About ExpatMark
Joined May 2018
I am 58 years young and retired from the corporate rat race 14 years ago. Everyone said I was crazy to retire so early. I said you are crazy for working at a job you hate till you are 70.

I was born in Frayser, Tennessee and am now an American ex-pat living in Kyiv, Ukraine.

I left 500k in salary on the table over the past decade and have no regrets. Money replenishes, itself, Time does not.

I am a Certified Personal Trainer/ Fitness Nutritionist/ Specialist in Exercise Therapy and also Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL-Scotland) abroad. I travel the planet looking for discovery, adventure, and knowledge. I bought a condo last summer in Kyiv, Ukraine to be with the most amazing woman I have ever met in my life. I spend my time equally there and on the road.

I am an avid golfer, competition chef, love reading, music-loving, open water certified rescue scuba diver, and will do anything for an adrenaline rush.

I live by a strict Hierarchy of Values. I do not waiver from their adherence.

1) Health- I love helping people reach their health goals. Your body is a
2) Wealth- Everyone has some type of wealth.
3) Faith- No explanation needed. Play hard, pray hard, all day, every day.
4) Purpose- I get joy/happiness from helping others. My happiness is not
determined by how happy I am, but how happy those are around me.
The cornerstone of achieving success is helping others(who appreciate it).
5) Absolute Freedom- This could be number 1 easily. The state in which
absolutely nothing can restrain me from doing ANYTHING, ANYTIME,
ANYWHERE my heart desires, neither myself nor any external forces,
6) Belonging- A sense of Community/ Social Relationships (WA filled a void)
7) Knowledge- The daily pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, adventure, and
discovery, by traveling, reading, soaking in all of life's experiences and the
wonderful things God has put on this planet.
8) Footloose- Life as most people live it leaves me empty and unsatisfied. I
need a richer, more intense and challenging lifestyle.
9) Respect- All any man needs is respect. All any woman wants is to be
10) Happiness- "Happiness is only real when shared"..Christopher

I challenge everyone to WRITE DOWN your Hierarchy of Values.

For most of you, FAMILY would top this list. I have none. My mom was born in 1921, Dad in 1905. I have no siblings and only a few first cousins living. Not enough to keep me in the USA. I found the love of my life in Ukraine and the country is amazing. The cost of living there is 75% cheaper than in the USA.

They say you can never go home. They also say home is where the heart is. My heart is in Ukraine, so I AM GOING HOME.

Unlimited possibilities exist for me. I worked my ass off to get where I am
today and now I have Absolute Freedom. It will never be taken away from

I LOVE THIS COMMUNITY AT WA, AND FULLY INTEND TO TEACH WA TO UKRAINIANS. The average salary there is $145/mth. I can really make a difference in the lives of so many there.


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Money I would be happy earning
Money I would be ecstatic earning
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
As much time as it takes. Got 24 hours every day.
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How much money would you be happy earning?

How much would you be ecstatic earning?

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
As much time as it takes. Got 24 hours every day.
Kyle Premium Plus
You absolutely can and you will achieve these goals (and likely beyond) Mark! Dedicate yourself to your goals and take action on what you learn here. Action leads to success and I have never seen anyone fail that doesn't quit.

I look forward to working with you and do let me know if you need a hand along the way. :)
ExpatMark Premium
$10,000 may seem low, but I am moving to Lviv, Ukraine and with the cost of living there, 10K is about $25k in buying power. Can invest 40-60 hours per week easily. I am retired but am Certified Personal Trainer, so this is slow time of year for me. thanks for the encouragement.
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And 10k/mth. is over $25k when I spend it in Ukraine, where I am moving.
I encourage everyone who has absolute freedom to check out destinations around this great big world that are great places to live.
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statius Premium Plus
Thanks so much. All the Best in pursuit and accomplishment of all your intentions and goals. I also enjoy golf and will be retiring next year. I have enjoyed my work in the mental health area but it is time to move on and explore. I have traveled a bit but never made it to Lithuania where my grandparents were born. Most of my relatives have passed as well as I was born as an only child late in my parents' life. They were in their forties. So I look forward to some new adventures as well.
jbills34 Premium
Well Mthompson3; i am truly honored and taken away by your acommplishments and desires and could not feel more honored to be followed by you. My lineage has roots in the Ukraine and while you are what I desire to be; I look forward to learning from you and have you inspire me as I am damaged goods at thistime.
Vaclav1 Premium
Hi Mark.
Only now I did read your full story. You must be very nice person!
I especially liked your words that you are getting joy and happiness from helping others.
Interesting is that I also have discovered beautiful girl with very gentle soul in Kiev. Yet we must together decide where to live - in Kiev or New York.
It looks we have similar destiny!
qrwizard Premium
Mark, what can I say? Are you my younger brother? I could not believe what I was reading when I came to your profile... So many things in common! My most amazing love story was with an Ukrainian woman, my business partner from February on is also Ukrainian woman, my recently deceased partner's girlfriend...
Ok, we'll have time to talk if you want to.
Now, formally, thanks for the follow. Reciprocating.
Please, let's keep in touch!

ExpatMark Premium
Will do. The second time I went to Ukraine I said I could live right here. An amazing people, culture, history. And the half-plus-seven rule rocks.
Cost of living is a big plus.
2-3 hours from all the European capitals.

Talk more anytime.

JohnPAlex Premium Plus
Hi Mark, thanks for the follow, I will be keeping an eye on you as well. You are probably ahead of me since I took a year off and feel I am starting from scratch. The statistics also show if you do not have a focus after retirement, you don't tend to last long.
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Retired for the 9-5 11 years ago and have done more since than I did before. lol Absolute Freedom rocks.
Much success to you in 2019 too.