"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'" -- Erma Bombeck

How to be Smarter: In life, younger women are always watching you, and you have a responsibility to be a good role model. In sororities, when the seniors stand up in meetings and the freshmen watch the older girls' every move; in families, when the older ones' choices are admired by the younger sisters and cousins; in jobs, where the female boss' way she carries herself is emulated by the less-experienced staff members. You have a responsibility to act intelligently and make positive choices, not only for yourself but also for those that are looking up to you. How to be Prettier: I love the unexpectedness of a gray moccasin, paired with a loose plaid shirt and distressed skinny jeans.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you're talking with someone and the phone cuts out, when you are re-connected to them there is no need to play the blame game of whose phone cut out. Just pick up the conversation where it left off--skip the "was that your phone?" or "why did you drop out on me?" I'm sure it was just an accident; keep the conversation moving.