Liz Marchi: Home


I don’t know if it’s the holidays, winter or age, but of late “there is no place like home.”  We are very fortunate to live in a beautiful spot.  Like many of us in Montana, we enjoy spectacular views of mountains, lakes and rivers and always that Big Sky. One of the things I am becoming to own with age is that “work” doesn’t define a life. I love my work but am pretty sure that there are younger, smarter people who can and will do the work I love better than me. Then there are these grandchildren who are becoming real people.

I have been guilty of whining about living in a very small town with little opportunity for me to do the work I do.  I contemplated a move to Bozeman but know I would never be happy being away from the man I adore and love, my husband Jon or our cows and corgis.  I love Facbeook because it gives me a time stamp for life events.  Two years ago today I posted a piece about “handing off” my work in organizing capital for early stage entrepreneurs.  However, it’s taken me two years to even begin to let that go. Not that I am not deeply involved in that presently, but my “next” project will be something different.


I am moving on a bit and finding new interest in food, health, wellness both physical and mental and well-being.  As we age, I do find it is intimidating to jump into a new vertical and be a neophyte.  I continue to believe in lifelong learning but one needs to be deliberate in that pursuit.  I am enjoying the pace of life more.  I have learned to sleep, I am saying no to driving 1,000 miles for meetings and I am finding real joy in being present and available for those I love: my family, husband and my aging parents.

Learning the peace that comes from contentment has been a real effort. I have looked at life mostly from lens of what we can change to make it better.  That still matters but I am relishing the appreciation of that which is good, beautiful and meaningful.

How grateful I am for home this holiday season, friends, family and the beautiful place in which we live and grow, Montana.


Liz-MarchiLiz Marchi lives on a ranch in Polson, Montana  with her husband Jon. She is the Fund Coordinator for the Frontier Angel Fund and spends a lot of time thinking and learning about entrepreneurs, the economy and Montana’s unique place in the world. She has three daughters and a stepson and daughter and a grandchild.  She graduated from Hollins College and is entering the final quarter of life…unless we go into overtime.