"There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill..." -- Deepak Chopra

How to be Smarter: If an opportunity is presented to you that you don't want, be nice. The world spins funny and something you hate right now could be something you desperately want in a few months or years. Smart people don't slam doors; they gently shut them with a gracious smile. How to be Prettier: This blazer is one of my favorites--I've worn it for several days in a row, unbuttoned, with the sleeves rolled up (and it's currently on sale).

How to be (less) Awkward: When you get out of a bus, train, plane, or taxi, it's nice to thank the driver, conductor, or pilot for the ride, and tell them to travel safely. They work hard to get their passengers to their destination safely all day long, and they probably don't get told 'thank you' enough.

P.S. I was thrilled to be on St. Louis' KMOV-Channel 4 Morning Program, Great Day St. Louis, on Friday. If you are interested, the clip is here.