"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith." -- Steve Jobs

How to be Smarter: It is a lot easier to become a reader if you keep books in the places that you usually have downtime – like in the bag you use when running errands, on the nightstand for when you cannot sleep, or in the kitchen as you wait for the timer to go off. How to be Prettier: When clothes shopping, do not be afraid or too shy to ask the dressing room attendant for advice. Their expertise can help spot clothes that do not work and also redirect you to styles that do, in a way that friends you are shopping with might not be able to do.

How to be (less) Awkward: Jealousy is oftentimes sadness that what you are viewing is not yours but you would like it to be. Use jealous feelings as a guide for what you want in your own life, and then focus on making those steps happen rather than letting jealous feelings turn into sad feelings.

This was originally written for Parade magazine; you can read all my Parade columns here. xo, Molly