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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! 

Doesn’t This Way of Looking at The World and “Our Path” Make More Sense?

Posted on January 19th, 2019

 

After 6 years of writing about purpose, dreams, and lives of freedom and adventure — and helping thousands of people to change their lives — I’ve finally developed a new paradigm for how it’s done. It makes so much more sense to me and I think it’ll make more sense to you, too. 

 

I’ve realized the absolute lunacy of using the framework of a “path” when we’re talking about life. There is no one foot in front of the other, completely linear, unfolding in a logical order type of thing.

 

What’s been really helpful for me and clients to visualize instead is a WEB. 

 

Within this web, you anchor didn’t elements of your life experience: your interests, work experiences, relationships, chapters of your life, one-off ideas, everything you’ve ever experienced basically lives in this web and is an anchor point. Or a dot on an infinite plane of potential.

 

Examples of some of the things in my web:

  • Working as a management consultant
  • Speaking multiple languages
  • Loving yoga and spirituality
  • Living in Bali
  • Burning Man
  • Internet marketing experience
  • Teaching and coaching
  • Hosting events
  • My ex-boyfriend
  • My university network
  • Love of exotic and authentic travel 

 

Then what happens, as I see it, is we connect those dots in different ways throughout our lives. And our purpose — or whatever we’re doing with our lives in any given moment — is a magical combination of those different dots being connected in different combinations. When the dots connect, something comes alive in the web. We create something.

 

Instead of looking at life as a path, I’m looking at it more and more like “Hmm, what am I creating here? What can I create here? What potential exists when I look at this grid/web/interdimensional field of possibility where each of my life experiences and interests is anchored throughout, waiting to be drawn up into creation at any given point?” 

 

Considering my examples of the “dots” above, a path-based approach to life would bring my focus in really narrow and have me looking at each one of those and thinking I had to choose. How could I pursue a career path dedicated to travel? What would step 1, 2, and 3 look like? What would the path of becoming a yoga teacher and international retreats leader look like?

 

Instead, the web-based approach allows all of these experiences, interests, and relationships to emerge into fluid shapes that take form and become the focus of my life for awhile until they dissolve or evolve back into the web, with new information, experiences, and connections, for new dots to connect and new shapes to emerge. Does that make sense?

 

A web-based approach to life, taking into account my examples above, might look more like: 

 

  • Can I collaborate with friends from university who have connections in China to run Chinese language yoga retreats in Bali?
  • Could I target entry-level consultants in America and host adventure travel and spirituality events around the world?  

 

You get the idea — connecting the dots to create something uniquely mine, allowing the shape to be as expansive as necessary, not limited to a standard path or into a linear unfolding of something predictable.

 

Many people I work with are afraid of which path to choose in life and what might happen if they choose “the wrong path.” 

 

I love this web-based thinking and approach to contemplating our life’s work and mission. The best part is the shapes are fluid, dynamic, ever changing based on the inputs life is giving us. There’s no fear of choosing the wrong thing because any experience simply adds more information to the web or the field from which we are creating, and we are fluid and free to dissolve one thing and bring new things into shape.

 

Nothing is lost or wasted in this paradigm — everything and everyone we are connected to is a valuable input for our fluid, creative process of living. And best of all, something that seems random or not valuable in the web, when combined with another element, can suddenly become ten times as powerful when supported by another life experience or skill. (Think: Me speaking Chinese and being a yoga teacher. Both could be average in terms of impact but multiple them together and my creative potential is amplified 100x!) 

 

Did this model speak to you? Write to me at elaina@lifebefore30.com and tell me about what you think! You can also join my inner circle Facebook group to catch all of my day-to-day posts on adventure, personal growth, and living in Bali. 

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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 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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