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My ancient, 5-pound sweetheart Sadie, her first time ever catching the sunrise at the Jersey Shore. Thriving came naturally to her. 🙂

Thriving is defined as “to grow or develop well, to flourish,” and one who does so is a thriver. As you might sense, this blog is all about thriving, both at work and in life, with greater emphasis on the former.

Why? Because while roughly half the world population considers itself moderately happy overall (a huge contributor to thriving), just 13% of people worldwide love what they do and truly thrive in their work. So, the topic is clearly rich for discovery of ways to boost that sorry stat. The purpose of this blog is to learn from one another and to help people discover and experience what truly makes them thrive. When one person thrives, his or her family, friends, coworkers and community become that much richer.

For Thrivers, I’ve gratefully pulled together a diverse team of wry, smart, insightful, quirky and candid writers whose common bond is their continual aim to thrive at work and thrive in life. We’ll hear about their jobs, internships, bosses, challenges, insights, career goals, job searches, travels, dreams, inspirations, motivations, doubts, fears, frustrations, fun, friendships, and of course, their particularly thriving places, projects, activities, things, strategies and moments.

I teach a course on career success preparation at Indiana University and I’m a Mindful Career Coach, who has chosen this line of work because helping others thrive is the most fulfilling work I could imagine. Since flourishing professionally is a huge part of my focus, in this blog we’ll also be sharing specific tips on how you can boost your thrive factor, including fresh ideas for advancing your career; cutting edge job search tools and strategies; ways to reduce stress and boost your focus, happiness and creativity; how to develop new perspectives on your current job; and practical ideas to help you live a meaningful, well-rounded, work and play lifestyle.

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Once a feral cat, always kind of a feral cat. 🙂

Oh, and as you can see, a dog or cat or two (or three) are guaranteed to make an appearance too, as they tend to be natural thrivers and are huge thrive drivers for most awesome people. The dog in the photo above is Sadie, who passed away last year at an estimated 17 years of age. She had been shuffled around foster homes a lot, so her precise age was vague (as ages should be). The other chihuahua in photos is my girl Abbey, whose tongue is usually hanging out due to a lack of teeth. I’ve got other dogs and cats who will do the pop in too.

Thrive along with us!

~ Maria Katrien Heslin

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