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THRIVE: Side-hustles, passion, and using a blowtorch in an NYC apartment with jewelry designer Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving

THRIVE: Side-hustles, passion, and using a blowtorch in an NYC apartment with jewelry designer Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.    This week I’m chatting with Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving, a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy. I wanted to pick her brain about her side-hustle, the jewelry she creates and where she finds her customers. 1. When did you decide to...
THRIVE: Aligning Your Passions, Finding Wholeness and Creative Work with Kate Hayes

THRIVE: Aligning Your Passions, Finding Wholeness and Creative Work with Kate Hayes

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.    This month I am interviewing Kate Hayes an independent leadership coach about finding wholeness, what coaching is really all about, and getting to the center of your creative work.   1. I love being a “slash” personality. I am a writer/poet/brand manager you’re a Leadership...
THRIVE: Non-Traditional Work & Getting Over Fear of Money with the Wealthy Witch

THRIVE: Non-Traditional Work & Getting Over Fear of Money with the Wealthy Witch

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.  This month I am interviewing Natalie Taggart of Wealthy Witch about making big life changes, working with fear and our relationships with money. 1. You created Wealthy Witch after facing your own life shift, from corporate to your true path. How did...
Thrive: 10 Things About Creativity I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago

Thrive: 10 Things About Creativity I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago

  Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Hi Thrivers! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a list and with all this great weather in New York this week I’ve been feeling motivated to be ~*creative*~. Only, I didn’t know where to put my energy and I am feeling...
Dear Thrive: How to Stay Motivated After a Success

Dear Thrive: How to Stay Motivated After a Success

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Dear Thrive: I recently had some work published in a lit mag and I was so excited! But ever since then I’m having trouble creating anything new. Was that my one great success? Am I all dried up now? -Overwhelmed  ...
Thrive: When Life Prevents Creation

Thrive: When Life Prevents Creation

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   I’m sure you’ve noticed that life gets in the way of art often and even the most extroverted of artists can crave solitude and consistent days to get their best work done. But the world won’t create this space for us,...
THRIVE: The Joy of a Good Cry

THRIVE: The Joy of a Good Cry

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Every two weeks I jump up here and I ask you to be vulnerable and brave and to explore deep regions of yourselves and your art. It’s not really fair if I don’t do the same, so this week I want to...
THRIVE: Why Does Spring Make Me Feel Trapped?

THRIVE: Why Does Spring Make Me Feel Trapped?

  Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Have you felt it? The soul-sucking energy of March? It’s here. I don’t know why I needed Timehop to remind me that I feel the same way every year, every March. I am tired, I am defeated, I am feeling...
Thrive: What Self Care for Artists Looks Like

Thrive: What Self Care for Artists Looks Like

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Self care has been a buzzword for a while now– it’s everywhere! What I’ve found is that while self care should be defined by each individual, it helps to get some tips and tricks to get you started. Sadly I found that there...
Thrive: Selling Your Work vs. Selling Out

Thrive: Selling Your Work vs. Selling Out

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   This week we’re focusing on selling as a creative. Whatever the medium, the dream is to be able to make a living off of our work without compromising the art. It can be hard to strike this balance and even harder...
Dear Thrive - How Do I Start My Personal Essay?

Dear Thrive – How Do I Start My Personal Essay?

  Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Dear Thrive- When writing personal essays do you start with a story from your life you understand or do you use the writing of the essay to make connections? I want to start writing pieces like this but I never...
Thrive Anti-Resolution: Do What You Can With What You've Got

Thrive Anti-Resolution: Do What You Can With What You’ve Got

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Happy New Year! We have officially made it through our first week of 2018. I hope you are all still feeling the energy of last week as we and those around us felt the cleansing power of a calendar flip and...
Thrive Presents: Surviving the Holidays with Your Relatives

Thrive Presents: Surviving the Holidays with Your Relatives

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   The year is winding down and we are all exhausted, partied out (or still partying), and thinking about new beginnings. We’re also reflecting on the year — accomplishments, disappointments, regrets. In short, it’s a tough time of year and nothing makes...
Dear Thrive: Best Advice I Ever Got

Dear Thrive: Best Advice I Ever Got

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   This week I am taking a moment to reflect on the best advice I’ve ever received and share that with all of you here on THRIVE. When I was in the 7th grade I had an English teacher that we all...
Dear Thrive: How Do I Explain My Work to New Friends?

Dear Thrive: How Do I Explain My Work to New Friends?

  Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Dear Thrive: Once upon a time I was really into photography, but then I stopped for a whole bunch of different reasons, mostly related to a day job. I want to get back into it but it has been YEARS...
Dear Thrive: How Do I Compete on Social Media?

Dear Thrive: How Do I Compete on Social Media?

  Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Dear Thrive, I think I create pretty decent work (I draw) but I don’t have many followers on Instagram. How much does this matter and how do I increase my follower number? Am I delusional about my work? –Slow to...
Dear Thrive: I Started My Novel, But Now I Can't Finish It

Dear Thrive: I Started My Novel, But Now I Can’t Finish It

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, Last year I started a novel, and I’m stuck halfway through. I love where it’s going, but don’t know how to get started again. Help!! Love, Novel Idea Dear Novel Idea, Congratulations on even getting started. I always make it...
Dear Thrive: My Casual Relationship Ended, How Do I Mend?

Dear Thrive: My Casual Relationship Ended, How Do I Mend?

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, My casual relationship just ended and even though we weren’t serious, the end of this still hurts. Not as much as my last serious relationship but enough to put me in a funk. How do I get over yet another rejection? Signed, Casually...
Dear Thrive: How Do I Edit My Book?

Dear Thrive: How Do I Edit My Book?

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, I’m finishing a book right now. How do I go about editing it? -In It to Win It Dear Win It, Congratulations on arriving to the editing stage! I hope you celebrate with a glass of wine and a couple...
Dear Thrive: Do I Have Time for a Pet?

Dear Thrive: Do I Have Time for a Pet?

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, I really would like to get a dog but I’m not sure how to work it into all my commitments. Any advice? -Need a Fur Baby Dear Fur Baby, I absolutely love my dog, Ajax, and having him has added...
Dear Thrive: Why Do I Have to Spend to Make Friends?

Dear Thrive: Why Do I Have to Spend to Make Friends?

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, I work full time, but I am always too broke to really go out. What’s a good way to meet people that doesn’t involve spending much money or no money at all? Love, Cheap Thrills — Dear Cheap Thrills, It...
Dear Thrive: My Creativity Has Dried Up

Dear Thrive: My Creativity Has Dried Up

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, I haven’t created anything in a month. Have I dried up? Is this it? Do I give up now? -Beyond Saving — Dear Beyond, I want to be as sensitive to your plight as I can be, because while we...
Dear Thrive: Help! I Wanna Create Full Time

Dear Thrive: Help! I Wanna Create Full Time

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, How do I transition from a normal job to pursuing my dream job as an artist/creative? -Lost in Corp-landia — Dear Corp-landia, Sadly for us artists, there is no obvious ladder to climb when it comes to creative work. Folks...
Dear Thrive: Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Listen?

Dear Thrive: Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Listen?

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, What is it that makes some of us ready to pounce, ready to make the necessary change, while others flounder, become apathetic, or dig their feet into the ground even more? We remain closed for any number of reasons. What...
Dear Thrive: Meeting New People Sucks

Dear Thrive: Meeting New People Sucks

  Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.    Dear Thrive: How do people, like, MEET people now that we don’t live in the dorms?! I have NO idea. Love, H.K. — Dear H.K., Colleges and universities are environments built with one thing in mind: to keep their students...

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