{500 pieces of prudent advice ...}

i've got friends who have started baby blogs to document the growing up years of their babies that are so precious. i stumbled upon 500 pieces of prudent advice for my baby daughter, and that i tell you, is genius. i'm making a mental note. heh. favorites that resonate with me.
#161 live alone for a period of time. I love living with you and your father; I also cherish the years I spent living alone. You shouldn't go from being someone's daughter to someone's wife to someone's mother without first being someone yourself. Living alone will allow you to discover who you are when no one is watching, what you need to get through a day, and ultimately that you are a capable, independent woman. 

#178 the thing about makeup is you want to look like you aren't wearing any. You really don't need to wear makeup, but if you want to (when you are older) that's fine. A coat of mascara and a little blush are the two cosmetics that work best to subtly accentuate your natural features. If you want to even out your skin tone with some foundation, just make sure it's the right shade and blend it well. 

#183 dance. Rhythm, and by extension dance, are uniquely human characteristics - animals don’t sway to music. Your body needs the physical and emotional release. It’s essential that you not worry about what you look like while you’re dancing; it would be a shame if you were so self-conscious that you couldn’t less loose!   

#211 stop when it’s done. with any creative pursuit, learning when to stop is part of the challenge; this type of editing can be what separates ordinary from excellent. It's very easy to make an oil painting muddy, an essay over-complicated, or a stir-fry mushy by not realizing when the work is complete.