Nicole Lapin
10 Things (I Think) I’ve Learned

1. Buy books you know you will not read.

2. Buy more fruit than you think you need.

3. Don’t buy anything but books and fruit when you’re emotional.

4. Take criticism better than you think you do.

5. Take a weird class.

6. Go on a random adventure.

7. Save time for error.

8. Save room for fairy tales.

9. Let people surprise you.

10. Let that person in.

10 Things (I Think) I’ve Learned

1. Let people pass you on the highway.

2. Don’t let people take your taxis.

3. Carry cash just in case.

4. Carry your passport just because.

5. Giving piggybacks to kids is cool.

6. Getting them from your guy is hot.

7. Call as much as you e-mail.

8. Put your your phone down and look out the window.

9. Drama should be left to actors.

10. Jade should only be used as a noun, not a verb.

10 Things (I Think) I’ve Learned

1. If you wear a short dress in winter, bring a coat.

2. If you don’t, people will laugh and you will get sick.

3. Stop staring people down, 6th grade is o-v-e-r.

4. Stop fixating on that one piece of criticism.

5. “Cute” is not a compliment.

6. Tell women they are “beautiful” — don’t just think it.

7. Be a girl’s girl, not a girly girl.

8. You aren’t going to be the one to change him.

9. There’s nothing hopeless about being a romantic.

10. There’s nothing romantic about being hopeless.

10 Things (I Think) I’ve Learned

1. Grow your age.

2. Acting your age is overrated.

3. Bite off more than you can chew.

4. Stop biting your nails. Gross.

5. Teased hair rarely looks good.

6. Shoulder pads don’t look good. Ever.

7. Loose lips are contagious, but so are wide eyes.

8. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.

9. Follow your cravings.

10. Follow no one path.

10 Things (I Think) I’ve Learned

1. Men are not princes. You are not in a Disney movie. Snap out of it.

2. Snapping at kids is one of the worst things you can do.

3. If you’re luckier than you are good, be nicer than you were lucky.

4. It’s hard, but you need to give help when you are asked and ask for it when you need it given.

5. Be fun-employed once in your life.

6. Know the rules before you break them.

7. You don’t need to test boundaries.

8. Someone will call your bluff.

9. Write thank you notes to all of your exes, even if it’s just for letting you go.

10. Send thank you cards to everyone you meet — their time is a gift.

10 Things (I think) I’ve Learned

1. Picking up the tab at meetings is ballsy, on a date it’s unnecessary.

2. Pick where you want to go to eat, really. The game of “wherever you want” wastes too much time.

3. Lying about your age is lame.

4. Lying about anything is exhausting.

5. There’s nothing fashionable about being late.

6. There’s almost nothing that’s too late to fix.

7. Believe in redemption.

8. Believe in getting better, not even.

9. Let yourself feel foolish.

10. Twice is too steep, but shame on you if you get fooled thrice.

10 Things (I Think) I’ve Learned

1. LBDs are overrated. Little grey or little navy dresses are less obvious.

2. Wear red when you’re blue.

3. Wear dresses because you can and it’s an already coordinated outfit.

4. Clothes are meant to be worn, a stain is nothing to blink at or waste good club soda on.

5. Put on your big girl undies and get over him.

6. Kill ‘em with class.

7. A white tailored shirt works for any occasion.

8. You don’t need designer everything.

9. You look better when you smile. Promise.

10. Happiness is a state not a place.

10 Things (I Think) I’ve Learned

1. Enough with the counting calories.

2. Everything in moderation, including moderation.

3. Take what people offer.

4. Take more pictures than you pose for.

5. No one will take your career more seriously than you will.

6. When in doubt, tip more.

7. When in doubt, sip less.

8. Loyalty is earned.

9. Trust can be learned.

10. The cycle can be broken.

10 Things (I Think) I’ve Learned

1. If you don’t have cash to tip the valet, say so instead of staring at your heels.

2. Take the bus; it won’t give you hepatitis any faster than a pedicure bath will.

3. Don’t get acrylic nails, they look stupid.

4. You can carry your own purse.

5. Remember your waiter’s name.

6. Don’t forget the names of wines you like.

7. You should only be watching games while drinking, never playing them.

8. Wearing makeup to the gym is tacky.

9. Getting fitted, stylish workout clothes is a good investment.

10. Sweat once a day.