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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

5 Things That Were Given to Me for Nothing

Over the last year I have read lots of material on self-improvement and success. One common theme I found in almost everything I read was an emphasis on gratitude. In an effort to increase gratitude in my life, I have listed the top 5 things that have been given to me for nothing: 1. My Car When my Gramma bought a new car, she sold her 1997 Ford Tauras to me for $1.

Art on a cabinet

Materials: Leftover Cabinet Door, wood burning tool Description: Buy some leftover cabinet door panels in the as-is section for $1-5. Use a wood burning tool to burn a design onto said panel. Art. Done. See more of the art on a cabinet. ~ A Nest for All Seasons, Hershey, PA

Custom wall sized clipboards

Materials: Side panels of IKEA floor display bins Description: Find an IKEA display bin that is missing the bottom. Buy all 4 of the side pieces. Hang them on your wall. Buy clothespins. Clip photos and cards and whatever else you want on your boards. Sounds simple? it is. ...but Pottery Barn charges $159 for one, so buy yours at IKEA for a song. See more of the custom clipboards.

"The Habit of Being Happy Enables One To Be Freed...From the Domination of Outward Conditions."

"The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions." -- Robert Louis Stevenson That's a bold claim. Do you agree or disagree? * I got a kick out of this post about the "Pareto-efficient marriage" on the Spousonomics blog. * Join the discussion on the Facebook Page. Lots of interesting conversation there.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #5

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. A sick baby on the mend This winter has been really hard on our infant son, as he’s come down with a series of colds.

Custom Whiteboards from door panels

Materials: Leftover White Panels (Cabinetry???) from the as-is section Description: Buy leftover cabinet sections fro the as-is section of IKEA. Make sure they are slick and shiny and white. Bring a dry erase marker to test them out on the sly if you must. Screw said white panels onto your wall (into studs please!).

Seven Secrets for Maximzing Your Concentration Skills

Most of us struggle to stay focused. We live in a world of constant distractions – where emails ping up on our cell phones, where entertainment is always just a click away.The problem is, a lack of concentration can destroy your ability to work effectively. If you're not concentrating: You'll make silly mistakes. How many times have you sent an email without its attachment?

You and Your Work: A Short Film About Employment from 1948

Last weekend, Kris and I hired a friend’s 12-year-old to help with yardwork. We leave for Africa on Monday, and we don’t want to burden our housesitter with unnecessary chores.

Dinner With My Family #5: Burgers and Fries!

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Yep, burgers and fries!

Triple MELODI feather shade

Materials: Melodi lamp Description: It is quite simple hack transforming dull Melodi lamp into large and unique triple shade. The goal was to keep it cheap. For this reason Melodi was great (cost around 4 Euro per piece.

Ask Unclutterer: Organizing photographs

Reader Mary submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My parents both passed away before I was 30. My sister and I cleaned out our mom’s house and stored some items in Florida in separate units until we thought we could use them.

How I Train: Fitness for the Everyperson

Post written by Leo Babauta. I don’t train to lose weight or look good. I don’t train to beat anyone or impress anyone. I don’t train for bigger muscles or a six-pack. I train because I love it. And because it’s my life. As I said last week: I am in the best shape in my life.

Custom computer desk

Materials: Faktum, Rationell Description: Because I couldn't find a computer desk that was satisfied me, I decided to build one. The base consists of 3 Faktum kitchen cabinets with Applad doors, placed directly on the floor (on felt pads) to get the proper height. I wallpapered the sides of the cabinets to make them more interesting.

Make People Happier by Acknowledging That They're Not Feeling Happy.

Sometimes, an idea sounds so simple, and so non-controversial, that it takes a while to appreciate how important and helpful it is. I found this to be true about a happiness-project resolution I made after reading the brilliant parenting book, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.

Saving IS Investing

One common question I get from readers appears in this type of email: Dear Trent, My husband and I are finally on the path to financial freedom. We have only a debt or two remaining and have built up an emergency fund. We would like to start investing. Please tell us how. Signed, Sally Saver When I read this email, I know what they’re looking for.