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Drive-By Book Review: The Happiness Project

It’s been a while since I’ve done my Drive-By Book Reviews, but one of my resolutions is to get back into sharing more of the books I’m reading with you guys in my special cut-to-the-chase Drive-By style. Up today is… The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin Who’s it for?

Review: The Happiness Project

Today is the release of Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. I’ve made no secret about being a fan of Gretchen’s blog of the same name, and so I was elated when she sent me an advance copy of the book to review.

Linkswitch #19

The Simple, Ridiculously Useful Guide to Earning a Living from Your Passion “It’s not easy — I’ll tell you that up front. If you hope to make a quick buck, or a fast million, you’ll need to find another guide. Probably one with lots of flashing ads in the sidebar. So you have your passion picked out?

Does It Still Make Sense to Refinance in Today’s Market?

Last winter, Kris and I refinanced our mortgage. Interest rates had dropped, and it seemed like a good idea to make the leap. Though it took us a couple of months to actually pull the trigger, we finally ended up cutting the interest rate on our loan from 6.25% to 4.96%.

The Definitive Guide to Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

‘Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.’ ~ Spanish Proverb Post written by Leo Babauta.

Make 2010 a Happier Year. Decide Now.

It’s the last week of 2009, and the new year begins on Friday – a great time to make some resolutions.

2010 Resolution #1: Lose 40 Pounds

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my four resolutions for 2010 this week. I’m overweight. One of the biggest reasons for this is hypothyroidism, something I’ve had literally since I was born (and have treated with medication since I was three days old).

Find Your Passion – 6 Tips to Discovering What Ignites Your Fire

When you decide to find your passion, you’re making an important commitment to yourself. You’re saying that you’re a top priority and you’ll be finding the things in life that you truly enjoy. When you have a true passion for life you never feel like life is a chore.

Motivational Posters: Winston Churchill Edition (Part II)

Share Since we are gearing up for the new year and pondering the task of improving ourselves in 2010, we thought it was a good time to hear from old Churchill again, master of giving men a needed kick in the pants. Hopefully these posters will leave you feeling motivated to get yourself in gear.

Reminder: Chicago book signing and meet and greet

A reminder that tonight is the first stop on my Unclutter Your Life in One Week book tour: Chicago The Book Cellar. 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. I’ll be there from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Again, there isn’t a speech or formal presentation, so come when it’s convenient for you during the three-hour window.

Get a Grip on Your Debt: How to Obtain a Clear, Concise Financial Snapshot

By Adam Baker This is part three of my Getting Out of Debt: The Essentials series. In the first two parts of the series we laid the 'mental foundation' to start our surge against debt.  For most, this groundwork is essential to succeeding, however there comes a time for action.  That time is now. Before we can know where we are going, it helps to know where we currently are. 

Creating a plan to achieve your 2010 resolutions

Now that you have brainstormed resolutions for 2010, it’s time to formulate your plan for achieving these resolutions in the new year. As I’ve noted before, it’s easy to write “Be more organized” on a sheet of paper — but it’s difficult to actually become more organized without a plan for how to do it. Your next step may be to research your resolutions.

Reader Mailbag #95

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments.

My IKEAfghanistan Moment

6:32 pm. Saturday night. My head is pounding… I’ve wanted to sleep since noon. But a full day of family gatherings kept me soldiering on.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #2

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at what’s a good freelancing laptop and when is it a good idea to work for free. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a new regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.