During #COVID19 Quarantine & Curfew, Are You Searching for Pretty Good Advice?


I read Pretty Good Advice: For People Who Dream Big and Work Harder by Leslie Blodgett during quarantine for Covid-19. I wanted to share some of her tips in case you need advice during this uncertain and unpredictable time.

Risk makes you afraid. You don’t get to choose whether or not to be afraid. Only whether to dive in, despite your fear. If you wait for the fear to go away, the opportunity will go away too. I wanted the opportunity.

If you’re not already catching on, the secret is: I choose to be lucky. This is the best trick you can play on yourself. It’s like magic. I’ve been saying I am lucky for so many decades now that my luck has taken on an almost mystical quality.

Step #1 (there is only one step): Tell yourself and others you are a lucky person. Do that and you will become one.

I got the message loud and clear. I learned how to put my own spin on things. You have to actively fight the urge to be the same as everybody else. Use your feet to lead, not follow.

Play around, learn what works, practice. This goes for any age or ability—and not just for makeup. Experiments are good. This stuff washes off.

We all have fears, foibles, weaknesses. They are what connect us: All of us are flawed.

Bloom Your Own Way 52. Imagine being a bush, or a stalk, at the first spring bloom. And instead of petals, you have pods that look like caterpillars. Kids think you are an animal, not a plant. You look strange, but you feel familiar and warm, because you are furry and fuzzy. People touch you, even though you are twiggy. You are cozy, mysterious, curious, and bare. It is perfectly natural to be both humble and bold. The pussy willow has an edge. Defy assumptions.

Because magic is happening all the time, all around us. And if you make a point of looking out for Magic Moments—and remembering them—you will always have something to celebrate.

Competition is one of the most powerful drivers, but sometimes you may need to chart a different course. Sail your own race.

You might think this sounds morbid, but reading obituaries makes you think about what people will remember about you. You wonder: Who were these people? What was their story? What are people going to say about ME when I’m gone? Oh, wow. Maybe that’s something I could actually work on NOW? How do you want people to remember you?

My rule is: There are no rules. Especially when it comes to how you want to present yourself to the world. No one should tell you what to do with your own body.

I found there’s beauty in contradiction. You are allowed to change your mind. Or have radically different answers for different situations. That’s not crazy. That’s human.

All flower photos by Lisa Niver with #LGV60ThinQ
during COVID-19 walks around the block.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. 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 1.6 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 and been a finalist twenty times.   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 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 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” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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