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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

7 Instant Ways to Boost Your Energy

It’s three pm. You’re feeling undeniably sluggish. You keep trying to focus on what you’re supposed to be doing … but somehow you’ve ended up looking at amusing pictures of cats. Again. At least you’ve got your eyes open. Just about. It’s a warm afternoon and you wish you could take a nap. In fact, your desk looks quite inviting.

Elle Muliarchyk: The Allure of Executing the Impossible

Belarus-born artist Elle Muliarchyk was named a finalist for Miss Czech Republic at age 14, “discovered” by famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier at age 16, and disillusioned with her modeling career by age 21.Fortunately, reinvention comes naturally to Muliarchyk.

Elle Muliarchyk: The Allure of Executing the Impossible

Taking great photographs is like being in combat: you've got to take risks, improvise in bad conditions, and inspire the troops.

Review: The Art of Non-Conformity

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Reviewing a book like this is a difficult challenge. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau is one of those books that’s intentionally narrowed its audience.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Stuff versus relationshipsPeople often choose the comfort of stuff over relationships because relationships can be scary. People can reject you. People are sometimes critical and judgmental. People can be mean, insensitive, and heartless. People can leave you, abandon you, and disappoint you. But your stuff never will.

Meditation, Prayer, and Personal Finance

Once or twice a day, I go into my bedroom, turn down the lights, lay on the bed, and look up at the ceiling. I start off by reflecting on a small handful of things that have really brought me significant joy in the past few days. After a few minutes of that, I focus entirely on emptying my mind for a while, and once that’s done, I just drift without anything in my mind.

"Bees, by the Instinct of Nature, Do Love Their Hives, and Birds Their Nests."

“Bees, by the instinct of nature, do love their hives, and birds their nests.” --John Bramhall * I really enjoyed a visit to So Be Organized.

Linkswitch #35: Sales, Marketing, and Customer Retention

55 Ways to Relax After Work Do you ever feel like a zombie after a long day at work? You feel so depleted and tired. You hardly have any energy left at all. The only thing you want to do is eat comfort food, pop open a brewski and watch television until bedtime. Sales and Marketing Tips for Freelancers Sales is a four-letter word. Wait a minute, it’s five letters.

Reader Story: I Got a 20% Pay Cut — and Loved It!

This guest post from Tim Stobbs is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Tim Stobbs is the writer behind the blog, Canadian Dream: Free at 45.

Manvotional: The Power of Personal Influence

The Power of Personal Influence from Self Control, Its Kingship and Majesty by William George Jordan, 1905 The only responsibility that a man cannot evade in this life is the one he thinks of least,—his personal influence. Man’s conscious influence, when he is on dress-parade, when he is posing to impress those around him,—is woefully small.

The Danger of Assumption

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a guy who had a large scar on his neck that looked like a swastika. The man had it partially covered with a turtleneck on a hot day. I could have easily assumed that he was a “scary” member of a fringe group, but I was sitting next to him and said hello anyway.

10 Must Read Tips for Newbie Freelancers

Photo credit: PureGrey New freelancers often have set their sights on ambitious goals: how well your life goes now depends solely on you. Among your new challenges are project management, bookkeeping, time management and relationship building.

Kids These Days

Kris and I took a stroll through the neighborhood today to visit the weekend garage sales. First we walked down to Lane’s house to browse his books and knick-knacks. (Lane is a GRS reader, and when we showed up, he said, “J.D., this is all capital-S Stuff!”) Then we hit other sales on the way home. At the last house, Kris got side-tracked looking at unused vintage postcards.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 11, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Why a Prospective Client Should Choose You

There are thousands of other freelancers out in the wild, so why should a prospective client choose you over your competition?