Bahama Mama In Progress
When I decided to move away from home I had the intention of moving back after a year.
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. I never thought that after a year not only would I have a bunch of new career options but that I wouldn't be in a rush to move back to a familiar home.
When I told people I was moving to the Bahamas, they assumed I had “made it”, and that I would be living this glamorous life. I want to preface this post by saying that living on the beach isn’t as glamorous as these travel blogs make it out to be.
In addition, where you live or where you move is what you make of it. There have been many a time here where I absolutely DREADED IT. It may be sunny outside for most of the year, and the water in your back yard is a fluorescent shade of sea foam green (humble brag), but just because someone moves away, does not mean that life does not catch up with him or her. I moved with no job prospects, and didn’t know anyone. I was devastated to say the least.
I moved here in anticipation to hopefully find employment, which almost a year later, has not come to fruition. This is not because of my lack of effort or qualification, but rather the employment system of the Bahamas, which is not easy for a foreigner to navigate or participate in.
But things happen in life that force you out of your comfort zone which lead you to achieve greatness.
MOVING AWAY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS THAT I'VE HAD TO DO.
The past year has been a tremendous learning experience for me. From learning about others and to ultimately learning about myself. Being outside of my comfort zone in a new country brought out some fears, worries, and feelings that I never knew I had.
I've learned that a lot of my success had to with my frame of mind.
Honestly, one day, I just decided that I wasn’t going to complain anymore. That one decision has been life changing. A lot has happened in the last few months due to my positive mindset and determination.
I’ve been working in the fitness industry for five years and I surprised my peers when I started my blog, Flourish-ious. But I have always secretly been a #creativesmartgirl.
Flourish-ious became way of combining all of my passions into one place. As a fitness girl, I was fine talking about fitness topics but I sought to expand my creative capabilities. Four months later, I’m currently balancing multiple work projects and have had articles featured in several online media publications.
I never thought in a million years that I would be a techie.
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.