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 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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