How to be Smarter: When you feel overwhelmed, sit down and make a list of what needs to accomplished. Once the list is finished, label each item with the approximate time needed to complete it, and then number from highest to lowest priority. Now go grab a coffee, and start tackling the list. Sometimes just stopping and creating a plan makes everything easier. How to be Prettier: Just the smallest amount of leopard in this dress (it is still work-appropriate). And many more leopard-printed items here.
How to be (less) Awkward: Just because you live in a big city doesn't mean you should forget your small-town manners. You can still wave 'thank you' when cars let you cross in front of them; you can still let the mom with the screaming baby go in front of you in the drugstore line; you can still make small talk with the person making your coffee. When you start thinking you need to adopt the negative characteristics of the place you live, and forget the positive ones you grew up with, you are in trouble.