Smart Pretty and Awkward

"The days, months, and years eventually reveal, like a Polaroid, a clear picture of how significant events and decisions ultimately shape our lives." -- Hoda Kotb

How to be Smarter: "I’d rather take 20 minutes to get my life in order now than spend 45 minutes looking for my glasses prescription, 10 minutes on the phone with my eye doctor, and three days waiting until I can find the half-hour to go pick up a new copy of it." -- From this great post on the value of being organized.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Discount Code: Shopbop is having a big sale right now (up to 25% off) using code EOTS17. Two of my favorite Shopbop items that I own and love are Madewell Short Sleeve Tie Front shirt and the Superaga Gingham Classic Sneakers (I wear these all the time). The expiration date for the sale is 9/29/17. Enjoy!

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just an incredibly random/bizarrely fascinating deep dive into an Internet comment about a brownies recipe (!).

If You Like This Blog, You'll Like REACH OUT!

It's almost the publication date of my new book REACH OUT! We all know that who you know can make or break a career, but how do you create relationships in a way that feels non-slimy and authentic?

REACH OUT shares all this and more, including how to design a digital presence, step-by-step instructions on how to craft networking email and social media messages, and how to manage your time by managing your inbox.

The book is written in the same "tangible tip" style as Smart, Pretty, & Awkward, so if you're a reader of this blog, I think you'll really enjoy the book! I also share a lot more about my own personal career and entrepreneurial journey that I've never really shared on this blog, either.

You can preorder REACH OUT wherever books are sold, including: Amazon: Barnes and Noble: Target:

PLUS, if you order before 9/29, you can take advantage of all the preorder bonuses! I'm have a lot of fun sending our advance chapters, working with readers on their digital presence, and setting up phone and Skype calls for those that have already preordered.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Preorder My Book "REACH OUT" & Get Special Bonuses!

I'm so excited it's September: the month my book Reach Out comes out! Reach Out is about how to create a network from scratch. It's written in a fun guide-like style, with lots of details from my own career and stories from people at all levels, from interns to CEOs. You'll learn how to use Reach Out Strategy to get your first or a new job, change industries, raise your profile at your current company, increase your business' sales, land press coverage, make friends, and/or meet your mentor.

The book's overarching case study is how I am using Reach Out Strategy to launch my new company, the podcast creation site Messy Bun, so there is an entrepreneurship component to the book as well. There's also jokes, quirky tips, and the story about the time my boss yelled at me for being on LinkedIn. (A more formal explanation of what's in the book is here).

You can preorder Reach Out (either hardcover or e-book) wherever books are sold, including AmazonBarnes and NobleTarget, and your neighborhood bookstore. 

PLUS: if you order Reach Out before it's official release date on September 29, you'll get special access to the preorder bonuses. These include a sneak peek of the book, a personalized review of your digital presence, a 1:1 call with me, and more. If you wait to order it until after the release date, you won't get access to these special items. You can see all the preorder bonuses and how to claim them here.

Finally, thank you for always being so supportive of my projects. SP&A readers are the first people thanked in the book's dedication - I know my dream of having a book wouldn't have happened without you and your support.

xo, Molly

"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today." -- Will Rogers

How to be Smarter: This blog post is about 12 habits that every salesperson needs to master - but honestly, I think it's a good list for anyone in business to master. There is some expected advice in here: attend conferences, read books; and also some pretty unexpected advice: know how to work well with the marketing department, develop a lifelong hobby.

How to be Prettier: Along with everyone else, I've been trying to drink more water. I came across this water bottle in my research - the reviews on it are super positive.

How to be (less) Awkward: Three great tips for getting through the first five minutes of an social event. (I love all of these - maybe in part because I'm an ENFJ, which is really close to what the author of the article is).

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

How to be Smarter: I love reading about Disney theme parks and what make them so appealing - this piece called "This is Your Brain On Disneyland" was super interesting.

How to be Prettier: This piece of jewelry is perfect for people that always have a hair elastic around their wrist (aka: me). This would be a fun birthday gift for a sister or a friend.

How to be (less) Awkward: Why sometimes an awkward silence can be a good thing, not a bad thing.