Hooked on Clay: Clayhouse Summer Sale 2018


Amy Kivnick

David Stone

 

SUMMER SALE HOURS 2018:

Friday, June 29

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 30

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Diana Ungerleider

At the Clayhouse,

we are HOOKED on clay….

 ADDICTED  to artistry….

and are CRAVING creativity!

Come see what our many talented members

have been busy creating.

Featuring hand-crafted ceramic bowls, mugs, platters,

plants, wall hangings, wind chimes, teapots and more!

 

WHERE:

The Clayhouse, 2909 Santa Monica Blvd,

Santa Monica CA 90404

310.828.7071

Deborah Levin

SUMMER SALE ARTISTS

Alia Joslin * Amy Kivnick * Ann Cooper * Cheryl Silver

Deborah Levin * Diana Ungerleider * Edo Antal

Jamie Weber * Janet Domino * Janet Grings

Kathy Mudgett * Kristi Sherman *  Leila Smith-Danes

 Lisa Blons * Lisa Niver * Nani Grenell

Stephanie Sea *  Tani Sims

THE CLAYHOUSE

is the oldest high fire ceramics studio on the Westside. The unassuming storefront on Santa Monica Blvd. displays some of the work of the many talented Clayhouse members. In the back is a large studio with tables, potter’s wheels, glazes, gas-fired kilns and pottery in various stages of production. Group classes and private lessons are offered during the day and evening, as well as studio memberships.  For over 4 decades, potters of all ages and abilities have been coming here to learn, develop their creativity and have fun.

More information:

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I hope to see you at the Studio! Lisa Niver

Information from Holiday Sale 2017,  Summer Sale 2017 and 2016 Winter Sale

Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor
Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor

Take a Class:

Wheel classes

Students will learn how to use the potter’s wheel to  “throw” functional items such as mugs, bowls, vases and more. Glaze instruction is also included.

The class fee is $280 which includes a 25-lb. bag of clay and tools, access to the studio anytime, plus the firing. An advance deposit is required to hold a space in class.
All classes last six weeks and include clay, tools 
firing, glazing and access to the studio. 
Classes are small to allow individual attention. 
Call soon to reserve a spot in a class! 
Advance deposit required.   
call 310-828-7071 for more info or to sign up
Store hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm
As Henry Moore said, “To be an artist is to believe in life.”

All the Things You Wanted to Ask About Rocky Mountaineer


Having worked for years on a cruise ship, when I started to think about my first Canadian Rockies train journey, I realized I had many “dumb” questions. I thought you might appreciate the answers:

1. Do I sleep on the Rocky Mountaineer train?

No! You do not sleep on the Rocky Mountaineer train. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and snacks on the train but you will sleep in hotels.

Lisa Niver is jumping for joy to get on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

2. How do I find the train and get to the station?

You will meet the train representatives in the lobby of your hotel and be transferred to the train station by motor coach. You will receive information and timing the night before your train journey begins.

VIDEO: All Aboard the Train! Rocky Mountaineer is leaving Vancouver

3. What happens with my luggage?

In your packet of information, you will have a boarding pass for the train with your seat number as well as luggage tags and square boarding card. It will tell you what time to be in the lobby and when your luggage will get picked up from your room. You do not need to bring your luggage to the lobby, however, you do need to bring whatever you need during the day. If you need medications, bring them with you. I recommend you bring a portable charger for your phone or camera so you can keep taking photos all day long!

When you arrive at your hotel in Kamloops, your luggage will already be in your room. You also will already be checked in. The train hosts will give you your keys and you can go directly to your room, no waiting in line!

Breakfast on Rocky Mountaineer Train

4. Do I eat breakfast in the hotel?

Absolutely not! Do not eat at the hotel! You will have a lovely made-to-order breakfast on the train. There will be coffee in your hotel lobby if you need that for your short route on the motorcoach. There will also be coffee in the train station. If your route begins in Vancouver, notice that tall windows at the station which used to be the locomotive garage.

5. Where do I eat? What will I eat?

If you are traveling in Goldleaf, you will sit upstairs and watch the beautiful scenery and then go downstairs for your carefully prepared meals. There are two seatings for meals in Goldleaf and if you are second seating for breakfast, you will have freshly baked scones and coffee until your turn for breakfast. The following day you will be first seating. If you have second seating lunch, you will have wine and cheese before you go down to eat.

If you are traveling in SilverLeaf, your food will be brought you in your seat. The menu onboard changes each day and is full of local and regional specialities like salmon and Alberta short ribs beef. The fruit and vegetables are locally sourced.

85% of the food you will eat is cooked on the train. If you need a special menu like halal, kosher or gluten free, please let the Rocky Mountaineer team know in advance. They can also do kid’s menu, ketogenic and all of the sauces onboard are gluten-free. Make sure to look for the recipe book, it even has the cinnamon scone recipe!

VIDEO: Rocky Mountaineer Day 2 Kamloops to Banff

6. How do I dress?

Please wear flat shoes for the train. You only need casual comfortable clothes for your bucket list journey. There are stairs in Goldleaf and they do have a wheelchair lift. When moving around the train especially on the stairs, please hold the handrails.

