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The Secret Sauce of Downsizing Online Course

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The Complete Guide to Living with Less and Loving It More

This is a complete resource for anyone in the downsizing space, whether you’re a realtor buying it for a client, buying for a parent or buying for yourself.

Meet the authors

Marlena has always been passionate about empowering people. During her 50- year career in education, she earned her Doctorate Degree and received numerous local, state and national awards for the work she has done for children and families. She was the recipient of the United States Service Award, a 1996 Olympic Torch runner, acknowledged in the United States Congressional Record and recognized on the California State Assembly floor for her work as Founder and past Executive Director of “The Kids’ Breakfast Club.” Now, as an award-winning author and speaker, Certified Home Stager and Realtor, Marlena continues to inspire and empower others. Find out more about Marlena at

Marlena Uhrik

Michele Mariscal has 30 years’ experience in the health and wellness field. She is a skilled facilitator in soft skills training and development. Her work facilitates individuals and organizations to thrive through heart-based learning.

She has earned grief recovery and advanced grief recovery certifications through the Grief Recovery Institute. She is also licensed as a Trainer and Mentor through the Institute of HeartMath. Michele is also a four-time author with her most recent publication of Growing Through Grief – The Alchemy of Healing from Loss. Find out more about Michele at

Michele Mariscal

Grace graduated with honors from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a Teaching Credential. While raising 4 kids, Grace was inspired to launch her professional organizing business, Check It Off Your List. Since 2007, she has organized everything from homes, offices, garages and classrooms to barns. She has even helped in the design and construction of new homes and remodels. 

Her definition of the word “Organized” appears in the International Best-Selling book, Itty Bitty Book of Words. Her unique approach to organizing is why clients across the nation enjoy working with her. Find out more about Grace at

Grace Bermudes

Mishele launched Away With Chaos in 2002. She helps busy people and those experiencing life transitions. Mishele has a deep passion for working with people with brain related conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other behavioral health conditions which can make it harder to get and stay organized. 

As a speaker, writer and active member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals), Mishele was the first in history to earn the official Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) designation in 2007. Her workshop “Managing Chaos” teaches how to keep chaos from seeping back into their home, work and life. Find out more about Mishele at

Mishele Vieira

River is a Certified Life Master Consultant and has a Master’s in Organization Development. Working within various sectors she has developed effective tools and strategies for providing collaboration, process improvement, strategic planning, facilitation, leadership and innovation. 

For over 20 years, she has studied transformation success principles. Taking an integrated, holistic approach, River combines her life experiences and broad background of studies with academic theories in systems thinking, emergent processes, quantum theory and neuroscience. 

River lives in a Northern California Sierras with her husband, dog and cat. She loves hiking, cycling, kayaking, or just sitting in her backyard watching the birds. Find out more about River at

River Easter