Sharing Freedom: #YouAreABadass


cover badassIt is hard for me to do the things I need to do. I waiver. I worry. I get frustrated and I complain. I think that this website will never grow. I think no one will enter the travel writing award. I wonder if it is worth it to spend so much time and energy. Then I read Jen Sincero‘s book, You are a Badass, and get going on my journey.

After reading the quotes from her book below, you need to do TWO THINGS: 1. buy her book, 2. enter my travel writing award!

Sincero asks:

“Is your fear greater than your faith in the unknown and yourself?

Or is your faith in the unknown and yourself greater than your fear?

On the other side of your fear is your freedom.”

Here are her tips to “navigate your way through the jungle of fear:”

  1. View fear from your rear view mirror and remember our greatest fears are the greatest waste of time
  2. Flip the Fear
  3. Be in the Moment
  4. Cut off the stream of crap “Wallowing in the pain and suffering isn’t gone got help anyone, yourself included, any more than starving yourself will help the hungry.”
  5. Don’t think of anything upsetting in bed at night
  6. Love yourself and you will be invincible.

jen sincero badassI love what Jen Sincero learned on her trip to India:

  • Talk to strangers, we’re all family on this planet.
  • Expect, and enjoy, the unexpected.
  • Find the humor.
  • Join the party.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Time spent enjoying yourself is never wasted.
  • Share your space.
  • Loosen your bone, Wilma.

My friend recommended I read Jen Sincero’s book and I agree it is fantastic. I am keeping it on my desk for inspiration and to stop getting in my own way. I have built We Said Go Travel and I am going to keep going. What are you doing to do? I would love to hear about your journey to awesomeness! Remember #youareabadass!

Listen to Sincero:

“Whatever you desire to do with your precious life—believe that it’s possible.

And that it’s available to you.

And that you deserve to be/do/have it.

Why not?”

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 a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. 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 nearly 2 million views. 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. 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 (1.7 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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