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Archive for March, 2012


How to be Smarter: People are brave in different ways. What’s easy for some people can require other people to find a lot of courage (and maybe cause some tears and anxiety) to accomplish the same thing. There are certainly things that you do effortlessly that others might stay up at night worrying about. Thinking that isn’t to make you feel superior than anyone else –it’s to humanize everyone (and to emphasize the importance of kindness to everyone, because you never know what shy smile you give a girl in the hall could change her day by making her feel more comfortable inside).

How to be Prettier: I got these booties last weekend: a great transition shoe between my winter riding boots and summer sandals. I got them in black suede, and I like the long line they create when worn with black tights.

How to be (less) Awkward: This blog has had me laughing out loud at my computer for the past few days [contains light swearing and light adult themes].

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How to be Smarter: Article I really liked about how many options and choices are available to you in your 20′s [contains light swearing and light adult themes].
How to be Prettier: New site I’ve discovered for petite shoe wear.
How to be (less) Awkward: I always hate when someone is eating alone at a crowded restaurant and a group enters and loudly complains that a single person shouldn’t get a whole table to themselves. If you are lucky enough to be out sharing a meal with a group of your friends, be gracious enough to realize that some aren’t as fortunate.

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How to be Smarter: Discussion on risk and risk quotient [a Flash Friday column with Christina from 40:20 Vision that I found really interesting to write].

How to be Prettier: Songs for feeling better on tough body image days.

How to be (less) Awkward: People sometimes think that you are either awkward or you are cool, but I actually rarely hear someone described as “cool.” I think the opposite of being awkward actually isn’t being cool, it’s being friendly. You can usually minimize being perceived as awkward by doing things that make you seem friendly and warm: smiling at others, putting out your hand first to introduce yourself, and asking the first question in the small talk game. Little things that make you seem confident and interested in others usually counter-balance most perceived awkwardness by others (even if you still feel really awkward and dorky on the inside, which is totally fine).

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How to be Smarter: Other people tend to meet you on your expectation level. If you only have the highest expectations for yourself, those around you tend to raise their own stakes to meet you. (And the ones that don’t usually fade away). Conversely, if you don’t expect much from yourself or try very hard, usually the people in your life lower the amount of effort or energy they put into you to match what you believe you are capable of.

How to be Prettier: I love writing in composition notebooks, and always have one with me with a running to-do list (every day gets a page). But every morning, looking at the whole page filled with To-Do’s was stressing me out. The simple change from a larger notebook to a smaller one makes me feel less overwhelmed by the list, and I have been more selective about what is actually important enough to write down on the smaller page. As a fun bonus, I’ve gotten a lot of comments about the adorable mini-notebook size.

How to be (less) Awkward: One of the dividing lines between a grown-up relationship and an immature one is whether or not you fight in front of others; it’s okay to differ with a significant other but disagreements should be worked out without an audience.

P.S. This weekend I’m thrilled to be attending Texas Style Council in Austin, Texas. I’ll be a mentor at Saturday’s Speed Mentoring Breakfast on the topic “Finding Your Content Niche” and moderating a panel on “Blogging Lessons Learned” on Sunday. For Saturday’s breakfast, I’m also excited to be wearing clothes from the Austin-based pop-up shop Hunt.Gather.Style. If you’ll be attending TxSC as well, please leave a comment or let’s connect on Twitter!

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