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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I've lived, worked, and traveled to more than 55 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I've also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I've traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I've also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I'm currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, East Africa, and India. I'll be overlanding on local transport from Malawi to Kenya in September — stay tuned for that adventure! 

 

I write 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. I'm not a full-time digital nomad and I'm not a full-time corporate professional: I've done things a bit differently and I think it's feasible for more people to live "off the beaten path" this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it's both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because 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 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

 

I've kept Life Before 30 ad-free for 5 years. If you've found the content helpful, please consider making a small donation to support my work. 

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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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15 Real People Share Their Realistic Ideas About Success -- And a Link to My Soul-Bearing Fast Company Manifesto
15 Real People Share Their Realistic Ideas About Success — And a Link to My Soul-Bearing Fast Company Manifesto
Published On: July 12, 2017
If you missed me spilling my guts to millions of people, check out my latest piece for Fast Company: I'm Living Proof That It's Time to Redfine the American Dream. This piece put me in a really vulnerable place, so if you read it and liked it, send me an email at elaina@lifebefore30.com -- I could use some love and reassuarance or just to touch base with readers after this one.    In doing research for the piece, I polled my Facebook friends (a very scientific methodology) about how they defined success and wanted to share the results. I found many of their replies to be really insightful and motivating. Enjoy!     "These 3 quotes always speak to me as Continue Reading
Another One-Way Ticket: How I Keep Doing Things Differently
Another One-Way Ticket: How I Keep Doing Things Differently
Published On: June 28, 2017
  That would be me holding a one way ticket to Berlin last week, embarking on a new chapter and another twist in my wacky, unstable, unconventional adventure through life.   Over the past two weeks I've flown from work in New Zealand to home in Buffalo, NY and finally over to my other home. in Berlin -- three continents in 10 days and my mind and body are just catching up to start asking what I know some people around me must be thinking: What are you doing with your life?!   In short, I left Uber after 8 months on the international operations team of their global mapping deployment. I was traveling almost every two weeks to launch a new city, working in 15 cities in 3 countries (Mexico, Continue Reading
Travel

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
Why Taking a Break to Travel Won
Why 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
You Don
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 I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I've lived, worked, and traveled to more than 55 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I've also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I've traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I've also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I'm currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, East Africa, and India. I'll be overlanding on local transport from Malawi to Kenya in September — stay tuned for that adventure! 

 

I write 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. I'm not a full-time digital nomad and I'm not a full-time corporate professional: I've done things a bit differently and I think it's feasible for more people to live "off the beaten path" this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it's both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because 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 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

 

I've kept Life Before 30 ad-free for 5 years. If you've found the content helpful, please consider making a small donation to support my work. 

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Step into my office!

 

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?

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