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70 Reminders to Help You Break Any Barrier. I am pleased to introduce this guest article by a new friend John, the creator of HiLife2B, where he hopes to inspire people and to help them achieve their dreams.

70 Reminders to Help You Break Any Barrier

Follow him on Twitter: @janyasor 1. Believe that even the smallest compliment can save someone’s life 2. Remember that one person can change an entire nation 3. 4. 5. 6. Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home! Hello there!

Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home!

It’s been a busy week with a trip to Seattle for the Picasso exhibition and a drive out to the coast but I knew I had to share this amazing remodel with you before the week came to a close. Everyone loves good makeovers and the ones involving tiny spaces, creative design and ingenious solutions are my all time favorites! Check out how Seattle artist, designer and welder, Michelle de la Vega, created this beautiful little 250 sq. ft. haven… The before… This lonely little detached garage is just begging for some love.

The after! A cozy, light filled sleeping loft is so perfect for the space. The kitchen is well organized and accessible with open storage solutions. The rustic wood burning stove becomes sculptural in this room along with Michelle’s own art installations. The glass boxes housing pillow forms are actually a tribute to Michelle’s father. DIY Design Community « Keywords: DIY, tiny, house, upcycle. Oh boy, what couldn't you do with a tiny, modern home in your backyard?!

DIY Design Community « Keywords: DIY, tiny, house, upcycle

Especially when the materials only cost $200. Derek Diedrickson makes tiny, playful houses out of upcycled materials. The New York Times reports, "For ingenuity, thrift and charm, Mr. Diedricksen’s tiny structures are hard to beat. Made of scavenged materials, they cost on average less than $200 to build.... They often have transparent roofing, which allows a fine view of the treetops, particularly in the smallest ones, where the most comfortable position is supine. Créez votre propre livre. Faites-en un superbe livre. Eight Lesser-Known Places to Visit in China. You can climb the Great Wall, wander through the chambers of Beijing’s Forbidden City, and marvel at the stately colonial buildings along Shanghai’s Bund.

Eight Lesser-Known Places to Visit in China

But, well, everyone does that, and you’ll likely be sharing those attractions with a few thousand other visitors. You’ll get a lot more out of a visit to China if you get off the tourist track. Here’s how: Cuandixia A couple of hours—and a couple of centuries—removed from the center of Beijing, this village is comprised of a collection of restored Ming- and Qing-dynasty courtyard homes. How to get there: Your hotel or hostel can help arrange a car, which will cost about 800 RMB (about $123) for the day. While you’re there: Stop in any of the small courtyard restaurants for farm-fresh food typical of this area, such as deep-fried leaves and stewed chicken. The 36 Rules of Life. 34 Rules Every Man (and Woman) Should Live By. 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind. These questions have no right or wrong answers.

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind

Because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Which is worse, failing or never trying? If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. And check out these books for more thought-provoking questions: Photo by: Sanctuary Related 365 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself This Year “Asking the right questions is the answer.” March 14, 2011 In "Hacks" 7 Questions You Are Too Scared to Ask It’s not about finding the right answers; it’s about asking the right questions. August 18, 2013 In "Aspirations" 12 Easy Ways to Make Life Simple Again.

The Awakening. A time comes in your life when you finally get…when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out…ENOUGH1 Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on.

The Awakening

Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening. You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon. You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you…and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

50 Life Secrets and Tips. How to Disagree. March 2008 The web is turning writing into a conversation.

How to Disagree

Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do—in comment threads, on forums, and in their own blog posts.