Grateful at Thanksgiving


At this time of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for all the people who traveled to be with us and to celebrate with us!  We were lucky to spend Thanksgiving with our family and celebrate Zachary’s Bar Mitzvah together. I read this poem which my sister found for me at the Bar Mitzvah, and was reminded yet again how fortunate we are.

Be loyal to your friends.
Be understanding to your enemies.
Be strong enough to face the world each day.

Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.

Be generous to those who need your help.

Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.

Be willing to share your joys.

Be willing to share the sorrows of others.

Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.
Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.

Be last to criticize a colleague who fails.

Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way.
Be loving to those who love you..

Be loving to those who do not love you; they may change.

Above all, Be yourself. 

Thank you for your support and for reading our blog. On December 9th, our blog will have been online for six months and we are already at over 8,600 views! We will keep bringing you more thoughts and photos about our travels especially next month when we will be in Cartagena, Colombia!

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A few last thoughts from Seth Godin:

A Modern Thanksgiving 

“Wherever you are, you could celebrate Thanksgiving…

Not the Thanksgiving of a bountiful harvest before the long winter, the holiday of pilgrims and pie. That’s a holiday of scarcity averted. I’m imagining something else…
A modern Thanksgiving would celebrate two things:
The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and…
The opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing. The ability to make connections, to lend a hand, to invent and create.”
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!
Lisa and George

ps. We had a recent request for private consulting. So to all who are wondering, YES we are available! Please use the contact us link to email us your questions, comments, or for travel help!

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.

6 responses to “Grateful at Thanksgiving

  1. JP wrote to us "Beautiful pictures…meaningful ceremonies and treasured words….what a lovely thanksgiving weekend you have had."

    Thank you! We sure did!

  2. Lisa,
    I'm glad you had such a joyful Thanksgiving! Did you write the poem? It's beautiful and inspiring.
    Thanks for the reminder!
    Judy W.

  3. I love your blog.Thanks for sharing your thanksgiving experience.You had a good thanks giving day.All the best for future travel to Cartagena, Colombia!

  4. Dear Villas Spain, Thank you for reading and commenting! I really appreciate it!

  5. AG said "And I thought I had a lot going on right now!! = )Mazel Tov for the Bar Mitzvah.
    Congrats on the page views…and the private consult and Science Camp and…what am I missing?! Hooray for so many things to celebrate!!!"
    Thanks so much AG!

  6. Hows your travel going………
    Want to know about your travel experience of Cartagena, Colombia!!!!

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