December 2019 - Northwest Weight & Wellness Center
Staff Spotlight: Marian Hagi-Mayow

Staff Spotlight: Marian Hagi-Mayow

Name: Marian Hagi-Mayow, BSN, CMSRN

Role: Registered Nurse – Ambulatory Surgery Center

Joined NWWC:  September 2018

Personal Life: Marian was born & raised in Somalia. When the civil war started, her family had to separate and evacuate. “We lost everything.” Marian arrived in Italy as a teenager; she worked as a maid and was not able to go to school. Her older sister’s husband was an athlete so he and her sister were sponsored to come to the United States. In 1992, they brought Marian to the US but she didn’t have legal paperwork so she had to move to Canada. In Canada, she received her high school diploma, met her husband, had two children, and went to college to become a nurse. She moved to Washington in 2016 and has also lived in Austin, Texas.

Life Before NWWC:  Marian has been working in healthcare since 1998. Before becoming a nurse, she was a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Canada medical center. After becoming a nurse, Marian worked as a unit manager in bariatrics and orthopedics at St. David’s Healthcare in Austin and Stevens Hospital in Edmonds. The CMSRN after her name stands for Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse.

A Day in Her Job: Marian typically works the afternoon to evening shift. She helps patients recover from bariatric, plastic, and general surgeries performed in our surgery center. For the first hour after surgery, also called phase 1, Marian is by the patient’s side nonstop. Once they advance to phase 2, she supports them with walking, drinking fluids, pain management, and emotional support. She completes the discharge educations and protocols for patients who are having day surgeries. She also helps with surgery center projects and coordinating anesthesia consults. When the regular night nurse is not available, Marian covers overnight shifts.

“I take my job very seriously because it involves human beings. I care for my patients sometimes way more than I care for myself. When I see how much they trust me, I truly appreciate it. It humbles me a lot.” She enjoys working in bariatrics because “they are mostly people who are healthy and are on a journey psychologically. Helping them, encouraging them, pushing them… I love that part.”

What Else to Know about Marian:

  • She’s a hard-working lady! In addition to her job at NWWC, she works for Molina Healthcare doing chart audits and works as a per diem cardiac nurse for Providence on the weekends. “That’s how I put my kids through college. I didn’t want my kids to do what I had to do – borrowing and having too much debt.”
  • She sponsors six children in Africa. Two are from Somalia and four are from the refugee camp in Kenya where her mother and siblings lived after leaving Somalia. Each month, she sends hundreds of dollars to pay for their food, clothing, education, and healthcare. “I never forget where I come from and how hard it is.” This past summer, she and her two birth children traveled to Africa and met the four sponsored children in Kenya. She is pictured her with her children on a stop in Dubai during their trip to Africa.
  • She loves training new nurses and helping them build their competency and compassion in nursing. “For me, being an immigrant and having English as 3rd language, I faced so much discrimination. Now, I’m the work mom. Always right there standing by them. Supporting them. I tell them, ‘there’s nothing you can’t do.’”
Non-Food DIY Holiday Gifts

Non-Food DIY Holiday Gifts

When it comes to homemade gift ideas, we often think of baking or cooking something for our friends, family, and co-workers. Try something a little different this year! These fun DIY crafts are budget and waistline friendly. You might be intimated by the thought of crafts but these gift ideas are simple and fun to complete for both adults and children.

Vanilla and Brown Sugar Body Scrub


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil or olive oil (Amanda’s tip: use ¼ cup of each!)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract or 20 drops of vanilla essential oil

In a glass mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients. If you are using coconut oil, you’ll need to heat the oil slowly in the microwave until it turns to a liquid form.

You can make a large batch at one time by quadrupling the recipe. Place the scrub in plastic containers with lids. Glass jars are not recommended since accidents can easily happen in the bathroom.

Amanda’s tip: Use these jars from Michael’s – item #10288376

Bath Melts


  • 1 cup cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup shea butter
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp essential oil, such as vanilla

In a microwave-safe bowl, add cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil. Heat at 50% power in 30 second intervals until all the ingredients have turned to liquid. Add in essential oil by stirring in slowly.

You can make a large batch at one time by doubling the recipe. Pour mixture into mini baking cups; the foil cups work best. If you have a mini muffin tin, place the foil cups in the tin. If you do not have a mini muffin tin, place the foil cups on a baking sheet. Put the muffin tin or baking sheet in a cool, dry place for 3-4 hours until the mixture returns to a solid. Amanda’s tip: use your garage!

These bath melts smell amazing and look like a dessert. Amanda’s tip: place directions in the bag to prevent someone from eating their bath melt! Here’s an example:

Bath melts can be used in the bath or in the shower. For use in the bath, place the bath melt into the water after filling the tub. It will dissolve slowly to make you feel like you are bathing in silky soft water. To use the bath melt like a lotion bar, gently massage the bath melt into your wet skin to help soften those rough, dry areas on your body.

Laundry Board

A laundry board is a must-have in everyone’s laundry room. This handy board is a great place to hang unmatched socks and delicate items that must air dry.

Supplies needed:

  • 1 piece of decorative cut wood (unpainted) – These can be found at Lowes, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby and come in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Wooden clothes pins
  • Paint (2 colors)
  • Stencils or wooden cutout letters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Picture frame hook

Step 1: On the back side of your board, mark the middle of the board about 2-3” from the top

Step 2: Hammer the frame hook into the marked spot

Step 3: Paint the front of the board (2 coats of paint)

Step 4: Paint the clothes pins (optional)

Step 5: Paint letters (if you are using letters)

Step 6: If you like a shabby chic style, use a low-grit sandpaper to make wear marks throughout the board

Step 7: If you are using stencils or letters, now is the time to add the decorative touch.

Step 8: Use the hot glue gun to attach the clothes pins to the board

Custom Glassware

This is a fun craft to do on all types glassware, such as beer steins, pint glasses, wine glasses, stemless wine glasses, goblets, hurricanes, and rocks glasses. Amanda’s tip: buy glasses from the Dollar Store! You can go with a holiday theme, celebration, initials, or bling out a glass just for fun.

Supplies needed:

  • Glassware of your choice
  • Hot glue gun or E6000 glue
  • Crystals or beads
  • Goo Gone (to remove price tags)
  • Stencil (you can print stencils, patterns, or letters from your computer)
  • Tape
  • Smart phone/digital camera

Step 1: Remove stickers/price tags from glasses

Step 2: Wash glasses

Step 3: Select a pattern or stencil

Step 4: Arrange beads on the stencil/pattern. Do a practice run on your tabletop before you start to glue the beads/crystals to the glass.

Step 5: Take a picture of the pattern you just designed

Step 6: Tape your stencil or pattern on the inside of the glass

Step 7: Glue the beads/crystals onto the glass. Use your picture as a reminder.

Step 8: Let the glue dry for a few hours

Step 9: Wash glass and air dry