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Welcome!

I’m so glad you’re here.

About the blog:

In October of 2016, Margie’s Mountain View was just an idea. Several co-workers and friends thought that I would be great at blogging — some even follow me to this day!!

So when I wound up on bedrest for three months because I fractured my pelvis in 3 places. Honestly, I’m lucky to be alive and grateful it wasn’t worse. Shame on me for not getting a more thorough background on that beast.

I spent most of October, November and December of 2016 on my butt. With extra time on my hands, I quickly noticed that houses were selling well in our neighborhood. Fast, and often well over asking price.

Living as we did at 9800’ altitude, you have to sell when you see the chance. This picture below was one of the MLS photos of our home of 20 years in Conifer, Colorado. That month, we found an awesome listing agent in Evergreen, and by February of 2017, our home of 20 years was sold for $18k over asking price on the first weekend it was listed.

This was our hold home for over 20 years. It sat on the side of a mountain, almost at the top of it, so it boasted an expansive view.

This was our hold home for over 20 years. It sat on the side of a mountain, almost at the top of it, so it boasted an expansive view.

Margie's Mountain View was intended to provide a window into the beautiful mountain town where we were moving - Evergreen, Colorado.

We put a lot of sweat equity into that house - Dave remodeled two bathrooms himself, we remodeled the kitchen, put blacktop on the driveway, and replaced almost everything inside. The house sold for $18k over asking price on the first day it was listed. In February, at 9800’ altitude. Awesome realtor too.

Our new home was only 11 miles away, but we couldn’t move in right away. We bounced around until June 2, 2017 when we finally moved into our new home. We occupied six places in 2-1/2 years.

But the Universe had another plan.

By the time I finally sent out my first newsletter, we had up and moved to Florida from our new home in Evergreen, Colorado, only 16 months later.  In the interim, we started a successful Airbnb and I launched the blog.

And we moved and moved and moved again.  

Taken with an iPhone at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida.

Taken with an iPhone at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida.

This time we unexpectedly moved to Sarasota, Florida, a known Center for emotional and physical healing and beautiful beaches.

So, What’s Your Point? 

My hope is that you leave this site with either a newly learned skill, an idea, or a feeling of support.

I intend to document my journey from getting knocked down hard and feeling like life wasn't worth living anymore to where I am now, with two successful businesses, a marriage and a life that I am incredibly grateful for. 

I am deeply aware that I was given a second chance and I hope to help anyone who may be struggling with anxiety, depression or any mental illness.

For me, depression is genetic on both sides of our family tree, there’s severe depression on my mother’s side and my father was bipolar.  Mom and Dad were both very private about their personal demons - when I was 8 or nine years old, my mother sat me down to tell me about Dad.

Something bad had happened. She brought me into the living room which was only used on Christmas Day or in the case of major life decisions. It wasn’t Christmas, so I was on edge. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but my mother implied that my father had narrowly escaped a suicide attempt, but that he was okay.

My Dad was the all-American male, tall, smart, athletic and good looking with a degree from Yale. It’s rumored that in his prime he had a brief encounter with Jane Fonda, the actress. He was hot stuff, my dad. But he certainly had his demons.

When it came time to deal with demons of my own, I found the American mental health system to be confusing and completely inadequate.

Somehow I was able to navigate my way through and get the help I needed. These days, I survive on a mixture of prescription drugs and things like yoga and meditation, which help me manage my anxiety.

What you’ll find here:

My hope is that you leave this site with either a newly learned skill, an idea, or a feeling of support.

This blog covers a lot of topics relating to living your best life with anxiety and depression, but these are other subjects you’ll find me writing about most frequently:

o  Simplify 

o Health & Wellness

o Living Large for a Lot Less through Estate Sale shopping

o Happy Marriage

About me:

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I’m originally from Connecticut but I moved to Boulder, Colorado when I was 18. Dave and I have been married for close to 15 years, and we’re the proud grandparents of Kailani, who is the daughter of Dave's son, Chris from a previous marriage.

Our fur babies are Wilbur, a 12 year old black pug, and Winnie, who is still a puppy at the time of this writing.

Actually, this is Winston, meeting his new next door neighbor. He was gone less than a week after this picture was taken.

Actually, this is Winston, meeting his new next door neighbor. He was gone less than a week after this picture was taken.

I did the whole big career thing, I was in healthcare sales and marketing for 35 years. I had some pretty damned fun jobs too, by the time I was 26 years old I was a drug rep and I used to sell cosmetic skincare to Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons. 

I worked for some of the world's top providers in infertility medicine.  It was rewarding, the science was fascinating and I got a fast lesson in healthcare PR. The ethical dilemmas that these providers face regularly (a woman wants to conceive via artificial insemination, with her recently deceased husband's sperm), provide PR stories that provide a perfect hook to easily interests the media.

I also worked in the movie theater industry about the time Harvey Weinstein was just getting big.  The first ShoWest I went to they were introducing the up and coming actresses - Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz.

I loved it - until I no longer did. After a series of soul-sucking jobs, I knew something had to change. If I was ever going to enjoy my life, I had to get out of corporate America and do something on my own. I was overwhelmed and exhausted.

So I put on my big-girl panties and went to work. First with an Airbnb business, then with getting my health and strength back, all while building the blog into something FAB.

My #1 goal with this blog is to help people feel empowered to change their lives for the better.  I love hearing from readers, so feel free to contact me at any time to let me know your thoughts, to share any tips of your own, or to let me know what parts of your life you’d like to work on.

Enjoy!  

Margie