Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel Ceramic Bowls made in Santa Monica

05 Sep 2016 Where Do You Find the Spark to Follow your Dreams?

I am grateful to everyone who has supported We Said Go Travel. Three times a year since January 2013, I have run travel writing competitions. This year we transformed into the We Said Go Travel Award.

From the day I invented this idea, everyone has been encouraging! Amazing writers have participated as judges and contestants. My team has grown to support the thousands of writers who have been published on my site. I feel fortunate that you have all shown up.

Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel Ceramic Bowls made in Santa Monica

I wanted to share my ceramics. Here are four bowls before the glaze firing. See the next photo for their transformation. Lisa Niver

For the 2016 Gratitude We Said Go Travel Writing Award:

The theme is where did you find the spark to follow your dreams?

Seth Godin says “The self starter creates a spark, turning nothing, or what certainly appears to everyone else as nothing, into something. The self starter doesn’t see it that way. That ‘nothingness’ was actually an opportunity, a chance to make a connection, to do something a little better than the status quo, to get things moving.

When you look at a blank page which you turn into magic with your words, where did that begin for you? What place began your love of travel? Or your love of writing? What place are you most grateful for? Is there one location that changed your life?

The Fall Award will open on September 11, 2016 and close on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016 at midnight PST.

I am grateful to Konark, India and the International Sand Art Festival for inspiring me to start this contest.

Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel Ceramic Bowls made in Santa Monica

Here are the same four bowls after the glaze firing. Sometimes we do not know what is around the next corner! Keep going! Lisa Niver

And if you are not sure what to write or if you are doing it right, remember the words from “Try Everything” from Zootopia:

I messed up tonight

I lost another fight

I still mess up but I’ll just start again

I keep falling down

I keep on hitting the ground

I always get up now to see what’s next

Birds don’t just fly

They fall down and get up

Nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in

Till I reach the end

And then I’ll start again

Though I’m on the lead

I wanna try everything

I wanna try even though I could fail

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in

Till I reach the end

And then I’ll start again

No I won’t leave

I wanna try everything

I wanna try even though I could fail

  Lisa Niver's Ceramic Art: Where Do you Find the Spark?Lisa Niver's Ceramic Art: Where Do you Find the Spark?

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Lisa Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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