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By Brett Kelly

How to Resolve Conflicts in Your Relationships

Every relationship in our life - friendships, family, romantic and professional - can potentially be destroyed by conflict. The solution is not to ignore the conflict or keep moving around hoping to find a set of perfect people. We need to deal with the problems we currently face, otherwise they will just reappear elsewhere.

How to Take a Mini-Retirement: Tips and Tricks

I was recently interviewed by J.D. Roth on planning and financing mini-retirements. Here is an excerpt: J.D.

Someone preached about me

I have a rule. If a cleric from any religion preaches a sermon that mentions me by name in a positive way, I get a day off from writing long blog posts. By rights, because Pastor Becca Clark of St Paul's United Methodist Church in Castleton, NY mentions my name about ten times, I ought to have the rest of the summer off. Especially since I don't get to invoke this rule all that often.

The Costa Rica Lesson: Awwwwwww They Got Me

By Jabulani LeffallIt could start with "you never think it can happen to you," or "just when you thought it was safe." But why go out that way or for that matter come in that way, it's as cliche as an American tourist getting yapped for his belongings on a trip to foreign country. Rewind.

Quit Coddling Your Kids

Need To Lose Some Weight? Put Some Money On It!

By Xin LuRecently I wrote about the incentive my husband gave me to lose some weight . Basically he is willing to forgo half of his entertainment budget if I lose the fat I gained post college. A commenter pointed me at a website called stickK.com which lets you put money on your goals, and I thought it was a pretty interesting concept.

Great Ebook: Learn More, Study Less (With a Special Offer)

Are you a student who dreads studying, has problems getting great grades despite loads of studying, or just has a hard time memorizing facts and formulas and concepts?

5 Mistakes That Will Cost You Your Client (and How to Avoid Them)

Most new freelancers make one vital error: we catch ourselves acting like employees. But even as we become more seasoned, even the best of us can fall into the ‘employee’ mindset trap that is at the foundation of virtually every major freelance mistake: “As long as I do the specific job I was hired to do, and I do it well, everything will be fine.”

Check out The Manival #6 At Building Camelot

This week’s Manival is being hosted at Building Camelot. Make sure to stop by and see all the fantasitic submissions. Give it a stumble as well. Here are a few of my favorites from this week’s Manival: The Importance of Fathers at a Dad of Divas Pick-up after yourself. It’s that simple at Persistent Illusion Don’t Bash Your Wife at A Good Husband

How to Save Money, Express a Wonderful Sentiment, and Defeat the Greeting Card Companies All at Once!

One thing that always frustrates me is when someone gives me a Hallmark greeting card along with a gift. Not only does one generally cost $3 to $4, the sentiment inside is often rather impersonal, merely the best fit of the choices one might find in the card aisle at a Hallmark store.

Bargain Summer Vacation Destinations

My recent series of interviews with author Tim Ferriss has given me the travel bug. I find myself plotting grand vacations (or mini-retirements). But I don’t have the money to spend on a trip to London or a cruise to Alaska. My sights are set a little lower.

Happiness interview with Vital Juice Daily's Amanda Freeman.

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness.

How Much Do Designers Get Paid?

Wanna know how much dough designers make? Check out the AIGA Survey of Design Salaries. Results for 2008 are out. It’s dubbed “definitive,” but take it all with a grain of salt. You can view the results on their site or download the PDF.

double up your work space

dan and erin needed to fill their guest room cum office with some thing that...1) wasn't expensive and2) looked goodso with a tape measure in hand, they spent 4 hours at the college park, maryland ikea and left with 2 vika amon 4' 11" table tops, 4 vika curry legs, 1 malm 2-drawer chest, and 1 set of 6" capita legs.and here's what they constructed."we put the two vika table tops end to end, and in

Thoughts on Bridge