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Archive for November, 2012


How to be Smarter: Do not make one thing (one job, one relationship, one hobby) your only thing. Diversify your interests; there is room in your life to find and cultivate many wonderful things that will bring you happiness.

How to be Prettier: “If someone stops by unannounced and you only have a few minutes to tidy up, focus on the bathroom. It’s the only room where a guest will spend time alone, and consequently they’ll pay more attention to their surroundings.” — Cleaning tip from Cup of Jo.

How to be (less) Awkward: Cute quiz: Are You A Good Texter?

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How to be Smarter: A good book recommendation engine: What Should I Read Next?.

How to be Prettier: Making it a habit to always add ice cubes to your drinks is an easy way to work on increasing your water intake.

How to be (less) Awkward: To keep conversation flowing, replace “did” for “what.” For example, instead of asking “did anything happen today?,”  ask “what happened today?” When asking the first question, people usually assume you are asking if something big or exciting happened, which if it didn’t, they usually respond with “no.” But when asked the second way, the door is opened for mentioning anything that happened, big or small.

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Here is the latest Why Don’t You Ask Molly Ford? column, with advice on how on networking events.

xo, Molly

[Past columns here].

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How to be Smarter: Be accessible, be easily reachable, be welcoming. Keep the door to your life open so new breezes bringing new ideas and new people can enter and enrich it.

How to be Prettier: Popular colors for holiday dresses are usually black, red or metallic shades, but a nice, deep shade of green is equally as festive, and slightly unexpected.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you are watching your wallet, be the first to suggest ideas for locations for a girls’ night or a dinner, keeping the suggestions within your budget. It makes it easier to begin by suggesting places that work for you, rather than having to explain why someone else’s choice is out of your financial reach right now.

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How to be Smarter: To make putting aside money easier, name the savings account with what you are saving for, i.e. a “New Apartment Fund,” “Grad School Fund,” “Business Idea Fund,” etc. The idea of saving for something specific you will enjoy later makes it easier to put a little aside each month into savings.

How to be Prettier: If you already use whitening toothpaste, I think whitening floss can also be a valuable part of your beauty routine; this is the brand I use and like. [The price looks high because Amazon sells it as a pack of 8, but the local drugstore should have it in single package].

How to be (less) Awkward: Everyone had a Day One. A Day One of their first yoga class, a Day One of their being single again, a Day One at their new job. No matter how weird or self-conscious you feel, any type of Day One you are having, other people have also had and gotten through. And after Day One, usually comes a much easier, less worrisome Day Two.

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