Five Micro-Resolutions for a Healthy New Year

Healthy Virginia Youth Day 2015

Last year I went big with my New Year’s Resolutions.  I had a slew of self-improvement projects on the docket, including the infamous “This Year I Learn to Cook” intention.  Guess what? I didn’t.  I got busy doing more important things, and I learned to order groceries and prepared foods online instead.

This year I’m getting a late start on annual planning and I’m feeling a lot less resolute. In a complete reversal from past practice, I’ve canceled my gym membership, quit running and given up on all goals that require an excess of outside accountability to pursue.  But that doesn’t mean I’m going inactive.  I’m just ramping things down to a comfortable pace and shrugging off external pressure to go hard.

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Books: The Greatest Gift of All

Books: The Greatest Gift of All

I think books need some cheerleading these days as gift options for kids. They aren’t (usually) shiny, they don’t (hopefully) make noise and they require some work to enjoy. Nevertheless, books are homerun gift picks because they position literacy as something to be … Read More


How Katie Meyler Fights for Girls in Liberia

Katie Meyler

Months ago, I interviewed Katie Meyler, founder of a nonprofit devoted to getting girls off the street and into school in Liberia. I was so impressed by her story, and the magnitude of her efforts to serve destitute girls, that I held onto my notes, intending to write a long … Read More

Advice and Inspiration for Smart Women

What do women really want? Trust me, it’s not “balance.”

This blog offers a daily exploration of the varied, determined, sometimes misguided, but unfailingly human ways that women pursue meaning and happiness. Peruse the eclectic mix of advice, interviews, trend spotting and social commentary, then let me know what you think.

Here are a few of my favorite posts to get you started:

Come on. Click around. It’ll be fun, I promise!

Maya Smart