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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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Do This When You’re Stuck and Unsure

Posted on October 19th, 2016

Sometimes when I write to you, only poetry comes out. 
 
A lot of you are stuck,
Frustrated and unsure
Where to move,
What job to take,
Long hours, feeling lost in the masses.
You want to feel passionate
Know you’re on the right path
Build an identity with your job title
And have all the right plans.
Bored by the options you’ve been given
You question, What am I meant to be doing? 
What’s my purpose? Why does nothing excite me?
Or how could that possibly make a living?
 
The secret I’ve found is to stop looking up and out
And start looking down.
Look at where you’re standing now,
Who’s in front of you in this moment,
The task at hand,
What’s actually paying the bills.
Invest everything in where you are
and it will blossom into what you need.
Happiness will be found when you stop swiping next,
Quit living in projected fantasy,
And root yourself down hard in what you can see.
The happiest people want what they already have
and dedicate everything to what's reality,
A behavior that gradually unfolds a way forward
Their love evolving the present,
moment by moment,
guiding them to where they need to be,
The universe parting the seas
for the people who are ready to love 
anywhere they're sent.
 
So focus on how you live, not what you do
Bring a smile to the job you hate
Try harder with the difficult ones,
Show compassion for what's been the hardest
to genuinely appreciate.
And if you’re still bored and stuck,
Give even more of you who are
Because you’ll never be bored 
if you’re filled up with courage and dedication.
Always look for what is right,
what is present, what is in sight
Root down hard where you are, my friends
and love where you stand,
Let uncertainty move you because it’s not going away,
It’s the fundamental part of what makes us human.
 
So force yourself to see the silver lining if you have to,
Push yourself to lovingly accept who’s around you,
Demand focus on what you’re able to do in this moment, 
And savor each of today's conscious hours.
Let all this love evolve you and guide the way forward,
You'll eventually come unstuck once you've made a home
for exactly what's happening here, exactly as it's unfolding now.

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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?

Do you want to find a job overseas but don’t know where to start?

Do you wake up in the morning dreading what’s ahead?

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