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 – Cherish Your Scars

Would you delight in a facial scar or a missing eye? Some people do. Consider war veterans whose scars merit valor. These veterans take pride in telling the tales behind the bullets. Yet, we all have wounds, whether they pierce our hearts or our bodies. When I took a graduate teaching assistant training course, a… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – A Chihuahua on Steroids

When you fire up the blender, do you hear screams, baby gurgles, or mere whirls? Whichever, movie makers plan on you hearing subliminal sounds. Horror filmmakers add screams to creaking floors. Romance movie-makers slip-in moans to nightlife scenes. Most filmmakers add telling conversations you can’t quite hear. But, this stuff happens every day?in real life…. Read more »

The Fit Student – No-Regret Success

What would you-at-your-best do? Would you flash smiles to lift spirits? Would you build networks of chums who serve as secret Santas at Christmas? Or would you spend your life-savings on Botox and a plastic chest? You don’t need to look like Wonder Woman to flourish. Author Maxwell Maltz says seek out your most genuine… Read more »

The Fit Student – Win a Sportsmanship Award

Do you gulp air when you read the text, “Team players need only apply”? Do you shove aside your applications, forward thrust toward the freezer, and slam-dunk coconut ice cakes?just to prove You’re in the game? More importantly, do you consider yourself a team player? I didn’t see myself as a team player. I thought… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Your Last Lecture

Do you know what makes a great ad or great essay? Oxytocin bonding hormones. You know, the hormones you get when you first hug your newborn baby. My Hindu friend posts tear-jerker ads from India on Facebook. Like Bollywood movies, Hindu ads contain moral messages. But ads from India make you smile, laugh, and think?like… Read more »

The Fit Student – Feed that Smile a Bone

Do you want to write a thesis, but can’t find the time? Do you want to get A’s, but fall flat? Even worse, do your shortcomings spark guilt? When we don’t achieve our goals, the fault may lie less in us, and more in our systems. And one tweak to our system can lead to… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – A “So What?” Better Served

Who solves your problems? The Voice Magazine! As a teen on the decline, I saw graffiti that read “Nothing is real.” It’s sandwiched in my consciousness between an image of Lady Gaga with a six-foot satanic lizard tongue and the idea of Kardashian porn distracting my one time dentist. It was like a “before” advertisement… Read more »

The Fit Student – I Want a New Brain

Do you want a complete makeover? I mean a new body, a new brain, and a new bank balance? You can build a whole new body within eleven months, says Joseph Murphy in his book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. In other words, in eleven months you can go from Richard Simmons to Rocky… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – All Work and No Pun

Do you like puns? Maybe you busk in the summer and call your act “Busking in the Sun.” Or maybe you plan to start the next GroupOn for soup-spoons called Group De Jour. If you’ve groaned at least once, then you see why advertisers avoid puns. But one type of pun works well in ads,… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Geeks in Gowns

Make your essay titles thrill like Super Bowl ads. Remember Go Daddy’s ad with the supermodel French-kissing the chubby geek? The ad repulsed, but left a mark?a drooled lipstick mark. You, too, can make a (4.0) mark by applying advertising concepts to your titles. Now ask yourself, what if the geek wore the lipstick and… Read more »