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About Me

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Hi, I’m Elaina and these are my thoughts on the most important decade of our lives.

 

Originally from New York State, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese 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 moved to a new country every 3 months for two years. During that time I lived and worked in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Turkey, Mongolia, Paraguay, South Africa, Qatar, Oman, and Guyana.

 

In September 2015, I left that job to travel for 15 months through India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, and Europe, paying my way as a digital nomad: writing, career coaching, travel planning, and blogging.

 

As of November 2016, I've taken on a new challenge, landing a job as an international operations lead for the highest valued start-up in Silicon Valley. This job will take me to Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.

 

When I'm not busy at work, I'm on here writing about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There's simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love.

 

Most importantly, I want to help YOU find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a coaching session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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How Money May Be Blocking You From Reaching Your Creative Potential
How Money May Be Blocking You From Reaching Your Creative Potential
Published On: May 15, 2017
I’ve spent the past month squirreling away on a project that’s hopefully going to play a very interesting role in an industry I love — but it’s also set up to make exactly $0, for now. In fact, I’m actually dumping a substantial amount of money into professional design work, branding, and domain negotiation. It’s a little labor of love and I’m really excited about where the process of creating it will lead.   When I mention my current undertaking to the Australian friends I’ve made here as an expat, they want to know more about the concept and what it’s going to do and how it's progressing. They sound excited for me. When I mention it to American friends back home, the first thing they Continue Reading
Confessions From Someone Who Looks Like She Has Her Shit Together (And How to Actually Pull It Together When You Feel Lost and Hopeless)
Confessions From Someone Who Looks Like She Has Her Shit Together (And How to Actually Pull It Together When You Feel Lost and Hopeless)
Published On: April 4, 2017
If you’re a frequent reader, you may have noticed I’ve taken a long break of silence for the past month. The truth is, I’ve been going through a crisis of my own and it seemed ironic to write anything where it seemed like I knew what I was talking about during a time when I’d lost all sense of that.   So what have I been struggling with? For starters, I’ve been completely mentally consumed by work -- I’m guessing you’ve been there at some point, too. It’s incredibly frustrating to see that with less than six months back in a competitive corporate environment I’m unable to maintain sufficient reserves of creative and independent energy in order to write, read, Continue Reading
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Want to Save Money? I Swear By This
Want to Save Money? I Swear By This
Published On: May 29, 2017
“Why should we all use our creative power…? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold, and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” -- Brenda Ueland   Money is an inconvenient but necessary evil we all have to deal with. We’re too far down the rabbit hole to pretend it’s less important than it really is.   In my own life, I’ve been able to change jobs, leave jobs, travel to 55 countries, and build my own small business mostly because I’m an expert at managing my money -- and I’m always motivated to help more people become financially savvy. Because if you can stay out of debt, become a minimalist, and Continue Reading
My Secret Little Practice for Being Creative, Getting Shit Done, and Staying Sane
My Secret Little Practice for Being Creative, Getting Shit Done, and Staying Sane
Published On: May 21, 2017
I’ve come to accept that being a blogger means giving all my secrets away.   Today I’m going to tell you my biggest secret for coming up with new ideas, getting and staying inspired, and maintaining my creative productivity while still working a full-time job.   It's pretty simple. At least once a month, I spend a Sunday in solitude from sunrise to sunset -- no technology or other people allowed -- and take the day to fully disconnect myself and engage in purposeful thought, creative exploration, and self-care.    I call them Sundays for the Soul and they are a sacred practice in my life. They help me get inspired, work on important projects, and recalibrate my physical and mental health.  Continue Reading
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9 Ways to Grow Your Career While Traveling
9 Ways to Grow Your Career While Traveling
Published On: June 20, 2017
The following is a guest post contributed by Joaquim Miro, founder of The Alternative Ways   The first time I told my friends and family that I was going to quit my job and travel, it didn’t go so well. They were nervous, anxious, and even scared for me. “How will you find another job when you come back? How will you make enough money on the road?”   While I didn’t have answers to these questions at first, I knew deep down that as long as I worked hard and continued to develop relevant skills, I would be okay. 10 months later, I'm proud to announce that I’ve been offered jobs, year-long volunteer programs, and promising business opportunities.   What Continue Reading
Taking a break to travel won
Taking a break to travel won’t ruin your career
Published On: June 4, 2017
If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “I want to take time off to go traveling but I’m worried it will hurt my career,” I’d be one rich blogger instead of one who spends a decent amount of her time scribbling back emails that say, “No no no, just go do it, you’ll be fine and here’s why.”   A bit of my story: Last year I stepped away from a job I loved to take a break, thinking I’d spend four months on the road, rejuvenate a bit, and go right back to work. A year and a half later, I had circumnavigated the globe, crash-landed on the west coast, and found myself applying to jobs Continue Reading
Health

Two Years Later: Why Changing My Relationship to Alcohol is the Best Thing I Ever Did for Myself
Two Years Later: Why Changing My Relationship to Alcohol is the Best Thing I Ever Did for Myself
Published On: April 4, 2017
The last time I got drunk was in May 2015, when I was (ironically enough) living in Qatar. It’s a big thing for Doha expats to do boozy brunches on the weekend and that was officially the last time I went out with the intention to get intoxicated.      It’s been two years now, and I’d never go back to how I lived and partied before.    At the time, I didn’t expect to give up drinking permanently. Ramadan was approaching and that was simply the last boozy brunch we’d be able to do for awhile as the country moved into a religious period of fasting, sobriety, and reflection. Coincidentally, I also lost all of my friends in Qatar Continue Reading
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You Don’t Always Have to Quit: Ways to Actually Be Happier at Work
Published On: February 12, 2017
  Some blogs talk mostly about quitting your job to travel the world. Some talk about becoming a digital nomad or full-time entrepreneur. And others talk about helping you find your dream job.   Mine talks about how to do all of these, because there are many ways to build a lifestyle that works for you.    I’m a digital nomad, small-time entrepreneur, and freelance writer, but I’m also an international project manager who has worked for several major companies over the past 5 years. I lead parallel careers, sometimes working the 9 to 5 grind, sometimes spending extended time on the road paying my own way. I’ve come up with a formula that works for me, using my corporate Continue Reading

About Me

About Me

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Hi, I’m Elaina and these are my thoughts on the most important decade of our lives.

 

Originally from New York State, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese 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 moved to a new country every 3 months for two years. During that time I lived and worked in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Turkey, Mongolia, Paraguay, South Africa, Qatar, Oman, and Guyana.

 

In September 2015, I left that job to travel for 15 months through India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, and Europe, paying my way as a digital nomad: writing, career coaching, travel planning, and blogging.

 

As of November 2016, I've taken on a new challenge, landing a job as an international operations lead for the highest valued start-up in Silicon Valley. This job will take me to Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.

 

When I'm not busy at work, I'm on here writing about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There's simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love.

 

Most importantly, I want to help YOU find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a coaching session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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Three years ago, I changed my whole life in 30 days. I scored the job of my dreams, quit my job in New York, sold everything I owned, moved to West Africa, and never looked back. Read about it here.

 

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Three years ago, I changed my whole life in 30 days. I scored the job of my dreams, quit my job in New York, sold everything I owned, moved to West Africa, and never looked back. Read about it here.

 

Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

Do you want to travel but are scared to quit your job?

Do you want to find a job overseas but don't know where to start?

Do you wake up in the morning dreading what's ahead?

Read more

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