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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. These are the best years of your life and you deserve to be FREE! 

 

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 lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for 5.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York in 2013. You can read my full story here. I’m now living my dream, settled in Bali, Indonesia, fully independent and working happily on projects that support my deepest passion! 

 

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 now make my living helping others break out of ordinary living and get clear on their mission in life. I get paid to help people MANIFEST THEIR DREAMS like I did — how cool is that?  

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’ve always done things a bit differently and I think there are SO many feasible ways for people to live “off the beaten path”. I hope my blog lets you see what’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. Drop me a line at elaina@lifebefore30.com or apply to work with me directly! 

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I started this blog back in 2011 when I was a frustrated management consultant in New York City, wanting to make the most of my 20s but feeling constrained by the options I saw for my career and for my sudden lack of freedom to travel and live the adventurous life I imagined I could live after graduating from university. 

 

Over the years, I’ve developed my own way of structuring my life that’s involved a lot of fear, a lot of trial and error, and a lot of making it up as I go. I’ve managed to build a career in international project management and sales working for companies like IBM and Uber while still traveling to over 60 countries. I’ve now spent more than 6 years(!) traveling the world — freelancing, running my own business, and living my mission. I call Bali, India, and the US home…but mostly Bali now. 

 

I find most digital nomads and travel bloggers on the internet to be really intimidating. How can they possibly earn enough to live like that for years and years? Are they all just “coaches” who help coach people to also become coaches? 

 

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I was nomadic for over 5 years, living out of my suitcase and traveling all around the world, sometimes for work and sometimes for pleasure. I left my first job in 2013. I worked for an amazing media company based in Spain that sent me to live in places like Ethiopia, Paraguay, South Africa, Nigeria, and Mongolia. In 2015, I left that job and traveled independently for 14 months through Asia and Europe. In 2017, I left my last corporate job at Uber (running international operations for them in Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand — also a dream gig!) to travel the world on my own terms and scale up my own business. I lived as a full-time digital nomad from June 2017 until August 2018 when I officially moved to Bali, Indonesia! 

 

I’ve broken out of what I call THE MATRIX — our fear, scarcity, confusion, materialism, and mediocrity-based society. I am living FREE AND FEARLESS on the other side and I set up Life Before 30 to help you do the same. I hate seeing people wasting the best years of their lives not connected to their mission, not living their best life, and not taking risks and reaping the rewards! 

 

I started this blog to share my story, share insights into personal self-development that have helped me become a better person and navigate my unconventional path with confidence, and help other people figure out a lifestyle that makes practical sense and also makes them happy. 

 

If you want to work with me, you can SUBMIT A MENTORSHIP APPLICATION now and set up a free 15 minute call so I can learn more about you and we can see about working together. 

 

 

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Read some of my favorite posts below or get in touch to set up a coaching session with me or just say hello and let me know who you are, why you’re reading, and how you’re finding your way in the world: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

 

  • http://lifebefore30.com/how-i-make-travel-a-major-part-of-my-life-and-career/
  • http://lifebefore30.com/how-exactly-ive-lived-nomadically-for-3-5-years-lb30-faq/
  • http://lifebefore30.com/how-to-survive-a-9-to-5-job-when-youre-an-entrepreneur-at-heart/
  • http://lifebefore30.com/when-youre-different-how-to-stop-comparing-and-find-your-courage/
  • http://lifebefore30.com/the-most-practical-and-effective-4-step-process-for-exploring-your-purpose/
  • http://lifebefore30.com/22-ways-to-figure-out-your-next-career-move/
  • http://lifebefore30.com/how-ive-managed-to-fit-my-life-into-2-suitcases-for-4-years-a-list-of-everything-i-travel-with-for-the-curious/

 

A few things people may want to know that I get asked a lot:

 

– I’m from Buffalo, NY originally. I did not grow up with money. I’ve worked since I was 15, doing everything from cleaning tables at a local pizza place to being a resident advisor in college to make money.

– I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and studied International Relations and Chinese. 

– I have almost 6 years of professional experience: 2 years in management consulting, 2.5 years in sales and business development, 6 months in NGOs, and 8 months in start-up operations. 4 of these 6 years were international roles.

– I have spent almost 4 years doing freelancing work and traveling while I do that work. If you’re interested in remote roles but don’t have a blog or your own business (yet), check weworkremotely.com for some opportunities. You can also travel for free by using workaway.info. This is not an unattainable lifestyle, it just takes commitment. 

– I am debt free. I had a full scholarship to go to university and being debt free has facilitated a lot (but not all) of my freedom. Write to me if you have loans (you can still do all of this) or if you’re thinking about going into debt for college or grad school (basically: don’t do it). 

– I speak English, Spanish, and Chinese pretty fluently and know some Portuguese and Arabic. These skills have definitely helped me get hired abroad. 

– I have freelanced in the past by developing content for startups and brands and coaching people through tough career transitions, helping them find jobs overseas, or starting a small business or otherwise making big life changes. I’ve also helped people plan big adventures and long-term travel.

– Now my primary work is mentoring and creating courses that help people step-by-step make this life a reality for themselves. I want people to bust out of the ordinary and live extraordinary lives of adventure!  

 

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Thanks for stopping by. Send me an email at elaina@lifebefore30.com and tell me about yourself. I read and reply to all the emails I get. You can also sign up for 1:1 coaching sessions or enroll in my online courses. Find out more about how I can help you live FREE AND FEARLESS over on my Work With Me page. 

 

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I work with extraordinary, brave, and self-inquiring souls who are ready to do the inner work required to launch them into the next huge chapter of their life. I work with people who are willing and ready to wake up and become more alive and aligned than ever before! 

 

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