6 Years Together! Dreams Do Come True!

 

Six years ago, on January 18, 2007, I had the best first date of my life. However, the get-together almost did not occur. I signed up for The Onion Personals online site, but George was not a member, having signed up at an affiliate site, Salon.

Fate intervened again when an automated email triggered by Salon suggested me as a woman in the area who fit George’s criteria. Not having remembered his first email to me months earlier, he wrote to me on January 8, 2007 and this time, I did return his email. After a week of corresponding, we planned to meet by the beach in Santa Monica at Casa Del Mar. During his drive to our rendezvous, he nearly turned around because thoughts of “this won’t lead to anything” crept into his brain. So many moments had to align for us to meet. Thank goodness we both were ready to show up on this date.

Our first date lasted over five hours and ended with multiple passionate kisses with the promise of another meeting. I was ecstatic. I could not believe it. After months of online dating, I finally had a second date! At the time, I pondered could he be too good to be true?

During the last six years together, we have spent nearly half of our time traveling abroad and I have discovered he is perfect for me. There are moments when we don’t agree or get along, but they are rare. Overall, we are a great team who challenge each other to be our best.

Last month, we celebrated our third wedding anniversary, reminiscing about our first date and our wedding — both of which took place at Casa Del Mar. As one friend remarked, “It was a good thing you did not initially meet at Starbucks for your first date,” signifying that it would not have been a great wedding spot!

During the voyage of life and our sabbatical year in Asia, it is important to have a great partner. In the movie Love and Other Drugs, the main character says to his love, “You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you, and then you meet one who changes your life.” George has completely changed my life in ways I never imagined and I am so grateful to have him in my life.

I hope that 2013 brings you all you ever dreamed of and that you are grateful for the good in your life. Before I met George, I did not think I would ever find a life partner. I’ll leave you witha line from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: “Everything will be all right in the end. And if it is not alright, it is not the end.” Believe in your dreams and if they have not come true, it is not yet the end!

This article first appeared on the Huffington Post.

About the Author: Huffington Post Bloggers, Lisa and George Rajna, are on a sabbatical year in Asia. They are editing their travel memoir about their sabbatical in South East Asia in 2008 where Lisa lost sixty pounds and they got engaged underwater in Thailand. Follow them at www.WeSaidGoTravel.com.

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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