How to be Smarter: Rules of a Creator’s Life. (I especially like number six).
How to be Prettier: I’m seeing a lot of orange-tangerine in springtime clothes this year; this skirt is one of my favorite pieces I’ve seen so far in the color. (Reminder: With the promo code SMARTER, you can get 30% off a single regular priced item and free standard shipping at Francesca’s Collections, valid until 1/30). Disclaimer: Online only. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promo codes. One time use. Gift cards & sale items are excluded.
How to be (less) Awkward: When something small annoys you, before saying something, wait five minutes. Usually, in five minutes, you’ll have either forgotten about the issue or it will have corrected itself. If you save speaking up about issues for the things that really matter to you, you are usually listened to more than if you constantly complain about smaller things that really weren’t that important to you to begin with.
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How to be Smarter: To become better at something, whether it’s a skill or a character trait, simply: 1. do it over and over and over again and 2. be open to hearing suggestions on how you could improve. Nobody ever got worse at something by practicing and asking someone trusted for feedback on their performance.
How to be Prettier: When video-chatting or Skyping with far-away friends and family, putting on “stage makeup”–slightly brighter lips and cheeks–helps to keep from looking too washed out “on-camera.” (Even if there is only one other person seeing you!)
How to be (less) Awkward: A positive, fun site: Daily Pep Talk From a Best Friend.
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How to be Smarter: I read this blog post about word usage a week ago, and it really touched me.
How to be Prettier: If there is a beauty product you are constantly forgetting, like sunscreen or wrinkle cream, put the container next to your toothbrush (or another item on the bathroom counter you use each day). Just having the forgotten product in plain sight makes it more likely to become a regular part of your beauty routine.
How to be (less) Awkward: How to be more interesting in ten steps (I really like the graphics).
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How to be Smarter: If you always make mountains out of molehills, the only thing people will trust you to manage is molehills.
How to be Prettier: I’m really trying to take shorter showers, as it dries out my skin less in the winter and is better for the environment. Getting a shower clock has been the most helpful thing I’ve done to reach that goal — it’s much harder to lose track of time with a clock actually in the shower.
How to be (less) Awkward: If I get a text message that makes me smile, I take a screenshot of it on my iPhone. Later when I’m bored and flipping through my iPhone photos, seeing the text screenshot usually makes me smile all over again.
P.S. My half of a Flash Friday on Family Relationships in Your 20’s is up over at 40:20 Vision.
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How to be Smarter: The problem isn’t a lack of good ideas, it’s not remembering your good ideas. I bet if for one week–maybe one day–you wrote down each and every idea that came into your head, without pre-censoring out the “bad ones,” you would have a pretty interesting list of activities to do, businesses to start, majors to consider, places to visit, people to email, and topics to research by the end of the week.
How to be Prettier: An SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code SMARTER, you can get 30% off a single regular priced item and free standard shipping at Francesca’s Collections, valid until 1/30. (Disclaimer: Online only. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promo codes. One time use. Gift cards & sale items are excluded).
How to be (less) Awkward: During phone interviews, where you cannot see the body language of the interviewer, wait a half-second before starting to answer a question. Sometimes people ask questions and then keep talking, and if both you and interviewer begin talking at the same time, it can be awkward to figure out who should keep going.
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