How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. I read this book because a good friend was raving about it and I could not have loved it more – I already have bought two copies to pass along to friends for Christmas. [FYI it does touch on some deep adult topics, like sex, drugs, profanity, and similar themes].
How to be (less) Awkward: A nice piece on getting over heartbreak.
How to be Smarter: Do not write any tasks on your to-do list that take under 2 minutes – just do them. If it takes 15 seconds to write something on your to-do list and 120 seconds to do it, then just do it.
How to be Prettier: The best thing about winter so far: buying these Lip Smackers soda-inspired lip balms for my ever-chapped lips.
How to be (less) Awkward: If someone pays you a compliment and just saying “thank you” seems too short of a response, adding “that means a lot coming from you” is a sweet way to subtly pay back the compliment in a genuine way.
How to be Smarter: A way to measure success: who have you had lunch with lately?
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How to be (less) Awkward: Super-simple, but very true, dating tip.
How to be Smarter: When sending an email with links, take an extra second and double-check that all the links work. It is a time-waster to send out a wrong link and have the recipient(s) be confused about the message of your email or have to request you resend the right link.
How to be Prettier: If your hair is looking messy, sometimes an easy fix is just to re-part it. Brush your hair forward and then create a new, straighter part with your comb or your finger for your hair to fall from on each side.
How to be (less) Awkward: When sharing big news (new job, engagement, or something similar) wait to share it on social media. This ensures that you get the joy of telling those in your life in-person, which is usually more fun for both of you than them hearing it from Facebook.
How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Amy’s book is half-memoir, half-advice, all funny. The stories veer into drugs/sex/etc. on occasion, but overall the clear message is: work hard and be nice, with tons of Hollywood behind-the-scenes scoop and comedy references thrown in. It’s a great read that gives the more serious topics it covers like body image, shame [the chapter "Sorry, Sorry, Sorry" would be amazing for a book club to discuss], and divorce the weight they deserve without feeling too heavy. [I have also been taking improv classes at UCB recently, which Amy founded, so that was a really fun tie-in for me as well].
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How to be (less) Awkward: How to handle shattered glass at a party, whether you are the hostess or the one who broke the glass.