• 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 a point to congratulate my readers on their work. I don’t think you realize how amazing it is that you’ve even started! It sounds like you’ve hit a little speed bump in your writing process and I know that’s a total pain. Once you fall off your routine it can be hard to get back…

  • 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 Lost Dear Casual, I’m sorry to hear that something with potential fizzled out. Especially if it was one of your first after your last long relationship. It’s easy to let this be a blow to your ego and get you down, but there are ways to heal and move forward. Even if you think you…

  • 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 of nights off from the grind before you turn to editing. Editing can be a real nightmare, especially if you try to go it alone. Actually, definitely do not go it alone. You need insight from outside sources to tighten up your tale. You don’t need to go crazy, too many opinions will bog you…

  • 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 so many layers to my life. I’m excited to hear you’re considering welcoming a furry friend into your home, but I’m even more excited you reached out to chat about it. I adopted Ajax five years ago and he really did change my life for better–and yeah, for worse sometimes. (Just last night I woke up…

  • 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 can sometime seem like the only way to meet people (or even see your current friends) is to go out and drop a bunch of money on drinks and overpriced appetizers (that are mostly just sodium anyway). I’ve been there and it’s a real drag– especially when you’re waiting for your next paycheck! While yes,…

  • 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 have all been there at one time or another, when you’re in the thick of it you can’t see any way out. There’s zero hope. And trying to find camaraderie in it is painful. It tires me out when I’m in a rough patch and someone reminds me that “It always passes.” How do they know this…

  • 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 in other careers have the luxury of clear and direct paths to the top. Companies give them mentors and reviews and steps to succeed. If you work hard, you’re often rewarded with a promotion, a way to reach the next rung on the ladder. Creative work isn’t so direct and while that’s what we love…

  • 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 does it take for the human spirit to grab on to the hand that’s reaching out to them and take that chance? -A.H. __   Dear A.H., Wow, way to make me work for it! This is a question I think any one of us could spend extensive time answering and debating, because not only…

  • Valentine’s Day Anonymous Q+A

        A: What’s your favorite thing about me? T: I can’t name just one! I love how dedicated and committed you are, your sense of humor and the funny voices you make, how you’re always open to trying new things, as well as how caring and affectionate you are. You also rank up there with my mom for one of the most selfless people I know.   A: What’s the best aspect of our relationship to you? T: The best part of our relationship is having you to share my passions and happiness with, as well as the rough times with. I love trying new things with you, and…

  • White Wine and Jack Daniels

    Nineteen is an unremarkable age, but the birthday itself was nothing short of wonderful. I was home at the time, which was actually sort of disappointing. I would have loved getting blackout drunk with my school friends, perhaps forcing them to go dancing at the little club in Cambridge that plays 80’s new wave on Saturday nights because it’s my birthday and I can. But instead, I was wrapping up my long-awaited spring break at home in Texas. Maya had flown down to visit me halfway through the week. We spent a couple of days in Austin, saw the sights of my hometown, and fattened ourselves up with an embarrassing…

  • Dating Sucks Ass

    We’re not gonna lie. The email attached to this glorious piece read a little something like this, “So I posted this on FB a while ago claiming I read it, but in reality I wrote it about a girl and was just too much of a puss to claim it as mine. But today is my 21st birthday and I’m kinda drunk so whatever. Here ya go. ” Mad props to this guy.   She was striking. She was poison. She was the ferocious whirlwind of discovery and chaos that threw me into the sky. She was serene. She was tenacious. She walked on sunbeams and had a voice that…

  • Diary Of A College Girl

      Photo Source “I’m literally this close to going over there and telling them to SHUT THE HELL UP.” “Oh my gosh, quiet down, they’ll hear you!” Lisa was never one for my shameless acts of verbal aggression. “I don’t care! I’m trying to eat my Ihop in peace, and they are being ridiculously annoying.” I was never one for loud, obnoxious idiots in public restaurants as midnight. We did power through, though, and managed to finish our eggs and bacon before I went ape shit on the customers across the room. While waiting in line to pay for our meals, I looked over to the table of boys –…

  • 10 Things That Guys Want Girls To Know

    For this list, I interviewed 4 different guys, and this is what they came up with! Take a peek into the mind of a guy, and get a glimps of the kinds of things that they really, really wish that all girls knew! So, all you ladies out there, start taking notes!   Wear Less Makeup Ladies; we all know that makeup is used to accentuate your beauty.  In reality, that should be it’s only everyday purpose.  Guys don’t find it attractive when a girl walks out in public looking like Bozo the Clown.  Makeup is a great way to help you look your best, but you’ll be surprised to know that many guys…