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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Personal Finance Links: Domain Speculation Edition

A few people have asked, so I thought I’d confirm that I still hope to re-launch my “making money from a blog” project in January. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s a brief look at some of the drama behind the scenes. This week, I found a fantastic idea for an awesome blog, one that I’d love to run, one that I think people would love to read.

Tiny kitchen table

Materials: Numerar oak counter, Oddvar stool, Vika kaj Description: My kitchen is long but too narrow for a kitchen table. When I finished my countertops with Numerar oak, I decided to make use of the cutoff to make a little wall-mounted table in the corner behind the fridge. The top is attached to the wall with an aluminium L-profile and supported with two Vika Kaj telescoping legs.

Commercials, Kids, and Materialism

Right off the bat, let’s take a peek at this “wonderful” new commercial by Toyota: I was pointed to this ad by longtime reader Beth and the AutoAdOpolis blog. If you’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for long, you’ll know that this ad takes a swing directly at a lot of different ideas I’ve shared over the years about parenting, money, materialism, and other thi

"I Thought That If I Wasn't Happy, Given All My Good Fortune in Life, That There Was Something Wrong with Me."

Happiness interview: Phoebe Potts. Ever since I read Scott McCloud's brilliant Making Comics, I've been intrigued with the possibilities of the graphic novel. One of my overarching intellectual interests is -- how can the structure of information be shaped to help people understand and learn?

The Little Book of Procrastination Remedies

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter. Procrastination is one of those topics that, it seems, I can’t write enough about. There isn’t a person among us who doesn’t procrastinate, and that’s a fact of life. It’s deep within us. We think we’re going to do something later, or read that classic novel later, or learn French later.

You Are Not Alone! How Joining a Community Can Improve Your Life

Would you like to live a more vibrant life? Your life can get better, both physically and emotionally. And best of all, it’s easier to get there than you probably think! Stand up and volunteer. Right now you have countless opportunities to give your time and talents to others.

How to Pursue Your Dreams – Despite the Day Job

You've got big dreams. Perhaps they're recent, or perhaps they've been simmering away at the back of your mind for years. Maybe you haven't started yet, or maybe you've already made a lot of progress.The problem is, you've got a day job. You'd love to pursue your dreams full time – and you've read all the books and blogs about going after your passion – but you simply can't afford to.

Planning for the Future With Help From the Past

The view from our room’s balcony as we left a Caribbean port. It’s easy to forget where we’ve come from. As the political season swirls around us, politicians are making bold, sweeping plans for the future.

A strategy for processing out-of-place objects

When uncluttering a space, you typically find a handful of objects that belong someplace else in your home, or don’t even belong to you.

8 Exotic Destinations You Can Afford

(Photo: Stuck in Customs) This is a guest post by Tim Leffel, a travel destinations expert who has dispatched articles from five continents over a period close to two decades. Think world travel needs to be expensive? Think again… Enter Tim Leffel Like an annoying house guest who keeps packing but doesn’t leave, this recession keeps dragging on.

Reader Mailbag: Diet

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. How to find a housemate 2. Getting neighbors involved 3. Building credit from nothing 4. Charities and taxes 5. A 203(k) mortgage 6. Suggest some board games 7. Investing extra money 8. Writing online for money 9.

First Draft Success: A Method for Meeting Client Expectations

It’s hard to get on the same ball with some clients. You have a consultation, perhaps exchange detailed material and you think the project will work out great. You and your client are on the same path and they will love that first draft, right? Then why, after you submit that first draft, do some clients say the material was not exactly what they wanted? Well, it can be them.

Faktum cabinet cubby hole

Materials: Faktum, Capita Description: When I decided to construct a hallway cabinet out of Faktum wall cabinets, I wanted to have an open space under the top where I could put keys, gloves, today's mail, etc. So I got the 90cm high cabinet with 70cm high doors, and I put a shelf level with the top of the doors.

Never lose your lens cap again

I misplaced the lens cap for my Canon T1i camera recently. It wasn’t particularly difficult or expensive to find a replacement, but it was an unnecessary hassle that I would have preferred to have avoided. When I replaced the lens cap I decided that I would secure it to the camera with a small and inexpensive leash designed expressly for that purpose.

How to Save: Putting “Pay Yourself First” into Practice

For many people, saving is tough. Between housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, credit-card debt, student loans, and other expenses, there never seems to be enough left to set aside for long-term savings. And that’s the problem.