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I Quit My Job Two Years Ago Today…Here’s How That Worked Out!

Look at God! 

Two years later and there’s so much to celebrate! The day I packed my bags and walked off my job I had no clue where life would take me. How would I survive? How would I make money? Many of my readers have been following my journey since leaving mainstream media as a TV anchor to becoming a freelance journalist, TV host and writer. I wrote this blog marking the one year anniversary of that bold move and since then I’ve been bombarded with questions, stares and doubts. There have been those who rooted me on and saw nothing but potential and possibility and those who took more of a wait and see approach. I was walking away from a job where I was making a salary, had “stability,” allowed me to pay my bills on time, but that was also sucking the life out of me! I felt drained, tired and mentally defeated as I slaved away building someone else’s dream while my own withered away.

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Slowly but surely, bit by bit I chipped away at my opportunities, made contacts, networked and kept my name and face relevant. I toyed with many avenues, had many frustrating and tearful days. There were days I questioned my decision, regretted them and even reluctantly scrolled the newspaper looking for a new job.

Ha! 

Deep down inside I knew I was only fooling myself, giving into the fear of being on my own when it’s exactly what I wanted. So with a little help from friends and family I slowly carved out a lane for myself and one I’m satisfied with. I remember blogging about how annoyed I got when someone would ask me where I worked and I couldn’t answer right away because I was still in transition. But today, I can proudly proclaim:

I am a freelance journalist, a TV show host,  TV producer, writer, voice talent, social media manager and lifestyle blogger!

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It took me forever to really streamline what it is that I wanted to do with my skill sets and talent; but the more I blogged, the more I wrote, the more I hosted and produced shows, the career thing pretty much took care of itself and then people started to notice. I got more and more calls and emails, more gigs lined up and…this all started to make sense. 

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I soon realised that the saying is true, “When do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life!” I mean, work gets done because those coins have to be made, honey, but it all comes so naturally, so organically to me that work feels like a breeze…and that’s exactly what I was going for!

Stress -free. Fulfilling. Accomplished. 

I’m so happy to check in for this two-year report and track all the success I’ve had as a freelancer. I’m not one to brag or boast, but I think it’s oh, so necessary to stop and self-evaluate every now and again to make changes, celebrate or do both!

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Since quitting my job I: 

  1. host two Bahamian TV shows
  2. produce two other award nominated TV shows
  3. write and voice commercials for some of the biggest companies in town
  4. host events around town like the Ms. Bahamas World 2015 and 2016 pageants 
  5. TRAVEL LIKE MAD…to Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Puerto Rico, Canada
  6. reported from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
  7. had my website nominated for “website of the year” in the 2016 Bahamas Press Club Awards
  8. contributed to five international digital magazines
  9. #girlboss my way through life! 

There’s no set monthly salary, no corporate backing, no schedules, sometimes no desk, no office space with an ocean view, no automatic insurance and pension plan, no set vacation days (which I love!), no holiday bonuses or yearly increments . But here’s what I do have:

Ownership

Peace of Mind 

Freedom

Since leaving my job, I can honestly say this is the most successful I’ve been in my career. Just when it seems like I was tearing everything down, it was all building up and preparing me for this time, RIGHT NOW! I had to take that leap of faith, I had to take the chance and I had to step out and take the risk. Two years later and I’m so proud and blessed to say that it all worked out and will continue to.

Here’s to finding some new clients, booking more gigs and living out loud! 

Check out some pics of me in #girlboss action!

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What was the last bold move you made? Tell me, let’s chat below! 

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27 Responses
  • Monte Pratt
    December 1, 2016

    Great story! The beginning of a journey… If you don’t know where you came from, you don’t know where you are headed. Not only do you know where you are headed… you are definitely on the right track! Your personality was made for TV!! I watched you grow… my God continue to bless you and your endeavours!

    • ianthia
      December 1, 2016

      What kinds words! Thank you so much and I wish nothing but success for you too!

