Hi, I’m Elaina.
Originally from New York State, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies and Mandarin in 2011. I worked for a Fortune 500 company as a management consultant until April 2013, when I quit in pursuit of growth and adventure. I now move to a new country every 3 months, where I execute marketing projects in emerging markets.
You can read about My 30-Day Life Overhaul here.
I love what I’m doing now. I get paid to travel and explore unique corners of this Earth, and I have a degree of autonomy and accountability in my work that I never thought possible at my age. I am growing at a much more rapid pace as I learn about the world hands-on, meet people who teach and challenge me, and have time to reflect about what I want to tackle next.
I am thrilled to be living out this important part of my life to the fullest – and I want to help every one of my peers feel the exact same way! That’s why I started this blog in September of 2012.
Some Things I Think
I am embracing the present. I like listening, but I think I need to speak out more. I think we all need to use technology less. At some point, I think everyone should travel alone and live out of a backpack for at least a year. I think we were all put on this Earth together for a reason. I believe in a God. I want to treat people the way I want to be treated, but I am not always successful. I accept my personality flaws and embrace them as what makes me unique. If everyone spoke more than one language, the world would be a better place. I understand that I cannot change people. But I like helping others. I believe in having experiences, not things.
Above all, I believe that life is an adventure.
Some Things I’ve Done
I wrote dozens of books when I was in primary school, complete with my own 64-crayon illustrations. I have never broken a bone, but I once fell off a camel named Michael Jackson. I love traveling and I’m proud of my adventurous streak. I have studied in Singapore and China, worked with non-profit organizations in Guatemala and Egypt, worked in New York, West Africa, and Asia, and backpacked solo in four different regions of the world. I throw myself into situations, cultures and languages full force. I have been financially independent since the age of 17 and one of my parents is a cancer survivor. I am an only child. I have finally learned to cook for myself. I jaywalk and drink a lot of bubble tea.
What I Do Now
In addition to my day job, I use this blog to promote innovation in how my generation approaches the intersection of life, career, travel, and self-discovery. I encourage pursuing unconventional goals, traveling and exploring more than society tells us we can, and altogether living intensely.
I write about managing professional and personal development, feeding healthy entrepreneurial desires, nurturing a global network, and promoting success as how well we embrace the journey of life.
Additionally, as someone who has successfully landed – and left – a corporate job in favor of an experience better suited for my spirit of adventure and entrepreneurship, I also provide career-coaching to other twenty-somethings looking to shake up their professional lives, rebuke the norm, and find meaning in the early stages of their careers.
As an experienced traveler and backpacker, I also serve as a travel consultant, helping adventurous twenty-somethings plan both short trips and extended backpacking sabbaticals.
Find out more about my consulting packages on the Coaching page. I’d love to work with you!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy discovering what I’ve created around here. If you have anything you’d like to share with me, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.