"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim" -- Nora Ephron

How to be Smarter: People are brave in different ways. What's easy for some people can require other people to find a lot of courage (and maybe cause some tears and anxiety) to accomplish the same thing. There are certainly things that you do effortlessly that others might stay up at night worrying about. Thinking that isn't to make you feel superior than anyone else --it's to humanize everyone (and to emphasize the importance of kindness to everyone, because you never know what shy smile you give a girl in the hall could change her day by making her feel more comfortable inside). How to be Prettier: I got these booties last weekend: a great transition shoe between my winter riding boots and summer sandals. I got them in black suede, and I like the long line they create when worn with black tights.

How to be (less) Awkward: This blog has had me laughing out loud at my computer for the past few days [contains light swearing and light adult themes].