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 Goals
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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ExpatMark Premium
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
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.
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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Janxio Premium
Hi! Happy to hear that someone found their warm and fuzzy corner of the world with a good partner, for no matter what many say, we are here to share our happiness and sorrows with the right partner. I am sincerely happy for you:)...and totally understand your early retirement! I retired at 62... not enough money, but there is no comparison for the peace of mind and tranquility I have today just knowing that I OWN MYSELF... priceless!!!
McWord Premium
Thanks for the follow; I’m following you back!

As you know by now, the WA Community has tons of help for anyone who needs it, so don't hesitate to reach out. We are interested in our mutual success and there are plenty of people willing and able to assist!

All the best,

despatis Premium
Dear Mark, thanks for sharing and for accepting my invite, much appreciated. Seems you're doing very well, so keep on track and let's stay in touch.

Agusto Premium
Retiring early is your right decision. I’m 69 years old retired from the Law Office environment five years ago. It seems I worked too long.
I’ve been traveling myself and met my girlfriend at the golf tournament. We have 3 year old son that kept me out of retirement.
WA is a long term investment for my son.
Enjoyed the community with people like you.
ExpatMark Premium
I met my Ukrainian girlfriend at The County Club of Kiev. lol. There are a lot of good looking girls like mine and yours at golf courses.
BilBailey Premium
You're starting to get under my skin. If you have an Issue with the USA I'll bring you an American made John Deere Tractor and a Log Chain so you can pull your head out of your butt so you see where you are going!!
I see you UNFOLLOWED ME that is great I'll do you the same. Do not read my comments ar Blogs, you're too ignorant! I HOPE I made this CLEAR enough even for you.

Bill Bailey
CLandi Premium
Why are you so upset with him? I worked with many people who retired and left the USA to live in a country that is less expensive. I haven't read any negative comments about the USA from him? Have you?

ExpatMark Premium
He doesn't know CLandi. Morons like him are the reason I left America. He hides behind a computer spitting insults, but would never say anything to my face. He's at work now, I am heading to St. Croix to spend 2 weeks scuba diving, then to Prague to a friends wedding. He has never been out of Hazard County.
CLandi Premium
I'm disappointed that it had to be a war of words. I took to you because we have much in common, and that makes it easy to relate to you. I have considered moving to Kiev, but not because I don't like this country. Instead I would do it for it a lady I really cared about.

St. Croix and Prague. Is that made possible by what you have accomplished at WA?

Thank you for the like and the comment. I hope you find happiness wherever you are in this world.

ExpatMark Premium
Haven't made a cent at WA, but looking forward to using what I have learned here to switch from one-on-one training to online (can reach way more clients). Made my moving money selling my house, business(Property Maintenance-had 51 residential/commercial properties I maintained by myself), lump sum payment from 25 years at Scripps Howard and not having any kids. Plus Personal Training nets me $75/ hour. Put money into my IRA's for over 25 years. Compound interest is a great thing.
CLandi Premium
Mark, you are very wise. If I had to do it all over again, I would have chosen a Roth IRA. No tax benefits on your current income, but you pay no tax on what you take out when you retire. After reading your comment again, I'm not sure that you haven't invested in a Roth IRA.

Thanks for the comment.