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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! 

If the Trail is Clear, You’re Probably on Someone Else’s Path

Posted on July 3rd, 2018

“If the trail is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s path” — Wookiefoot song

 

I spent years getting promotions in the corporate world, knowing full well I was supposed to be doing something else. But I didn’t know what. 

 

I spent years traveling around freely, backpacking and seeing the world, but still wondering if doing all that travel would lead me anywhere. 

 

But since moving to Bali and committing fully to living life outside the matrix, I’ve never felt more sure that, for the first time in many years, I’m back on my path. 

 

I have no idea where I’m going, but I’m on my path. In fact, I can’t see five meters down the path. It’s pitch black around me, but I look down and see that my boots are on my path.  

 

From what I can tell, this path is overgrown with weeds and is barely visible at all — but this time my heart, not my eyes, is leading, so it doesn’t matter. 

 

Like Wookiefoot sings to us in all their genius: “If the trail is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s path.”

 

I’d like to add that sometimes, even when you’re on your path, you won’t be able to see a damn thing. You’ll just feel that the next step is taking you somewhere really good. 

 

And to be fair, it’s always your path. As long as you’re alive, you’re never not on your path. 

 

But sometimes we may be spending too much time looking around at everyone else and what they’re doing that we get lost. We go down the easiest, clearest paths we see, just because we have this idea deep down within us that we have to be going somewhere. Anywhere. 

 

Have you ever had the experience of crossing the street and almost getting hit by a car? And then you look up and see that the light is still green and that you just absent-mindedly followed the guy in front of you who risked his life to get to the office two minutes sooner? 

 

Sometimes we aren’t fully awake and we accidentally follow other people. That’s what I mean.

 

If we’re fully, authentically on our own unique path, it’s probably going to feel like “I have no idea what I’m doing.” But it’s exhilarating! 

 

If we’re trying to move into mergers and acquisitions, for example, we have a good idea of the hoops we’ll have to jump through to do that. It’s all very clear (because it’s been done millions of times by millions of other unawakened souls). But it’s daunting and exhausting. 

 

It’s a path. But it’s not our path. 

 

The best part of being on my path, I’ve realized, is letting go of (some of) that “I need to get somewhere” feeling and getting used to simultaneously stumbling around in the dark and feeling deeply supported — by someone, something, all the angels and guides that help us get to our path and then help us walk it in deep integrity throughout our lives. 

 

Deeply enjoying the journey

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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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