How to be Smarter: You have to be out there to get noticed. You have to volunteer to stand in the spotlight. You have to raise your hand. You have to send the first email. You still might fail to be noticed if you do these things. But you for certain will not be noticed in the dark. Or by staying quiet. Or by waiting for someone else to reach out to you.
How to be Prettier: Love this creative little girl’s method of getting dressed. [Via Already Pretty].
How to be (less) Awkward: Ways to Be Sweet to Someone Special During Work. [#4 reminds me of the Awkward from this post].
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
— Margaret Thatcher
How to be Smarter: A great site to use when you’d like to have some background noise to work but music would be too distracting.
How to be Prettier: I’m about four months into a dry brushing routine, and I’ve been loving it so far. This is the brush I use, and this is a good article that explains what dry brushing is.
How to be (less) Awkward: When feeling uncomfortable in social situations, one of the quickest ways to feel better is to do something action-oriented, like standing up to get a drink, taking a stroll around the party, or opening the menu to look at food options. The longer you stay still feeling nervous, the worst it gets: physically doing something to change the situation takes the focus off your feelings.
“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.”
— Roger Ebert
How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: How Will You Measure Your Life?. I was writing down notes on almost every single page, and it would be a fantastic choice for a book club to discuss.
How to be Prettier: By far the best scent of deodorant I’ve found is Dove Go Sleeveless in Beauty Finish. [It is also available at drugstores].
How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just fun: Ask A Magic 8-Ball.
Cool photo Jamie LePinnet took of my hands during brunch last weekend.
Brooklyn, New York.
“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”
— Margaret Shepard
How to be Smarter: What is the cost of your bad habits? [Quick, easy-to-use quiz that is surprisingly informative].
How to be Prettier: Super-excited to wear my new spring dress this weekend.
How to be (less) Awkward: A simple word swap makes it easier to say something difficult to someone you love.
How to be Smarter: The Value of a “Family Story.” [I loved this].
How to be Prettier: Layering two different brands of mascara, a few coats of each, helps the lashes to look longer and more defined than using multiple coats of only one brand.
How to be (less) Awkward: “If you’re a fearful person, chances are you’ve been scared your whole life. But since you’ve made it this far, you’ve likely gotten over some of those fears, maybe even in spite of yourself. That’s worth applauding, even if the fears were of things so mundane you felt you shouldn’t be afraid of them in the first place.” — Great quote from this article.
How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. It was nice to read something super-current (the book came out last week) so that I could participate in the many online/offline conversations about the book, the author and the topic, which are all getting a lot of media attention right now.
How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code Reminder: SP&A readers will get 15% off their entire order at Musana Jewerly with the discount code MOLLY15. [Exp. 3/31]. You can see my favorite picks here.
How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just adorable: Short-Term Memory Loss Letter from a Best Friend.