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How to be Smarter: “They don’t try to impress anyone. They don’t belong to exclusive clubs or host lavish parties. If they belong to a social or sports club, it’s usually to network or further their business interests. When they engage in such activities, they usually get a return on their investment. They understand that lifestyle creep–buying a more impressive home, driving a pricier car, or wearing fancier clothes–is a danger to their pocketbook.” — From this article on five surprising money habits of the rich (the article inspired me to finally buy a copy and start reading The Millionaire Next Door).

How to be Prettier: Stay healthier, even on the weekends.

How to be (less) Awkward: This honestly just cracks me up: “hustlers don’t sleep“.

February 16, 2017

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) by Jen Glantz. Jen is a great friend of mine (who was actually at my wedding, although as a guest, not a bridesmaid!). You can see my full review of Jen’s funny, heartfelt memoir on the book’s Amazon page – but needless to say, I loved it.

How to be Prettier: I ordered my first pair of AllBirds about a month ago after seeing all the press about them. Happy to report they completely live up to the hype and are my new favorite shoes (and I’m not even remotely athletic). I love my grey ones, but I have a friend that got them in black and the black looks great, too.

How to be (less) Awkward: 10 Quirky-But-Helpful Tips for Making Small Talk, culled from Reddit.

February 9, 2017

How to be Smarter: “You can either be miserable here and not pursue your dreams, or you can be miserable in L.A. and at least pursue what you want.” I really like that quote from this essay by Chrissy Metz from This Is Us.

How to be Prettier: Snacks that will help fuel you during a long day.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just adorable: a teacher’s personalized handshakes with each of this students.

February 3, 2017

How to be Smarter: “A day in the life of Scott, hopelessly distracted office worker.” An all-too-relatable piece with some solutions to how to do your best work.

How to be Prettier: I got this keyboard cover for my Mac and it gives me a little rush of joy every time I see it.

How to be (less) Awkward: “A runner should best brag about himself: compare his speed or race time with a previous finish and not with another runner’s time.” – Great tip for how to talk about your accomplishments without looking like a jerk.

January 16, 2017

How to be Smarter: The Myths and Realities of Doing What You Love. This piece is long, but it’s a great mix of one person’s personal journey and tips on how to make doing what you love work for your career. [Hint: it's all about the side hustle!].

How to be Prettier: 28 ways to get better deals when shopping online (#2 and #5 are the ones I use every time I shop online, without fail).

How to be (less) Awkward: Easy mental switch: instead of telling yourself I’m so busy, tell yourself that My life is so full.

January 9, 2017
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