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Smart, Pretty & Awkward
Archive for November, 2011


How to be Smarter: You don’t make polite small talk with other people just to make their day better. You do it because it makes both your days better. Humans need other humans, and even just sharing a quick exchange about the song playing on the radio with the secretary at the dentist’s office can make the interaction or the wait time more enjoyable for everyone.

How to be Prettier: The width of a scarf is as important as its length; thin scarves look dramatically different around your neck than wider scarves.

How to be (less) Awkward: Pretty much everything that seemed miserable to me five years ago is now my best material for jokes. So when things look bad or you screwed something up, imagine how in a few years (or months, or weeks, or even minutes) it will be just another funny story you can tell on first dates and mass-text to your girlfriends.

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How to be Smarter: Even when the day just seems average, or maybe even a little bad, I like to remind myself that the next email, or phone call, or encounter I have, could come with the best news ever. We all can be perpetually on the edge of the best day of our life, and not even know it.

How to be Prettier: When giving a speech, put a smiley face in the upper corner of each notecard to remind yourself to smile while you talk.

How to be (less) Awkward: I always think you should go where people want you. If you are at a party, and no one in the circle you are standing in seems interested in hearing what you have to say, move to another circle. Same goes for jobs and relationships.

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Hope you have a million and one reasons to be thankful.



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How to be Smarter: It’s important to look at someone’s intentions before getting annoyed or angry. If someone’s intentions were kind but misguided, that deserves a different reaction than someone whose intentions were mean-spirited.

How to be Prettier: A trim means different things to different stylists. Instead of asking for a trim, ask for a specific measurement in inches (or a specific fraction of an inch) cut off.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just awesome: a retro photography art project.

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How to be Smarter: A step everyday eventually equals a mile. If you can do one thing that will get you closer to your goal each day–just one thing–you will reach the goal. It might take seven days or it might take 70, but you will get there eventually if you keep stepping.

How to be Prettier: If you are eating a microwave dinner, take it out of the container and eat it on a pretty plate. It makes the whole meal look more appealing.

How to be (less) Awkward: When at a business lunch, after you finish eating try nonchalantly swishing water in your mouth. Business colleagues might not feel comfortable telling you when you have food in your teeth, and it looks silly to have a bit of food in the middle of your front teeth when pitching your company.

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