My Expat Life: One year Away

When I decided to move away from home I had the intention of moving back after a year.



I told myself that a year was the max amount of time that I wanted to spend away from my home and my life.  I saw my move as an interim from what I was currently doing back home in San Francisco and that I would move back refreshed and ready to kick ass again.



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I never thought that after a year not only would I have a bunch of new career options, but that I wasn’t in a rush to come back home again. Click here for an update





Things happen in life that force you out of your comfort zone and  lead you to achieve greatness.

I remember when I was 23 years old my parents kicked me out of my house because they thought I was being unambitious. It was more like I wasn’t achieving the success that they wanted and expected me to achieve.


Nonetheless in less than a year I had started my own business, re entered college and within two years had graduated from University all while working 30+ hours a week.





Four months later I moved to the Bahamas, no job prospects, and didn’t know anyone. I was devastated to say the least. Gone were the days of a full schedule of clients, classes and activities. My new life felt purposeless. I went from being the pocket rocket, juggling a fun busy schedule, to having way too much time to think about how I hated it here and wanted to move back home. These are my ten tips for moving abroad.


Since home, was just a plane ride away.







My Expat Life series follows my journey to coming into my own in a new world, with new people and new opportunities. A lot has happened since my last post. (You can download my workout ebook here)


I celebrated my first birthday in the Bahamas 🙂





I began this blog because I’ve always enjoyed writing. I had a self-run newspaper when I was younger, but a lot of my passions fizzled out as I got older and I focused  on my social life. Don’t follow my lead. I stopped writing, creating, I stopped painting, playing music (I knew how to play three instruments).


I’ve never thought of myself as a creative person, up  until recently when I reevaluated what I’ve been doing, and realized how I actually am.







I began this blog in May. And it’s been a tremendous journey.

Related: Why I started my blog


In my realm of fitness I found myself being a bit of a therapist day to day, but my words only reached my clients. So I thought “hey maybe I Can help other people”, all while helping myself. I need “something to do.”  It took a while to come up with a name for my blog but I ultimately knew what focus I wanted to have.


  1. I’ve been featured on’s homepage for “My Expat Life the Story Continues”
  2. Hired by as a writer and Social Media Manager
  3. With features on ModernBrownGirl, Daily Vitamina, SheUnplugged, Fortem Sportswear and


Related: How to be Successful as a Personal Trainer


And I’ve even made some great connections here in the Bahamas (totally unplanned). Which was a result of me just supporting the work of other creative women like myself.


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Ianthia Smith: journalist, writer, Tv host and more



In a conversation that I had with a colleague a few weeks ago, I came to the realization that I’ve done some pretty scary things in my life. I left what was a safe and comfortable job to establish my own business and I left my secure business and life to venture to a new world with new obstacles and opportunities.


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This past year has certainly not been easy. And sometimes I really do miss home. But I wouldn’t be who I am today without it.




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Check out more of my Expat Life Series Here. Fitness posts can be found Here 🙂







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