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How to Change Your Life in 2 Minutes
How to Change Your Life in 2 Minutes
Published On: October 29, 2014
Photo credit: LinkedIn   I sat sipping coffee with a friend in Addis Ababa, the sun setting on one of Africa's pulsating capital cities. Women in high heels and business suits teetered along the gravel roads outside the window as jam-packed white and blue minibuses streamed by and men in tattered sandals hawked cigarettes and chewing gum among the crowds making their way home.     “How's your family?” he asked delicately, his words punctuated in that distinctly East African singsong. “They must miss you when you're so far away.”     My Kenyan companion was not far from his home in Nairobi, but distance is distance and he seemed to understand the plight of being an international flight away Continue Reading
3 Steps to Overhaul Your Relationship With Money
3 Steps to Overhaul Your Relationship With Money
Published On: October 5, 2014
Source: JamesAltucher.com   Step 1: Know The Enemy, Define What You Control   What explains why are there 9 different kinds of ketchup in a supermarket in Canada and no running water in Kenya? What contributes to rising divorce rates, falling birth rates, and over-population? What has incentivized America's widespread consumption of processed foods? What stands as a barrier to healthy and well-educated children worldwide?   The answer is money, where virtually every injustice, senseless government policy, or frustrated human being has its roots. When the realization hits that we live in a world full of blatant, destructive inefficiencies and inhabitants driven to the brink of insanity by some sacred colored paper we invented, it begs for further analysis.   Continue Reading
10 Simple Rules for Making the Most of Relationships in Your 20s
10 Simple Rules for Making the Most of Relationships in Your 20s
Published On: July 15, 2014
Not many twenty-somethings want to be “tied down” before thirty, but many of us also crave something less superficial than a series of one night stands. This balancing act – of having fun while still learning how to connect meaningfully with other human beings – is a unique challenge faced by our generation of unmarried and exploratory twenty-to-thirty year-olds.   While traveling everywhere from West Africa to Central Asia, I’ve found that pursuing fulfilling yet usually non-committal relationships is a universal phenomena faced by sophisticated young people of every background and nationality.    And dating in countries spanning the globe, which inevitably involves a tricky maneuvering across linguistic, cultural, and geographical barriers, has taught me firsthand a few things that make Continue Reading

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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.

 

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