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Archive for November, 2009


How to be Smarter: Several studies over the last few years show that chewing gum increases concentration and alertness. So don’t feel bad about chewing a piece while studying for a test or working on a hard assignment for work!

How to be Prettier: To create a flat line down your jeans when wearing tall boots, put a pair of men’s high socks on and tuck your jeans into them, and then pull on the boots.

How to be (less) Awkward: Don’t worry if you miss the 9 o’clock train; you can always run and catch the 11 o’clock. This has less to do with making travel plans, and more about not panicking if you feel like you have “missed” an important life step everyone else is taking. You can always go to grad school; you can always get married; you can always get a really important job. These types of things have no real deadlines and the opportunity to catch a train to one of those destinations will always be there when you are ready.

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How to be Smarter: Be quietly selfish when working on your own dreams. It is okay to help others work on their dreams, either by encouragement or by volunteering your time, but do not lose sight of the most important dream of all: your own. Your own dream is more important than your boss’, your boyfriend’s, and even your best friend’s.

How to be Prettier: Fun holiday earrings–love the bows.

How to be (less) Awkward: People love texting someone because it feels less scary than picking up the phone and calling. But be the girl that picks up the phone and calls the boy she likes to make plans–it shows you are confident, mature and different (in a good way).

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How to be Smarter: Progress is progress, no matter how slow. Some days you will slide backwards, but if you start at Point A, and inch towards Point B, and skittle towards Point C, and take a half step back to Point B, and continue on skipping….someday, you will get Point Z.

How to be Prettier: Of course everyone should have a few black dresses to wear out. But everyone should also have a red one and a white one. And one in your favorite color.

How to be (less) Awkward: I really like myself–you probably really like yourself, too. But that’s no reason to not keep changing and growing–the goal is to keep becoming a better version of yourself.

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How to be Smarter: Beware the difference between comfortable and complacent in a relationship. Comfortable means you can freak out about something small and not worry he will dump you; complacent means that you don’t even bother dressing up for dates anymore. The trick is to be comfortable without being complacent.

How to be Prettier: I really, really like chocolate and will not give it up. I am neutral about yogurt, but it is so good for you. So I trick myself into eating yogurt by putting chocolate bits in it. Layer chocolate bits (the Nestle semi-sweet morsel kind) with vanilla yogurt and it is just like a sundae.

How to be (less) Awkward: Sometimes turning 20 can be a little sad, because you still have another year to go before you are legal. But I think a really cute idea for turning 20 is to have a Roaring 20’s theme party.

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How to be Smarter: Sometimes, it is when you feel the most scared that you’re being the most brave.

How to be Prettier: It is okay to have extra buttered popcorn every now and again–but instead of just standing there watching it cook in the microwave, do jumping jacks while you wait. Same rule applies to s’mores and Hot Pockets.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you live away from home, order all your holiday presents for your family online so you can get them shipped directly to your family house for the holidays and not have to lug them with you in your suitcase.

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