Molly Ford's
Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: The difference between riches, wealth, and success. Love this!

How to be Prettier: An easy-to-follow tutorial on how to contour your make-up.

How to be (less) Awkward: Love these different memorable answers to the question “How are you?” [My favorites are #3 and #5].

February 16, 2015

How to be Smarter: Why and how leaders need a daily reading habit. [Some of my book recommendations are here].

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code SmartPrettySave20, SP&A readers can get 20% off one item at The Art and the Found. Such a fun store – have fun exploring their flannel cardigans, yoga mat bags made from recycled textiles, and cozy knit hoods. Enjoy! [Expires on 3/1/15].

How to be (less) Awkward: 5 Surprisingly Perfect Ways for Introverts to Network. [Love the email template in #4, and the easy way to host events in #5].

February 3, 2015

How to be Smarter: Helpful and fun (plus pretty!) downloadable template to organize your computer desktop by project.

How to be Prettier: I have this beauty article saved in my inbox, and periodically read through it when I’m in the mood to try a great new product – so many great suggestions from experts.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just adorable: drying a chow chow.

January 15, 2015

How to be Smarter: “The best job search advice I ever received: pretend you’re fired today” – great article with lots of easy-to-do, tangible tips for networking and skills development.

How to be Prettier: Love this quote on calling yourself ugly and being beautiful.

How to be (less) Awkward: Instead of focusing on how you are different from the group, reframe it in your mind as being special to the group. For example, instead of complaining you are the quiet one in a group of talkers, focus on how being a listener means you can hear everyone and make connections others might miss. Being different from others around you makes your role in the group even more special.

January 8, 2015

How to be Smarter: On your business card, only put contact info for the way you would prefer people contact you. For example, if you hate getting unscheduled phone calls, include your email address and Twitter handle only. And if your job requires you to put all contact info on the card, ask to put the preferred contact method in a larger font – this usually gives people the hint this is the preferred method to reach you.

How to be Prettier: Such a cool website for color inspiration: a clock web app that translates the current time into the corresponding hex color code.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you are going to an event, like a high school reunion, where people will want to see a picture of your significant other/children/cool vacation photo, make the image your home screen on your phone so you can easily show the photo without flipping through your phone’s albums.

P.S. I was so excited to be interview by The Preppy Post-Grad about blog advice, what’s on my desk currently, my mentor, and more. You can check out the interview here!

January 2, 2015
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