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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

7 Ways To Exercise Without Exercising

Many of us would benefit from more exercise. Yet we often struggle with the idea of exercising. We have to motivate ourselves to get moving. Except many times we fail. We commit to an exercise plan, join the gym or buy some home equipment, but fail to follow through.

Be More Memorable: How to Better Answer the 3 Questions You Always Get Asked When Meeting Someone New

Almost every time you meet someone new, there are three questions you will probably have to answer during your conversation: What’s your name? What do you do? Where are you from? These three questions are so common, and you answer them so frequently, that it is very easy to get in the habit of answering them the same way, again and again, without thinking.

So You Want My Job: Architect

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Plenty of men dive into architecture as little boys with LEGOs and Lincoln Logs, but eventually move on to other pursuits.

An Education in the Majestic Sierra Nevada

By Leo Babauta We set out for the Sierra Nevada as a family, all eight of us, excited but unsure of what to expect from our first family camping trip in the mountains. I surveyed our two vehicles full of camping gear and food, and wondered at foolishly calling myself a minimalist sometimes.

Easy art

Materials: HEAT trivet, IKEA fabric With the HEAT trivet and TIDNY fabric you can make some cute wall decor. Cut out the portion you want to wrap around your HEAT trivet. Fill in the line drawings with markers. Here is how you affix the fabric to the trivet. Use glue to secure the fabric to the trivet. Then staple them down. ~ Bettie

“Travel May Seem Impossible, But It’s Not”: On the Road with Susan Shain

This is a travel hacking case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) One of Susan’s many freelance gigs is “Travel Coach”—which involves helping people see the possibilities of incorporating travel into their life.

Luxury MICKE desk

Materials: MICKE desk I added a custom honey onyx stone top and gold pyrite drawer pulls from stephendevans.etsy.com

Sugru lets you fix, improve and avoid clutter

A few weeks ago I wrote to Erin and said, “I’d like to review Sugru for Unclutterer.” She was intrigued, so I ordered a set, and after weeks of using the product I wanted to share the results of my test-drive with you. Sugru is a “self-setting rubber” invented by Ireland’s Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh.

Thirteen Strategies for Financial Independence Through Self-Sufficiency

My primary financial goal is what I call financial independence. Though financial independence can have a number of meanings, I define it as being a state in which I no longer have to actively work for money and my savings and investments cover all of my needs and reasonable wants for the long-term future.

DIY plywood doors for Ikea EXPEDIT shelf

Expedit shelf outer edges are hollow. You have to attach hinges in the thin partitition walls. You will nead two sizes of doors: 39cm X 79.5cm on the edges of the cabinet and 34,5cm X 79,5cm size in the middle. Materials: Expedit shelf Before attaching the doors drill opening holes in every door or use knobs. In my case, holes are 35mm.

“Feararchy” – The Hierarchy of Fear

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” ~Nelson Mandela An often used definition of fear is: An anxious feeling, caused by our anticipation of some imagined event or experience.

Get on the alert list for my app. Conversation Starters launches next week!

Next week, Tuesday September 2, we’re launching my first app!: Conversation Starters: A Desire Map App. To us, it feels like a sacred (digital) talking stick. And with it, we’re setting out to fuel a revolution of meaningful conversations. CONVERSATIONS STARTERS: A DESIRE MAP APP It has hundreds of questions to inspire connection. Simple questions. Profound questions.

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of the Clean Slate.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative.

Hiccups on the way to combining finances

This is a guest post from Kathleen O’Malley, who writes about finding joy in a simple, frugal life at Frugal Portland. It happened fast. We barely talked about it, but all of a sudden, about a week after we got engaged — and before we were really ready — my fiancé and I had combined our finances.

30 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Day in 5 Minutes or Less

You’re a busy person. Your days are filled with meetings, project, deadlines, family issues, and many other urgent things. That leaves very little time for rest and rejuvenation. Over time you may begin to feel disillusioned. You may wonder “What is this all for?” But the thought goes away as quickly as it comes.