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Marilyn Moldowan inspires with her story of overcoming poverty to living life on her own terms

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MARILYN MOLDOWAN SHOWCASED ON THE STRIP LIVE FOR VEGASNET MEDIA

TheStripLIVE.com | LAS VEGAS | Media Showcase | Interview with celebrity guest Marilyn Moldowan for THE STRIP LIVE celebrity talk show | Director’s cut | Join new media producers and celebrity positioning specialists Maria Ngo and Ray DuGray as they hangout and showcase Marilyn Moldowan (senior real estate specialist) on location at the VIP MasterCAST LIVE inside Bellagio in Las Vegas.

In this interview, Marilyn Moldowan shares her early life growing up in a very traditional Eastern European family and how she overcame the economic hardships and gender inequality experience that built her work ethic to succeed.

To watch more interviews showcasing success stories from top celebrities entrepreneurs, and industry experts live from Las Vegas, visit TheStripLIVE.com.

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Marilyn Moldowan Interview 2 Transcription

[Maria Ngo] I’m so pleased to be standing next to this gorgeous young lady, Marilyn Moldowan who was a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and what an incredible story she has her life story. Thank you so much for being here.

[Marilyn Moldowan] You’re welcome. Thanks for having me.

[Maria Ngo] So we were just talking off-camera and you said that you didn’t have water works growing up and talking about all these different elements in the beginning of your life and I’m just shocked because I’m thinking of little house on the prairie and you’re not that old. Come on. So do you mind telling me growing up in Canada, what was that like for you?

[Marilyn Moldowan] The farm that, thank you by the way for the question. I grew up on a farm. I’m the oldest of four children and I was born in 1960. Because we were in the middle of basically nowhere, grew up on the homestead that my grandma and grandpa had and there was no running water. So I do remember going into the well and pulling up buckets of water and bringing them into the house and something that I was sharing earlier is during the winter time we would have a tub behind the wood stove we would go out and bring snow in and put it in the tub behind the wood stove and that would be our water to wash with and we would just take that water and put it on the stove and that would be our hot water so there was no there was no we had basic water or just basic stuff just for watering some of the plants but really put the running water and the drinking water, we actually didn’t have that, same
thing with the telephone. It was 1977 by the time we got a phone on the farm

[Maria Ngo] [laughs] [Marilyn Moldowan] and it was a party line. So there were four houses connected to one phone line. And you all shared one line. So you would go. So you know, one household would be two shorts and then the other household would be too long rings and if your ring showed up, you picked up the phone and that was your call. And if you wanted to make an outgoing call, you would pick up the phone and if somebody, if one of your neighbors was on the line they’d say, ‘Someone’s on the line.’ And you would just hang up and just wait until they were off the line. Same thing with electricity. I remember my Baba, my Ukrainian grandma who we visited her and she had coal oil lamps. Yeah, and that was just the way it was. From a farm, Ukrainian background and it for whatever reason, that’s just the way it was back then.

[Maria Ngo] Marilyn, and then through all of this I mean was it because that was the situation or was there economic reasons why you didn’t have that in the house and can you elaborate a little bit about that?

[Marilyn Moldowan] Certainly economics. My parents that were not educated. They were Ukrainian farm kids and they got pregnant with me and surprised! And so there was not a lot of education but good hardworking, good solid people and both mom and dad were farmers. They grew up in a farm family and we just, we grew all of our own vegetables, totally organic. So I remember being on the farm and the summer that we had, one acre of potatoes, with one acre of potatoes. So before the sun came up in the morning like right when the sun starts hitting the horizon in the summer we get out there and hill the potatoes before it got too hot because of course by 11 o’clock in the morning you’re out and then in the garden and tending the garden. And it was just too hot. So we got our chores done first thing in the morning and then we’d go in and have breakfast and just the way it was. We, I did not milk the cows. My mom did that. But getting eggs from the chickens and all the vegetables and of course, we all had household chores to do as well. So yeah it’s just the way it was.

[Maria Ngo] Okay, and then this really trips me up, your bath water. You said,

[Marilyn Moldowan] Oh! yes. Yeah.

[Maria Ngo] I’m sorry. This is just really shocking to me. So tell me about how you all shared the bath water.

[Marilyn Moldowan] As kids did. Yeah. Well, especially in the wintertime when we just had the snow water, it’s like mom would just warm up a bunch of water and there would be a square about two and a half feet square and you know, one of the time we would go in and have our bath and jump out so the next kid could get in

[Maria Ngo] [laughs] [Marilyn Moldowan] And we’d all use the same water because there was no running water to do that and then of course, we have mom and dad would haul it out and just pour it outside.

