How to be Smarter: I am a big fan of fitting in learning where I can get it. I recently moved into an apartment that has a map of the world for a shower curtain. Not only do I let the conditioner sit in my hair longer because I'm quizzing myself on the names of the five Great Lakes, but I also like it when people I love go on trips and I can see how far they are away from me (only physical distance, of course). How to be Prettier: Sometimes, if my toenail polish is chipping but I don't have time to go get a pedicure, I just paint my toenails black over the previous color. This doesn't work on fingers, because people can examine your fingernails too easily and see the previous color you painted over, but for toenails, it is fine.
How to be (less) Awkward: One of the worst things is when a relationship ends, and you were close to the other person's family. Unfortunately, you must give them (and you) space to grieve. Eventually, you can be friends with your ex-boyfriend's mom/sister/cousin again, but, in the beginning, give them space as well. After some time has passed (the length of time varies depending on the amount of time the relationship was), it is okay to email or call them and to check in.