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Grace Kelly shares a story of creating income on her lunch break and what she learned about creativity, art, and business in the process.

Creating From Nothing: The Secret of Creating Income and Art

By Grace Kelly | June 21, 2017

I’ve never considered myself a very creative person. I always associated creativity with art, making stuff, and using your hands.

But during a recent weekend with my coach we got the chance to explore creativity in all its forms and the nature of how we create.

This exploration brought up some unexpected feelings in me, especially when we were faced with various exercises. In the first exercise we were given fifteen minutes to create something using crayons or play dough. I immediately went into a sweat with this one.

The objective was just to create but my mind went to the “what” and the “how”.

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You absolutely CAN make a living as a full-time musician playing your own original music. I chose to make it happen and you can too!

Make a Living as a Full-Time Musician

By Sarah Skinner | March 25, 2017

    You absolutely CAN make a living as a full-time musician playing your own […]

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Screw the Cubicle: One Woman’s Escape from Corporate

By Lydia Lee | March 20, 2017

Four years ago, if you’d told me I’d one day live in paradise and run […]

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“I took the college to corporate route but felt like my soul was quietly dying. After a quarter life crisis I started a business. Now I’m on a mission to create a movement of women to be audacious creators of their lives as I navigate the same!”

Mayan Tran | San Diego, CA
Brandon the Mad Fientist shares his favorite ways to use credit card points for cheap travel along with his favorite resources for research and tracking.

My Favorite Hacks for Cheap Travel

By Brandon The Mad Fientist | August 2, 2017

I just returned from a two-week trip around Europe, during which my wife and I visited Ireland, England, Scotland, and Portugal, stayed in 5-star hotels, and enjoyed VIP treatment in airport lounges.

Did I lose my mind and decide to blow all of my FI savings on one extravagant trip? No, not in the slightest. The trip actually didn’t cost much more than it costs to visit my family in Pittsburgh.

How is that possible? Two words…Travel Hacking.

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The Shortest Path to Financial Independence

By Brandon The Mad Fientist | May 12, 2017

What would you give up if someone said to you, “if you give up five […]

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The Money Taboos That Are Designed To Keep You Poor

By Jim Wang | April 8, 2017

When I was a kid, I tried talking to my parents about money. I was […]

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“I’m creating an online income stream that allows me time & location freedom. Lately, I’ve met many down-to-earth people that have already reached the goal and that's made this all that more achievable and real for me.”

Marc Dragon | United Kingdom
Courtney Carver shares 25 easy ways to simplify your life, and all of them take less than ten minutes. No matter how busy you are, you can simplify!

25 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 10 Minutes or Less

By Courtney Carver | August 9, 2017

While we’ve established that simplicity is a practice and not a destination, there are practical things you can do every day to simplify your life. And the good news is, there are practical things you can do quickly.

Set a timer for 10 minutes.

Choose any of the following tasks.

Stop after 10 minutes.

Then celebrate your simpler life.

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Colin Wright shares his thoughts on the core of minimalism: the value of things, and how things can add or remove value from our lives.

Value and Things: A Lesson in Minimalism

By Colin Wright | July 12, 2017

Possessions can make us happier, but only if we own the right things. I should note that this doesn’t mean possessions are a replacement for experiences and relationships and a rich internal life.

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Unsubscribing from the Culture of Busyness

By Leslie Davis | June 13, 2017

Sometimes I feel guilty when people complain about how busy they are. Like we’re getting […]

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“It is okay to stop. It is okay to slow down. It is okay to rest. It is okay to opt out. I did. I just wanted less - a lighter heart and a clearer mind. And you know what? The world didn’t end. In fact… It got infinitely better.”

Danette Joy Walker
Hannah of Nomad'er How Far shares observations and lessons from her first solo travel adventure, and how solo travel has challenged and changed her.

Lessons I’ve Learned From Solo Travel (So Far)

By Hannah and Taran | June 7, 2017

I embarked on my first solo travel adventure only a short a week ago.

From the warm comfortable bosom of Australia to the mildly chillier but breathtaking New Zealand, I flew toward the unknown, scared but mildly excited…

Wow. How can just one week stretch to feel like a lifetime? One roller-coaster after another of conflicting emotions.

During such a time of drastic change (from one half of a couple to a complete loner) each day has to be taken as it comes, with no one day being entirely good or bad, merely a mish-mash of moments, some where you felt great, some okay, some terrible.

