Live simply, travel lightly, love passionately & don’t forget to breathe
[Terry: I usually try to give a reasonable portrayal of a New Friend’s website but Elena is Beyond Anything Reasonable. Smart, Eclectic, and Courageous, it is simply something you have to see for yourself. So what’s here is only a tiny portion and I strongly advise going to http://mselenalevontraveling.com.]
Elena Levon was born in Moscow, Russia, into a multi-ethnic family. Because of her father who was a highly acclaimed scientist, young Elena and her family traveled extensively around the world. At the age of 4, Elena began studying ballet at the Moscow Ballet School — part of the world famous Bolshoi Theatre. Four years later, after her annual showcase performance, she was offered a scholarship at the most prestigious Dance Academy in Russia.
Her teen years were spent at a Dramatic Theatre in Moscow, where Elena had the chance to learn from very accomplished and world-renowned Artists. In her spare time Elena was working as a model and studied Tourism & Hospitality business for 2 years.
In 2002, her father, passed away after an extended battle with cancer. Elena had just turned 18. A year later she got a US visa, packed a single suitcase and arrived at LAX without support and without knowing anyone in the US.
Elena received her “green card” in December of 2006.
In Los Angeles she studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck and worked on a few independent productions, as well as mainstream films and TV shows.
On 27th of June 2012 Elena Levon became an American Citizen.
Throughout her life, Elena has led a nomadic lifestyle. She has lived in 8 countries and traveled to over 30, in 4 continents.
IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Friedman
Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. ~ Franz Kafka
Russian-Armenian-American solo Nomad.
I’m a Writer, Photographer, Actress, Dancer, Model & a Dual Citizen.
Backpacked solo through Africa, lived in 8 countries and traveled to over 30 countries, in 4 continents… before my 30th Birthday.
On my journey I got to share dinners & laughs with everyone, from homeless people, to Presidents, Hollywood icons & Royalty.
Here’s a couple of highlights;
I walked with lions in the wild
Bungee jumped into a river full of alligators, got in a fight with a female baboon, zip-lined, ATV’d, hang on the edge of the most dangerous pool in the world.
My jeep got chased by a lion.
I used every public transport imaginable in Africa. ( matatus, buses, camels, horses, jeeps, canoes, shared taxis and boda-boda’s anyone ? )
Got really, really close to gorillas in Uganda.
Missed planes, trains, buses and will probably miss my own wedding. ( anyone said “wedding”?!! oh shit!! well, who knows, crazier things have happened )
Stepped over the railing at “The Peak” in Hong Kong. ( those who’ve been there, probably having a heart attack as they reading this )
Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, in the middle of one of the coldest winters in Russia. ( who skydives for the first time in winter?!! )
I’m a self-made woman.
I don’t wait for life… but run towards it with my soul wide open.
Even though life has kicked me around and dragged me through mud on more than one occasion,
it taught me how to dance without ever touching the ground…
And for that, I’m forever in her debt.
[Terry: THIS was the SHORTt version of Elena’s life. For the LONG version CLICK HERE ℰℒ.ℒℰ | Live simply, travel lightly, love passionately & don’t forget to breathe.]
What do you see in those pictures ?
What do those images say about a woman in them ? Can you say that a woman in them “sweats” the small stuff ?
Is this woman a nervous type or doesn’t take risks ?
Do you catch yourself saying ” Oh, I envy that gal! What a life! I want that! ” ?
Before you read the rest of this piece, I want you to answer at least one of those questions.
“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks,
the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice.
Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable;
they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
LESSONS PEOPLE TAUGHT ME
If you want to hear the truth ~ Listen to your heart.
If you want to fly ~ Don’t be afraid to break your wings.
If you want to forgive ~ Ask for forgiveness.
If you want to be a good dancer ~ Dance with your soul, not your feet.
If you want to get to the top ~ You have to touch the bottom.
If you want to be free ~ Don’t lie to yourself.
If you want to heal ~ Cry, Laugh, Breath & Let go.
If you want to be rich ~ Help someone.
If you want to find You ~ Get lost.
If you want to learn ~ Change.
If you want to feel loved ~ Love.
If you want to be happy ~ Be.
02/07/2013 © Elena Levon
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