October 7: Come up with a "Top 10 Most Trusted" list.
Who are the 10 people in your life you trust enough to talk about personal issues, stand up for you in difficult situations or advise you when you make mistakes? Is your own name on that list?
October 14: Perfect the much-discussed smoky eye.
Everybody keeps talking about the smoky eye. This week, learn how to do it like an expert. Better yet, give it a twist with a violet color that's just as sexy as black or gray and flatters every skin tone. For a less-bold look, try a colored eyeliner.
October 21: Make your own Halloween costume.
Not allowed: going as a pedestrian or as yourself.
October 28: Spruce up the social you.
Rewrite your online dating profile, take down the picture of you breastfeeding on Facebook or update your titles on Goodreads. Consider how many sites you need to have a presence on (Facebook and Google+?), which ones you actually use (Twitter?) and which new sites you might want to explore (Tumblr? Pinterest?).
November 4: Write a poem
You don't have to show it to anybody. But you do have to write it out by hand in clear, legible writing and save it.
How to write a poem
November 11: Put an end to an unnecessary, reoccurring twinge.
Everyone has one of these, that sharp, prickly feeling you get after talking badly about your clinically insane but otherwise kind neighbor or complaining about your lovely 74-year-old father who really tries not to call you 10 times a day. This feeling occurs because you're doing something you're not proud of. Stop doing it this week.
November 18: Switch to whole wheat flour, pasta, and breads.
It's more nutritious than the white version (bran and wheat germ contain most of the vitamins and fiber), and when it comes to baking for the holidays, it can add depth and texture.
November 25: Follow three rules of your mother's this week.
For example, (1) don't wear jeans with holes, (2) make friends with the receptionist at your OBGYN's office, and (3) always use cloth napkins.
December 2: Stage a gratitude shout-out.
You may not have a giant microphone, but you do have a hairbrush. Get in front of a mirror and very loudly list all the people who have helped you in the past year. If you're likely to forget a name over time, record it.
December 9: Read Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act
Assign yourself at least two conversations with two different strangers about any topic in the book, including the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index.
Published on Dec 18, 2011