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love this one LaDonna!

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Aug 11Liked by LaDonna Witmer

Wow, this is just what I needed today! Getting closer to the move, but have serious doubts some days, and find myself procrastinating on preparation stuff I need to be doing! Thanks for the perspective.

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Having moved to PT a year ago from the states I’ve been reading with curiosity a fb page called something like “Why I’m leaving Portugal”. Much of it details specific episodes of neighbors’ dog abuse, child/spouse abuse, remoteness, local govt corruption, boring food 🙄, on-going language barrier, red tape snarls, etc.

It’s a head scratcher for me because they left what? For what? (looking for something different to be sure).I believe it often underscores the old adage “wherever you go there you are”. And, to get a little woo-woo, the Universe provides the lessons we need to learn wherever we land.

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Yes, yes! But also, even those of us who are doing the “retiree-friendly walking groups” and “funtivities” find that things aren’t always easy- there’s how to get to the grocery store, should we buy a car, what did they say again about taxes?, trying to formulate an answer for people who think you’ve abandoned good old ‘Murica or just your grandchild... 😁 Why, indeed? Love this, muito obrigada.

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Perfect timing. We are taking serious steps to finalize the move. What has made it feel right to us is agreeing that Portugal is our next place, but not necessarily our last place. Agree that it’s much easier to embark on an adventure like this at a less encumbered stage of life. I appreciate your honesty,

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“A new place can rearrange your molecules,” — Tom Cox. Thanks for such an enlightening post. My husband and I arrived in Lisbon a year ago this week. We have never regretted our decision to leave the US. But I know several couples who are divided on the issue of emigration. Both parties have to be committed or it will never work. The rewards for us, both expected and unexpected, have made me realized we should have done this years before. But I won’t dwell on that…I will remain incredibly grateful we are here now and reaping all the wonderful rewards Portugal has to offer.

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The exact same euphemism we used. Let’s blow up our lives. 💣 ♥️ 🌍 ☀️

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Spot on, again. Your why, not someone else's or someone else's interpretation of your why is so very important. It's the rock that the move (wherever you go) is built on. No matter what goes wrong (and things will go wrong) you can still get back to your why and hopefully feel good about it.

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We are thinking and researching a move, thanks for more inspiration

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Thoughtful and thought-provoking. There is a chasm to be explored between what one expected and what is experienced. Never got a tattoo, but you made consider my choice as impulsive in hindsight. But it wasn’t. I just didn’t have the need to research it as extensively, different circumstances and all that. But different expectations too. Half of all the advice/experience offered online and otherwise was wrong. Just didn’t know which half? Nicely written.

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Always SO insightful!

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Perfeito, como sempre! You have a way of saying things that just resonate, over and over, with just about every post. We've been in Portugal since early 2020 ( some off-time with covid though) and I can still feel the questions and some answers. Dam you're good at bringin' it on! :)

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