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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! 

My Simple Idea of the Meaning of Life

Posted on October 19th, 2013

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Each of us has a physical presence in the world. In the most basic biological sense, we take up space, we make noise, and we alter the places we inhabit.

 

Our actions have direction affects on other objects, people, animals, and the environment.

 

This may seem like common sense, but I believe we all could use a reminder that we are not invisible nor invincible. Although at times we may be anonymous, anonymity does not prevent our sheer existence from creating ripples in the universe.

 

Let’s look at what the dictionary tells us about life…

 

life [lahyf] noun

 

1. The condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.

 

2. The sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, especially metabolism, growth, reproduction, and adaptation to environment

 

3. The animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual

 

4. A corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul: eternal life.

 

5. The general or universal condition of human existence

 

Many people define “life” in a romantic and highly abstract manner. However, I think life, the noun, is simply the collection of actions and reactions produced by existing. The verb, to live, is the process of generating those actions. This is all very concrete and very real.

 

Each encounter with the world provides the opportunity for your physical entity to impact other physical entities in either a positive or negative way. It is up to you to decide that your life – your organic being – will create positivity and, as a by-product, meaning.

 

Life exists in every interaction and moment of consciousness. Every blink, every touch, every word, every movement may seem insignificant on its own, but these are the very inputs from which we extract ideas about ourselves and our purpose.

 

Our lives are a series of milliseconds strung together, but we perceive and reflect upon them in much larger chunks of time.

 

Therefore, meaning is manufactured in these small moments. Unless you are satisfied by the tiniest of your deeds, the bigger picture will be a cloudy and unfulfilling reflection.

 

By remembering that your being creates impact, you can actively decide how, as an animate object gifted with powerful self-awareness, to be a force of good that radiates his or her inherit worth and significance out into nature.

 

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What gives your life meaning? What do you think can help people feel fulfilled? Please provide your ideas in the comments section below.

 

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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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