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
temple.
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
loved.
10) Happiness- "Happiness is only real when shared"..Christopher
McCandless

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
me.

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.

MAKE A LIVING, MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Mark
ExpatMark's Goals 3
Money Goals
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Money I would be happy earning
$5000
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
$10000
3
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?
$5000

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
$10000

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
As much time as it takes. Got 24 hours every day.
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Kyle Premium
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. :)
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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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ExpatMark Premium
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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JohnPAlex Premium
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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ExpatMark Premium
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.

Mark
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Jerrick75 Premium
Hello there!
Thank you for the follow, I am doing the same in return. I love your bio, very well said in many aspects. Sounds like you will have no problem here at WA at all. Best wishes to you and your future my friend.

Thanks again!

Jerrick S.

P.S. Love your profile picture as well, that's awesome!
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ExpatMark Premium
Thanks for your kind words. A complete newbie to all things WA. Got my site up and have learned so much in just a couple of months. Never seen any platform, website, forum, etc....like WA. Everyone wants to see each other succeed.
Very refreshing in today's age.

Mark
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Jerrick75 Premium
You are welcome. Yah, this place is pretty amazing. I myself knew nothing in the WA world, and in the few months I have been here, it still amazes me how much I have learned. If you ever need any help or site comments/reviews, feel free to let me know. I'd be more than happy to oblige.

Jerrick S.
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RandellD Premium
Mr Thompson.
Thank you for reaching out to me and with the sharing of your profile.

I am glad you are smiling in the Ukraine because you have found your family. Times may be difficult there due to Russia's interests in that part of the world. But in addition to your family, you always have the WA community to underpin and support your other family.

Wishing you all the best at WA!
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altheone Premium
Hi my friend. you sure are right about all you hve written on your profile. Really inspiring and I feel the same on many of your points. I am happy to have found you and this WA family to bring to the next level. I had to stop worrying to much and ACT. I had to change my SHOULD into MUST. I had to move. If you have some time, you can visit my website and tell me how good or bad it is haha. Thanks for the add up man. Have a good one. Al
ps: what's your first name?
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ExpatMark Premium
Mark here and just PM me your url and will leave you some good comments. Just got a new theme so working hard on my site. Thanks for your kind words and have a great weekend.
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Matheo Premium
Hi Mark,
Thanks for the following,
I really like your values, that speak a lot to me.
You seems to live your life by taking fully responsibility of your choices and no by being a victim of circumstances that life bring you.

You know what, I like the challenge that you propose and I will participate

Here's the Hierarchy of my values :

Being an example :

1- Health... I do love being in a healthy body, knowing some basic information on the bio mechanic help me to understand myself better and it easier to guide other's
2- Love... It is important for me to give love to myself in the hard time of life. Sometime I doubt of my capabilities and giving love to someone who really need it, fill my heart and give me the strength to continue
3- Family... I live at 5 000 km away from my family. Sometime it's hard to not being with them physically and it is a major reason why they are as important for me. I realize that when we have something in abundance, I have a reflex to forget how lucky I am to have them in my life.
4- Sharing... If I have just 1$ in my pocket, I want to give it to someone who need it. But the most important, it's the time I share with people.
5- Being grateful... I think that value say everything by itself
6- Growing as a human... Life bring experience, we all have the choice to take those experience in the way we decide to see them

All the Best,
Mathieu
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ExpatMark Premium
I challenge everyone to write them down. They give you a perspective of where you are and where you are going. My parents were born in 1905 and 1921, so only family I have are a few first cousins scattered here and there. Had to go 5000 miles to meet someone with whom I mean to start a family, so that is why family is not quite on my list. Love your list my friend, very admirable.
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