How Emily Elliott (Principal, St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School) Makes Things Happen

When Emily Elliott’s oldest child Charlie was ready for kindergarten, she followed him to school, literally, taking a job as a

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Do your habits match your expectations?

I gave the Senior Convocation Address for Richmond Public Schools this year and I count the experience among the great privileges

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Personal Development . By Maya Smart | June 25 , 2014

The Case for Raising Your Reading Standards (If You’re Like Me and Don’t Have Any)

A less-is-better ethic is taking hold of my life. Influenced by an eclectic mix of productivity gurus, leadership coaches,

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Maya's Favorites, Personal Development . By Maya Smart | July 11 , 2014

This is How You Learn to Love Your Hair

Dear Zora, This is how you learn to love your hair in a world that requires such lessons. First, you remember who gave you that

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Personal Development . By Maya Smart | August 22 , 2014

The Freshmen ABCs

I was invited to give a Welcome Week speech at VCU and the occasion provided a great opportunity for me to reflect on my college

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How Angela Patton (CEO of Girls for a Change) Makes Things Happen

Angela Patton captured the hearts and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of online viewers with a TED talk describing an

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Personal Development . By Maya Smart | September 23 , 2014

My Natural Hair Journey

When I was born on September 14, 1980 in Ravenna, Ohio my Afro was, in large part, unremarkable. It was expected. It was natural.

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Personal Development . By Maya Smart | October 03 , 2014

How to Clear Your Mind to Get Things Done

Contaminated time is your enemy. Think of those tainted moments you spend worrying about one thing when you should be focused on

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Style Weekly 40 under 40 2014

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Personal Development . By Maya Smart | October 23 , 2014

Ask Maya: Self Care vs. Self Absorption

Dear Maya, How do you stop putting everyone else’s needs and happiness before your own, yet still be considered a caring

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