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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.

 

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An Open Letter to Everyone Who Says “Someday”

Posted on November 19th, 2015

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There’s this amazing fact staring us all in the face every moment of every day, yet we hardly every think about it: each of us is living the greatest mystery of all time. Not a single one of the 7.3 billion of us knows the answers to some very basic questions, like, where are we from? What are we doing here? Where are we going after this? Did something or someone put us here? For any reason?

 

Like the Buddha once said, it’s like we’ve all been shot with an arrow and are slowly bleeding to death, but instead of trying to address our present condition, we’re asking irrelevant and detailed background questions, such as, “Who shot the arrow? What did that person look like? Where did he or she come from?”

 

In the same fashion, we go about our day-to-day lives crying about how we don’t love our jobs, making ourselves miserable because we think we “have” to do so many things, and worrying about pieces of paper that allow us to exchange our time and energy for things we’ll possess for the duration of our blip on the radar of the universe. Basically, concerning ourselves with a very small microcosm of existence — mundane, unimportant, microscopic trivialities.

 

What we fail to understand is that every breath we take is an utter miracle, a stand-alone moment of ecstasy in this fleeting season of luminosity between two infinite periods of darkness. Life is this incredible gift we’ve been given, and we repeatedly forget how wonderful, how miraculous, and how simple it really is (or can be) to be alive.

 

So why are we so scrupulous with money, an inanimate and technically infinite resource, and yet so frivolous with our time, the only thing we really have, which can expire at an undefined moment’s notice? Where do we muster up the arrogance to assume there will be more of a resource we do not own or distribute by our own free will? The idea of that alone is sheer lunacy. How dare you say, “Someday I’d like to be a writer” or “Someday I’ll travel the world” or “Someday I want to fall in love.” You’re not in charge of the future! So write, travel, and love. What are you waiting for?

 

There is no someday. There is only right now. This is one of the only irrefutable facts we’ve been able to determine about our mysterious existence, one of the few clues we’ve been given. Do what you want to do and what you need to do and what inspiration is calling you to do, just do not delay. The arrow has been shot, and you, my friend — and all of us — are bleeding to death. Don’t ask too many questions, don’t ponder the frivolous, don’t live in the microcosm, and don’t squander a single breath. Live, love, and rejoice.

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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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