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Meet Marian Mellen of The Zen Bird in Central Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marian Mellen.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Marian. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Rewind 10 years ago and you would have met a woman hiding behind the shadows, living through a shield of fake smiles and seeking self-worth in the wrong places. I was a Type A- control everything out there- perfectionist seeking – uptight and unhappy human. There was no soulful flow or genuine energy. No glimmer in my eyes, no vibrant conversation, and no bounce in my step.

But deep down, I knew there was more. Buried deep within me, there was a desire for authentic connection and a longing for self love. I didn’t know how I was going to get there, but I decided it would become my purpose to feel this within the next decade of my life.

I spent my free time reading every self-help book there was. I threw myself into therapy the first year I started college. I signed up for personal development classes and workshops. I studied Psychology & Sociology. I asked anyone I met how they described authentic happiness and radical self-love. I developed a non-negotiable spiritual practice. Yoga & meditation became my personal retreat; my sanctuary of joy and peace.

My friendships changed, my connections grew deeper, and my soul started to expand. I didn’t know it then, but I was coming home. Home to my authentic self. Home to the woman I was truly born to be. Home to a life of joy, light & acceptance. Home to my very own heart.

Throughout that decade I followed the music of my heart. I started by living in Spain and Mexico and ended up teaching Spanish in Arizona where I then developed a Be You Club. A club for high school girls to develop their authentic selves & truly connect on a deeper level. I went on to create Zen Bird Bands- yoga headbands to remind us of the power of our thoughts & to choose the authentic ones filled with self-love & non-judgement. I left my public school teaching job to educate women on a soulful level of living authentically & finding their HOME.

Fast forward to today. I now teach workshops and coach via the Heart & Soul Curriculum. A curriculum based on 12 unique & soulful concepts including positive thinking, self-love, courage, change, creativity, purpose, compassion, acceptance, joy, peace, body image, and gratitude. I am as honest & vulnerable with my clients as they are with me and I can remember vividly how it felt to start the journey of self-love & authentic living. Scary. Daunting. Impossible.

Let me tell you right now, it’s possible. Let me tell you again, it’s possible. That life you’re dreaming of… that light, free & joyful place you’re desiring within your soul, it’s possible. I believe in living with your whole heart, accepting yourself & others for who they truly are, flowing through each stage with ease & grace and letting go to enjoy your story.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been bumpy! Whew. I found owning a company comes with a lot of perseverance and determination to not give up. As a past Spanish teacher, I had the boxes I needed to check. As a company owner, I was creating the boxes.

One of the biggest struggles has been allowing myself to fail- over and over again. In the beginning, there are a lot of trial and errors. I remember creating boxes that I ‘thought’ would lead me to success but in turn, ended up to be dead-end roads. I had to learn to let go of the boxes that weren’t meant for me and move from the space that my intuition guided me. My struggle in the first two years of owning my company was ‘following everyone else’s advice except for my own’. Being an entrepreneur, I had to lean into the fact that I was able to tap into my intuition to go with what FELT right even if it was a different process than another’s.

The Zen Bird – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company has two parts: Zen Bird Headbands and Workshops/ Coaching. My headbands are the product where it all started. They hold the symbol- what we think, we become. This is when my workshops and coaching took off because I knew that if I could learn how the tools to deeply find compassion, self-love and grace for myself, I could also teach these skills to others.

What I love most about the workshops I host in Phoenix is the space for deep connection without judgment. The workshops are a powerful place for people to connect on a level in which they crave: through AUTHENTIC CONNECTION. It is so often I have participants join the workshops and leave feeling a weight has been lifted. As human beings we carry around so much excess, sometimes it feels good to simply release it in a safe space.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success = a feeling of meaning and purpose. Was today a meaningful day? If yes, then I was successful.


  • Workshops- $58.00
  • 3 Month 1:1 Private Coaching- $550.0
  • Zen Bird Band- $20.00

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Image Credit:

Mindy De Luca Photography, Sarah Hoag Photography, Molly Mc Elenney

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