How to be Smarter: Book Recommendations: The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum and Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren. Both are honest, well-written, fascinating memoirs about the huge variety of experiences that make up modern womanhood. I read both books within the past week and was enthralled by each of them.
How to be Prettier: A fresh swipe of brighter-than-normal lipstick, or your regular lipstick with some gloss over it, right before a video call helps keep your face from looking too washed out on-camera. Which is nice when usually half the computer screen is like staring in a mirror!
How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just fun: if you were born today, this would be your name.
How to be Prettier: Current favorite gift to give: a nice matching pair of summer pajamas, like this or this. It seems luxurious because people rarely buy nice sleepwear for themselves, but everyone likes/uses pajamas when gifted to them. [Cute to put on card for birthday or graduation gift: "May all your dreams come true this year!"]
How to be (less) Awkward: Quick list of characteristics that research says are most important in successful relationships.
How to be Smarter: This is fascinating: “No one could see the color blue until modern times.”
How to be Prettier: If you are not sure what to do in a group photo when someone says “Silly face!” or “Candid!”, just look at the nearest person to you doing something funny and laugh. You’ll look relaxed and like you’re having fun, while not needing to make a weird face.
How to be (less) Awkward: How to Say Sorry. [This is an article written for how to teach kids to apologize, but I really love the 4-step formula and think it can be useful whether you are 8 or 28].
How to be Smarter: Doodle in your to-do list. Besides writing down tangible tasks on your daily list, also add in some little icons to remind yourself of less tangible things, like mindsets for the week. For example: some hearts to remind yourself to prioritize relationships, smiley faces to remind yourself to look on the bright side, and a coffee cup to remind yourself to stay energized.
How to be Prettier: Really interesting article that got me thinking about pairing down my closet. Plus I love what she came up with her work uniform: “Why I Wear the Same Thing to Work Everyday.”
How to be (less) Awkward: Shy at work? 7 ways to speak up. [Love #3 and #4].