief medicines don’t just treat a runny nose, they treat “sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy-head, fever” ailments. Bring on the bells!

Video: Take a Quiz -- How Mindful Are You?

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed upfor the challenge -- last month’s focus was Money. Last week’s resolution was to Spend out. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness? This month's theme is Mindfulness.

5 Essential Zen Habits for Balanced Living

“Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” – Robert Fulghum Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Anastasiya Goers of Balance In Me. Do you sometimes wonder whether your life is in balance?

Philip Larkin on the conflict between work and poetry

Philip Larkin on reconciling his day job at the library with his life as a creative.

What Is an Education Really Worth?

Recently, I was browsing through some data from the U.S. Census when I stumbled upon a great table in the 2007 census data.

Pegboard jewelry organizer

Materials: RAM Frame 50 X 70 Description: I desperately needed something to organise my jewelry - mostly earings - to avoid search crisis in the morning. I had used a pegboard to arrange my DIY tools, so came the idea of using the same system for the jewelry. I had a mirror cut 50 X 44 cm, cut a pegboard 50 X 26cm and painted it.

How to Scale Your Personal Brand, Earn More and Get a Life

You’ve worked so hard to establish a reputation, but now it’s backfired…and, you’re in personal branding hell. Building a strong personal brand—being known as the go-to person in a specific niche—has it’s ups.

How to Use Old-School Techniques to Get New Clients

It’s an online world. It seems like everyone blogs, everyone’s on Twitter, everyone has a website. Paper resumes are a thing of the past; everyone sends their job qualifications by email now.