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Archive for December, 2012


How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Blog Inc. Great for bloggers of any stage, from just starting out to well-established; I got a lot out of the book myself. Besides being written by the talented Oh Joy!, it also includes interviews with some other favorite bloggers, including Emily Schuman and Naomi Davis.

How to be Prettier: Clever organization suggestions for your home.

How to be (less) Awkward: Acknowledging before an inherently nerve-wracking event, like dating or public speaking, that you will probably feel uncomfortable for a moment, is a step towards lessening that nervous feeling when the event actually happens. [I.e. saying to yourself "When I walk into the restaurant, I will probably feel awkward for a second, but that is okay" or "Right before it is my turn to talk in the group presentation, I will probably feel really tense, but that is alright"].

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How to be Smarter: Before you go into a meeting, quickly re-read the last email that was sent on the topic that is being discussed. Often meetings start out with “did you see that last email?” and having just read it will have both the topic and any points you want to make fresh in your mind.

How to be Prettier: A really cool men-focused wedding style resource: Well-Groomed.

How to be (less) Awkward: When someone hands you their phone to look at a picture, only look at that picture unless they explicitly tell you it is okay to scroll through the rest of the images.

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How to be Smarter: The same way you should always have a friend proofread your paper before turning it in, have someone else double-check your lottery tickets before throwing them out. Sometimes your own eyes can stare at something so long you miss something obvious.

How to be Prettier: The other day I was on an escalator behind a girl wearing flat black boots with a gold-accented heel. They looked awesome: the black made them practical for everyday but the gold kept them dressy. Using those shoes as inspiration, these are the ones I just purchased and love.

How to be (less) Awkward: Book Recommendation: The Gaggle by Jessica Massa. One of the most insightful dating books I’ve read; if you look at my text messages for the last few days, I have basically been encouraging every girl I know to read it.

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How to be Smarter: When you chose convenience over hard work, the opportunity cost is personal growth. And personal growth is the only way to become your best self.

How to be Prettier: When trying on a winter coat you are considering buying, put your hands in the pockets to make sure they are at a good height on the coat’s design so in cold weather the pockets are useable for keeping your hands warm (not just decorative).

How to be (less) Awkward: Before you ask someone a question, either online or in real life, do a quick Google search. Save asking for someone’s help for questions that are either hard to find on the Internet or have less than straightforward answers.

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How to be Smarter: Effective (and Non-Creepy) Ways to Network on LinkedIn. [LinkedIn has been exceedingly helpful in my career; I recommend joining it to almost everyone that asks for career networking advice].

How to be Prettier: Pantone named Emerald the 2013 color of the year, so expect to see a lot more of this color in the coming months in retail stores. My current favorite emerald nail polish is Essie’s Going Incognito [seen on my nails here].

How to be (less) Awkward: When you are happy someone reached out to you, tell them. “I was so happy when I saw your name on caller ID,” “Can’t believe how thrilled I was to get a friend request from you!,” “Seeing your name in my inbox made my Monday.” Being joyful about connecting is one of the best ways to guarantee more connections.

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