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By Gretchen Rubin

A Funeral Costs How Much?

A death in the family is staggering enough without having to face the cost of a funeral. Photo: Family Funeral The loss of a family member can be too much for some people to bear, but learning how much a funeral can cost is enough to send many over the edge. I’ve seen it too many times to count.

“Acceptance Isn’t Agreement”: A Lesson from Chris Brogan

I’ve been listening to a “Brave New Year” program by Chris Brogan (not an affiliate link; I purchased it for regular price). Normally I’m not an auditory learner and have a hard time paying attention to lectures or podcasts. In this case, though, I was able to go through the whole thing. I particularly liked what Chris had to say about the subject of acceptance. Here’s an excerpt. 1.

Samla Box Table Saw

Materials: SAMLA 45L box This really saved me a lot of money and I am really surprised how good this works. So I did not use the saw a lot cause it was really loud. With the box now it really brought down the noise to a level where I can even saw without ear plugs. I think this build did saved me around 50 EUR.

10 Ways To Cure Loneliness

Are you feeling alone in life? Does it seem like you have no one to talk to but yourself? Is it impossible for you to make friends, while everyone else is having a good time? The loneliest time in my life was after my divorce.

An IKEA HERMINE blanket coat

Materials: HERMINE blanket Easy way to sew a nice coat from a blanket. Need to cut one hole for the neck and another two buttonholes for the belt. The post An IKEA HERMINE blanket coat appeared first on IKEA Hackers.

Secret of Adulthood: I Wish I Could Not Wish

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. Do you ever feel this way? I love any kind of koan, paradox, fables, or teaching story.

Is following the news a waste of time?

When we consider how to spend our time, how much time is it reasonable to allocate to keeping up with the news? C.G.P. Grey, one of the two people on the podcast Hello Internet, would argue for almost zero. As he has mentioned on the podcast, he basically ignores the news — he doesn’t watch it on TV, doesn’t read a newspaper, and doesn’t visit online news sites.

The Big Impact of Your Little Financial Choices

Selling your car or downsizing your home will certainly save you money. But smaller moves, such as meal planning, can be effective over time, too.

25 Journeys, 1,000 Miles Each : Dave Cornthwaite’s Quest

This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) Dave Cornthwaite’s quest has been called “One of the most ambitious adventures of the 21st century,” and in the process of his journey he has broken nine world records.

Akurum floating credenza – wall storage

I wanted a modern, space saving, unique, floating credenza. Scoured the internet for some cool ideas and decided on the floating Akurum IKEA fauxdenza hack, aka Akurum kitchen cabinets. This IKEA hack is an easy weekend project for home improvement enthusiasts.

5 Ways Athletes (and anyone else) Can Connect Their Mental and Physical Self

Everything we do, sports included, is 90% mental. In fact, saying that sports is 90% mental might be one of the most overused clichés. The truth is, anything we do is both 100% mental and 100% physical. Think about it. Our thoughts influence our actions, and our actions influence our thoughts. What is more important?

How to Start a Home-Based Medical Billing Service

Medical billing services ensure that doctors and other health care providers get paid.

How to turn down a job offer (or resign) gracefully

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. So, you’ve done it. You’ve considered all the costs of a new job, networked your heart out, and considered all aspects of your job offer. Now you are facing one of two outcomes: Pull the trigger! Take the new job. Not good enough! For whatever reason, you’ve decided to decline the offer.

The Best Ancient Quotes To Help You Lead A Successful Life

History is a great teacher. Whatever challenge you are facing today, you can be sure that someone else has faced it before. Thousands of years ago, people's lives were a lot more challenging than the lives of people today. Warfare, lack of food, diseases were a constant threat.

How to Travel Around the World With Just a 20lb Backpack

All images taken by Dave Danzeiser. Editor’s note: This is a guest post by David Danzeiser. I hung up the phone with the travel agent. I had just finished booking 45,000 miles worth of flights around the world.