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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! 

Want to Listen to Music That’s Actually Good for Your Soul?

Posted on March 20th, 2018

I’ll never forget walking onto a side stage at the Oregon Eclipse festival last year, where I had been invited to cover the rise of “transformational music festivals,” and hearing the artist on stage beating a djembe and singing about saving the planet’s water. 

 

Water? 

 

Every other stage was playing house, techno, or bass music — but here was someone with real instruments, a killer voice, and a message about coming back to the Earth. 

 

She went on to sing about finding our voices, about facing our fear, about becoming politically active, and about friendship, and community. I wish I remembered who she was, but what stood out to me was where she was from: Hawaii.

 

And that became yet another sign that led me to spend two months living on the Big Island, where I got in touch with a group of artists and musicians dedicated to using their art form to spread a bigger message. 

 

It turns out that Hawaii is virtually ground zero for what’s becoming known as the “medicine music” movement — music that says less about falling in love with one person and more about being loving towards everyone, less about being told to put our hands up in the air and more about ‘this is how I feel when I’m lost and confused so you’re not alone’, less about partying and being a jealous lover and more about deciding what kind of people we’re going to be.

 

After getting personally inspired by this kind of music, I wanted to share it with a more mainstream audience and . This is by no means a comprehensive list — this kind of music is (thankfully) spreading pretty quickly, but it’s definitely not what’s on the radio or on most 

 

Here’s some songs I especially like and great lyrics to check out. Some are pretty well known, others less so, but all with incredible talents and a strong message to share. (I do acknowledge that this selection is heavily biased towards Hawaii-based artists, but that’s a big part of where this love and energy is coming from!) 

 

Each of these artists can also be found on Soundcloud and I do really recommend filling up your ears and mind with their beautiful messages!

 

Wookiefoot

 

“Just because we think of treasure
not in terms of gold and silver
Doesn’t mean that we don’t have our wealth
Some say we have lost it
But know in a world gone mad
Sanity is no real sign of health… 

We may not have it all together
But together we can have it all…

The purpose of this life is to live a life with purpose
So don’t get trapped inside your safety net
So fill you well and light your flame
But go on seeking service
Life with out a cause is life with out effect”

 

And here’s another because these guys are just the best. 

 

“Worry will not take away your trouble tomorrow

Only take away your peace today

Worry will not take away your pain, your sorrow

Bring it back to the breath and it can all melt away”

 

Tubby Love and Amber Lily

 

“Oh, life is a song, it goes on forever

Love is a dance that we do in the city, yeah

When you hear the sound of the whole world spinnin ’round Listen to the rhythm of the river steady flowing out

Moving to it’s own vibration

Singing harmonies with all of creation

We all play a part, yeah we all got a place

And the love is infinite”

 

Paul Izak 

 

“Well we can talk about sustainability
But most of this land is leased to companies
Who could care less about the people
And the land they grow upon
Just becomes a chemical farm
They’re doing harm
And what have these companies done for us anyway
Most of the food they grow just get sent away
To another place and they say it to our face
If we didn’t have them, we’d starve in just a few days
But our way
We are here to make our stand today
And there’s a lot of people out there that feel the same way
Don’t let them trick you, they’re out to deceive
But everyone is entitled to what they believe”

 

Cosmic Serenity

 

Don’t even bother listening to the lyrics in this one, listen to Trill’s voice. It’s said that he channels his ancestors through some of his songs and you can definitely hear that in this song, which regularly moves me and many others I know to tears.

 

Ok2Change

 

“If you’re seeking that change, this is where we start.”

 

The Heartifact

 

I love these two but can’t find any of their lyrics online. One of my favorite songs of theirs says something like, “Anyone who hurts you, just remember they were once hurt too.” 

 

Mike Love

 

“Oh Lord, I’m on a permanent holiday
I’m going outside to play
I ain’t gonna slave away
Not for no corporate Babylon
I’m never gonna be a pawn in their manipulation games…

It’s a nightmare
We’re living in a nightmare
Everyone’s living so scared
They’re virtually unaware
Of this fear that rules their lives
Occupies, consumes their minds
This fear of bankruptcy
Financial impotancy
It’s funny money, money, money
It’s all this digital currency, woah yeah
It’s all this monopoly money
That keeps us from ever being free”

 

Faye Adinda

 

Faye has an incredible energy that comes through her music. You can hear her new EP on Soundcloud! Listen to her simple but powerful lyrics.

 

Dustin Thomas

 

“This election as it stands
Is in a tyrant’s hands
And all the streets are full of crowds
‘Cause a clown is running
For the highest job in the land
And no one understands
We’re addicted to this life
But there’s so much more than this

It’s gonna take a queen to lead
It’s gonna take a king to bow
It’s gonna take a wolf to howl
Howl!…

And now the people fill their graves
With the neon gauze they made
They’ve forgotten their god
They’ve forgotten why he came

Politicians are in bed
But the demons that they fed
They defile this house
With greed and bitterness…”

 

If this kind of music resonates with you, here’s a few festivals coming up that draw this kind of community together with conscious music:

  • Bali Spirit Festival – Bali, Indonesia – April 2-8, 2018
  • Shangri La – Harmony Park, MN – Aug 30-Sept 2, 2018 
  • Flow Festival – Big Island, HI – February 2019 TBA

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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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