"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." — Maya Angelou
How to be Smarter: Cool article about punctation and texting.
How to be Prettier: I usually wear pencil skirts with blouses to work. My favorite go-to for office tops is Ann Taylor Loft, which is having a lot of great December sales.
How to be (less) Awkward: Best guest behavior.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." — Dalai Lama
"Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars." — Jack Kerouac
How to be Smarter: A strategy for locating Waldo faster.
How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code SPA15, SP&A readers you can get 15% off your order at jewelry store Linkel Designs. This is one of my favorite shops: I wear their pink Cameo Statement Ring several times a week, and it is one of my most beloved pieces of jewelry. [Expires on 12/13/13].
How to be (less) Awkward: At a fancier dinner, if you are not sure what silverware to use or what to do next in the meal, follow the host’s lead or, if at a restaurant, the person who invited you’s lead.
Hope you have a million and one reasons to be thankful.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." — John Quincy Adams
How to be Smarter: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. [Love #2, #4, and #9].
How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: SP&A readers will get 15% off all items at bathing suit company Bikini with the discount code spa15. If you are planning an upcoming tropical vacation or want a holiday present for yourself that you can enjoy in the summer, have fun shopping for a new suit! [Expires on 12/9/13].
How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just fun: Is It Raining In ____?
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." — Carl Sagan
How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build An Incredible Career, ed. by Jocelyn K. Glei. This book is perfect breakfast or commute reading. Its small size and bite-sized chapter format, each written by a different author with a positive, career-focused pump-up message, would be the best way to start a workday. I was highlighting inspirational phrases and paragraphs on almost every page.
How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: SP&A readers will get 15% off regular priced items at Two Little Doves with the discount code Prettier15. This sweet site has a lovely selection of handmade jewelry; I have my eye on this gold bracelet, which would make a great personalized gift for a sister or best friend. Enjoy! [Expires on 1/1/14].
How to be (less) Awkward: In general, the quicker you respond to an email, the shorter your response can be. For example, if you wait seven days to respond to an email asking what’s new, your response should be long enough that it justifies the wait time. But if you respond an hour after the message was received, the email can be shorter and the tone more conversational.
P.S. There is a little less than 2 weeks until SP&A’s anniversary party. If you are in the NYC area, you can RSVP here! I am so excited. xo, Molly
"Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed - there’s so little competition." — Elbert Hubbard
How to be Smarter: This online color test was both addicting and fascinating to complete.
How to be Prettier: I’ve been really impressed with H&M’s office wear this season; especially this pencil skirt, which rarely wrinkles, fits well, and is affordable [I have it in two colors, and I’m wearing it in dark blue as I type this].
How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just adorable: Make Everything Okay.
"When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone’s pain, it become compassion." — Stephen Levine