"I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me" -- Anna Quindlen

How to be Smarter: The blogging community is a great place to start if you are interested in learning about a new topic, or want to apply some fresh ideas to your life. If you want to start eating better, find some blogs to love on healthy living. If you want to start saving better, look for personal finance blogs and apply some of their strategies. Interested in homeschooling? Fashion? Running? There's a blogging community for that. Reading blogs is free, and the mix of information with personal stories is both informative and entertaining. (Feel free to leave some of your favorite blogs and their genre in the comments if you have any you'd like to share). How to be Prettier: When getting a beauty treatment from a professional (i.e. hair stylist, nail technician) ask their opinion of what you should do before telling them what you want. Sometimes their answers might be something that doesn't work for your lifestyle or isn't what you are looking for, but other times their idea might be something you really like and never would have thought of on your own. (And it's okay to ask for their professional opinion and then not take their suggestion, just saying "Hmm, I'll think about that for next time! But today I'd like..." works if you'd rather stick with your original plan).

How to be (less) Awkward: An email is forever, and sometimes people re-read emails several times if what you are saying is especially sensitive or important. Pick your word choice carefully, and double-check you are being clear before you push "send."