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By Mark Shead

HealthMonth, Your Month

Recently, a good friend of mine convinced me to sign up for HealthMonth, a website that aims to turn the self-motivation needed to improve one’s health into a fun game (you can see my HealthMonth profile and goals).

So You Want My Job: Video Game Producer

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. If you haven’t played a video game since PacMan, you’ll be blown away by how elaborate games are these days.

$5.38 (+tax) ceiling porch light

Materials: Ordning Cutlery Stand, plastic ceiling light, Dremel Description: Not sure if this exact project has already been done, but this was somewhat based off of the "let there be light" hack from an Italian contributor. I purchased a cheap plastic ceiling light from Lowes ($1.39). It is one that holds a single bulb and has the plastic collar that secures a difuser/shade/whatever.

9 Tips for Why Starting a Happiness-Project Group Will Boost Your Happiness.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 9 reasons why starting a happiness-project group will boost your happiness. A few days ago, I posted about happiness-project groups -- for people who want to launch or join a group for people doing happiness projects together.

Laptop table with STRÖMBY frame door

Materials: STRÖMBY Frame 50x50cm, CORRAS bedside table Description: I initially bought the Corras table to use as a laptop table in the living room but I didn't like how it was open and showed off loads of papers etc (essentially all my mess). I decided to buy a STRÖMBY frame and turn it into a door to cover the front of the table.

you’re already perfect

‘Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.’ ~Lao Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter . A lot of people come to Zen Habits (and read other personal development blogs and books) because they want to improve something about themselves.

Unitasker Wednesday: Cool Cones

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Is eating store-bought ice cream bringing you down?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Workspaces of the rich and famousI simply want to direct you to a fun feature that ran last week over on Lifehacker: “Nine Workspaces Where Famous Folks Get Stuff Done.” Reasons to unclutterThe September 1 issue of Woman’s Day magazine provides 12 “surprising benefits of getting organized.” Routine cards to help kids organize their scheduleWebsite LivingLocurto

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Family Nervousness Edition

A cousin of mine that I care for very much is coming to visit for several days next week, with her two sons in tow. She’s someone that I cherished when I was younger, but over the last fifteen years or so, we simply were out of touch with one another.

The Romantic Scholar: A New Approach to Student Life

School shouldn't be a trial to survive. Adopt the "Romantic Scholar" approach and find awe in learning again.

The McKee-Fields Sessions Part 1: Story Takes Flight

Storytelling has become all the rage… And, why not? It’s the single most-powerful medium for communication, persuasion and transformation in human history. I’ve been obsessed with the blend of science, structure and art that crafts the perfect story for a long time.

Foundations of an uncluttered life: Useful, beautiful, and in its place

The 19th century designer William Morris is attributed as saying: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” This quote is always great to keep in mind as you’re deciding which of your possessions you want to keep and which you want to purge. Is it useful? Does the object make your life easier? Does it save you time?

Freelancing & Caring for Family

I’m the emergency point of contact for more than a few of my family members: my work means that I don’t have to ask for leave and, at least in theory, I can drag my laptop along to emergency rooms and elsewhere with little concern.

Egon, the door mounted mirror

Materials: Stave, Grundtal, Fixa, Esab smashweld, aluminum frame, drill, screws, glue, tape, washers Description: I live in a 30 square meter apartment with large windows, many doors and little free wall space. And like any girl, I'd love a huge full-size mirror. The only problem is that I don't have the required wall space available.

A Crash Course in Financial Freedom

This is a guest post from Mary Hunt, author of Debt-Proof Living. She also runs the Debt-Proof Living website, and is an inspiration to many frugal folks. Recently, I got a message from Natalie who explained that as part of a financial preparedness night, she’ll have ten minutes to speak about financial freedom.