Natalie Wester: Mid-life Reimagined in Lourinhã

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In this episode of the Blaxit Global podcast, I reunite with Natalie Wester who was featured in the Condé Nast article I wrote, How to Retire in Portugal: A Complete Guide, and our popular Moving Abroad Over 50 panel on our YouTube channel.

Natalie Wester is a former second-grade teacher and National State Teacher of the Year who retired from teaching as a second career at 59. A radical reinventor, permission-giver, and storyteller, she encourages midlife women to give themselves permission to change the life they’re living so they can live a life they love.

By 60 she became a solo around-the-world traveler and recovering social media avoider. At 61, she launched The Hot Goddess blog for midlife women and started a “blackboard to bourbon” journey by developing a Midlife Reimagined Apprenticeship and becoming a whiskey distillery intern. At 62, she became an expat and now calls Lourinhã, Portugal home.

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Chrishan Wright is the visionary behind Blaxit Global—an influential platform inspiring and empowering the African diaspora to embrace a life abroad. As the dynamic host of the Blaxit Global Podcast, Chrishan amplifies the stories of Black expats, weaving a narrative that transcends boundaries.

Chrishan's impact extends far beyond the podcast, as she's become a sought-after freelance journalist and speaker. Her compelling insights have garnered attention from media outlets including The New York Times, HuffPost, PBS, InStyle Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Travel Noire, and more. As a speaker, she brings a unique perspective on the intersection of culture, identity, and the transformative power of relocation.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Chrishan is a devoted mother to two adult children. Fueling her passion for exploration, she embarked on her own journey, leaving the United States in 2023 to call Lisbon, Portugal, home. Chrishan's story is not just about relocation; it's a testament to the profound impact of embracing change and finding empowerment in the global tapestry of life. Join Chrishan on this transformative journey and let her experiences inspire your own adventure abroad.

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  • hello , it’s great to read about other women of color immigrating to different parts of the world. I am a recently retired IT black Colombian woman who’s lived in Miami for 50 years- I am currently exploring my move to Sesimbra, Portugal where I should be able to retire comfortably w/my pension, SS & Roth IRA savings. My 8 other siblings think I am crazy BUT I know I am NOT. I hope to connect/join the vast diaspora of black women moving to Portugal!!!!

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