We are excited to highlight Marianne Dublado as the newest #WomanofHouston. Marianne is a mental health supervisor at Bee Busy Wellness Center with hobbies that include hip hop dancing, playing the piano, photography, and blogging. Marianne is also a dedicated member of Houston’s First Baptist – Downtown. You’ll easily find Marianne has a zest for life, a heart of gold, and a beautiful soul.
Can you tell us about your role at Bee Busy Wellness Center?
I am a mental health supervisor. Bee Busy Wellness Center is an outpatient clinic that meets the needs of the community. Our mission is to ensure that patients achieve optimum health through high quality preventive care, treatment for minor illnesses or injuries, and management of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure. My role was to start the mental health department. As a mental health supervisor, I want to ensure that mental health is easily accessible in the community. Working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am able to provide counseling for those in need.
You’re steer heading a front to back bible study every Sunday that is going to end in 2017! What inspired you to start this journey?
I attend Houston’s First Baptist – Downtown Campus. As a church, it is our deepest desire to make Jesus Christ known and we are able to not only have our main church service to learn about Jesus, but we also have a Life Bible Study where we have classes to learn in smaller groups. As a campus, all of our Life Bible Study classes are going through a curriculum called The Gospel Project. Our main goal was to ensure that everyone from our campus was going through the same curriculum throughout the church. As I was growing in leadership, I felt a calling from the Lord to teach my class, which is the college, 20s, and early 30s age group. I was quite insecure because all of the teachers in the past that had taught my class were Bible scholars who were enrolled in seminary. But the calling was loud and clear, and it was not something I could ignore. With a lot of support and prayers, I have been teaching since this past August and it has been a thrilling experience. I love the Bible! And I love teaching what I have learned. It has been super fun, so far! And I would love for anyone reading this to come visit and learn with us!
Thank you for photographing Alinely’s first ever announcement! When did your love for photography begin?
I have always loved photography. I can remember having a camera in high school. I remember shoeboxes full of photographs capturing photos of people I love. My love affair with photography really flourished in college as I took photography classes. My dream would be to have my own darkroom in my home and develop my own film. I loved being in the darkroom developing my own pictures. I would spend hours in there not even realizing how much time had passed by. My favorite thing about photography is the story it portrays and how it captures stories and a still frame of a moment that will never happen again. Sure, you can take pictures of the same landscape, but it will always be different than the one before. If I can’t physically take a photograph, I try to mentally take one of the moment or emotion.
You have some great hip hop moves! When did you start?
This question makes me laugh. I have always loved hip hop. I joined a dance studio called Inner Me Studios and I have started to go there since January. They have some really great teachers there that will teach you all the moves! I take no credit for that. I can just follow instructions VERY well! It’s tons of fun, please join me in taking classes there, too!
You’re embarking on #thecolorfullifechallenge, what does this mean and how can we join?
The Colorful Life Challenge is a marriage of two of my favorite things: the attitude of gratitude and photography. I was texting my friend one day and telling her a story and she commented, “Your life is so colorful!” And I loved that!! On top of literally loving boosts of color, I loved the concept of a colorful life. Every year, my friend Alice and I would always try daily photography challenges that we would lose interest in a month later. As the year ended, we realized we didn’t have much to show for anything that happened the past year. As 2016 started, I decided to make a challenge with no daily prompts. The only goal is to snap a photograph of something you are grateful for that day. As I snapped a picture from one month to the next, I realized how colorful life truly is. Through the most joyful seasons and through the hardest, darkest seasons, I can say in my experience that there is always something to be grateful for. This is the first year that we have done this. We are hoping that we continue to practice this daily and bring people along for the ride. I hope you join us for this adventure, too! Just #thecolorfullifechallenge in your post.
Please tell us about fullyinlove.wordpress.com?
This is my personal blog. I have blogged, before blogging was even called blogging. It was my way of processing. Blogging was how we connected as peers before Facebook came along. For now, this is where I am archiving The Colorful Life. But this blog is a space to process my major milestones (birthdays) and everything in between (different types of heartbreak). It is about my romance with God and his son, Jesus. It is really about my journey in pursuing a life that mirrors Christ’s. It’s a space of transparency.
Passion: I am passionate about my faith, first and foremost. My belief in Jesus Christ is the source of joy I live with. I am passionate about playing the piano and learning to play new songs. I am passionate about orphan care in America and overseas. I am passionate in hearing people’s stories.
Work – I am casual at work. Nice top, black denim is my norm. I wear dresses on networking events and meetings. Necklaces! Lots of necklaces.
Non-work – Shorts/jeans, sheer top, sandals/TOMs shoes. Hat and shades. Colorful prints are fun. Yellow is my favorite color and my go to. Black and white stripes I am also known for. Floral and Lace, I adore.
Make up Daily routine includes – Mary Kay Timewise Liquid Foundation. Pur Minerals Universal Marble Mineral Powder. Lorac Front of the Line Pro Eyeliner. Eyeshadow: Sephora Eyeshadow Pallete. Mary Kay Bronzer on days I don’t want to wear blush
Hair – Deva Curl products for curly hair. Frizz Ease for straight hair
Skincare – Mary Kay Timewise Set.
Nails – OPI Shellac
Breakfast – I love breakfast tacos. Sometimes I make them, sometimes I buy them, but they are my favorite breakfast item.
Lunch – Usual places where coworkers and I eat are BerryHill, Thai Cottage, Zoe’s Kitchen, Calliope’s (this cajun place by our clinic).
Dinner – I usually meal plan and will make something for the week. If I’m not eating that, I will eat a frozen dinner. Nothing fancy.
Houston is the best place to live if you love food. I love Cajun food (Crawfish is my favorite season), Mediterranean food, and Thai food.
Fitness: Exercise Dancing at the dance studio. Will start training for a 10k that requires running three times a week
Challenges – Mental health is still very taboo in so many cultures. I serve a community that has a high population of African Americans, Asians, and Hispanic culture. It is hard to convince them to receive services at times because of all the cultural beliefs of what mental health assistance entails.
Rewards – It is a privilege to sit across from someone and hear their deepest and darkest hurts in this season. I love being able to help them when it comes to processing and connecting the dots of their stories.
Photos are unfiltered and unedited. Photography by A. Pham.