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 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”

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!
    Lisa

  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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