"You can start right where you stand..." -- Napoleon Hill

How to be Smarter: Great advice about both blogging and life. How to be Prettier: Spray sparkly shoes with hairspray to keep the sequins or sparkles from shedding off. [Source].

How to be (less) Awkward: At a house party with an animal, look for the pet for an easy conversation-starter. People tend to group around animals, and petting or asking questions about someone's dog, cat, bird, or other animal is a great small-talk starter with new people.