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I am SO excited to share that I’ve started working with my long-time mentor and all-time inspiration, Christina Vuleta from 40:20 Vision, on the launch of the 40:20 Vision Ambassador Program.

Christina and I met at a restaurant in downtown Manhattan about six years ago, and it was one of the most defining days of my New York City experience. Since that time, Christina has introduced me to dozens of new connections (including my New York City best friend), opportunities, and has been my constant sounding board as I’ve made big (and small) career moves. I am SO excited to be working with her on this new program and helping more women like myself have the occasion to meet more women like Christina.

We are looking for smart, savvy writers to serve as our inaugural class of 40:20 Vision Ambassadors. Specifically, 40:20 Vision Ambassadors interview local women in their city who are a step or two ahead of where they are now to share their authentic stories with the 40:20 Vision community. You can learn lots more about becoming an Ambassador here, and can apply here.

Christina and I can’t wait to meet you!

May 24, 2016

How to be Smarter: “When life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again.” Such a powerful quote from Sheryl Sandberg’s recent commencement speech.

How to be Prettier: My new blue ruffled shower curtain makes me happy every single time I see it.

How to be (less) Awkward: When you arrive at the front of a room to give a presentation, take about 3 seconds to have a breath and look at over the audience. Not rushing into speaking projects confidence and gives you time to catch your breath and center yourself before beginning.

May 16, 2016

How to be SmarterHere’s a great, easy to follow template you can use constructing your email to a professor.

How to be Prettier: Since January, I have been obsessed with Third Love. The two pieces I have from there I love, and have replaced the other similar items I had in my closet – can’t say enough good things about this brand.

How to be (less) Awkward: “Being late is the worst. It’s stressful for the person who is running late and it’s disrespectful to the person who is waiting. It might seem strange to thank someone for dealing with your hassle, but that’s exactly the correct response. Most people stumble in the door and say, “Sorry I’m late.” The problem is this response still makes the situation about you. Sorry, I’m late. Saying “Thank You” turns the tables and acknowledges the sacrifice the other person made by waiting. Thank you for waiting.” — Love this advice, plus six other unexpected times to say thank you for waiting.

May 6, 2016

How to be Smarter: Practice being your future self.

How to be Prettier: Such a random, great deal: these beautiful brown boots are only $13.99 in select sizes right now (yes, I bought a pair!).

How to be (less) Awkward: “I want to teach you one of the easiest and most fun nonverbal conversation tricks. The eyebrow raise. Across cultures, the eyebrow raise is what we do when we hear or see something interesting. When you see someone do it in conversation it often means you have said something engaging or brought up a topic that peaks their curiosity. The eyebrow raise is the physical indicator of a spark. It clues you in to a topic that they might like discussing.” — Love this tip, and also steps 7 and 8, from this post on 10 steps to the perfect conversation.

April 19, 2016

I’m so excited to share that the podcast I’ve been working on for the last several months with Forbes has launched!

Two Inboxes is a podcast where I interview millennials and other members of the side hustle generation about what it’s like to be climbing the ladder of corporate success while also managing an entrepreneurial side venture - something I know all about because I’ve always worked full-time while managing this site!

You can download and listen to my first episode here, where I talk to Rachel about what it’s like to be a director at an NYC marketing agency while also managing a corporate wellness consultancy.

If you have a side hustle, want to start a side hustle, or just want to hear me laugh too close to the mic, this is the podcast for you!

Thank you for always being so supportive of my ventures.

xo, Molly


April 12, 2016
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