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“I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption.”

— Kristin Armstrong 


Life Before 30 is a blog written by a twenty-something (me) for other twenty-somethings, dedicated to helping us navigate a time in our lives of unparalleled importance, when we are filled with important questions about ourselves and the outside world.


We wonder if and when and how we will “figure things out.” More than any previous generation, we feel a strong commitment to doing something meaningful and discovering ways that our professional work can integrate our passions and values. We struggle to balance ambition with maintaining and cultivating our personal relationships.


Traditional concepts of success may be at odds with new, unconventional ideas of achievement that we now have to consider. We want to be entrepreneurial, independent, innovative, and recognized for making unique contributions to our world.


We are also a “hyper-international” generation. Many of us live overseas, travel extensively, and have long-distance relationships of all kinds.


These are unprecedented times for us, in our lives, and in the history of modern human society.


Life Before 30 strives to bring both practical and philosophical guidance on tackling these issues our generation is facing. Writing this blog does NOT mean I have all of these challenges and contradictions figured out. In reality, writing about the issues my peers and I are facing helps me work through my own personal and professional challenges and bring clarity to my thoughts and feelings. It allows me to realize that I am far from alone in my struggles, many of which are a product of large-scale, global, and societal factors.


All in all, twenty-somethings have an enormous amount of potential to choose how we approach the rest of our lives and careers in today’s world. Through several years of traveling and making out-of-the-ordinary career choices, I have learned not to be disillusioned with the idea that “success” – in conventional terms – is what brings satisfaction and meaning to our lives.


I think a fulfilling life comes from prioritizing the roots of what makes people happy: pursuing meaningful relationships, doing exciting work, helping others, securing freedom, and improving oneself through purposeful learning and honest self-reflection.


I hope twenty-somethings find this site as inspiration for nurturing these roots of fulfillment through practical advice on achieving our goals and developing attitudes towards every aspect of life that drive us towards building a more productive, positive, innovative, and altogether happier generation, now and in the future.


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About Me

About Me


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:

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