How to be Smarter: When starting a new job or during the first day of classes, usually your mom or your friends will want to know how the day is going as it is happening, but you don't always have time for a mid-day phone call or to write a lengthy text message update. Instead, when you have a second, just text them a number on the 1 to 10 scale. You can update the number as the day goes on; maybe the first hour of your new job is a 6 and then it climbs to an 8 post-lunch. A quick text of a number takes no time; you just have to explain the system to your mom/boyfriend/best friend so they don't think your number-texts all day long are just pocket dials :) How to be Prettier: Francesca's Collections is offering Smart Pretty and Awkward readers 30% off a single regular priced item online until 6/30/11 when you enter in the code “MOLLY”. Some of my favorites are: this Carnival Skirt, Flower Shadows Dress, and Painted Colors Skirt Dress. Enjoy!
How to be (less) Awkward: I am always subtly impressed when someone sticks out their hand first to shake hello. Being the first one to stick out your hand for a handshake conveys polite, friendly power and a respectful, positive first impression.