Being the Smartypants that I am, I can’t help offering my helpful help.
I have a vast amount of knowledge.
A vast amount of opinions.
And I am just bursting to share them.
Some of my advice is based on actual experience. And some of my advice is based on no experience at all. I have never let ignorance hold me back from telling others what to do. After all, that’s how I became such a success in management.
So I’m ready to share some of my best advice.
(and I have tons of it… so this may be the first in a series of unsolicited advice.)
– If you run into casual acquaintances and they ask how you are: If you are great, say “Great!” If you are terrible, say “Pretty Good!” No one except your best friends or family need to hear about your real or imagined tribulations.
– On the other hand, make sure you have at least one sweet friend that you can totally bitch to.
– Spend more on your skincare products than on your makeup. You don’t need $45 eyeshadow. You need great skin.
– If you make a mistake, admit it. Admit it right away. And apologize. Take responsibility and SHOW that you feel bad. And then: Move On. Admit your mistake but don’t dwell on it.
– Buy only clothes that you love. Never shop by saying “good enough.” If you buy only stuff you love – even if it’s sweatpants – then you will always be wearing something you love. Just think of how that would improve your mood.
– As a corollary, even if you find something you love, also think about whether you would miss it if you passed it up. As a specific example, you (I) could (did) spend $700 on rhinestone eyeglasses. A gorgeous cashmere coat might make you (me) a teensy bit happier.
– If you have kids, don’t feel guilty about letting the television be your babysitter once in a while. Especially during the holidays. Linger over coffee with the other adults. Send the kids into the den to watch any old dumb TV show. They won’t be ruined.
– Eat healthy food. Most of the time. But if you are out to dinner at a great restaurant – order anything you want. Eat half.
– Make your bed. Do the dishes. Dust. It’s not that hard. You deserve to live in a nice clean home.
– Pamper your pets. They exist to love you. Love them back. Talk baby-talk to them.
– Sing in the car. When you are alone, but especially when you are not alone. When we were teens, my sister and I had a car that had no radio. We used to plan our “sets.” We sang everywhere we went. Getting there was as much fun as wherever we were going.
– Laugh. Laugh till you cry. Snort. See the silly side of things. It isn’t so terrible to wet your pants once in a while.