EP #325: Live Free and Hike: Rebuild and Reinvent in Midlife with Linda Magoon


What You’ll Learn from this Episode About Live Free and Hike: Rebuild and Reinvent in Midlife with Linda Magoon:

  • How to live free and hike and how it can help you rebuild and reinvent yourself in midlife after ending a 25-year toxic marriage.
  • What it’s like to be married to someone who has a short fuse, is angry and controlling.
  • What it’s like to be stuck in an unhealthy relationship.
  • Why it can be difficult to even understand what a healthy relationship looks like when you don’t have one.
  • How the routine of “surviving not thriving” can easily become your reality.
  • Why the word “want” wasn’t even in my vocabulary when I was in my toxic marriage.
  • How my dog helped with the epiphany that things had to change with marriage.
  • Why it’s common to stay in a bad marriage like this for so long.
  • What it’s like to finally be able to finally life free and leave a toxic marriage.
  • How the idea of a passion project can emerge and connect to a part of you that you had forgotten.
  • What celebrating the completion of the goal to hike 48 summits was like.

Welcome to another episode of the Women in the Middle Podcast

SPECIAL NOTE: Trigger Warning for this Episode:

A PORTION OF THIS PODCAST CONCERNS REFERENCES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. If you’re a listener who may be particularly sensitive to this content, please take note. This episode may or may not be what you want to choose to listen to right now.

This week’s guest is Linda Magoon, author of the new book, “Live Free and Hike: Finding Grace on 48 Summits.”  A Journey of Healing and Self-Discovery Atop New Hampshire’s White Mountains. 

Finally Live Free

Newly liberated after ending her 25-year toxic marriage to a controlling husband, Linda Magoon gradually regained her independence and rediscovered her love of hiking in the White Mountains.

Linda set a goal to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot and higher peaks. With every upward stride, she cautiously rebuilt her life. But less than a year later, after shocking allegations and a surprise arrest of her ex-husband on child molestation, Magoon found herself in a downward spiral as she processed the guilt, shame, and sadness of being married to someone so infamous.

Hiking 48 Summits in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

By climbing each challenging summit, Linda found the internal strength needed to overcome the uncertainty surrounding the worst period of her life. Neither age, lack of experience, nor unforeseen life events would stop her from attempting her goal.

I’m thrilled to welcome Linda Magoon to the podcast.

You’re going to be quite inspired by this interview!

Related Information

Domestic Violence Hotline – USA:



Telephone number: 1-800-799-SAFE

Domestic Violence Hotlines – Canada:

Love is Respect Website about Relationships (with quiz):  www.loveisrespect.org

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Free Worksheet: Thought Awareness in Midlife https://suzyrosenstein.com/women-in-the-middle/ 

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