"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. 

"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." -- Oprah Winfrey

How to be Smarter: Are you looking for something to do over the holiday break? This article explains why all of us need a public portfolio of our work, and how to do it easily. (I love Squarespace, too). 

How to be Prettier: I have just discovered Spanx leggings and they are truly a game-changer in my wardrobe (these are one of the pairs I have that I love).

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just awesome: great video piece on a 12 year old music prodigy

"Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore." -- Cheryl Strayed

How to be Smarter: If you are in charge of giving vendors or clients presents at work, this site is a really cool way to do it. 

How to be Prettier: I am 110% obsessed with this top. I got it in green, navy AND peach (which I think is only available in stores). Couldn't recommend more! 

How to be (less) Awkward: "I tried emailing like your boss." This is a funny article that actually has a lot of good tips for how to keep your emails shorter but still professional. 

SP&A Discount Code!

Shopbop is having a massive sale right now – use discount code MORE17 for up to 70% off sale items, and up to 30% off full price items. Some of my favorite Shopbop items that I already own and love are Stance socks (these, specifically) and Paige Denim Transcend Hoxton Ultra Skinny jeans. The main item I'm buying this year for myself is Spanx leggings - it seems like every time I turn around people are talking about how these are must-haves so I'm going for it and am leaning towards these ones.

The expiration date for the sale: 11/26/17.


"I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become." -- Oprah

How to be Smarter: I was reading Rachel Hollis' newsletter today and I love this advice about dealing with family over the next few months: "Strive to be the thermostat in your holiday gathering, not the thermometer. The thermometer reacts to the temperature of the room. The thermostat sets the temperature of the room… they affect the atmosphere around them rather than let it affect them."

How to be Prettier: 110% convinced this is the best jewelry idea I've seen in a long time. How awesome is this?! (Not sponsored, the company doesn't even know I exist...just really love this idea!).

How to be (less) Awkward: Very helpful email templates on how, exactly, to say no with grace.