I’ve Reached 100!!

34 thoughts on “I’ve Reached 100!!”

  1. We at Portugal Living Magazine are so glad you are finding fulfillment in writing about and sharing your experiences. You are an excellent writer who weaves many interesting tales!

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  2. Beth, maybe this will work… I love reading your blog! It’s a highlight of every Friday and I miss it terribly when you don’t post. Lots of love!

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  3. Beth, I’ve been one of the subscribers from the beginning and I live vicariously through your blog posts as I come into my 8th year at J&J! You were inspirational when I first met you and now even more so as you share your weekly adventures. I hope one day to bring my husband to Portugal and explore many of the places, foods and things to do that you’ve shared in your 100 posts. Congratulations!

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    1. Hello Allie!!!! What a lovely surprise to read your extremely kind and generous message. (I’m blushing… seriously.) I truly hope you and your husband come to visit. I’d love to catch up face to face. Sending loads of love and hugs. Take care and give my best to the team!

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  4. I love your blog!  My husband and I are planning on moving to Tavira, Portugal this September.  It has been amazing to read all about your adventures and hopefully one day soon we will be creating our own.  Sara Gates

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    1. Hi Sara!! You and your husband are going to love Tavira. It’s one of our favorite places in all of Portugal. Did you happen to read my post on our visit there in 2020? Keep me posted on your journey and let me know if you have any questions. Good luck and have fun!

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      1. Wow 100! That’s amazing Beth, you’ve created a valuable and informative way for us to see how you’re living!. We can’t wait to visit and see some of the sights you’ve blogged about ourselves… and maybe meet some of your new friends 🙂

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  5. Wow 100 already? Glad you have found a fun way to enjoy your retirement while at the same time sharing helpful info about Portugal! You have certainly given me enough inspiration to want to visit Portugal with all of its beauty, history and great food!

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  6. Hi Beth – joining your audience in congratulating you on your 100th! Truly, your blog is an inspiration for all of us who enjoy history, art, wine, travel and photography. You’ve brought beautiful Portugal into our lives and sincerely look forward every Friday to read of your latest adventure. Cascais, and all of Portugal, is now on my bucket list thanks to your writings.. Definitely looking forward to your next 100.

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    1. I’m so happy to have reconnected with you Jeanne and can’t wait to see you. Thank you for such a thoughtful message. I’m delighted you have found my blog enjoyable and entertaining. Sending you loads of hugs!

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  7. Beth, this is such an inspiring, encouraging, and motivating post! Thank you, and congratulations on all the wonderful accomplishments and connections. I look forward to possibly hearing more about the Ohio couple as I prepare to move from Ohio to Sesimbra solo in October. They would’ve gone through the consulate in Washington, DC, which uses VFS Global, for their residency visas. I’ve learned that every consulate does things differently, and experiences can vary dramatically depending on which consulate has jurisdiction over one’s state of residence.
    When I retired early from my second career (teaching) at 59 in 2019, I knew I did not want to start another business (earlier career). I traveled around the world for 70 days with one carryon bag, as a first-time solo traveler. Sesimbra captured my heart as a place where I could actually afford an oceanfront home, unlike here in the US, and not have to worry about hurricanes. I planned to move there at 65. I started my blog for solo menopausal (hence the “hot” for hot flashes) in Feb. 2021 for a course I was taking. Created and proposed a Midlife Reimagined Apprenticeship, becoming a whiskey distillery intern at 61. And then unexpectedly sold my house during the crazy real estate boom. Suddenly, moving to Portugal became doable…now. And now that it’s happening (I’ve put a deposit on a seaside flat in Sesimbra for 6 months — required to apply for residency — and applied for an NIF — also required before applying for residency. I’m told I can’t apply for the visa earlier than 3 months prior to my move date, so I’ve yet to make my consulate appointment.) I experience moments of doubt and worry.
    This post is exactly what I needed to read today. Very glad to have found this resource. Thank you.

