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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 60 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 4.5 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, the US, and India. 

 

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.

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15 Real People Share Their Realistic Ideas About Success — And a Link to My Soul-Bearing Fast Company Manifesto

Posted on July 12th, 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!

 

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"These 3 quotes always speak to me as guidelines: 'A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do ' (Bob Dylan), 'Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value' (Albert Einstein), 'Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way' (Alan watts). — Hamish, Netherlands

 

"For me, success is having the means (financial, job stability, friend/family support network, etc.) to do the things I want to do outside of my 9-5 career — buy a home, spend time with friends, travel internationally, go out to nice dinners, support my fur baby, etc. My job (income + flexibility) gives me the opportunity to live a full and balanced life, to do what I want, but my job isn't my life. That said, I love the work I do. I find it challenging and rewarding and valuable. Doing what I love and having that contribute to the ability to do more stuff I love is success to me." — Claire, North Carolina

 

"You are smart, ambitious and you have a good heart. I consider a little of that to be part of my success! I want you to accomplish all of your goals, and they will always be changing. I want you to be happy. Not in every situation, but overall, I'm happy with the choices I made in my life. I want you to be able to say the same." — Claire's mom talking to Claire, North Carolina

 

"Success is fluid and always changing and different to everyone. Success to me is building a life that fuels both your soul and your body. Provides for your needs but also inspires your mind." — Margaret, Buffalo, NY

 

"Having control over your time, movements and emotions." — Aaron, San Francisco

 

"Your ability to manifest your professional dreams, no matter what they may be." — Neha, Mumbai

 

"Being financial independent is the first marker of success. The second is being in a job/position that is perceived as prestigious and third that it should have a future direction ie you should be able to grow — Neha's parents, India

 

"Success for myself means finding a job that fills my passions and doesn't feel like "work." Being able to support myself financially is also success, but more important to me is doing something I love. Reading that back it might sound like I'm saying I'd rather play than do heavy work, but that would be incorrect. I still believe in being responsible and pulling your own weight in society, but I don't believe in chasing money when looking for work. — Mary, Florida"

 

"(1) Being my own boss and never owing anyone. (2) Knowing my flaws well enough to fix what I can and use what I can't fix in a positive/non-toxic way." — Jon, Los Angeles

 

"I have a millennial daughter, son-in-law and work protégé. None of them define success in terms of money, position or possessions. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. The life complications that money, position and possessions bring are seen as impediments to happiness. To me, millennials define success in one word: freedom. Freedom to be who they want to be and to do what they want to do." — Tony, father of one of my best friends, North Carolina

 

"Being healthy and having a positive impact on the world." — Claire, Montreal

 

"To me, it is waking up every day excited to take on my challenges, whether in work, family, social or self." — Jay, NYC

 

"For me success is knowing that the path I'm on (personally and professionally) is one that I've consciously made for myself, and my goals are my own, rather than ones imposed onto me by society." — Amirah, United Kingdom

 

"A job I'm happy to go to, good health, healthy relationships, and positive net karma." — Spencer, NYC

 

"Waking up, looking in the mirror, saying, 'If today was my last day, am I happy with what I'm doing?' and answering yes to that question on enough days. Also laughing. Finding ordinary moments that delight me is probably my biggest hobby." — Clay, Washington, D.C.

 

I think Clay nailed it, so I'll leave you there. How do you define success? 

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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 60 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 4.5 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, the US, and India. 

 

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.

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Five 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?

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