Allison Smartt Olsen

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13 strategies to save a fortune, from real people who retired before 40

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to win the lottery, inherit a windfall, or even earn a Wall Street salary to retire early.<p>Consider "Mr. Money Mustache," who averaged a $67,000 annual salary working as an engineer for 10 years before announcing his retirement at age 30. Or Jeremy Jacobson …

Ikea Makeovers - Easy Ikea DIY Ideas - House Beautiful

From your bedroom to your kitchen to your car.<p>We don't use that term lightly.<p>At just a dollar, we have about a million of these.<p>The $10 find goes from purely utilitarian to a genius (and stylish) storage solution.<p>Right down to the way we say the "I."<p>Don't worry — it's easier than putting together …

3 Decisions You Should Make TODAY to Take Control of Your Life

Let’s face it, changing can be difficult, but you must if you want to take your power back and be in the driver’s seat of your life. There are three …

Motivation

How a spreadsheet helped me tackle my depression

Normally I’m a positive, productive member of society. But I do have episodes of depression that make even getting out of bed difficult.<p>There’s a stigma associated with even saying that much, but I’m open to writing about it. Maybe some of the tools that I’ve found to help me manage my depression …

Productivity

101 Greatest Quotes About Success and How to Achieve It | Inc.com

What makes something smart? It can mean many things for many people.<p>But the kind of smart I'm talking about is the smart that inspires, the smart that speaks to us and makes sense, the smart that allows us to move past ourselves and do something about the things that keep us stuck.<p>Let these smart …

Motivation

6 Lies Your Depression Wants You to Believe (& How to Not Fall Into the Trap)

“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without <i>changing</i> our thinking.” – Albert Camus<p>When depression hits, it …

30-Second Habits That Can Help Boost Your Career And Finances

You don’t need to commit a lot of time to make a big difference in your career path and financial future.<p>We get it—you’re crazy busy.<p>But what if we told you that you could do wonders for your career and even finances . . . in 30 seconds flat?<p>The truth is that you can get a lot done in half a …

How 6 Powerful Women in Media and Marketing Redefined the Rules of Leadership

Women are having a moment.<p>Ignited by Sheryl Sandberg's manifesto, Lean In, the issue of gender equality became part of the national discourse.<p>And it …

The Sex-Starved Relationship

The modern world is wonderful in many ways (dentistry is good, cars are…<p>In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>…

Common Sense

This concept from Zen Buddhism will help you let go of beliefs that are holding you back

A buddhist statue. Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri<p>I played baseball for 17 years of my life. During that time, I had many different coaches and I began to notice repeating patterns among them. <br>Coaches tend to come up through a certain system. New coaches will often land their first job as an assistant …

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

Ingenious SunPort plug lets you use solar energy even if you don’t have solar panels

If you want to use clean solar energy in your home, your only option is to get some solar panels installed — right?<p>Wrong.<p>Contrary to what you might …

The Lazy Way to an Awesome Life: 3 Secrets Backed by Research

We all want an awesome life. And very often you know what you need to do to improve it… but you don’t do it.<p>I don’t blame you. Hey, some of that …

7 Meditation Apps to Try Now

In this overstimulated and hyper-distracted digital age, with a jam-packed schedule and abundance of choices at every juncture, making time (and brain space) for meditation—the self-proclaimed secret weapon of everyone from <b>Gisele Bündchen</b> to <b>Arianna Huffington</b>—can feel next to impossible.<p>Ask around, …

Meditation

This One Simple Thing Can Make Your Life Much Better

Many people have written to me saying they love all the research on bettering themselves but need that first step on how to shoehorn it in to their …

University of Pennsylvania

How to Build Self-Discipline in 4 Easy Steps

Harry S. Truman once said, “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all …

Outsourcing

This Clever Duvet Cover Trick is Going to Change Your Life

The "duvet burrito" makes changing your cover SO much easier.<p>Nothing says frustrating like trying to put on a duvet cover by yourself. In a world of iPhones, robo-vacuums, and all sorts of tech gadgets, you'd think we would have found a simpler solution to this cumbersome housekeeping task by now. …

Five organic fruits and vegetables that are worth the higher cost

Buying organic fruits and vegetables costs more, and for many shoppers, the advantage hardly seems worth the expense. But for certain produce items, "buying organic is a must," according to a new release from Consumer Reports, the nonprofit long known for its product reviews.<p>The group's 53-page …

New Jersey

Inside the psychology of productivity

You wake up with it in the morning and go to bed thinking about it at night: an ever-crushing load of emails, meetings, conference calls, and tasks that needed to get done yesterday. Family time means reading sales reports in the room where your kids are playing video games. For entrepreneurs, …

10 Motivational Good Reads

We all could use a little “self-help.” And that is probably the reason that the “self-help” sections of book stores are so large – everyone has a …

Motivation

Better than Before: A Psychological Field Guide to Harnessing the Transformative Power of Habit

How to lay a steadfast foundation for “the invisible architecture of daily life.”<p><i>“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil… Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar,”</i> William James wrote in his seminal 1887 treatise on habit, the bundle of behavior he called the …

Self Control

10 reasons your belly fat isn’t going away

A little bit of belly fat is actually good for you: it protects your stomach, intestines, and other delicate organs. But too much fat is anything but healthy. Extra fat cells deep in your abdomen (aka visceral fat) generate adipose hormones and adipokines—chemical troublemakers that travel to your …

The 6 mistakes derailing your health and fitness goals

There is nothing worse than working hard and still not succeeding. It is one thing not to reach your health and wellness goals if you are eating fries every day and skipping workouts, but it is extremely frustrating to give it your all and strike out.<p>Believe me, I get it. I have broken down in …

21 Tricks Non-Morning People Should Know About Early Exercising

Yes, you can.

Fitness

11 Eating Habits That Will Uncover Your Abs

Your six-pack solution is finally here. The video above features the essential exercises guaranteed to blast flab from your belly—no crunches …

Nutrition

5 Dumbbell Exercises to Lose Belly Fat

Most people try to burn stomach fat by doing crunches or sit-ups. This is not the way to go. You can burn stomach fat by doing exercises that target …

8 inspirational books to make you happier

<b>Whether you want to get rich, build a business or deal with stress and conflict at work, we’ve found these inspirational books to help you get there</b> …

Mindfulness

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