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Archive for February, 2009


How to be Smarter: Read “Why Work Sucks and How to Fix it” by C. Ressler and J.Thompson. Great productivity strategies that can be applied to your work life. 

How to be Prettier: ALWAYS buy the control top tights/nylons. And when you are going to a event where you are wearing a dress and no tights, cut off the legs of an old pair and use it like as a cheaper pair of Spanx.
How to be (less) Awkward: Please don’t become a hunchback before menopause. Try to carry less textbooks; empty your purse/schoolbag out as much as possible; try to shift the load around as you walk; and, although geeky, backpacks are best for distributing weight on your back. 

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How to be Smarter: Try to avoid stubbing your toe. However, if you do, pinch your arm the second you stub it. Your brain can’t process pain in two places; this neutralizes the toe hurt.

How to be Prettier: Alternate wearing your Uggs rolled down with wearing them unrolled; otherwise they will develop a crease in them. 
How to be (less) Awkward: Don’t stick your finger in your ear if it itches–its unattractive. Instead, itch the skin directly behind your ear. It calms the itchy feeling. 

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How to be Smarter: Want to network? Invite someone to coffee. It’s informal, it means business, and you can do it at anytime of the day.

How to be Prettier: Use ground turkey instead of ground beef in your recipes–its better for you, costs less, and is something new to try. It’s a recession–we must make our own fun.
How to be (less) Awkward: Don’t be fidgeting all day with your headpiece. If you love wearing headbands but they hurt the area behind your ears, tuck a little bit of hair up under the headband to cushion the senstive skin in that place on your head.

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How to be Smarter: A simple way to avoid hurt feelings is: don’t get too invested too early. Yes, you love the college, but until you get in, don’t make your heart set on it. Yes, the job is perfect, but until you get the interview, don’t get too excited. Of course he is the cutest boy in the world–but until he asks you on a date and treats you sweetly, who cares about him?

How to be Prettier: The nail length this season is short, filed nails in bright colors.

How to be (less) Awkward: Please don’t go out with makeup powder all over yourself. If you spill powder on your clothes, blow dry it off instead of rubbing it in. And never put deodorant on first–wait until you are in your clothes so you don’t get those white lines on your black dress.

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How to be Smarter

The twelve hours before the test study plan:
1. Eat dinner of protein (I like chicken nuggets). 
2. Review everything on test. 
3. Circle what you don’ t know with a red pen. 
4. Review only that stuff for two hours. 
5. Before bed, one final review of everything.  
6. Sleep. 
7. In the morning, one last review of circled items before test. 
8. Take test, and pass with flying colors.
How to be Prettier: Cut acne pads in half to save money and prolong the jar. 
How to be (less) Awkward: When dressing for a wedding, no white. And nothing that (to the best of your ability) makes you look prettier than the bride.

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