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 Study Dude—Grandiose Goals

Make splashy goals.  You could wax into a star, a professor, a billionaire.  You could get stricken with deadly disease but thrive beyond your 80s.  You could get smacked with mental illness yet wind up a bank’s Chief Technology Officer.  Anything is possible, right?  Yes!  So set grandiose goals! Once I dreamt of hosting a… Read more »

The Fit Student—Fitness Over 40

Fashion your figure after Farrah Fawcett beyond your fortieth birthday.  Yes, strut like a six-million-dollar woman.  Doesn’t matter if you’ve beefed up 200 pounds.  Just glance at me.  I once plunked my 180-pound beefcake on a dead-tired weigh-scale.  Now I tuck my tees into size two pants, fleshed out with leaner muscles by the minute…. Read more »

The Fit Student—Tussle Stress with Fitness

When you wriggle into your office chair, does your brain swell like tortellini?  Noodles bursting out your ears?  Well, that’s workplace anxiety.  And I’ve laid bare the cure. Ten years ago, I braved my first on-the-job anxiety attack.  And then workplace anxiety smacked me daily.  But I learned to curb it through self-talk and journaling. … Read more »

The Study Dude—Dig up Your Passions

Do you whittle away half a day on social media?  Boob tube for hours before guilt knocks?  Or go crazy on tasks that crimp your goals? Focus instead on what counts: your main hustle.  For many students, studies mark the main hustle.  Nail down a hustle that inspires passion.  But how do you pinpoint your… Read more »

The Career Path—Financial Planner

Were you the kid who loved math in kindergarten?  But you also had bundles of friends and could think of new ways of doing things in the future?  And you loved to study?  Then you’re made for a career in financial planning. AU offers an eight-course program to help you become a financial planner: FPSC… Read more »

The Study Dude—Achieve Your Goals

I offer you four lessons to help achieve your goals.  First, don’t give up.  Second, get resourceful.  Third, find the sweet spot.  And lastly, focus on the positive. Let’s break these down further. First, when we strive for goals, what first seems fun grows difficult.  Don’t give up. When I held a gala for charity,… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Original Thought

Original thought means everything at universities.  At least, at the graduate level.  At the undergraduate level, many students busy themselves citing stuff already written.  But once they get into graduate studies, they’re expected to make original research—whether done through surveys, interviews, theories and/or methodologies. Recently, I spoke with a world renown psychologist about creativity.  I… Read more »

The Fit Student—Ayurveda

Go from trauma to wisdom to dreams—with Ayurveda Medicine.  As a youth, I toughed out trauma.  I suffered anorexia, obesity, and anorexia again.  I dropped out of high school, shortly after stung with disability.  And then a second disability. But I gained wisdom. On my birthday, my boyfriend asked me to share my wisdom.  So,… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Boost your Creativity

Will marshmallows and chocolate help you compete in the Olympics?  They can if you’re creative. But how can you get a creative edge?  First, always learn.  Never quit reading.  Constantly take courses.  But most of all, believe in your creative potential (even if you can’t draw a smiley).  This belief alone boosts creativity, according to… Read more »

The Fit Student—Power Stretch

During exams, don’t get stiff and hunched with a back aching for the bed.  Instead, stretch.  Stretching gives you lengthened muscles, better posture, more coordination, more flexibility.  And stretching (like all exercise) fires up your prefrontal cortex—the brain’s thinking center. I had a great range of stretch as a child—but not as an adult.  My… Read more »