How to do just about anything; life hacks to navigate obstacles of all types, from the trivial to the severe.
Five After Hours Ideas That Can Transform Your Wealth to the Next Level
2009 was the toughest year of my life. The recession was at its peak, and whatever I did, I failed. That was the year that gave me more time to read, more time to speak to myself. I wanted to change my life, and I wanted to earn money. However, I lost my job, my mental peace, and, more importantly, I lost my real me to the recession.
What a great idea we had moving to the south from California. The prices on property were so reasonable that my husband and I decided to purchase a fixer upper and make it our home. One thing that made this house so appealing was the beautiful arched patio in the front of the house. We could sit outside and drink our morning coffee. Relax in the evening with a chilled glass of wine or just sit and take in God’s beautiful green creation. Well so we thought anyway, until we encountered the almighty Louisiana mosquitos. Maybe it was the new meat they were tasting that made them go crazy for that sweet California taste, but we could not sit outside no longer than one minute in the summer timer without being a morning snack. Something had to be done to get rid of those blood sucking mosquitoes because they were taking over, and we could not let them win.
"Haste Makes Waste"
I cut corners. I will admit it. More often than not, I will round up to the nearest inch when measuring something, rather than getting really close to the ruler, squinting my eyes, and counting each eighth of an inch. Having been born and raised in New York City, I am subconsciously always in a rush. I am perfectly aware of what I am doing. The little jingle my mom has been saying in her sing-song voice for as long as I can remember, “haste makes waste”, plays on repeat in my head as I go in with the scissors and make an irreversible cut. Perhaps I have conditioned myself to be comfortable living on the edge when it comes to clothing construction, stemming all the way back to the days when I would make Halloween costumes for my dolls. I was probably about six, which was the age my parents and grandma collectively decided I was old enough to have an expensive American Girl doll for Christmas and not somehow ruin it. Halloween was approaching fast, and my doll needed a witch costume ASAP. One thing that I am is resourceful, I’ll give myself that, a trait which led me into my dad’s sock drawer, a conglomeration of black dress socks loosely mixed in with a wide selection of crazily patterned ones. I pulled out some beauties, obviously not checking to see if they had mates, and ran out to show my babysitter Kristen. Kristen was a gem of a babysitter, in that she always gave 100% when it came to playing pretend with my sister and me. Therefore, I knew she would be thrilled to assist me in this endeavor.
The Formula for Playing a Chess Tournament
Chess, one of the oldest games, boasts of Indian origins back in the 6th century AD. The game became notably popular in all of Asia by the end of the 10th century AD, spreading its branches to the Middle East and Europe.
Radical Explorations in Button Making
I will begin this article by stating that I have only made buttons on one occasion. What I learned about the craft was that it is both joyful and frightening due to its endless potential for expressive discovery.
Here Are 6 Effective Tips To Master Your Mind & Live Your Best Life
It sounds pretty appealing. Yet, in reality, honestly, not many of us are actually devoted to mastering our minds and living our best lives. Just ask the guy at Taco Bell next time you pull up to grab your food. Ask him, "are you devoted to mastering your mind and living your best life?" and wait for a response. Any response. Because I promise you it won't be the answer you're looking for. And it's not because you're asking some fast-food employee, but because at least 90% of us aren't setting aside the necessary time needed to become masters of our minds, shaping the lives that suit us best.
How To Make Money Selling Other Peoples Stuff (& Have Fun Doing It)
Yesterday I witnessed something terrible; my own mother sold over $50 worth of wrenches and lug nuts for a dollar. The salesman and lifelong entrepreneur within me cringe at the slightest thought of that kind of loss in profit. It got me to think; theirs got to be an opportunity here.
Are You Drowning In Clutter? 5 Achievable Solutions to Bust the Clutter Monster This Week!
As a single mama with a bunch of kids, let me share what really works to keep one's sanity without spending a bundle of money or a ton of time.
All The Small Things
For as long as I can remember I have been curious, and always felt compelled to learn how to make and fix things with my hands. Within my family and friend community I have been recognized as an innovative knitter, spinner, weaver, bookbinder, natural-dyer, screen printer, jewelry maker, embroiderer, and a linoleum cutter who likes to create fun and original birthday and holiday cards, among other crafts. I am also a dabbler in outdoor recreation: a lover of birding, rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, cycling, and camping… and, most recently, I’ve been trying to get into fly fishing.
How To: Clown Rats
Ingredients: • Cardboard • A friend who is turning 22 • Paper • Pencils • Sharpie • A healthy dose of eccentricity
5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Reading Time
There are a myriad of health benefits to reading. Not only does curling up with a good book help reduce stress and promote memory, but you're likely learning something while you read - even when you're reading fiction. Think about that the next time you grab up a book.
The Tokei Method: 7 Ways to Synchronize Your Daily Cycles to Be More Productive
I believed that I would never be able to find a rhythm of life that would allow me to work hard and get enough rest, the days just don't have enough hours! I was resigned to living with fatigue and dark circles as long as I didn't want to be homeless, but two Spanish doctors (father and daughter) saved my life.