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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Hide the Wires

Materials: Expedit Want to hide the wires from your entertainment systems but have an open back bookcase? I used: 1 – Expedit shelving unit with staggered shelves 1 – piece of fabric 36×60 inches, I choose red and white to match the bookcase and the rest of my decor 16 – 1 inch oval Velcro brand “Sticky backs for fabric” The steps: 1.

The cure for vacation deprivation: A vacation budget

After a long and brutal winter in parts of the U.S., warmer temperatures and sunshine are finally heading our way. And, although it doesn’t seem possible, an entire quarter of this year is behind us already. In most places, schools are out of session — at least for a few weeks — which means that families are taking their first major hiatus of the year.

4 Steps to Reclaim Your Life

It is ridiculously easy to forfeit control of your life. Whether you give your power away to friends, family, a job, depression, or any other life circumstance, it’s a very common human situation. Once you realize you’ve done it, how do you get that power back? 1. Forgive yourself. This is an incredibly common situation to find yourself in.

Creating a Positive Family Culture: How to Get the Most Out of Family Dinner

In his farewell address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan declared, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.

Stick With That New Years Resolution: 5 tips to Help You Stay Motivated To Go to the Gym

More than 40% of Americans made resolutions for 2014; however, statistics show that less than 10% of these people will actually achieve their goals. Of course, the number one resolution each year always relates to weight loss. Americans want to get fit – but few are willing to maintain the program for longer than one month.

4 Ways to Tell That Your Personal Finance Advisor is Scamming You

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Most personal finance advisors provide solid money advice that will help you achieve your goals.

Monitor Desk

I have a small table looking for a multifunctional computer desk. As a base I took a MICKE desk white and SUMMERA computer holder. The two 24 “monitors are permanently installed on Ergotron NeoFlex. Near field monitors are mounted on DRALL Instruments brackets.       

Gymnastic Rings 101: How to Grip the Rings

Editor’s Note: This is a guest series from Ryan Hurst.  Today, we’re continuing our series on using gymnastic rings as part of your exercise and strength-building routine. Yesterday, we introduced you to the rings and offered recommendations on what kind to get and how and where to hang them.

Hemnes TV Bench Hack for PCs or large AV equipment

Materials: Hemnes TV Bench and Glass Cabinets Modification of TV Bench to take full size desktop PC, PC servers or large AV Amps/stacked AV equipment. The supplied TV bench is too small to take a full size media PC, large AV amps or multiple AV components.

What to Think About During Exercise

By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me and said he gets bored during running, which makes him want to just stop running. And so he asked for suggestions for what to think about while running or exercising in general. Such a great question: if you’re bored, why would you want to do it?

The Closet Girl

Materials: Stolmen closet system I liked the way Ikea Stolmen system looked, but even though it claims to be flexible it just wouldn’t fit my recess measurements! But where there is a will there is a way. So I had the shelves and drawers shortened to match my dimensions and design.

Working Hard With No Results? 5 Simple Steps To Re-motivate Yourself

You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, effort and money to achieve your goal. You’ve even sacrificed your favorite TV shows, shopping, dating, and your sleep. You utterly, wholeheartedly want to succeed. And yet your results seem insignificant. It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

Six great uses for old CDs and CD cases

Like a phoenix from the ashes, the lowly CD and its storage case are again ready for work. While I was working on last week’s scouting leadership post, my wife asked if I wanted to see how she keeps her girls’ patches organized.

The Future of Taxes

A few years ago, I wrote an article looking at the differences between a Roth IRA and a 401(k) with regards to how taxes will change in the future. If taxes go up, then a Roth IRA (or Roth 401(k)) is better.

Leaving the Church of Self Improvement – A Special Feature

This is a special feature article. Longer than my usual in this space. I’m publishing it in two parts (Part 2 will run later this week), but if you’d like to read the entire feature now, click HERE to download the PDF. Put on the kettle, or bring your iPad to bed with you. We’re going in. y New Year’s resolution last year was to be bad. Smoke. Drink.