Posts By: Marie Well

Marie Well

I’m Marie Well, as in healthy well. At least, that’s my aim—to get well and make you well. We all have woes, from breakups to cancer to hoarder houses. I’m here to fix those woes—with tips mixed with my own tales.

Why read me? I’ve got a track record of fixin’ stuff. I’ve cured myself of anxiety. For a decade, I had anxiety attacks that struck almost daily. When not stricken, I’d write Voice articles, mostly on how to combat stress.

And then my world changed. One week went by with no attacks. A month. A year. Two years. And counting.

Now, I want to skyrocket our health—and bolster our creativity. After all, nothing soothes better than strokes of paint or tones of music or reps in a gym.

So, let’s get fit, creative, and well with Marie Well.

The Fit Student—What if You Were Health Minister?

Wouldn’t you love to gain a political science major—and become the next Health Minister?  AU students seem to excel at politics.  AU’s very own Jason Nixon went from AUSU presidency to Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks.  What an opportunity to make change!  But maybe politics isn’t your thing.  Maybe you’d prefer to get perks—without… Read more »

The Study Dude—Grow Your Brains

Grow your brains for higher grades.  Gray matter gains ground when you read, meditate, listen to music, do yoga, and exercise.  Who said Snoop Dog doesn’t make for A students? So, read daily.  Fiction can boost your vocabulary, but nonfiction can groom your skills.  “Reading is not just a pastime to entertain yourself and stimulate… Read more »

The Fit Student—Are You a Health Nut or a Coconut?

Do you want to tip into health-nut status?  No shame in that label.  But do one better and claim the status of health coconut.  Now, that’s a tasty way to shine your skin, teeth, and hair. I use coconut oil throughout the day.  With coconut oil, you can “condition your hair … hydrat[e] your skin… Read more »

The Study Dude—I Bet You can Win a Nobel Prize

Your thoughts can snatch you a PhD—and win you a Nobel prize.  Don’t believe me?  According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “We can use our thoughts to improve our overall intellect, cognitive performance, and mental and physical well-being” (p.  19 of 321, 5%).  And your thoughts can take you from F student to Einstein. But how?… Read more »

The Fit Student—Enzymes for when you Relapse

What if you freed yourself of disease, but, after being bedridden with a bug, the disease reawakened? If you’re like me, you’d fumble to find a way to defeat the foe forever. I got smacked with an icky cold.  After ten days, the cold waned: I scarcely blew my nose, rarely sneezed, and barely coughed. … Read more »

The Study Dude—Homeschool Your Child?

As an AU student, you’ve likely mastered independent learning.  So, how about turning your self-taught skills into homeschooling your tots?  But perhaps you lack, say, math, physics, or chemistry savvy?  No worries.  Author Christine Owens says you can still teach through “literature and life” (Owens, 2019, location 47 of 1527, 3%). If I had homeschooled,… Read more »

The Study Dude—AU Teaches Instructional Design

How do your professors decide what to teach?  A tool called “instructional design” guides them.  AU offers post-baccalaureate certificates and post-baccalaureate diplomas in instructional design (Athabasca University, 2019, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate; Athabasca University, 2019, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma).  As an instructional designer, you may take on careers in large organizations, at e-learning vendors, or as a freelancer or… Read more »

The Fit Student—Go Vegan?

A vegan is a “a strict vegetarian who consumes no food (such as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals” (Merrian-Webster, 2019).  So how do our vegan friends build muscles? After all, muscles need protein, and eating animals gives us protein. Well, a vegan can use protein sources such as “tofu, tempeh and… Read more »

The Fit Student—Hope for Those who Don’t Heal

Many people live with chronic illness.  They’ve tried all kinds of treatments, even lifestyle shifts, but to no avail.  And some have lost hope.  But a personalized treatment may help those who just don’t seem to heal. I believe I had undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome.  My doctor said to change my diet and lifestyle.  But,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Gold for Teachers & Students

Here are nuggets of gold for both teachers and students alike.  Stuck for ideas to improve your study habits, memory, or cognitive skills?  Or maybe you want to win teaching awards?  Well, how about mining your brain cells with the following tools? Use visuals to teach and to learn. Visuals aid in learning.  Often, when… Read more »