An awesome part of risk taking is the unknown answers to certain questions that can only come about from living the actual experience. Before hubby and I journeyed across the Atlantic, we decided to have somewhat of a brainstorm that mentioned all of the pros and cons about life abroad. Since we were not depending on retirement accounts, we were outlining our master plan as to how we would live abroad. In lieu of researching all of the preliminary steps for such a large move, I was happy to discover the Expat Focus blog. I met a few individuals who shared their experiences about living abroad and this was truly valuable. Once I arrived in Portugal, I wanted to capture all of the emotions I had about the experience and joined the Expat Focus blogging community. It served as a great outlet for me during my time abroad.

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We know that heartache can stem from a broken relationship, job loss or betrayal from a trusted friend. It can also be daunting to enter into a new phase of life where one feels completely isolated.

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Foster mother seemed like a monster to me.  She was the female version of Hulk. A giant that I hoped I could escape from.  I stared at anything that would show my reflection to understand what made me so unacceptable.  Caretaker told me I was not worth hugging because I was too black for anyone to care.  She reminded me that my father would never accept me either as he believed I was a curse for his reputation.

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The day you left is one I will never forget

I waited for 18 years to hear your words

A moment where you could look me in the eyes

 

A time when your words mattered

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After three years of crying every other month, I decided to take my LIFE back.  Why would I allow someone’s perception to rob me of living a full life?

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So this morning I decided I would jump back on the health wagon. This past week I said screw the diet,  I am “Going All In.”  I mentally stated, “No smoothie, no salad, beans or nuts!”  I want to go back to the good ole days of eating apple pie, ice cream, chips, cookies (Gluten free…...

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We all hate it when we are working towards a goal and we see the sweat of our hard work oozing down the side of our face? There are times when this boulder of challenge seems to take the very wind out of us. This boulder can also cause such exertion that we forget that we can put a plank right ...

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