Molly Ford's
Smart, Pretty & Awkward

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

Happy 2015! Let’s make it a great year.

xo, Molly

January 1, 2015

How to be Smarter: “We need to stop telling young people ‘Get a mentor and you will excel.’ Instead we need to tell them, ‘Excel and you will get a mentor.’” — Great line from this well-done, three-point article on mentorship.

How to be Prettier: My favorite moisturizer this winter has been coconut oil, which I have been buying from Amazon in this big tub. I have been putting it on my hands and face before bed most nights, and my normally very dry skin has never felt better.

How to be (less) Awkward: 9 Rules of Emailing from a Google Executive. [Love #1, #4, and #9].

December 26, 2014
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