Get Inspired: Seven Days & Paris Letters

 

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We are looking for an article about a place that inspires you to spend your time with no regrets. FIRST PRIZE is $1,000usd. Total prizes: $1,750usd. CLICK HERE for more information and to ENTER! I thought your might need some inspiration from Paris so here is my recent article from the Huffington Post about the new memoir, Paris Letters.

Paris Letters Source Books Janice MacLeodParis Letters: Relax and Let the Journey Unfold

“Leap, and the net will appear,” says Janice MacLeod in her memoir, Paris Letters.When MacLeod realized that “I grew up; my dreams did not,” she decided to act. She began by with a New Years resolution in 2010 to become an artist. Simply choosing a path is powerful. On December 31, 2006, I made a resolution to find a long-term partner and buy a home. On January 18, 2007, I met George, who would become my travel partner and husband and within days, found a home which I made an offer on and still own.

Reading her memoir, Paris Letters, I was surprised at the similarities in her memoir and my own. While she was “thirty-four, single, lonely, feeling unfulfilled by my job, and on the brink of burnout,” I was slightly older (thirty-nine) and much heavier. We did have the same magic number. MacLeod decides: “For now, I had to save or make $100 a day.” When George and I decided to create a budget for our sabbatical year, we also used $100 a day as our goal.

Before I met George, I went though many of the choices that MacLeod made. I had read “Calling in the One: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life,” and one of the suggestions was to clean out a drawer and make space in your life for love. I ended up cleaning out half of my house and taking 17 giant bags to National Council for Jewish Women Thrift Shop in West Los Angeles.

MacLeod began with cleaning out closets and realizing shopping more only brought clutter into the house. She ponders: “Was I getting rid of the things that got in the way of a remarkable life? Could I actually have a remarkable life underneath all this stuff?” Making conscious choices to take care of herself, paint more, finish letters and sell things she did not need allowed her to reach and surpass her goal “by doing a hundred little things to save or earn $100 a day. I managed to save almost $60,000, nearly twice what I thought I’d save.”

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Here is how my article ends:

MacLeod shares how she became kinder to herself:

I let myself stay home and paint rather than go out ‘just in case my soul mate was there.’ I started enjoying the process of unraveling my apartment and of not having as many choices in my closet. I walked more. I bought myself flowers. I started this journey by getting rid of clothes, but eventually I slowly peeled off the layers of judgments I had placed upon myself for failing to get married by the ripe old age of thirty-four. For failing to find happiness in my chosen career. For creating a life that wasn’t much fun. I let myself off the hook. I forgave myself for the judgments. The truth is that I did the best I could with what I knew at the time. And at some point, I had the good sense to change my usual self-inflicting, unnecessary, and lame New Year’s resolution from an uncreative ‘lose ten pounds’ to a simple practice of writing in my journal. It was this slight change that got the ball rolling.

I hope that you have made resolutions you can keep. Maybe try a new one this year as a Valentine’s gift to yourself. To write in your journal. To take a daily walk. Or to become “The artist who is the head honcho creative director of her own life. We must know how to design our lives. We are all artists, and each day is a canvas.” Paint something beautiful!

About this ReviewLisa NIver Rajna is traveling the world with her soul mate and husband, George. They left Los Angeles in July 2012. Follow their journey at We Said Go Travel. Read about their underwater engagement in Thailand in Traveling in Sin.

 

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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