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    1. You are clearly not someone who is afraid of change and adventure so I’m confident this move will be just what you expect because you will make it happen. No need to have second doubts. The process to get here can be challenging at times (and the hardest part is waiting for your visa to arrive once you’ve submitted your packet), but if you are committed and determined, you will handle all the twists and turns in stride. I would be happy to introduce you to Tatiana and Marko. I can reach out to you directly via email (I have access to your email address via the back end of my blog) if you would like and we can discuss how I can put you in touch with them. I’m sure they would be happy to answer any questions you have. BTW, my younger brother used VFS to get his visa. He lives in Venice, CA. He will be arriving on February 7 so I’m confident they will be able to help you secure yours.

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      1. That would be amazing and so kind of you, Beth. My contact info is on my blog site. Please feel free to connect in whatever way you and they are comfortable. Thank you!
        ~ Natalie

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  8. So glad you are doing well, Beth. Retirement is certainly a reward and relief after the grind of the corporate world. Kathi Eckler turned me on to your blog after we visited Portugal in Oct 2019. You’ve given me lots of reasons to visit again. Thanks for enjoyable insights on a beautiful country.

    Enjoy and stay safe on your forever adventure.

    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda!! It’s wonderful to hear from you. It’s too bad your trip to visit Portugal and our arrival didn’t overlap, but I’m truly hoping you and Kathi will consider revisiting. It would be great to catch up with you both in person. Until then, please stay safe and healthy.

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  9. Your blog has been written like a fairytale! A place filled with castles, coastlines, beautiful gardens, amazing food and warm people. Every time I read it, I’m ready to jump on a plane and head your way. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to completely move somewhere. But I’m pretty sure a few years would be wonderful. Our daughter lived in Japan for 5 years. It was so difficult to only see her 7 times during that period. I missed her dearly and since she’s been home now, we’re very much enjoying family time. Well, more so before Covid! I’d be more than ready to go if our two kids wanted to join us! Jen and her fiancé, Shin have considered Spain. He is from Okinawa, lived in Bolivia growing up and then made his way to the states. They are both fluent in Japanese and Spanish. Although, Jen lost quite a bit from speaking Japanese for so long. They’re both graphic designers who may be able to work remotely. Our son, Ryan is on the verge of a career change into IT of some sort, which could also allow remote working. My hubby, Ruben has about three years left to go until retirement. He’s one of those people who likes working and the challenges that present themselves. But I think a couple of good trips beyond the pond again will help convince him retirement is the way to go. The other block for me is aging somewhere else. And possibly alone. It’s forefront in my mind because I was the one caring for my mom and stepdad through heart attacks, broken hips, COPD etc. I’m sure you’ve thought of this as well and I’ve wondered how you both felt about it. In any case, your blog and this incredible life your both living is quite inspirational and even enviable! There I said it!😉 One thing for certain, Portugal is definitely on the list of must see’s! I’m thinking a Villa for a month! It really is wonderful you’re living the dream and enjoying life! Thank you for sharing the GOOD, the not so BAD at all and the barely UGLY with us!

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    1. I completely relate to everything you have shared. Being away from family is one of the most challening. However, I would never want to hold them back should they want to do something similar. It has been the adventure of a lifetime. I am super excited that my youngest brother will be moving here in just a few short weeks (now I need to work on the other four…LOL!). Living in another country is an extremely stimulating experience. I believe it has improved our mental and physical health beyond what we would have experienced if we had stayed in the US. As for your concern about aging here. I had the same concerns, but I will be honest…our experiences with the health system here compared to what my family has been coping with back in the US, is pushing that concern from my mind. It’s so much easier and better here. Regardless, if I ended up alone I would most likely return to the US to be closer to my son Matthew so that he could advocate for me should I need it. Until then, Won and I are going to make the most of our life here and have a great time in the process. I’m just super happy that my blog posts are tempting you and so many others to come visit an amazing, wonderful country that you might have otherwise missed.

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  10. It is amazing that you have written 100 chapters of your life and adventures in Portugal, and I’m pleased that I have had the pleasure of reading each of them. Love you!

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  11. Congratulations, Beth! I absolutely LOVE following your adventures, and your blog has definitely solidified our desire to visit and explore Portugal! Thank you for your engaging posts …. the best!! xo

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