Celebrating Best Friend Day: Embracing the Magic of Friendship!


Thank you to Nicole Pajer, Meaghan Murphy and Woman’s Day Magazine for including Carl and I in their celebrations of Best Friend Day: June 8 which embraces the Magic of Friendship! We were on page 2 of the June/July 2023 issue!

These BFFs became family

Lisa Niver los angeles
Carl Law san jose, ca

In 1985, Lisa was in her first year at University of Pennsylvania and Carl was a junior as well as her advisor. The two hit it off instantly, but it was a hilarious exchange one night  that solidified  their friendship. “Carl knew I had a date, who was picking me up at our dorm, so he put on a bathrobe and waited in my room. When my date showed up, he asked, What are your intentions with my daughter?” says Lisa. “Ever since then, we’ve told people that we’re family.” 

Over the years, the duo has supported each other through divorces, career shifts, dating, parenting adventures and more. “When my marriage crumbled, he was the person I called in tears from Thailand,” says Lisa. Lisa kicks off the first chapter of her upcoming memoir Brave-ish: One Breakup, Six Continents, and Feeling Fearless After Fifty with with Carl’s advice from that day. 

“When people look at us, they don’t think that we’re family because Carl is Black and I am Jewish, but we know that we are chosen family,” says Lisa. Carl describes Lisa as the sister he wishes he had. “She’s a person that brings sunlight into my life,” he says. “When I look back on my life so far, our friendship is one of the highlights.”

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Best Friend Day is something I learned about recently but I have always celebrated my friendships. These remarkable individuals have been by my side through thick and thin, creating a tapestry of unforgettable moments and everlasting memories. Make time to shower them with appreciation and gratitude, reminding them of just how much they mean to you.

Friendship is like a beacon of light, guiding us through life’s ups and downs. It’s an everlasting bond that transcends time and distance, forever etched in our hearts. They are the ones who have seen me at my best and my worst, always offering unwavering support and love.

How can you honor this extraordinary person and cherish the beautiful memories of your friendship? Take a thrilling adventure, explore new destinations or go out for dinner, sharing laughter, stories, and a feast fit for royalty. Best Friend Day is about expressing gratitude and celebrating their ability to make even the darkest days feel lighter, and their knack for understanding us on a level that no one else can.

Happy Best Friend Day to all the incredible souls out there who make our lives brighter, our hearts fuller, and our adventures more exciting! Cheers to friendship!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. 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 and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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