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The daycare debate: A double-edged sword

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. As many of you know, my husband had a career crisis that left him unemployed for several months last summer. It was scary, but we learned a lot from the experience — including the fact that the grass isn’t always greener and that we really needed to learn to be happy with what we had.

Why Trying to Find Your Life’s Purpose Is a Waste of Time (and What to Do Instead)

Waiting to discover your purpose? That’s a stupid strategy. Blogs, courses, and coaches all over the internet claim that we each have one perfect reason for existing.

The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 22: Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, on Steve Jobs, Stories, and Lessons Learned

Ed Catmull, President and Co-Founder of Pixar. NOTE TO E-MAIL SUBSCRIBERS: Please see this post in your inbox for a recording of the recent 2.5-hour live Q&A. Not on the email list?

Rustic industrial end table

You will need: (2) Aptitlig Ikea Cutting Boards (4) 1/2 in. plumbers piping flange (4) 1/2 in. X 4 in. threaded plumbers pipes (4) 1/2 in. plumbers pipe end caps (3) 3/4 in. plumbers piping flange (1) 3/4 in. tee joint (1) 3/4″ 90° piping joint (2) 3/4 in. X 5 in. plumbers pipe (1) 3/4 in. X 11 1/2 in. plumbers pipe (1) 3/4 in. X 6 in.

How to Pick Aviator Shades

Nothing says classic, masculine style like aviator shades. There’s a reason why we intuitively associate rugged, high-octane manliness with this iconic sunglass style, which was originally designed by Ray-Ban for U.S. fighter pilots in 1937. The large, teardrop-shaped lens allowed pilots to look down at their control panels while still maintaining coverage from the sunlight.

Barn Board Table Set

Materials: Jokkmokk I run a small business on the side restoring and painting antique furniture. I was looking for a new kitchen table set for myself but could not find an antique one that fit the vision I had in mind. I came across this Ikea piece and thought what a challenge it would be… turn a plain, modern table into something old and rustic.

Secret of Adulthood: Accept Yourself, and Expect More From Yourself.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Or as W. H.

Be a clutter detective

Years ago, I worked in a group home. It had a big kitchen with flat, spacious counters.

Putting the Bucket List First: On the Road with Austin Church

This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) I’ve known Austin for years, and I appreciate his perspective on combining a number of different interests: travel, startups, teaching, and more—all viewed through a filter of gratitude.

30 Great Gifts for $5 (or Less!)

Gift-giving can be an expensive proposition. Most of the ideas that tend to pop into people’s minds when it comes to exchanging gifts are expensive ones – or, at least ones that add up to a lot if you have to buy many of them. That doesn’t have to be the case.

Ikea+Lego Entryway Key Shelf

Basic materials you will need: RIBBA photolLedge, LEGOs, Epoxy, ruler, pencil, masking tape, key chain ring, and a drill. Measure how far from the edge you want the Legos to be glued and tape that section to align the LEGOs perfectly. Arrange the LEGOs in the pattern you would like to glue them in.

Lessons From The Checkout Line

Contrary to popular stereotypes, as a man there are a few chores I really enjoy. It’s probably due to my mother making it a point to have us all up on Saturday morning with music blasting, food cooking and cleaning the house from top to bottom. As an adult however, one thing I never perfected was the skill for cooking. This works out perfectly for my wife and me.

How to eat on $4/day

I spend a lot of money on food. (More than I spend on my mortgage.) Part of it is need, of course. But much of it is want, because I’m both an enthusiastic cook and a health nut. I view food as a cross between health care and hobby. And I know I’m fortunate to be in a position to buy things like freshly pressed olive oil and porcini mushrooms. I know that not everyone has that option.

6 Tips For A Great Work/Life Balance

I will be the first to admit it; I haven’t always had a good work/life balance. For some time I worked as a Strategy Consultant for a global management consulting firm. For me, it was hell on earth. An eternal battle just to get a decent night’s sleep, let alone spend time with the people I love. My time there came to a close when I reached a point where I couldn’t sleep at all.

Do you believe that life wants you to have what you truly want? Your relationship to prayer, to God, to desire.

Photo by Union Photographers PART 1 “Please God, Please” I used to pray to sweat blood as a little girl. Dramatic, I know. I was a Catholic schoolgirl, an only child. We rented a small house in a small town, and my parents were young and hip and generally let me do anything I wanted to.