Elisa Doucette is a writer, editor, and entrepreneur who currently travels the world looking for great stories to live, interesting tales to share, and new ways to make words sexy.
Elisa has worked for over a decade creating compelling content and writing for various businesses and publications. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes, Yahoo! Small Business, The Shine Network, The Huffington Post, and Brazen Careerist among others. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and websites. She has appeared as a guest on radio shows and podcasts around the web, such as Frommer’s Radio, Entrepreneur on Fire, and The Chris Hahn Show. She is a frequent guest author on writing-focused, entrepreneurial, modern feminist, and location independent websites. Two of her columns have been syndicated (The Single Slice on MaineToday – On Dating & Relationships and Shattering Glass on Forbes.com – On Breaking Through The Perceived Limitations We Set For Ourselves) and she semi-regularly writes here and on Craft Your Content.
Elisa started her love affair with language before she could walk, throwing hysteric tantrums as a one-year-old if her family would not read to her on demand. Constantly curled up with books and journals, she refined her studies at the University of Maine (Stephen King’s alma mater!) where she dual majored in Creative Writing and Classical Studies, with a minor in Latin. Needless to say, she had high aspirations of writing inspiring haiku poems on the pizza boxes she was inevitably going to end up delivering with those degrees (which is part of why she did not finish her degree; also, she was wasting $20K a year for an education she could have gotten for $1.50 in late fees at the public library).
She ended up in the illustrious world of insurance sales for ten years, working her way up from licking envelopes at a reception desk to becoming an agency field specialist for the state’s management office, due to her mastery of words and language in a plethora of sales situations. She also worked as the managing editor for the Tropical MBA and Dynamite Circle communities, where she spent her time strategizing, creating, and curating content and events with Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen for their audience and members.
As the owner and executive editor of the editing and writing coaching agency, Craft Your Content, Elisa oversees the acquisition and cultivation of a talented team of word and content geniuses while also encouraging the development of clients’ writing and thought prowess. CYC serves as a champion for each writers’ unique voice and vision, while helping them to create their most compelling content.
As a location independent entrepreneur, she has lived and has traveled through many Southeast Asian, North American, and European countries. Her most notable accomplishment in travel has been getting hit head-on by another motorbike on a busy two-way street in Bali, which ended with emergency surgery in an Indonesian hospital and a month of bed-rest and rehabilitation. She fought through and has some badass scars to prove it.
Now that we have THAT boring “3rd person biography” part done with:
¤ I believe two simple things:
1. Life is too short and beautiful to live the average.
2. If one life has breathed easier because you lived, then you have succeeded.
¤ I am in the process of writing my own epic life story – and helping other people to do the same
¤ I work my ass off to be the change I want to see in the world
¤ I’m at my best sipping an amber pint or soda water with friends at the local pub or curled up with a book in a big leather recliner listening to jazz and songwriters
¤ My heart finds it happiest solace in singing and music – but I wasn’t even cool enough in high school to hang out with the other band geeks!
¤ I really love American bacon. It should be its own food group
¤ It makes me all warm and fuzzy on the insides of my skin suit when I see someone succeed
¤ I adore a challenging sun salutation series, and am always striving to be a more consistent yogi
¤ If you catch me to chat, chances are our exchange will be laden with obscenities – I have a mouth like a trucker
¤ I believe every problem in the world can be solved with a vicious game of rock, paper, scissors
¤ Mostly, I just like to smile…smiling’s my favorite
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch…
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…THIS is to have succeeded.
Unless otherwise noted, all photography on this site is courtesy of Melissa Mullen Photography