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How to be Smarter: Before you ask someone if they would be opening to passing along your resume, have your resume updated and ready-to-go. That way if they respond with “yes”, you can send your resume to them as quickly as possible without needing to make them wait until you have updated it.

How to be Prettier: I picked up these booties in black during Black Friday shopping because they were on-sale and seemed comfortable. Flash forward three months, and I wear them almost daily. They are the most comfortable booties I’ve ever owned, and they are also available in three other colors – plus they are over 50% off right now.

How to be (less) Awkward: 21 responses for taking control of the conversation when business partner or clients have tough requests.

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How to be SmarterThis Newsweek article was published in 1995, and reading it is a nice reminder of how much we just do not know about how many interesting things wait for us in the future.

How to be Prettier: An SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code smartrobe, you can get 20% off your entire order (with free shipping!) at A.Moet, a luxury women’s robes site, valid until 2/16.  [This is my favorite - such a beautiful color!].

How to be (less) Awkward: You are not alone: opinions about the hardest parts about dating. [The latest post as part of my Flash Friday collaboration with 40:20 Vision].

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Today is the fourth anniversary of Smart Pretty and Awkward!

I am extremely grateful to each one of you that reads SP&A, shares posts you like with your friends, follows SP&A on social media, or emails me with thoughts or questions. Starting this blog has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me, right up there with my most-defining life events. Thank you for your readership and support.

Here are some especially fun things that have happened in this past year:

-Interviewed by Lady Lux, 9 Lives for Women, and The Peer Pressure Project

-Guest posted on The Future Buzz and The College Crush

-Debut of biweekly advice column for The Daily Muse, Why Don’t You Ask Molly Ford?

-Moderated a panel during Texas Style Council

-Celebrated Coffee with Molly’s 1 Year Anniversary

-Named one of Forever Twenty-Something’s “15 Twitter Accounts to Follow”

-Contributor to Defining Success on Polish My Crown

-Continuing writing the Flash Friday series with Christina of 40:20 Vision [This was one of my favorite posts this year]

-Gave SP&A readers exclusive discount codes to Astrid & MiyuAugust WrinkleChromatic GallerieBy Jeannie, Francesca’s CollectionsFreshlineKickboard USAMesses of DressesMisikkoShabby Apple, and United by Blue.

-Mentioned in 20-Something RamblingsA Broke BrideActually AllieCupcakes and MaceDiscoveries in a LetterboxJoie de VivreKate Oh KatieNZ MuseSimple Productivity,  Sparkle, Glitter & ShineThe Broke and The Bookish, and The College Novelista.

Here’s to another wonderful year together!

Love, Molly

P.S. For data people, here are some current SP&A analytics:

550+ Tumblr followers

830+ Pinterest followers

900+ Bloglovin’ followers

3400+ Twitter followers

3500+ RSS Subscribers

10380+ Facebook fans

P.P.S. And here are Year OneYear Two, and Year Three anniversary posts, and here is the last time I shared analytics during the debut of Coffee with Molly. And as always, I’m at – never hesitate to reach out. xoxo.

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“I haven’t read all the books in Barnes and Noble, I don’t have all the items on my clothes wishlist, and I haven’t dated all the boys in Manhattan, but I’m really happy with the ones I have. I don’t have all the degrees universities offer, all the blog traffic on the internet, or all the friends in the world, but I’m really happy with the ones I have.”

– A line from my 40: 20 Vision piece on having it all (including all the happiness).

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Am I a Mess (or Not)?

[The latest post as part of my Flash Friday collaboration with 40:20 Vision].

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