Career

What It’s Actually Like to Escape the 9 to 5
What It’s Actually Like to Escape the 9 to 5
Published on August 20, 2015
Everyone wants to escape the cubicle. The centuries-old 9 to 5 model is beginning to lift, and innovation and technology are helping us take our talents beyond the conventional workplace. I'm a strong believer that this is a tremendously positive shift, but with the "glamorization" (idolization, perhaps?) of the entrepreneur or the digital nomad, we have to wonder: is it all its cracked up to be?   READ MORE
22 Ways to Figure Out Your Next Career Move
22 Ways to Figure Out Your Next Career Move
Published on July 21, 2015
Whatever situation you’re in, at some point you’re going to wind up asking yourself: “What do I do next? Where do I go from here? How do I figure out my next step?” In my experience, there are three distinct stages you must pass through in order to be able to answer these questions: turning inward, seeking external inspiration, and then taking action. The first two stages instruct you to basically stop everything. Because figuring out what to do next is like needing to tie your shoelace. You can’t do it while you’re still running; you have to pause and do it properly.   READ MORE
Life

On Change and Giving Things Up: Saying Yes vs. Saying No
On Change and Giving Things Up: Saying Yes vs. Saying No
Published on August 14, 2015
A positive alignment of your life based on a conscious determination of your priorities and values will fill you with the excitement and inspiration to naturally forge the correct path ahead -- for you. It's not so much about saying 'no' to X, but about being so motivated to reach Y.   READ MORE
20 Tough Questions Every 20-Something Should Tackle Today
20 Tough Questions Every 20-Something Should Tackle Today
Published on May 19, 2015
Go turn off your phone, rip out your wifi router, curl up on your own makeshift “shrink sofa” with a laptop or a Moleskin in your lap, and spend the next hour becoming your own therapist. Mull over the following big ideas, savor each one at a time, take notes, sip your coffee (or red wine), stare out the window, and be alone with your soul. It’s the least you can do to tune-up and self-service your mental and spiritual health.   READ MORE
Travel

How to Plan a Trip to Anywhere in 60 Minutes or Less
How to Plan a Trip to Anywhere in 60 Minutes or Less
Published on August 24, 2015
Over the years, I’ve realized that EVERYONE loves to travel. Most everyone also enjoyed the travel planning process…to a certain extent. At first its fun, but after a couple hours of running in circles about where to go and if the season is right and if Rome is better than Florence or if December is a good time for safari in South Africa, it’s acceptable to want to throw in the towel or just book the next hotel that pops up when the page refreshes. Planning a trip consumes more time, energy, and research skills than most people realize. Sometimes nothing more than raw experience can get you the answers you need.   READ MORE
When Traveling Raises Big Questions
When Traveling Raises Big Questions
Published on April 28, 2015
It can only be from the living rooms of obscure towns in Ethiopia, with people who fed you and poured you honey wine and coffee and told you about their lives and made you upset and confused about the world, that you realize traveling is not about coming up with all the answers, but about knowing how many questions are out there, and understanding how very humiliatingly, paralyzingly capable we are to respond to them.   READ MORE
Health

How to Enroll in a Health Insurance Plan When You’re Self-Employed and/or Turning 26
How to Enroll in a Health Insurance Plan When You’re Self-Employed and/or Turning 26
Published on August 25, 2015
I turn 26 in a couple weeks and as someone who is a freelancer and losing eligibility to be covered under my parents insurance, I had to purchase my own health insurance and use the marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act to enroll. Initially, it was a huge headache, which you’d know if you have even looked at your state’s health marketplace, but now that I’ve come out on the other side, it actually wasn’t as bad as I thought when I first started.   READ MORE
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Hi, I’m Elaina and welcome to my blog!

 

Originally from New York State, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies and Mandarin in 2011. I worked for a Fortune 500 company as a management consultant in NYC until April 2013, when I quit in pursuit of growth and adventure. I took a job in international business development and now move to a new country every 3 months. I’m also a freelance writer, personal coach, and travel photographer. During the past 2 years, I’ve lived and worked in Nigeria (that’s a picture of me before a meeting in Lagos), Ethiopia, Turkey, Mongolia, Paraguay, South Africa, and Qatar. And I haven’t looked back since! Now I want to help YOU find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally.

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  • How to Plan a Trip to Anywhere in 60 Minutes or Less

    I travel a lot, since my (now former) job sent me to live overseas on rotating 3-6 month assignments in emerging market countries for over two years as their country director. Even when I was living in one place, I was still planning weekend getaways to nearby cities or countries. Favorite last-minute weekend getaways included hopping into Swaziland from Johannesburg, crossing the border from Paraguay into Argentina for last year’s World Cup final, and catching a camel ride in Cairo while Read more

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