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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: The song “Question” by The Old 97′s is presumably about a man getting ready to ask a woman to marry him. But I really like the line “Some day somebody’s gonna ask you/A question that you should say yes to/Once in your life.” That lyric applies to more than a marriage proposal: every once in a while, somebody (a boss, a professor, a mentor, a friend) does ask you a once-in-a-lifetime question, even if the question (“Will you join my start-up?,” “Can you move to a new city with me?”, “May I help you draft your first novel?”) doesn’t feel as special as a marriage proposal when it’s being asked. But just like a marriage proposal, most opportunities do only come around once. And I really believe you should say “yes” to as many opportunities that come your way as possible.

How to be Prettier: When I was walking down the street today, I saw a girl whose simple outfit I really liked: black jeans tucked into tan mid-height boots, with a cream-striped sweater. She looked classically fall, with her hair in a low ponytail, but still really fresh and modern.

How to be (less) Awkward:  Every few months, I like to go through my old tagged pictures on Facebook or the ones I have saved on my computer, and email a funny picture or two to my friends of our past adventures. It’s fun for me to go through old pictures, and I (hope) it brightens up the day for my friends to get a silly picture from 2007 in their email.

November 3, 2011

6 Responses

  1. “Smarter”–I completely agree. In the past couple of years, I’ve been saying “yes” to so many more opportunities…and not even necessarily major decisions, but just little things like choosing to go out with friends instead of just going to bed if i’m, or being more open to meeting new people. I’ve had great memories because of all that!

  2. Erica says:

    This. This is an awesome post.

  3. Alice May says:

    In regards to your “How To Be Smarter” Section: YES! Every time I listen to that very song I ponder the exact same question and wonder if its applicable in other arenas… thanks for confirming that :)

    P.S. I love your blog. Great short little snippets of wisdom :)

  4. Andrea_R says:

    I read for the “yes” somewhere that you should say yes unless you have a really good reason for saying no. (that also helps with saying no).

    Last year, someone asked me a really hard question, and I had no good reason to say no. “I’m scared!” didn’t count in this case.

    This year? I have a book. :D

  5. Bre says:

    This post is perfection! I absolutely love the quote and your advice is spot on. The less awkward advice sounds like fun, I have a lot of silly images I can email my friends. No short of those! Hope you’re doing well, Molly! :)

  6. Jamie says:

    I love your less awkward today!! Such a good idea!

    hi miss molly!

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