About Elena Sonnino

Chaser of Dreams, Writer, Strategist

The Short Version

Elena Sonnino is a travel and wellness writer, strategist, runner, hiker, cancer survivor and chaser of dreams.

The longer version….

Elena Sonnino is a travel writer.

Elena’s life long passion is travel. She shares inspirational travel stories and experiences at LiveDoGrow focused on finding everyday wellness around the world in far off lands, at home – and everywhere in between.


Her travel writing has also been published in GoGo Concourse,  Have Family Will Travel by Four Seasons,  Let’s Roll, a travel blog by the Flight Network, This Girl Travels, Traveling Mom and Trip Advisor.

Elena Sonnino is a wellness writer. 

Being diagnosed with Stage IIB Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 23 made Elena a fighter, and provided a perspective that was life altering. Life was no longer about watching, it was about doing – and most of all LIVING.

Elena’s wellness journey is fueled by her perspective as a survivor and experience as a mom. Elena’s wellness writing has been published in U.S. News Health and BlogHer.

Elena Sonnino is an educator. 

Elena spent twelve years as a teacher, educational leader and mentor to elementary students.  Whether she was a classroom teacher or an advanced academic resource teacher, her focus was always on empowering students to develop independent and creative thinking. She continues to work within the education space to write curriculum to empower youth as advocates and an educational programs contributor and #TalkEarly parenting blogger for Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR).

Elena Sonnino is an advocate.

On a mission to empower children to use social media for social good, Elena uses her voice as an advocate to raise awareness and support sustainable efforts around the globe. She works with non-profit organizations to craft engaging digital media strategies and campaigns. Elena is a Shot@Life UnFoundation Social Good Fellow and Shot@Life champion, a member of Bloggers4Haiti, a member of ONE Moms, and is on the American Cancer Society Blogger Advisory Council working to Finish the Fight against cancer… because she believes that each one of us can make a difference, big or small. Elena’s work and expertise has appeared on CNN.com, The Huffington Post and The Stream on Al Jazeera America.

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Elena’s Personal and Professional Life Goals:

  • Be a motivational speaker
  • Visit a wellness retreat for inner and outer health, nutrition and wellness (Went to Mountain Trek in British Columbia in May 2014 and am going to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate Mexico in January 2015.)
  • Publish an article about wellness travel in a magazine
  • To publish a book about finding the silver lining as a Cancer patient and survivor
  • Be a wellness columnist
  • To be published in Runner’s World magazine
  • Not so secret dream: To open an inflight magazine and see my own article!
  • Travel to see the impact that global health programs like Shot@Life, Nothing but Nets and UNICEF have had on children first hand
  • Learn to use my DSLR camera
  • Run a third marathon (registered for the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2014)
  • Run a marathon in under 5 hours
  • Travel to Morocco, Napa, The Grand Tetons, Glacier National Park, Costa Rica, and down the Nile River in Egypt
  • Take a mother daughter trip to Paris
  • Hike the Grand Canyon basin with my daughter

Hire Elena

Hire Elena as a freelance writer, as a social media ambassador or spokesperson, to develop digital strategy, or as a speaker for your next event.

Learn more about Elena’s professional work or contact me to discuss how we can work together

Email me (Elena) at: livedogrow [at] gmail [dot] com or find me on twitter as @ElenaSonnino

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