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About Me

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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.

 

Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

Do you want to travel but are scared to quit your job?

Do you want to find a job overseas but don’t know where to start?

Do you wake up in the morning dreading what’s ahead?

Do you dream of starting your own business but don’t know how?

Are you frustrated while applying to new jobs?

Nervous for a big interview?

Do you want to do something radical with your life or career but you’re afraid of what “everyone else” will say?

Or do you just want to sell everything you own and vagabond through the world while not losing track of your career?  

 

If any of this sounds like you, then we need to talk!

 

 

What do people say about working with me?

 

 

“My coaching session Elaina was transformative. With keen insights, Elaina challenged me to cut through the complex decision-making landscape to identify my core interests and passions. She pressed me to honestly reflect on the direction I want to take my career and provided a framework for working through the process. She also offered useful tools for pursuing the job I truly want.

 

And maybe most of all, she helped me to shake off the anxiety of pursuing my goals, especially the risky ones, always with enthusiastic encouragement rooted in her own experiences.  I couldn’t recommend Elaina’s coaching services more highly.”

 

— Ben M., Washington, D.C., USA

 

 

“I worked with Elaina specifically to prepare myself for career transition to another industry and country. Her experience and enthusiasm initially piqued my interest, but I would stay her strongest abilities come from the concrete recommendations that she made to my professional network social media and resume. They helped me tremendously and I would recommend anyone who is serious about making a change to at least speak with her about their options.

 

Career transitions are not impossible, with the right mindset, Elaina gives you the tools to make effective changes because she has been in your shoes.”

 

— Pathana I., USA

 

 

“Elaina has provided me with sound advice on options for graduate schools, and helped me channel positive energy towards the accomplishment of my application. Elaina is very patient and focused, she helped me define my career goals and find the relevant graduate programme. Working with Elaina opened my mind to options I would never have considered otherwise, and honed my writing skills for college applications. I was recently accepted into a graduate programme in my field of interest, with a scholarship. 

 

I could not have done it without Elaina and highly recommend consulting her if you have reached a turning point in your career.” 

 

— Rachida A., Switzlerland

 

 

“My first session with Elaina was very helpful. It helped me think more about the steps I need to take to reach my short and long-term goals. I am looking forward to seeing how implementing the advice she gave me will help me reach my goals in 2015.”

 

— Savannah C., North Carolina

 

 

“Elaina provided stellar recommendations for our honeymoon to Italy. She helped introduce us to people and places we never would have found on our own and helped to craft the unique and truly memorable experiential honeymoon we were looking for.

 

Don’t hesitate to work with her on your next adventure to get the most out of wherever you’re heading!”

 

— Katlyn S., Virginia, USA

 

 

“The coaching session with Elaina helped me to realize some blind spots I didn’t see before in job hunting strategies, resume construction, and social media presence. Her opinion is very on point. Elaina went through rigorous recruiting processes only a few years ago so her insight is very updated.

 

In addition, I am very pleasantly surprised by her effort to introduce me to her network. Overall I found the coaching session very beneficial.” 

 

— Kenny Xi Chen, Vancouver, Canada

 

 

“I already felt like I had received my money’s worth while answering the preliminary questions Elaina asked me to tackle, even before our Skype call. She has you come up with answers to tough and necessary questions, which can make all the difference. Elaina was incredibly professional and helpful throughout our session, and I look forward to another!”

 

— Melissa W., USA

 

 

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Interviewing the President of Paraguay last year. That was cool, but I’d rather work with YOU!

 

 

What I Offer: Career Designing, Resume and Cover Letter Overhauling, Job Interview Practicing, Application Preparing, and Adventure Planning

 

  

OFFICE HOURS: CAREER DESIGNING

 

If you’re questioning your career path, unsure of the next step, curious about managing a side hustle, thinking of quitting your job, or trying to work for yourself, you’re in the right place!

 

I provide customized, energizing, re-orienting 30 or 60 minute Office Hours sessions via Skype (or in person if we happen to be in the same part of the world). 

