Nomad Score–Auckland and New Zealand

A Life By Design

Part I

For a lot of reasons, my Blaxit from the U.S. has been a long time coming.  As a young girl growing up in New York City, I would often journal about how my life would be when I grew up.  My dream was to become a corporate lawyer and live in New Zealand by the time I was 26.  Pretty big dream for a young Black girl who at that time hadn’t even ventured beyond the Tri-State area, let alone to a country 8,939 miles away. Nevertheless, moving to New Zealand was my childhood obsession.  

True to my forward-planning nature, I’d walk to the Co-op City library and read books about New Zealand, gobbling up as much information as I could about the country and its people. To this day, I can’t quite remember what sparked my fascination with this small island in Oceania. My best guess is that while spinning the globe in my bedroom to pass the time away, I landed on New Zealand.  Either way, those were the plans of young Chrishan.

“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Maya Angelou

By the time I turned 26, my life wasn’t that far off from my original plan.  I’d just completed grad school with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and was working for the Speaker of the New York State Assembly as a legislative analyst for five years.  Not a lawyer exactly but close enough.  The biggest change from my original plan wasn’t that I was still in New York, it was that I was pregnant with the first of my two loves—my son Miles.  

I poured my heart and soul into being a mom. In order to give my son the absolute best, I took on another job working in television and purchased my first home at 28.  I’d begun to lay what I thought was the foundation for designing a new life and quietly said goodbye to any plans for a life abroad. Then came Operation Shock and Awe.

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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