How to be Smarter: If you are interesting in learning how to code [an excellent skill to have], I could not recommend Codecademy more. Their online classes are free, and broken into bite-sized lessons, which makes both understanding and practicing much, much easier — I have had an amazing experience as a student in their programs.
How to be Prettier: Book Recommendation: The Power of Style by Bobbie Thomas. The book focuses on the idea that Style = Confidence + Fashion, which I love. So the first half is dedicated to ideas such as empowerment, body language, and self-esteem, while the second half focuses on topics like color analysis [my favorite chapter!], body proportion, and really unique, interesting shopping tips. This would be a great read to kick-off a new commitment or reinvention of your style and/or personal care.
How to be (less) Awkward: 25 Reminders That You Are More Awesome Than You Know. [Love the several Harry Potter references].
And I am also thrilled to be speaking at New York’s Social Media Week. The details of the panel are here, and I would love to see you there! The other speakers and I are looking forward to a great discussion.
Hope you are having a nice day!
How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: The $100 Startup by Chris Guilleabeau. Besides being a must-read for those working in startups, the promotion and marketing chapters would be very helpful for anyone running a blog or Etsy store, and/or interested in unique business concepts and ideas. I really enjoyed this one.
How to be Prettier: A great guide for buying blazers.
How to be (less) Awkward: If you have an important lunch date or meeting with a boss or a client, try not to schedule anything immediately after so you will not feel like you need to rush if the meeting is going well and runs long.
How to be Smarter: This calculator “How Much Time Have You Wasted on Facebook?” is really interesting.
How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code “SmartPretty20″ SP&A readers get 20% off your entire purchase at Cozy Wall Art. As a words-lover, I have a lot of fun pouring over their wall quotes section and also love this hearts wall pattern. Enjoy! [Expires on 3/8/14].
How to be (less) Awkward: Advice on being a happy, laid-back traveler. The article is about being abroad, but the central theme of forgoing embarrassment applies to most social situations that are just outside your comfort zone.
How to be Smarter: One of the last things to pack when moving to a new home is your tools kit, especially your screwdriver. You will probably find a use for a screwdriver earlier on in the unpacking process, and by packing it last, it will be at the top of one of the boxes, meaning less boxes you need to rummage through to find it.
How to be Prettier: When shampooing, “to avoid damaging hair, massage your scalp with your fingertips rather than your fingernails or palms.” [Source, with four more great shampooing tips].
How to be (less) Awkward: A key to making friends is to take people up on their invites. When the friend of a friend throws a birthday party and invites you on Facebook, show up. When the co-worker invites you to coffee, say yes. When you get an invite email to an alumni event from a girl you kinda know, go. Just go. If you starting saying yes to invitations, you will get more invitations. You will start seeing the same people at events, your network will grow, and some of them will turn into friends.