 

We make sure you find or create meaningful work. This may involve a variety of approaches: periods of deep reflection and documentation, strategic networking, designing a job hunt, preparing for interviews, optimizing resumess and cover letters…or avoiding all of that in the first place by laying the groundwork for your own venture. We’ll examine your environment, relationships, obstacles, intellectual diet, finances, and self-branding and brainstorm new and better ways to fuel your success!

 

We’ll strategize and execute a plan for your next stage together so you come out on the other side with clarity, excitement, drive, and, most importantly, no regrets.

 

 

JOB INTERVIEW, RESUME, AND COVER LETTER OVERHAUL

 

As a former Fortune 100 management consultant, I am well-aware of what top companies look for in their applicants. I can help you prepare for behavioral interviews or case studies, as well as provide practical strategies for standing out at career fairs and networking sessions.

 

I have also navigated unusual transitions in my career – liberal arts to consulting, consulting to international sales and marketing – so I understand how candidates with unusual backgrounds can position themselves for almost any kind of job. 

  • Resume/Cover Letter Review consists of initial critique, my personal samples, and follow-up reviews of your revisions. We work together until you get it perfect! 
  • Interview Preparation includes one 30-minute “explore & prepare” session, and two 60-minute subsequent practice interviews with tailored feedback. 

 

 

APPLICATION ANYTHING

 

Over the course of 4 years of university, I racked up over $200,000 worth of scholarship money AND free trips to Guatemala, Singapore, Thailand, China, South Korea, and Egypt. I did it…and so can you!

 

Want to know my secrets? Let me work with you to design or overhaul your application for anything: college, graduate school, scholarships, post-graduate programs, Peace Corps, fellowships, the list goes on. Please e-mail me to see if your application qualifies. 

 

 

ADVENTURE PLANNING

 

I’ve traveled to over 50 countries, lived and worked in 12, and backpacked solo on every continent except Australia. Based on my experience, I create customized travel itineraries (long-term or short-term travel) based on your personalized travel goals and previous travel experience. I’ll provide:

  • Basic itinerary for your time frame and region(s). How to get there, when to go, how to get around, what to see, what to skip. 
  • My top picks. Recommended hostels, tours, cities, towns, and unique ways to get off the beaten path.
  • Airfare hacks. I’ll get you the cheapest airfare to your destination(s).
  • Long-term or short-term volunteering experiences. Lots of websites charge a fortune for this, but I have personal contacts all over the world that will get you actionable on the ground without paying for it!
  • Customized budget preparation. Creative, personalized ways to save for your dream trip, what you’ll spend once your there, and how to do it cheaper.
  • Career advice. People often wonder when and how to plan travel (especially long-term) into their careers. I have a lot of ideas around this I’m willing to share.
  • My network. I know people virtually everywhere! I hook my clients up with local friends for a more authentic experience wherever they are going.
  • Travel 101. If it’s your first time backpacking, I have what-to-pack checklists, safety tips and tricks, tips for my solo women, my favorite travel equipment, and general ideas for getting the most out of your trip. 

Please email me your tentative travel dates, trip length of time, region of interest (if any), and which of the above services you require.

 

 

PAYMENTS

 

All payments are processed electronically through PayPal. I refund every client who is not 100% satisfied with their experience (although that hasn’t happened so far)!

  

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If you’re ready to kick-start your next step, invest in yourself, and have me as your biggest cheerleader to making the career changes you’ve only dreamed about before, please send an email to elaina@lifebefore30.com and indicate your interest in Office Hours. I’ll send you more information and a questionnaire for you to fill out, and we’ll take it from there!

 

 

Looking forward to working together!

 

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About Me

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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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Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

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Do you want to find a job overseas but don’t know where to start?

Do you wake up in the morning dreading what’s ahead?

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Step into my office!

 

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.

 

Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

Do you want to travel but are scared to quit your job?

Do you want to find a job overseas but don’t know where to start?

Do you wake up in the morning dreading what’s ahead?

Read more

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