• 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 talk about the power of a good cry and the joy that comes from it. I didn’t know it, because I don’t tally these things out in my planner, but I hadn’t cried in about two years. When I say cry I mean the deep sobbing that I just got involved in last week. Sure…

  • 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 trapped, I need change! The past couple of weeks I have been feeling all of this and at first I always think it’s me, that something is wrong with me, and that just makes everything worse. But then I remember, usually too late, that the end of winter and the beginning of spring is always…

  • 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 weren’t a whole lot of articles giving out these tips and tricks to artists and creatives. A lot of self care tips suggest doing what we do every day, sometimes all day. How do you develop your own self care when your projects and passions (painting, writing, singing etc.) serve as options for others to de-stress?…

  • 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 to know when we’re ready to take such leaps. Here’s the Thrive guide to getting started on selling your work and keeping it legit. Nothing ever feels finished. How do I know I am ready to sell? As artists we’re always going to feel some fear in sharing our work, add in the additional anxiety…

  • Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

    For some of you, sex may be a new thing you’re trying out lately, and that’s cool. But for those of you who have been at it for awhile, you probably know that sometimes it can get dull. So, in order to keep your sex spicy like your personality (yeah? yeah.), here’s some of my favorite tricks to use in the bedroom…or you know, wherever it happens. 1. Your first step towards a better sex life – watch some porn, read some erotica, check out some blogs (like this one, duh) or whatever you’re comfortable with in order to find some bedroom inspiration. An artist always gathers inspiration before just slappin’…

  • Last Minute Tips For Finals Week

    Study Tips:   With the first round of tests quickly approaching, you’re probably thinking it’s about time to freak out and lock yourself in your dorm room and cry. No worries, friend, I’ve got you covered. Especially for all you freshmen out there, to whom studying might be a completely new concept. I know I, personally, didn’t really study all that much until I got to college. So, when it was time for me to buckle down and hit the books, I was at a complete loss as to how to study for my first official college exam. Here are some helpful hints that I have learned throughout my time…

  • 5 Tips For Making A Long Distance Relationship Actually Work

    Summertime means a lot of things to a lot of people: sunshine, swimsuits, sno cones, and sand in your shorts. But, for some people, summer means leaving school and having to deal with the whole long distance relationship business. This can be challenging if you’ve never had to deal with it before. But, hopefully these tips will help you and your loved one make it all the way to the end of summer. Then, you two love birds can have your own cinema moment, slow run towards each other, and jump into the other’s arms.   Plan ahead: Summer schedules can be hectic, it’s important to schedule a time when…

  • 4 Tiny Ways To Improve Your Fitness!

    Now, everyone knows that summer coming along means that we all have to have stunning bodies. However, I am gonna be honest. I am still in winter mode. There are so many ways to work out without breaking the bank. I am going through the same pain, so follow what I am planning on doing. Photo Source  1. Pinterest I have found some very awesome techniques and ideas on Pinterest. There is nothing better than to have one site that is so diverse in healthy food and workout ideas! 2. Television Workout Now when I say this, I do not mean you have to buy a DVD set and have…

  • A Little Guide To Eating Healthy

    I don’t think I really need to include a disclaimer, but just in case: I am in no way, shape, or form a nutrition specialist or professional about this stuff. I’ve googled and experimented, and that is the extent of my knowledge. All I know is, these tips work for me AND for other people. So, I don’t see why they wouldn’t work for you, too! The Eatwell Plate 1.     Be patient. There are countless commercials and internet pop-ups that lure you in because of their promises to help you “Lose Weight Fast!” or “Get Abs In No Time!” Honey, these are scams, and despite the catchy slogans and the…

  • Making Your Skin Friends With Finals Season

    Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, health care professional, or dermatologist. However, I have been fighting crime and breakouts since puberty! It’s that time of year again – Finals. Other than an insane amount of studying (I have to make a WHAT on my final to get an A!?!?), the one thing I know I can always count on is breaking out. The stress and destroyed routine, season change; oh alright, and a bowing down to bad habits during that last week of classes (ahhh!), and dead week (ughhh!), and finally finals (^&#$%^hh!) always gets to my skin. Now that I’m finally an upperclasswoman, I thought I’d compile a list of…

  • The Art Of The “Frenchie”

      For many years now, I’ve had friends say “Gosh, that guy was such a great kisser. He really knew how to French.” And here I am, 20 years old, and I’ve never been a successful french kisser. Ever. I think I’ve only tried it a handful of times, and needless to say, it’s not my expertise. The first time a guy tried to launch his tongue down my throat, I ended up with slobber all over my oh-so-attractive brace face. It was 8th grade, my first kiss, midnight on New Years, blah blah blah. You get it. So romantic. Except, in all actuality, it was probably the farthest thing imaginable from…

  • Spin City: A Guide To Doing Laundry In College

    Upon entering college, I came to the realization that many of my fellow pupils, mostly being of the male persuasion, simply did not know how to do their laundry. Not only did they lack the knowledge to do laundry, but they also lacked proper laundry room-sharing etiquette. This is kind of annoying to those of us who have been doing our laundry since middle school, and simply just want to get our laundry done quickly and efficiently. I know this seems like an insignificant subject, but I can recall many a time my freshman year of college being asked, “do I wash this in hot or cold water?” Of course,…