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Life and Work with Marian Bacol-Uba

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marian Bacol-Uba.

Marian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Hi! I am the Founder of Thriver Lifestyle (a for-purpose wellness brand), a Motivational Speaker, Transformation Coach and the Host of Thriver Lifestyle Podcast and Mondays with Marian on YouTube. I share my inspiring “Survivor to Thriver” story globally and empowers others to transform trauma into triumphs, pain into purpose and THRIVE in mind, body, and soul. I have been featured on CBS LA, Thrive Global, Bustle, Elephant Journal and over 30 podcasts, shows and publications. I have worked with brands such as Capital One, Equinox, and WeWork to talk about mental health and teach meditation and mindfulness.

I would have never thought this would be my purpose, passion and my profession.

Years ago, I was a successful Marketing Executive living in Los Angeles. I had a great career, made good money and had an active social life, yet felt unfulfilled, unhappy and dealt with my anxiety and depression through alcohol and substance abuse. Like many people in our society, I was just “surviving” through life. I had survived seven years of childhood sexual abuse and trauma but never addressed it. Instead, I buried that experience along with all my pain. I learned to put a mask on in order to move on.

I lived a very convincing double life. Anyone who knew me then would never have thought anything was wrong. I was the “strong one” amongst my friends and colleagues. I was successful according to society’s standards and had everything together. Or so, everyone thought.

In 2014, my double life came crashing down. Another typical weekend of partying led to an overdose and out-of-body, near-death experience that finally WOKE ME UP! I knew I was given a second chance so I bought a one-way ticket and moved from LA to Miami.

Since then, I have been on a journey of healing, self-discovery, and spirituality. I radically transformed my life and business through holistic healing, meditation, wellness, and mindset reprogramming. Now, I authentically sharing my journey and experiences through social media, on my podcast and YouTube channel and on speaking stages. I empower my clients by teaching them the tools and techniques so they too can THRIVE in mind, body, and spirit. I teach my proprietary methods and framework and my clients have seen life-changing results. They learn to deeply heal, gain more clarity, confidence and self-love and pursue the things that set their souls on fire! One client was able to quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Another finally got the courage to tell her #MeToo story after 40 years of silence. Another client was able to finally heal childhood traumas and she’s now in the loving relationship that she has always wanted. I also work with corporate brands to integrate wellness, meditation and mindfulness within their company to improve the mental health and overall well-being of their employees.

I feel a sense of purpose in my life that I did not have all those years ago. I love my life and am grateful that I have a business that impacts others positively and creates meaningful change. For more info, visit You can connect with me on Instagram @mbacoluba and check out the Thriver Lifestyle Podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not at all, but I wouldn’t change any of it. Everything that has happened, all obstacles, challenges, difficulties have all led to who I am now. They have all been lessons and I see them as a gift. Because of all my struggles, I was able to find out how strong I really was. I was able to turn my trauma into triumph and my pain into purpose. Now I am able to help so many people because I have been where they are and know that it will all work out.

My advice to for other women, especially to young women is to implement the 4 C’s of living a Thriver Lifestyle. This is what I teach and speak about. Consciousness, Community, Collaboration, and Celebration.

1 – Consciousness – Invest in your continued growth and learning so that you expand your awareness and consciousness. With expanded consciousness, you start remembering that YOU are the creator of your reality and have the power to change your life. Take accountability for yourself and how you live your life. Start a meditation and gratitude practice to shift your mindset from a victim/survivor mindset to a Thriver Consciousness.
2 – Community – Find your people! Empowered women EMPOWER women. Raise each other up. Build deep and meaningful relationships with other women. Find mentors and work with coaches. Find others who will support you and you enjoy being around. Let go of toxic relationships and situations that don’t serve you.
3 – Collaboration – Tap into the power of the tribe. You may be able to go far by yourself, but you can get even further with others and you’ll have more fun! When we collaborate and work together, greater impact happens.
4.  –  Celebration – Life is meant to be enjoyed! Don’t take it so seriously! Nothing is every permanent. What ever you are going through will pass. Celebrate your wins! Learn from your lessons. Practice Gratitude! Dance! Sing! THRIVE!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Thriver Lifestyle – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a multi-faceted spiritual being with a passion and purpose to create positive impact in the world. I love helping others see massive transformation in their lives. When they start thriving, they empower others to thrive as well! It becomes a conscious ripple effect of impact!

My company, Thriver Lifestyle, creates conscious events, retreats and workshops to teach holistic health and wellness, meditation/mindfulness and ways to improve mental health. We work with brands and companies who are aligned with our values and mission of Consciousness, Collaboration, Community and Celebration. We help companies create mindful marketing campaigns and strategic partnerships that create positive impact in the world.

What sets me apart is my authenticity and passion for truly empowering others to THRIVE. There are not many women of color, especially Asian-American women, who are Speakers, Coaches and Conscious Entrepreneurs. We need more leaders and change makers to step up! Especially other women of color!

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
All the abuse, trauma, darkness, pain, challenges, struggles… I’ve transformed all that into my fire fuel that has catapulted me to where I am now and where I am going.

I have absolute faith in myself and the Universe that I can be, do and have anything I truly desire and create massive impact in the world.


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