Thank you for visiting Margie’s Mountain View!  I’m glad to have you here, and I hope you’ll stick around.  

This blog is intended to offer hope to anyone that struggles with having any hope left.  The mountains are my happy place, something I wish for all of us to find.

Margie’s Mountain View grew out of three months' bed rest as I recovered from a traumatic injury.  I fractured my pelvis in three places, but the breaks were all aligned properly, so surgery wasn't required.  The doctor told me, "I was a very lucky lady".  I knew that I had been – pelvic fractures are potentially fatal. 

I am now convinced that the Universe somehow presented that recovery time to me as a gift.  It took me breaking my ass before I realized something had to change.  I needed that time, those three months.  It turned out to be a gift of time.  At my age, it is rare that life circumstances provide you a huge block of time for you to focus on your priorities. 

I set out on a new path - grateful to be alive and [soon to be] well.  I felt as if I was granted a second chance at life and I sure wasn't going to waste it.  The years leading up to this accident had been difficult.  I was struggling to regain my footing and I was having trouble moving forward - I felt stuck both personally and professionally.

Within a short period of time, I lost my only brother, my mother and my father.  I also lost the hope of reconciliation with my older sister, a troubled soul.  Because of the housing crisis and the 2008 Recession, we also lost a property, several jobs, all sense of security and of course, most of our savings and retirement.   

It wasn't long before that my confidence began crumbling too. I lost my way, and I honestly never thought I could get back.   I was shot down, done.   The constant stress took a toll on both my physical and mental health.  

The one thing that I did still have was the love and support of the best person I know, my wonderful husband Dave.

My hope in sharing my story is to help others.  I write about what worked for me and share practical tools which helped me to find my way out of the darkness and back into the light. 

My mission is to offer alternatives to help you turn things around in your own life.

I developed a new life plan and with it, a whole new lease on life. 

Gratitude has become my mantra, along with the recognition that sharing my experience may be helpful to others who find themselves on a similar path. 

I learned a lot of tough lessons, but I am committed to making the 'back nine' of my life as joyous as I possibly can.

My journey includes focus on a higher level of health and wellness, both physical and mental.  I write about easy ways to incorporate healthier habits into your daily life and ways to increase your happiness - to find balance and perspective.

Other posts will help you dig out of whatever situation you may find yourself in, or help you be more frugal with your money.  Since many of my issues were triggered by the Great Recession of 2008, I write on simple ways to make money or to save it

Lord knows, I learned how to stretch a buck.   So, if it can help others through tough times, it was worth my learning some tough lessons.  My hope is that you leave this site with either a newly learned skill, an idea, or a feeling of confidence or encouragement.

I don't claim to have all the answers and I still have a lot to learn, but I'm happy to share what I've learned along the way. If you're ready to learn how to work on yourself, live a better life and accomplish more with the time you have left, then enter your email address below and you will be signed up to receive my weekly newsletter.

Welcome aboard!  It's going to be a fun ride.