"You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put a few nickels in the machine." -- Flip Wilson

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin. This book will open your mind to a million new ways of thinking about art, gifts, and being valuable at work. If you want to stretch your mind in a new direction in the best way possible, I would start by reading this book. I loved it. How to be Prettier: I have been living in the Women's Raglan version (in blue) of this long-sleeved shirt for the last few weekends. So comfy!

How to be (less) Awkward: At parties and weddings, if you feel overwhelmed about what to do when you first get on the dance floor, try to join in during a moment when the dance steps are pre-determined, like during the YMCA or the chicken dance. After the first few minutes, the awkwardness kind of melts away so that when the pre-determined dance moves songs are over, you feel comfortable enough to stay out there.