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By Mark Shead

Paradise by the Runway Lights: Notes from Childhood and 25 Hours of Flying to Melbourne

It was long ago and it was far away, and it was so much better than it is today. I had an eclectic taste in music when I was a kid. Much of it came from my dad, who introduced me to Bob Dylan before I became more of a fan than he was. There was also Tom Petty (early years), Warren Zevon, and Bruce Springsteen at some point. I was growing up at least ten or fifteen years late, in other words.

7 Things that Fit, Healthy People Do Differently

The benefits that come from exercise seem endless. It helps boost mood, fights off diseases, gives you energy and makes you look good to name just a few. With all the benefits that come from maintaining health, an important question needs to be asked: why does physical fitness seem so hard? Finding the motivation and willpower to get in shape is difficult.

Knowing Your Frequency: 3 Simple Steps to Getting What You Truly Desire

Many times when we want to create something new in our life we go at it with this initial excitement. Yet, if we could probe our mind and thoughts we might discover that we keep replaying the same negative and discouraged frequency again and again. Often times it’s a frequency of lack. This can take the shape of a frequency of ‘I'm not enough’.

Want To Talk about Your Habits in a Group? It’s a Good Idea.

It’s been so satisfying to have Better Than Before out in the world at last. I must admit, I do look in every bookstore I pass, to see it on the shelves. I get a thrill every time.

Why jerks show up in your life.

Photo: Catherine Just One thing that the self help movement loves to teach and re-teach is that we attract our reality, and specifically, that we attract certain people into our lives to teach us certain things. I’m down with that theory.

Viking Mythology: Lessons from Thor, the God of Thunder

Thor — Giant-Slayer and God of Thunder — is the most well-known Norse god in our modern world. The Marvel comic books and films have of course spurred his fame, but they’ve also hampered our understanding of the Thor that Viking people worshiped and revered and looked to for protection.

The ROCK GERTON Table Top Drop Down Workbench

Using a 58″ 2×4 – secure it to the studs on your wall. Determine proper work bench height for the person using the workbench. Good rule is the height of where your wrist bend (crease). Center table top on top of 2×4 cleat  and use a stool or table and build up other side so the table is level.

Expedit/Lekman/Linnmon custom kitchen countertop & storage

I already had an IKEA EXPEDIT Unit (now the KALLAX) with 8 large LEKMAN storage bins. I bought 2 LINNMON counter tops and sawed one of them to complete the desired length of 67” when joined together. I marked the actual EXPEDIT counter width (so once mounted it lays flush on top) and used 2 flat braces to join them together. I then covered the merged counter tops in marble contact paper

Creating a home inventory

I can only imagine how difficult it must be to lose your possessions to a theft, fire, tornado, or other disaster. But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to be trying to remember exactly what I owned during such a stressful time. And that’s why I have a home inventory. A home inventory also helps you decide how much insurance you need for your home’s contents.

KALLAX + natural wood

Used IKEA item: the “old” KALLAX + desk How I did it: Just cut the desk into 4 pieces, so I had 3 + 1 boards On the left side I drilled two holes to fix the sticks Started at the bottom to build the new boards, fixed them with two screws at the KALLAX et voilà By Johannes The post KALLAX + natural wood appeared first on IKEA Hackers.

Investigating a potential employer: Using financial metrics to protect your future

This article is by staff writer Ryan Takach. There is much to consider before you decide to join a company. Of course it is important to understand the company culture, the workload, management style, performance expectations, pay and benefits. But you will also want to be sure that a prospective employer is viable.

Win the Way You Won Before

When you encounter a setback and need to regroup, think back to a time when you won. When you won, you mastered a skill, navigated a tricky negotiation, or otherwise came out on top. Can you use the same skill or strategy now? Can you adapt that skill or strategy to a new situation? Sure, circumstances may have changed.

How to Supercharge your Social Life by Tweaking One Tiny Aspect of your Personality

Have you ever wondered how some people can confidently stroll into any room, approach the first person they see, and quickly jump into deep conversations? They’re able to laugh, engage, and have fun.  They ooze confidence and charisma.

Thinking On Your Feet: How to Answer Difficult Questions

“Why didn’t Acme Co. accept our offer?” “Why should I hire you over somebody else?” “Where do you see this relationship going?” “Where do babies come from?” Questions.

Podcast #7: Treat Yourself Like Todder, Beware the “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” Conversation, and the Benefit of Lowered Expectatio

My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having so much fun with our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ For the last few weeks, I’ve been on my book tour for Better Than Before, and many people have told me that they’re enjoying it. Thanks so much, and thanks for listening!