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Our Home on Wheels: How We Afford Full-Time Travel

By Jace and Giddi | March 31, 2017

  “How do you make money? How do you have enough to live on the […]

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How to Make Your Travel Dreams a Reality

By Will Hatton | March 23, 2017

So you want to see the world. Maybe you dream of trekking through sweltering jungles, […]

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“I’m 61 and have the freedom to go/stay where I want - I’m really happy living and traveling around Europe in my van, pursuing my passion of hang gliding, and getting guidance from spirit!”

Paul Adams | Somewhere in the UK
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A Love Letter To The Dream Stealers

By Anne Perry | November 1, 2017

To the dream-stealers,

We believed you for many years.

Our hearts sank and our shoulders slumped as what you believed was (im)possible formed our own prison walls. We *almost* accepted that the dreams we held so close to our hearts were… Unrealistic. Risky. For them, not us. Flat out fantasy.


Because you’re very convincing. And you’re everywhere. You tell us to get our head out of the clouds. Sometimes with harsh words. Sometimes with a teasing laugh. Sometimes with a pep-talk and a dose of well-intended advice.

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After years of waiting for her life to be perfect, Karen Hofreiter decided to ditch the fantasy of dinner parties and perfection and live her life anyway.

Else Stories: Ditching The Dinner Party Fantasy

By Karen Hofreiter | August 30, 2017

Long, long ago when I got married for the first time, I did what traditionally-minded brides do and registered for all matter of kitchen and home artifacts.

Scan gun in hand, I got trigger-happy, pointing and clicking at sleek stainless steel utensils (oh, the savory crepes I would skillfully flip and the bechamels I would whisk!);

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Jim Wang shares the secret for handling all of life's milestones, from growing up and moving out to building a business to retiring.

How to Navigate All of Life’s Milestones

By Jim Wang | July 5, 2017

Maaaan, life is hard. It’s so unpredictable.

Just when you think you have it figured out, you’re thrown a curveball and whiff. Badly.

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“A girlfriend trip to Vegas - to celebrate her 50th birthday - we love adventure and don't let anything stop us from having it!”

Dena Zavier

When my word for the year was “I don’t give a f*ck”

By Anne Perry | December 5, 2017

Last year, my word for the year was “SURRENDER.” (Okay, to be more accurate, I didn’t pick that word I just actually surrendered. My word for the year was more like, “seriously I don’t give a f*ck.” Haha! True story). What happened was, I stopped doing anything that didn’t bring me joy.

I stopped marketing my business. I just worked with private clients that came to me by referral. I thought I was going to quit business altogether, actually.

From the space of truly letting go of any attachment to what I thought I ‘should’ want (or what the old me may have wanted at some point but which shifted), I came back to WHY I got into entrepreneurship in the first place.

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Actualize Your Dreams With A Crystal Vision Board

By Ashley Leavy | July 26, 2017

As a follow-up to my monthly mini vision boards, I decided to make a year-long dream board (full of my dreams, hopes, wishes, and goals for the upcoming year).

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Create More Happiness In Your Life

By McKella Sawyer | April 11, 2017

Far too many of us spend too much time and money on things that don’t […]

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“The true measure of success is how much of your day is spent doing what you love.”

Edee Gail | Golden, CO

The $5,000 DIY House of the Future

By Hajjar Gibran | April 7, 2017

Millions of people have watched and shared “Steve’s Dome Home,” a video on YouTube about a gorgeous dome house built for about $9,000 on an organic mango farm in the countryside of northeastern Thailand. Curious ourselves — okay perhaps “obsessed” is a better word — we reached out to the co-builder of this famous dome home and founder of Domegaia, Hajjar Gibran, to get the inside scoop.

ELSE: Hajjar, thank you in advance for this conversation — we’ve been secretly geeking out about it behind the scenes! So, how did you end up in the world of dome homes?

HAJJAR GIBRAN: It’s a 66-year-long story at this point. I’ll try to be brief.

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How I’m Turning a Bus Into My Dream Home

By Nick Miller | March 13, 2017

I’m Nick and I bought a bus. I will be spending the spring/summer converting it […]

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How I’m Opting Out of the Mortgage Trap

By LC Johnson | March 2, 2017

“You are cleared to close.” As I stared at those five magical words on my […]

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“One of the most important things to me in my life has always been to be free, so I’ve always found ways to avoid the high cost of owning a home. I’ve been building my own homes for years!”

Hajjar Gibran | Hawaii