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—Visualize Success

If you ever had a bad start at anything, it may have killed your confidence.  But don’t let it.  You can use visualization to get your gusto back in high gear.  But visualization can do so much more—like help you give back to others.  What greater purpose than giving exists? Author Katie Stone writes, “Visualizing… Read more »

The Study Dude—Power Points to make even Disney Hire You

When I was a T.A., I gave a group of students an A for their PowerPoint presentation.  I told my supervising professor that the students embedded a great video and displayed a beautiful presentation.  She gritted her teeth and said, “No bells and whistles.”  When I asked her what that meant, she said content was… Read more »

The Perfect Valentine

How do you find the perfect Valentine?  One where you can make it permanent? Well, I really like the Marriage Foundation, and have found their advice great for me, so I’m passing that on to you. To start, stay clear of the Hollywood dating rules.  Instead, read this Dating 101 guide. But the dating scene’s… Read more »

The Fit Student—How to Choose a Skill to Master

Do you dream of gaining expertise at some skill?  A loved one of mine happily works on a skill for hours daily.  She’s clearly a master.  But she’ll never admit it.  Instead, she’ll say, “I’m far from mastery.  I’m just a lifelong student.” So, why do mastery and humbleness go hand in hand? According to… Read more »

Fireworks on Valentine’s Day

Our hearts melt when we hear of two married centenarians who die days apart.  A real-life fairy tale, right?  One in a million.  But did you know that, with each passing year, you can make your relationship more romantic, more caring, and more special, too? If you plan on being in love for the rest… Read more »

The Study Dude—Become a Doctor

Some of you AU students studying the health or human sciences may have ambitions of becoming doctors. Or you might have only dreamed of becoming a doctor.  Either way, let us cheer you on! And why not you?  Doctors are in demand.  So, you would be in demand.  And you’d make a crazy salary while… Read more »

The Poor Love Nut’s Guide for Valentine’s Day

Trying to get ready for Valentine’s Day, but you’re broke?  Many students can identify.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your loved one like a King or Goddess. If, like me, you’re a poor love nut, then I’ve got tips on how to make your true love’s heart throb on Valentine’s Day: Tip #1:… Read more »

The Fit Student—No Such Thing as a Toxic Family

I went to pay for my milk at the Shopper’s Drugstore counter.  The friendly Filipino clerk smiled at me and said, “It’s 25% off Thursday.  Do you have a rewards card?” I shook my head no, but stayed hopeful. “I’ll give you the discount anyway,” she smiled. I laughed warmly. “When you leave this world,”… Read more »

The Fit Student—Meditate for Better Grades

Do you want to boost your grades simply by unwinding? Not just boost your grades, but make yourself a kinder, more forgiving—and smarter—person? If so, meditate during study breaks.  Reporting on research done at MIT, author Donovan Alexander states that “there was an obvious correlation between mindfulness in schools and better overall academic performance, better… Read more »

The Study Dude—Be Cool; Stay in School

“I quit high school,” a woman said to me, someone I barely knew. “I don’t have the willpower.” Who’s she kidding, I thought.  She was well-spoken, mature, and talented.  I saw her potential more clearly than she did. “If I can get a degree, you certainly can,” I told her. I was partway through an… Read more »