[Maria Ngo] So during that time growing up, did you feel that you, it was hardship or did you just feel like it was just part of your life?

[Marilyn Moldowan] Hard life you know. And I didn’t know any better until of course, you went to school and then because I was in a farm community you know, most of us kids were dealing with the same thing but truly when I moved off the farm at 18 and I saw a little bit more about what life was like but keep in mind really the kind of years that I’m talking about where I was five, six years old and then things started getting better until the phone in 1977

[Maria Ngo] [laughs] [Marilyn Moldowan] and then it really got really good. Yeah.

[Maria Ngo] God good yeah!

[Marilyn Moldowan] Yeah. Electricity, running water. Yeah. It’s all good. It’s all good.

[Maria Ngo] Thank goodness. So through all of this, your work ethic has been phenomenal and you created such success in your life. What did you take away from all of that to be the person that you are today?

[Marilyn Moldowan] The good news is a huge sense of Independence and if you don’t work for it if you don’t make. If you don’t have. It, yeah. [cried] [Maria Ngo] What are you feeling with? What was triggering in this? Is it just the memories and then?

[Marilyn Moldowan] So this is getting really personal. I was a female child and this isn’t new. It may get anybody who’s growing up in a very traditional eastern European family. This happens. So as a female child, it was never, there wasn’t any value there and there was not a recognition of that. So I knew that from a very early age, because my existence was discounted, that it didn’t matter, that if I wanted a life I’d have to create it. If I wanted something better, I’d have to create it. If I wanted an equality in any freedom, I’d have to create it. You know. So a huge work ethic. Yeah I mean I just do it. Yeah. You just do it. So sorry. It’s so you know that’s the good news and then the bad news is of course, the strong independence. It’s like you don’t just keep everybody else away. Yeah.

[Maria Ngo] Well, first of al,l you are such a tremendous success and,

[Marilyn Moldowan] (thank you)

[Maria Ngo] and such an incredible inspiration. What would you say to that little girl out there who’s been told, ‘She’s not worth it. Can’t do it because you’re a girl.’ What are you gonna say to them? [cried] [Marilyn Moldowan] I don’t think I could say that on live camera.

[both laughs] [Maria Ngo] Yeah. I got it.

[both laughs] [Marilyn Moldowan] Get the – out of my way. We’re not putting that live.

[both laughs] [Marilyn Moldowan] Yeah. Just get out of my way. It makes me, I’ve been making my own choices and fighting my own battles all my life and just continue doing that. In my more mature years, I’m finding that I’m softening a lot though, that I’m allowing more people in and I’m allowing love and I’m allowing nurturing and I’m allowing being taken care of and I’m allowing people to show up and go. Yeah, I love your girl. And it’s okay and you don’t have to do it all on your own. So that feels good.

[Maria Ngo] Whoa, well thank you so much and you know here you are living this life and now you’re inspiring other people to live their dreams as you have yours and so I’m just so pleased and so honored that you are here with us today and just sharing your message and doing what you’re doing.

[Marilyn Moldowan] Thank you.

[Maria Ngo] I can’t stop crying around her.

[Marilyn Moldowan] [laughs] [Maria Ngo] I’ve been trying to keep it together since day one together but thank you so much.

[Marilyn Moldowan] You’re welcome. Thank you.

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MARILYN MOLDOWAN

Over the years, Marilyn Moldowan witnessed the transition from the family home to a different style of home, and she saw the intense emotional journey of both the seniors and of their adult children during these times. As a "Seniors Real Estate Specialist", she helps guide the family and the senior through the process of re-purposing and re-loving a houseful of memories, the actual downsizing and sale of the family home, and the securing of a more suitable home environment according to the family's needs and desires.

Marilyn began her work with seniors and their families at 18 years of age at a small town nursing home. Her work in the health care field advanced over the next 20 years, and included providing home care to the senior. Her work went deeper in the area of senior housing and her company "Senior Condo Tours" was the result of a (marketplace) family need that she saw 20 years ago. The service provides an answer to the question of "I can't be at home anymore, but where do I go?"

As a published author, speaker, real estate advisor and housing specialist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Marilyn is frequently showcased in the media for the highly valued work she is doing for seniors and their adult children. She is looking forward to embarking on her own journey of beginning her fifth decade as a guide in the emotional journey of seniors and their families.

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