Carrie Bradshaw wrote about sex and the city, Elana Lyn writes about career and the city. With topics ranging from career advice, wellness advice, to lifestyle advice, Elana has got you covered. We had a chance to speak with Elana Lyn, and here's what she said...
AM: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your typical day?
EL: I am a content strategist at mllnnl, journalist, and founder of Elana Lyn. Elana Lyn is a personal and professional development site for millennial women. I wake up between 6:30 am and 7 am and go to the gym or breakfast with a friend, my mom, or someone that I’m interviewing for an article. I work in Williamsburg at mllnnl, a marketing agency that specializes in marketing to millennials from 10 am to around 6 or 7 pm. I am a content strategist and create the social media strategy and execution plan for clients. I’ll workout quickly during lunch if I had a breakfast get together in the morning. I often go to Six Degrees Society events, dinner with friends, or events in the evenings. But sometimes I get a last-minute deadline and spend the evening writing. I aim to be in bed with a good book by 10:30 to 11 pm before doing it all again the next day.
AM: You have quite the impressive resume, Content Strategist at mllnnl by day, and contributing writer and Forbes, Monster, Thrive Global and more. Plus, you have your very own professional and personal development site, Elana Lyn. How do you keep up?!
EL: Thank you! I treat Sundays as a workday and usually work from around 10 am to 6 pm. Lately, I’ve also been writing for a few hours on Saturdays. I enjoy writing because it has provided me with so many amazing opportunities such as interviewing women I admire, making new friends, and being published in some of my “dream” publications. But the thing that really helps me keep it up is receiving emails from people who say that my writing has made them feel more confident in an aspect of their personal or professional life. That’s the best.
AM: What inspired you to start Elana Lyn?
EL: Honestly, I was a paralegal right after graduating college and I was bored. I missed having a creative outlet and ownership over a project so I started a blog. Now my inspiration comes from what my friends and I are talking about, what I am going through in my life, and whatever I want to research and learn about.
AM: Do you have any tips on how to network and build career connections?
EL: Be yourself. Ask insightful and interesting questions that make you motivated to have a genuine conversation and get together in the future. If you’re at a networking event, it’s hard to walk up to a group of strangers and introduce yourself but have a goal in mind (like I’ll talk to three people) and remember that people are at networking events because they want to meet new people—they’ll be happy you made the first move so they didn’t have to. Also, read Give and Take by Adam Grant and be a giver.
AM: How do you work wellness into your busy schedule, to keep a balanced life?
EL: I exercise in the morning or during lunch. It alleviates stress and makes me feel strong and confident. It also makes me more focused and productive. I also make sure to eat well, get (almost) enough sleep, spend time with friends and family, and take breaks. Sometimes you need to let yourself watch some television, go for a long walk in Central Park, or curl up in bed with a good book.
AM: When you’re not writing, where can we find you?
EL: Probably in Central Park! I love being in nature and having an escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC.
AM: What are 5 of your dreams?
1. Be a supportive and loving friend, family member, and colleague.
2. Inspire people with my writing.
3. Find my person and have a family.
4. Become by own best advocate.
5. Always work hard and play nice.
AM: Favorite song to work out to?
EL: Be Okay by Oh Honey
AM: Three things that are always in your gym bag?
EL: Cetaphil face wash, Keihl’s moisturizer, and the Mini Essentials set from Trestique.
AM: How would you describe your style in two words?
EL: Colorful and classic.
AM: One place in the world you would love to visit?
EL: Big Sur, California.
AM: Favorite yoga pose?
AM: Favorite good vibe quote
EL: Work hard and play nice. I interviewed Lisa Sugar, the founder of Popsugar and her values were so aligned with my own. I am so inspired by her career path and advice.
AM: One food you could not live without
EL: Does coffee count?
AM: Top 3 health food spots in NYC
EL: Anything my friend Carolyn Stine recommends. I use her Instagram to plan where to eat. Right now some of my favorites for gluten-free alternatives to comfort food are Playa Betty’s, Pizza Beach, and By the Way Bakery. I could happily also eat a Sweetgreen salad once a day.
AM: If you were deserted on an island, what one item would you want with you?
EL: Do they have wifi? My computer or a pen and notebook (retro!) so I can write.
AM: Favorite sinful treat food
EL: The gluten-free brownies from By the Way Bakery with a scoop of ice cream.
AM: Favorite way to start the day
E:L Spin class or breakfast with friends and family.
AM: Top 3 things you do to keep a positive outlook
1. Spend time with friends and family.
2. Workout or take long walks in Central Park.
3. Keep things in perspective and remember what really matters.
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