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 Creative Spark! – Now, Where Did I Put my Memory?

What’s your oldest memory? I once crashed my adult-sized trike, sucked the black powder off match tips, and petted swarms of aphids crawling my skin. (Hey, they look like ladybugs.) Yet, I bet I remembered wrong. You see, we recall tidbits that never took place. Plus, we miss most of what really went down. And… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Flashy Trash

Have you ever saw greatness in something useless? Nothing is trash. Not people. Not rotted food. Not foul words. Trash amounts to mere misuse of something valuable. Or mere misunderstanding. After all, someone’s trash is someone’s treasure. In genetics exists something called “junk DNA.” In other words, part of your DNA is misunderstood as worthless…. Read more »

The Fit Student – Beaten by the Big Bucks

[t]../articles/images/2320-Fit-web.jpg[et]Have you felt torn by dollars? Have you ever got stuck with so much cash that you lost zest? Well, many have been beaten by the big bucks. I landed a job that paid handsomely. So handsome, my belly protruded. My brand-new clothes no longer zipped. My face popped with double-layer butter and double-scoop butterscotch… Read more »

The Fit Student – Miracle Maker

Great people give. Some give advice. Some give encouragement. Others give miracles. Three people in my life give miracles. First, my mentor takes the disabled and turns them into advocates. She teaches them public relations, coaches them to run charities, and unleashes them into universities. Second, my boyfriend mentors hundreds of people. His mentees go… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Change the World with Metaphors

Do you want the secret to creative breakthroughs? Do you want to write original essays? Books? Theses? Deep within, we all do. The hunger to think creatively hides in the heart of humankind. But some people bubble over with innovation after innovation: Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking. How do they do it? Dr. Roberta… Read more »

The Fit Student – Warp Speed the Mormon Way

What if you could warp speed toward success? I mean, go from student to celebrity overnight? Well, it’s possible. Shane Snow shows how in his book Smartcuts. He tells how game developers create “Warp Tunnels”?holes hurling players from world to world?in a flash. Why? For debugging purposes. So, warp tunnels exist in games, says Snow…. Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Read Out Loud

“The most productive writers typically write several times a week for one to three hours per session” (Hartley and Braithwaite, 1989; Kellog, 1994 as cited in Sword, 2017). And I thought it took 10,000 hours to write like a star. Whew. But how do you write like a hero? Well, write in any way that… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Plot Your Passing

What if you plotted your own passing?literary style? You’re given three criteria: you begin with two initial scenes and a final scene. Well, That’s a way to start plotting, suggests Elizabeth Sims, author of You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of your Dreams. Once you got these three… Read more »

The Fit Student – Clean Your Castle

My life used to be a mess, literally. After work, panic scared me stiff. On arriving home, I’d startle as I slammed the gate. In time, the gate unhinged. Once inside my home, I’d brawl with sprawling Starbucks cups, books, and DVDs. Next, I’d unsteadily snatch my thesis as loose-leaf fluttered to the floor. The… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Brain Hurricanes

Do you think brainstorming makes a difference? At university, I threw in bizarre brainstorm ideas to look quick-witted. Everything goes, right? My professor jotted down my brainstorms, then erased them, squinting and shaking his head. The class howled and heckled, puffed up with one up on the apple shiner. Today, I glorify lists. Lists for… Read more »