  • Dwanderer
    December 1, 2016

    My teenage son is also a professional blogger. After graduating, he chose to relocate & blog from South America rather than pursue a ‘traditional’ 9 to 5. Your story is inspirational not only for those planning to escape the corporate grind, but for younger ones leaving school with talents and a desire to set their own career paths, on their own terms.

    • ianthia
      December 1, 2016

      Amazing! I’m so happy he followed his heart and not society’s rules. I’m sure he’s on to greatness once he remains focused and creative! Kudoss to him. send the link to his site, I’d love to see his work.

  • Nadia
    November 30, 2016

    Inspiring and encouraging! Definitely what I needed to inspire me to take a leap of faith!

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      I love it! Thanks so much for reading and I’m glad to be of some inspiration!

  • Gina
    November 30, 2016

    Such an inspiring blog. If only we could all be so courageous! Continue to be an inspiration to us all.

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Thank you so much for reading! I’m happy my story can inspire others. Share it with someone who needs a word!

  • Christina johnson
    November 29, 2016

    Good story that should be shared with young persons who’s whole life is be prepared to work for people helping their boss dream to be a success. I am the president of the Bahamas Debutante Foundation would like for you to share your story with my girls who are in grade 12 getting ready to leave school. Please let me know if this is possible.
    Blessings
    Johnson

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Hey! I was a debutante in 2003! I would love to share my story, I’ll reach out to you soon! Thank you so much for reading!

  • shenay
    November 29, 2016

    Awesome Read! #Inspirational 😉

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Thank you, Shenay! Thanks so much for reading!

  • V
    November 29, 2016

    Thank you Ianthia for sharing and inspiring! I haven’t made the leap as yet but I plan to transition “into my own” very soon.

    Congratulations!

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Do it! Don’t be afraid, don’t hesitate, don’t overthink it! It will all work out and you will be just fine! Please keep me posted on what you do and how it pans out! feel free to email! hello@ianthia-smith.com

  • Dieulita
    November 29, 2016

    I left my very comfy job in August. My office, my salary, my comfort, but I also left unwanted stress, anxiety, pressure and a boss who wanted everything from me but was not willing to support me. I left a place where I was building someone else’s dream to go and build my castle in the sand or a snow bank. It’s hard but I have enjoyed every moment of it.

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Hi Dieulita! Way to go! I honestly think at some point in everyone’s life they should take time off from the traditional job! Explore new options, try being an entrepreneur, GO AFTER YOUR OWN DREAMS! After all this is life, you could always find another job! At least give it a shot. Kudos to you!

  • Ge
    November 29, 2016

    You are truly an inspiration and this blog gave me life. May God continue to bless you on your journey. Wishing you continued success😊

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Thank you so much for the kind words! Blessings to you as well and much success!

  • Cardell
    November 29, 2016

    So good to read the above. Super encouraging. Big Risk: Randomly Returning to the Bahamas as an American citizen, returning my brand new car, letting go of my gated community deluxe place after a pay increase at Michael Kors to pursue my dream and my annual sponsored fashion showcase in New Mexico #unbelievable to even type

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Hey darling! Thanks for reading…so you know just how I feel then! Sometimes all it takes is one giant leap! 🙂

  • Nicole Holder
    November 29, 2016

    Love your story. I too walked away from the corporate world to do my own thing. Its only been 5 months, so thanks for the inspiration that things will get better. I’m enjoying it now but there are times when fear rears its ugly head. But I’m kickin and screamin my way to the top. Rock On Girl!

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Hey Nicole!
      Stick it out! Trust me I had my days of questioning myself and wanting to give it all up as well, But I muscled through the hard times and just like that things started to take off! You can do it! Keep me posted on your progress, I’m sure we can help each other along! email me! hello@ianthia-smith.com

  • Kenny J
    November 29, 2016

    Awesome! Continue to be an inspiration to many young women out there!

    • ianthia
      November 30, 2016

      Thank you so much! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • MJ
    November 29, 2016

    You’re the bomb! Keep doing it girl. Spreading that black girl magic & #girlboss moves! Inspire us all! I love it❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

    • ianthia
      November 29, 2016

      Thank you so much lady! It’s been a wild ride, but I’m holding on for dear life! 😉 kudos to you as well!