"I think the reason I was successful is that I was never cynical." -- Carol Burnett

How to be Smarter: There is SO MUCH knowledge in Cosmo's easy-to-follow guide to launching a small business. If you are thinking of starting your own venture, whether that's an Etsy shop or a consulting firm, start here

How to be Prettier: SP&A Discount Code: I felt like the Quip ads for their toothbrush set were following me everywhere across the web, and I finally broke down and got one of their electric toothbrushes (in rose gold). I LOVE it. It's beautiful, there are no wires, works great, the travel case is awesome, and I love the brush-head refills that come automatically in the mail. Highly recommend, and  if you follow this link you get your first $5 refill for free. 

How to be (less) Awkward: If you are a creative person, the gap between where you are now and where you want to be will sometimes seem big. That's okay, and that's part of the process. Love this short video that reinforces this point. 

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." -- Robin Williams

How to be Smarter: Showing off faults and flaws can make you more successful - and here's why. This is a great read for anyone who manages a brand, corporate or personal. 

How to be Prettier: This (inexpensive) product is marketed as a concealer, but I use it as highlighter and it's perfect. 

How to be (less) Awkward: "This is a good launching point" is my new favorite way to say no without directly shooting down someone's idea. (Source, with lots of other helpful phrases for tricky work conversations). 

"Once in a while you get shown the light / In the strangest of places if you look at it right." -- Grateful Dead

How to be Smarter: "I hate myself because I don't work for Buzzfeed." I cannot stop thinking about this post.

How to be Prettier: This video has tons of great ideas for (all-natural) teeth whitening I'd never heard before.

How to be (less) AwkwardHave you always wanted to know how to connect with someone that you heard speak at an internal company event? My first column in a new series I'm writing for Forbes answering readers' networking questions went live this week with the answer to this question. 

"Start small, start now. This is much better than, 'start big, start later.'" -- Seth Godin

How to be Smarter: The very best ways people have spent $100 dollars. (If you are looking for a gift for someone for Valentine's Day, some of these suggestions would work great). 

How to be Prettier: "Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA — your daily habits, in fact, have a big impact on what you see in the mirror." Quote from this great piece on how, exactly, to build a skin routine, and how long it takes to see results with a new product. 

How to be (less) Awkward: If you are feeling awkward because your career choices aren't lining up as neatly as your peers or your siblings' are, read this from Ask Polly. It's great and I love it. 

"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." -- Carol Burnett

How to be Smarter: Once you make your 2018 resolutions, put them in a reoccurring calendar appointment for July 1, 2018 (halfway through the year) and again on December 31, 2018. On the July date you can track your progress so far, and on the December date you can see just how far you've come.

How to be Prettier: One of the easiest ways to make sure your clothes fit well is to get a bra fitting and double-check that you are wearing the correct size (Victoria's Secret does free ones and its super easy to just walk in and get one done).

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just random and fascinating: a look back at the Titanic movie.