Personal Development . By Maya Smart | February 24 , 2014

6 Ways To Turn a Sick Day Into a Better-Already Day

Make Yourself at Home Find the comfiest spot in your house and declare it your get-better zone. Peace, quiet and natural light

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Maya's Favorites, Personal Development . By Maya Smart | March 12 , 2014

Win Anyway

The scene plays itself out several times a game.  There comes a moment when an official’s whistle blows (or doesn’t blow)

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Personal Development, Author & Leader Interviews . By Maya Smart | March 15 , 2014

How Sarah Rinaldi (TV Director/Producer) Makes Things Happen

Sarah Rinaldi whisked into my life when she marched a crew of men into my kitchen to film a documentary on my husband. Within

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Maya's Favorites, Personal Development . By Maya Smart | April 02 , 2014

How-To Books: You’re Reading Them Wrong

I’ve probably bought 200 volumes in the genre, all promising to offer up the keys to eternal happiness, flawless skin, heaps of

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Personal Development . By Maya Smart | April 11 , 2014

My Writing Process

A not-quite-midlife crisis sent me back to school last year–VMFA Studio School. There I tried to shed my business

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Personal Development, Community . By Maya Smart | April 22 , 2014

How Jenny Holmgrain (Founder Camp Kesem VCU) Makes Things Happen

Jenny Holmgrain is a college student who is busy mounting her first camp, as the founder and co-director of Camp Kesem VCU. While

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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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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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