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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

If you are in the New York City area and have an interest in blogging, I am teaching a class on “The Write Stuff: Getting The Most From Your Blog” at General Assembly’s Manhattan campus this fall.

It should be a fun class – we will cover  conceiving, branding, writing, growing, and monetizing a blog, and talk about how to leverage a blog into a new networking, writing, or career opportunity. This class would be great  for beginning bloggers, as well as established bloggers looking to grow.

I would love to see you there! Feel free to send me an email if you’re attending and we can connect beforehand!

Sign-up is here. xo, Molly

August 29, 2014

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger. An awesome read for successfully navigating through your first few jobs out of college, this fun book mixes practical advice for networking with co-workers, organizing your inbox, dealing with tough bosses, and more using tips from the author’s (the founder of InternQueen.com) own experiences. This would be a great read if you are at the beginning of your career, and/or just want to brush up on quick productivity lessons for the workplace.

How to be Prettier: A super-easy way to get more beauty sleep.

How to be (less) Awkward: One of my favorite conversational tips, ever.

August 28, 2014

How to be Smarter: People usually expect new shoes to pinch for a bit. New jobs are the same way—as you ease into new patterns, routines and people, a new job will feel uncomfortable—and that is normal. Over time, without really noticing how or why, you will relax and the new job will change from something different to something comfortable, just like a favorite shoe.

How to be Prettier: For posture help at your desk, put an automatic outlook reminder on your calendar for every few hours reminding yourself to sit up straight.

How to be (less) Awkward: If someone is sweating there is no need to point it out. A simple “can I get you some water?” acknowledges they are hot without mentioning them perspiring.

This was originally written for Parade magazine; you can read all my Parade columns here. xo, Molly

August 19, 2014

How to be Smarter: “The things they did between 6pm and 12am were what determined their future” — quote from a great read entitled “The Career Ladder Isn’t in the Office.”

How to be Prettier: I am seeing a lot of daisy print for end-of-summer and fall this year: examples here, here and here.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just fun: Know anyone turning 29 soon or is 29 now? Send them this.

August 14, 2014

How to be Smarter: This is a great read about working really hard for a goal that was not realized and how to feel about it. It was honest and thought-provoking and an excellent piece, whether or not you have any interest in the medical profession.

How to be Prettier: “Sectioning is a step most people skip, but it really is THE key to getting a great blowout.” — This and other hints from this helpful article on how to get the perfect blowout.

How to be (less) Awkward: Quick, graphical tips on the best body language for tons of different situations, ranging from an interview to meeting a potential client to asking for a raise.

August 7, 2014
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