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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My Writing Process Blog Tour

I’ve been invited to join the #mywritingprocess blog tour by Kaolin, the author who wrote Talking About Race: A Workbook About White People Fostering Racial Equality in Their Lives (http://ltar-kaolin.blogspot.com/). I met Kaolin as an undergraduate student at the U...

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Sometimes we maintain a secret because we are afraid of the rejection that ensues if who we are is revealed. Some secrets are not harmful. We all love a good birthday surprise, but others can wreak havoc in our bodies and cause the same damage every time the memory of the event is recalled.

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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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In my forthcoming book, Tomorrow Can’t Wait,  there are a few chapters that deal with the challenge of fear. Some people fear success while others fear failure.  Truly I do not believe we were created this way. When I taught at a daycare many years ago I can recall this tenacious ability that ...

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Book Pre-Launch: Why Tomorrow Can’t Wait
Dr. Allana Da Graca

I began writing my latest self-help book Tomorrow Can’t Wait two years ago.  I remember this vividly as I was at a place of introspection.  I thought of all of the that people would say, “You have completed so much in your life and...

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I love working out but every now and then I may find myself in a sluggish mode. I sit on the couch and rationalize all the reasons I should not go. I tell myself I can do exactly the same movements I would do at the gym in my living room. Unfortunately, every professional trainer knows that complace...

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