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 How Very Smart Girls™ Got Started

It was the spring of 2004 and I was in Fresno, California visiting a very dear girlfriend who had turmoil in her life.  One afternoon my friend, her teenage daughter, and I went to a local coffee shop.  The air was dense and the situation seemed unmanageable.  Suddenly I said, “Very Smart Girls have a strategy.” My friend’s 13-year old daughter asked me what a strategy was and I told her.

Over the next few days we exchanged more Very Smart Girls concepts such as Very Smart Girls have Positive Cash Flow (in this case, so we can enjoy more coffee together!) and Very Smart Girls have Options.  It was a classic case of an issue becoming a blessing.  We managed to laugh, learn and share important life skills.  Very Smart Girls was started.

About Very Smart Girls

The intention of Very Smart Girls is to provide you with practical skills, tools, and wisdom so that you have uplifting and successful personal and professional experiences.  Only you can build your best life and I hope Very Smart Girls inspires you to do so!

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”   Eleanor Roosevelt

Very Smart Girls is action-oriented. Experience your own success and you can feel, and be, empowered and enthusiastic to continue to do what works for you.

Our mission is to provide easily accessible, useful and timeless concepts and resources for you to use at any age. You may notice that Very Smart Girls will not specifically tell you “how to lose 20 pounds.”  We want to provide the tools to manifest whatever you choose to manifest. The essence of Very Smart Girls is about personal growth and development; keys to success include willingness, mindfulness and joyful practice.

There is so much to learn from each other.  Please comment on articles and stay tuned for more ways to be part of Very Smart Girls.

How to Use Very Smart Girls

The website has 4 primary categories.  As you work with the 4 categories, you will joyfully discover that they are interrelated.

Manifesting- manifesting is primarily about achieving goals in the physical world.  Perhaps you want to manifest a new habit such as taking vitamins each day or getting a new job.  You pick what you want to manifest in your life.

Mental Clarity & Calmness- great masters teach the importance of mental clarity and calmness.  When do you make your best decisions? Most likely it is when you are calm and centered.

Relationship Communication Skills- these skills apply to both personal and professional relationships. A successful life includes the quality of your experiences with others and vice versa.

Wellness- wellness is about the quality of your complete life.  Beyond eating healthy food and exercising, there is so much more.  For example, you can have a Joy List in addition to your To Do list.


Very Smart Girls
-          A way of being

Pronounced “ver-ee  smahrt  gurlz “

  1. Experiencing success in personal and professional relationships
  2. Living with clarity, intention, calmness, joy, peace and happiness
  3. Proactively Building your Best Life
  4. Enthusiastically committed to lifelong learning, personal development & growth
  5. Self-aware, conscious, mindful
  6. Being the best person you can be, and knowing that you are
  7. Sharing effective life skills with others

self-improvement, conscious living, life balance, empowerment, personal power, equanimity, genuine, authentic, positive, healthy

About Me

I am a personal growth enthusiast and participant. For most of my adult life, I have easily and naturally put energy into learning ways to personally grow and learn.  I consistently seek out uplifting classes, seminars, lectures, books and music.   If I had a hectic schedule and could only attend one class in a three class series, I would go to that one class versus not going at all.

My friends would ask, “Can you just sit down and read a trashy novel?”  I couldn’t.

Although the term “Very Smart Girls” manifested in 2004, the concept has been in the back of my mind for a very long time: an easily accessible, valuable resource for practical personal growth ideas that is informative, positive, fun, memorable and powerful.

I am grateful to those I have learned from, for what I have learned and experienced, for what I will continue to learn and experience, and for the opportunity to serve in a positive and uplifting way.

I acknowledge you and welcome you to Very Smart Girls!

In gratitude,

Jo-Ann Downey
Very Smart Girls™
Practical Skills, Tools, and Wisdom to Build your Best Life™

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Birdie Strnad May 12, 2014 at 5:12 am

Blessings to Very Smart Girls! My hubby and I are in a study group and did not understand the meaning of Intention in our book written by Gary Sukav in 1989 or the study guide definition. We wanted more meat to the word, and that is how we found Very Smart Girls website. We both were grateful! Will sign up for more spiritual learning.


Jo-Ann Downey May 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Thank you for your kind words ~ I’ll keep on writing as long a people keep reading ;)


Debra Beck May 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

Anything we can do to empower young girls to help them be more secure, confident, and make better decisions in their life, I’m all about. Thanks for participating in such a big way, Debra


Jo-Ann Downey May 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thank you for your kind words. I checked out your website and I thank you for all that you do!


juno April 18, 2013 at 7:32 am

Well, I feel inspired by your articles. Such wonderful insight and Thank You for sharing.


Jo-Ann Downey April 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Thank you for your positive feedback. A few of my readers told me that going on the site was like taking a vacation. Comments fuel me to continue writing ;)


Jo-Ann Downey April 23, 2012 at 7:56 am

Thank you for your kind words and nice to run into you too ;)


Antonia April 21, 2012 at 7:59 am

I am delighted to have run into very smart girls I feel so much pain has gone away for good. Thank you Gracie


Pharath April 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm

that is good website. I want to become of the very smart girls. I don’t want to look like a stupit lazy girl anymore.


Susan November 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

VerySmartGirls is very cool! I will share with my friends and their college age daughters, they will love it. The articles are brilliant! It was great to meet you this weekend and thanks for sharing your wonderful website!



Jo-Ann Downey November 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Susan- thank you for your encouragement & support ;)


Jan August 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Yahoo! It’s up ! It’s running! Congrats!!! My inner teenager is soooo happy and appreciates you for creating this wonderful website with so many words of wisdom, love and support. The name is very cool. And I agree with Socorro…. with the need to be called back to the Truth again and again after each fall into that place of pretending that I am not smart. I am and I love your website all about reminding me of that and helping me and others grow.
Thanks for all you have and continue to contribute to my life.
Love you, Jan


Socorro Diaz August 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Hi Jo-Ann;-)!
I am very excited for you, i admire your courage and persistance in creating your dream. I do like the name of your web-site after all we all are smart;) sometimes we pretend not to be and we need a reminder or a kick in the but to react and get back to our highest truth. i believe that your website will help a lot of us to stay in our path. thank you for your creation. I hope to see you soon too;)


Cindy Greene July 31, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I love the name of your website Joann! I love the quote from E. Roosevelt,
and I love you!


Jenny July 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Looks great! Congrats!!
I can’t wait to get the RSS feeds


Lori Yee July 28, 2009 at 4:32 pm

This is an incredible website.. I am definitely going to subscribe, and pass it around to my friends!

love and Congratulations!



Donna July 18, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Whoops! I meant Wow!


Donna July 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm

How! Very Smart Girls sounds like a really cool place to learn and grow! I can’t wait to tel all my friends about it!


Jo-Ann @Very Smart Girls July 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm! With gratitude, Jo-Ann


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