Finding Freedom

 

FURNISHING HOPE BECCA BY REBECCA VIRTUEAs July 4 approaches, I have been thinking about liberty. Is war the opposite of freedom? Is love the opposite of hate? I believe that apathy is the opposite of love. I am pondering the opposite of autonomy. I challenge myself to make selections that will make me proud.

Owning a bikini from the 2012 Wounded Warrior collection from Becca Swim has been a good choice for me. The tag says, “Your Becca Swim purchase is making a difference in a warrior’s life.” I have only owned suits from Becca for the last eight years since I first tried one on at Everything but Water. Honestly besides my passport, kindle and laptop, my swimsuit might be the most important object in my backpack.

Becca Swimwear committed to support Furnishing Hope with their 2012 swimwear collection as a way to improve the lives of families and help to provide a healing environment. I chose them because they have the best fitting suits but I also feel impressed by the character of their choices.

 

In the movie Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise’s character has chosen to live outside the lines that many take for granted. He tells us:

Look at the people. You tell me which ones are free. Free from debt. Anxiety. Stress. Fear. Failure. Indignity. Betrayal. How many wish that they were born knowing what they know now? Ask yourself how many would do things the same way over again, and how many would live their lives like me.

Can a character like Jack Reacher show us the way to independence? Is Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin’s character on Hawai-five-0) able to lead you to responsibility? McGarrett (in Season 3 Episode 20 “Olelo Pa’a” which means “The Promise”) returns to North Korea to bring home a fallen soldier. He must step outside the lines to do the right thing for his friend and his family.

What will you fight for? When do you color outside the lines? Share your story about where you find freedom. It may be a place near to your backyard or on another continent. Which of your passions have you had to defend? I hope you are proud of your choices or find the courage to start to stand up for what you believe in. We are waiting for you.

 

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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