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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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A Poem for All My Busy Friends

Posted on October 17th, 2016

I sat down to write this post, but it didn't come out the conventional way. So here's a poem, and a more vulnerable expression.
 
Friends and millennials,
Please stop being so busy
With your 60 hour work weeks
Expensive gym memberships
Dinner parties and tinder dates
Running off to yoga class
Coffee catch ups and concert tickets
Long weekends in New York
Everything scheduled in
With this kind of madness 
There’s no time to think
To be present or get bored
To reexamine what you’re here for
Or see what kind of society we’ve become
All self important and narcissistic
No time to stand still and just be good
To return calls, and show up on time
To smile, to look each other in the eye
To serve others without recognition
To focus on how we live versus what we do.
 
All these things you busy people do 
You think they make you who you are
But it’s all mass confusion
We’re forgetting our humanity, fragility
Our leisure and our lore
The biggest mistake we make is
Trying to be successful, to be recognized
To fight the reality that someday we will pass away
And be forgotten
Like billions before.
 
And it’s okay.
So live like you’re alive because for now you are
Don’t do what you’re “supposed to do”
Don’t try to be good at something
Just so you can tell people
You’re really good at that thing
Because you’re already perfect as you are
More free than you think
Gifted with breath and love and energy
So please stop being so busy
It doesn’t make you more valuable
Or better or more interesting
These activities don’t make you who you are
Instead, stop and get bored
Be present and aware
Have nothing better to do than talk with a stranger
Or write a poem
Or paint a picture no one will ever see.
 
Stop and feel your aliveness
This insane miracle of life you’ve been given
Know your identity isn’t based on what you do
Or how much you do
Or how much you earn
Or how often you travel 
Or how many companies you start
Or where you live
Or what you drive
Or how good you are at xyz
It’s based on how you view this world
How you think and share
How deeply you can love
How humbly you can serve
How awake you can feel
And how slow you can move
It’s in how you make others feel
How much peace you help bring
How open you are
How many eyes you can meet.

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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?

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