#30 of 30 Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Life

You and Improved: 30 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Life
What would it take to change your life for the better? It may be less than you think.

30. Make New Friends

You moved,you switched jobs,you lost your best pal to a new romance. Now what? Rachel Bertsche,author of MWF Seeking BFF,on how to solidify a new friendship: Don’t play hard to get. You might need to make the first move, and the second,and the third. People are busy in their routines. If you wait for reciprocity,you could be waiting forever. Be confident. Skip the dissertation-length explanation of why you’ve got time to burn. A simple “I’d love to get together sometime; are you available for lunch or coffee this week?” should do the trick. “Friending” is not befriending. It’s easy to get caught up in a virtual friendship,but monitoring her Facebook is not a real relationship. If she posts,”like” it-then meet IRL (in real life).

#29 of 30 Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Life

You and Improved: 30 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Life
What would it take to change your life for the better? It may be less than you think.

29. Kiss Subtlety Goodbye

A sheer peach gloss is lovely,and a soft pink stain has its place. But for an under-a-minute total transformation,you can’t beat a bold, bright lipcolor. Here’s how makeup artist Denise Markey says anyone (including you) can pull off a poppy red or fuschia mouth: Use a brush to apply lipstick to the center of the lips. With your finger,tap the color out to the corners of your mouth. This ensures that the color isn’t opaque,which can make it too intense and likely to migrate beyond the edges of your lips. Limit the rest of your beauty routine to tinted moisturizer,mascara, and a sheer cream blush.

#28 of 30 Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Life

You and Improved: 30 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Life
What would it take to change your life for the better? It may be less than you think.

28. Zap the Money Tension from Your Marriage

You promised to love,honor and cherish-but what about not killing each other over your finances? Suze Orman offers three rules: 1. Keep it private. Making cutting financial remarks in front of friends helps no one. Ditto,ambushing each other in public about big purchases or financial decisions you’ve made. You’ll only alienate your spouse and make everyone else uncomfortable. 2. Remember-yours,mine and ours. All family spending and saving should come out of a joint account. Then divvy up anything that’s left over into separate accounts that you each manage without input or judgment from the other. 3. Update,upate,update. You handle the monthly bills,your spouse takes care of the retirement accounts. That’s fine. But what I will not tolerate is either of your staying in the dark. Sit down and brief each other once a month on the stuff you handle.