About Born Again Brazilian

For more about life in Sao Paulo, see American Exbrat in São Paulo.

In early 2009, I decided to give up my career with a Wall Street firm to be with my then one-and-a-half year old daughter. I loved my job, so it wasn’t an easy decision, nor one I took lightly.  But as the market appeared to be crumbling, my hours were going to increase, and there were plenty of good people losing their jobs simply because someone like me needed to reduce head-count to an arbitrary number, it seemed like the very best time to do it.  I also had aspirations to finally launch my writing career, and envisioned a peaceful, stress-free life that included picnics at the park with my daughter, and long writing sessions during her naps.

Little did I know I was simply launching myself from one demanding job to the next. Only this time, my boss cried and screamed if I didn’t meet her expectations, the hours were worse (on call 24/7), and I got paid nothing.

Though it was not what I had it imagined it to be, I never looked back. The good moments far outweighed the struggles and I did manage to squeak out three reasonably bad screenplays, two websites, and a dozen or more online articles.

When my Brazilian husband was offered the opportunity to take a position in Sao Paulo, it was really a no-brainer. I didn’t have a job to hold me to New York, and though I had visited Brazil many times, living there would be a new experience and my daughter would be exposed to the another part of her heritage.

So here we are, in a city full of culture and life, finding ourselves surrounded by our Brazilian relatives, old friends, and making new friends as we go, both Brazilian and ex-pats from all over the world.

Despite my sometimes cynical sense of humor, I have yet to regret the decision to come here. I love Brazil and everything it has to offer. Brazilians are a unique people, and though they may run you over with their car while you’re trying to cross the street, most would do anything they could to aid a stranger to their land.

I hope you enjoy our adventure!

Born Again Brazilian

40 Responses to About Born Again Brazilian

  1. NuttyMama says:

    I followed your comment on my blog back to yours and am thoroughly enjoying your humor and insights on being a driven career woman to a mother and into your Born Again Brazilian life. You are far braver than I to submerge yourself in a land where I understand very little of what is spoken. At least it is a beautiful language.

  2. Hi, nice to meet you !

  3. Danielle says:

    Great introduction! Can’t wait to check out the blog!

  4. This is particularily interesting to me since i am a Swede, though half Cape Verdian.
    I have grown up in a Swedish culture and i study that a lot (i think culture and heritage matter) but i am also interested in my fathers culture.

    Cape Verde, like Brazil, speaks Portuguise and many parts of the culture is very similar (funny when you consider the distance), though the language is usually a local Creole.

    I hope there will be more on the spiritual practices of Brazil (Afro / Brazilian), i really liked yourarticle on the Exu trabalho. 😉

    • Yes, I think the Afro/Brazilian religions are so interesting. There is a lot of uncertainty about which elements came from Africa and which from Brazil – makes for curious contemplations about what the natives of Brazil were up to. Thought it was so interesting to find evidence of practice in Sao Paulo. Will write more about it now that I know I will have an audience 🙂

  5. Hello! Thank you for liking my post, I’m very glad that you have because your story is inspiring and I look forward to following your blog! Would love to learn more about Brazil! 🙂

  6. I love this blog. So glad you stopped by mine so I could find you. I wll be back!

  7. Happened across your blog by way of another… My husband and I recently moved to Sao Paulo and are hoping to meet some new people. If you are close… perhaps we can grab coffee or dinner? Looks like we could learn a lot from you!

  8. Angie Z. says:

    What a great blog — I know almost nothing about Brazil and there’s definitely a lot of intrigue with its culture. How brave of you to take this life-altering plunge. Great that you have family and a fluent husband there with you but I imagine it was still scary at first to commit to living in a foreign country. I look forward to stopping back.

  9. HaLin says:

    Cynicism is a virtue – which much like an under-priced security – is available rarely an almost always at a discount to its true worth!

    Glad to have discovered you on Freshly Pressed. The rest here was worth the while. I look forward to revisiting.

  10. arjungabriel says:

    Hey This looks wonderful. I am married with a Brazilian and I can relate to you. looking forward

  11. I’ve been in Brazil for about six months now, interesting posts!!

  12. eliseblalock says:

    This is such a great idea! I do a weekly “Abroad Blog of the Week” and would love to highlight your Born Again Brazilian.

  13. eliseblalock says:

    I just nominated Born Again Brazilian for a Versatile Blogger Award. Check out http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/ for directions. Have a great weekend!

  14. Thanks for visiting today,, love your sense of adventure!

  15. cory says:

    My boyfriend is a Sao Paulo native also and he wants me to move back there with him someday after we’re married. Obviously this is somewhat terrifying to me since I have no idea what to expect (although I, too, have visited multiple times) and I’m not sure if it’s what I really want. I’m excited to read your blog and see what your experience has been!

  16. The Rider says:

    Would love to read your blog and learn more about Brazil!

  17. Lots of interesting and perceptive comments on your blog. I will return.

  18. We just discovered your blog today via Tom R.’s post on LinkedIn. Very informative (and enjoyable) postings.
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  19. jacksonjc9 says:

    Hello! I enjoyed going through your blog and wish to read more.. Keep them coming 🙂

  20. Dianne Driscoll says:

    Hi. I have just come across your blog today when looking for Brazilian presents to take back to my family and friends in Australia. It is my first time visiting Brazil. I have come here with my partner and my son. I love it here even though I can’t speak the language. Everyone is so very friendly. I hope to return in a couple of years and eventually live here. Thank you for your insights into Brazil and the amusing way you write your experiences.

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