My experience was incredibly similar, started learning Elixir a handful of years ago, then got into some funemployment (with freelancing sidework) after moving to Asia for romantic reasons and took the opportunity to get really serious about Elixir. I also joined a startup over here that did not fare well, then joined a budding organization, made a small non-essential web app with Elixir on Phoenix, and now I lead a team building a more complex web system with Elixir / Phoenix.
Was easy to make the argument for doing a project in Elixir because the other teams here are primarily PHP (lotta PHP in this city…), and Elixir/Phoenix have really matured in the past couple of years IMO
Haven’t moved away from Elixir and likely won’t anytime soon, it is an amazing ecosystem for building resilient, flexible, fast APIs. I don’t miss Node/Ruby/PHP et al. at all