"There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing." -- Lorraine Hansberry

How to be Smarter: Effective (and Non-Creepy) Ways to Network on LinkedIn. [LinkedIn has been exceedingly helpful in my career; I recommend joining it to almost everyone that asks for career networking advice]. How to be Prettier: Pantone named Emerald the 2013 color of the year, so expect to see a lot more of this color in the coming months in retail stores. My current favorite emerald nail polish is Essie's Going Incognito [seen on my nails here].

How to be (less) Awkward: When you are happy someone reached out to you, tell them. "I was so happy when I saw your name on caller ID," "Can't believe how thrilled I was to get a friend request from you!," "Seeing your name in my inbox made my Monday." Being joyful about connecting is one of the best ways to guarantee more connections.