7. Should I come early to Vancouver? What should I do?

YES! Wherever your journey begins or ends, I recommend you spend extra days and enjoy Canada. In Vancouver, I recommend Grouse Mountain, Capillano suspension bridge, Granville Island and so much more. My train journey was from Vancouver to Banff. During my days in Banff, I went skiing for my first time in Canada at Lake Louise Resort and Gondola and at Banff Sunshine Village. I also stayed at both the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

VIDEO: Do you want to explore Vancouver?

8. Which route should I take?

This is a great question! Feel free to call the team at Rocky Mountaineer to discuss the 65 different options and packages you can choose. I cannot wait to travel again and visit Jasper and see the icefields. I loved my journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer. The host team on board helped us to see osprey nests, eagles, big horn sheep and five bears were sighted. I learned about the history and the environment around us. I loved going through the spiral tunnels and seeing Hells Gate.

9. Where do you take photos?

I took photos from every window upstairs in Goldleaf, during meals through the window and outside on the vestibule. Please enjoy my videos taken from my journey, Classics West. Remember to keep your eyes peeled and listen to the team on board, during my journey there were five bear sightings from our train.

 

10. Are the seats comfortable?

I loved my chair on the train. Not only is there a table where you can have your wine and cheese, but also there are many ways to move your chair and raise the footrest. The seats are also heated so you can enjoy a “spa” for your lower back while you have your hot towel to cleanse your hands before your meal.

VIDEO: What to Do and Where to Stay in Banff

11. Can I have a meeting or party on the train?

Yes! Every journey on the Rocky Mountaineer might feel like a party with the wine, cheese and new friends you make! However, you can book the lounge car and have a wedding reception or company meeting. You can also go on a cruise and then take the train before or after your sailing.

12. Is there shopping on board?

Yes! There is a souvenir catalog of Rocky Mountaineer products. You order on Day 1 and it will appear on your seat when you arrive on Day 2.

Snacks on Rocky Mountaineer Train

13. What is a good meet? Learn to talk like a train engineer

A good meet is when a train goes by in the opposite direction and you do not have to stop. Often when a freight train is passing a passenger train, the smaller train (passenger train) pulls to a side rail to allow the larger train to pass.

Our Train manager Wendy McMichael told us that our train was 17 pieces of equipment with 50 crew members and 273 guests onboard on Day 1. From Kamloops, our train split and we went to Banff with 11 pieces of equipment and 156 guests. The other guests went to Jasper.

Freight trains are generally 50 to 300 pieces of equipment and Rocky Mountaineer is typically 11 to 25.

14. What is unique about this trip to only Rocky Mountaineer?

Traveling on the historic Canadian rail line you can see where the final spike was placed on Nov 7, 1885 at Craigellichie. Rocky Mountaineer is the only passenger train that runs between Kamloops and Banff. If you want to see the engineer marvel of the Spiral tunnels, as well as the historic location of the final spike you will need to travel on the Rocky Mountaineer. This is also the section of the track were you are more likely to see bears.

Rocky Mountaineer began in 1990 and has traveled 8 million kilometers or 150 times around the globe. They have received 67 Awards, planted 8436 trees planted for Employees’ anniversaries and carried over two million guests through seven awe-inspiring mountain ranges. The top 5 wildlife sightings from the train are bear, elk, big horn sheep, bald eagle and osprey.

Are you ready to book your first Rocky Mountaineer Journey?

For rates and more information, click here.

Enjoy your bucket list train journey on Rocky Mountaineer

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Did you see Lisa Niver at the Hollywood Improv?


Did you see me at the Hollywood Improv?

Don’t worry! I have the whole thing on video for you!

VIDEO: Watch Lisa Niver Live at the Hollywood Improv

What did Lisa say?
“When you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. I often do things that are work, but I don’t feel I am really working”

Lisa Niver speaking at Freshbooks“I am impatient, but I am really perseverant.”

Lisa Niver Live on STAGE at the Hollywood IMPROV

“Use social media to support your interests and business and don’t let it be the boss of you.”

Live on Stage at the Hollywood Improv with We Said Go Travel

“My definition of success changes according to my needs, this year I am focusing on my business’ finances, last year it was about overcoming fears and trying new things.”

Lisa Niver featured speaker at the Hollywood Improv

Take Your Business to the Next Level

Running a small business is rewarding. But let’s be honest: It can also be challenging. Why not lean on others for support? The #IMakeaLiving event is here to help!

The #IMakeaLiving events bring together an eclectic group of small business owners for a lively, candid, and often hilarious, conversation.

Part small business boot camp, part group therapy, you’ll leave feeling inspired and motivated. Plus, you’ll get lots of actionable insights to take you and your business to the next level.

It’s free (yes, FREE) to attend and we’d love to see you there. (And, no, this isn’t one of those events that’s actually a sales pitch).

Event: #IMakeALiving powered by FreshBooks

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 9am–12pm

Where: Hollywood Improv Comedy Club, 8162 Melrose Avenue 90046

Cost: Free

Freshbooks Los Angeles #IMakeALiving

Learn more at We Said Go Travel and Lisa Niver.

3x Finalist! What are the SoCal Journalism Awards?


What are the Southern California Journalism Awards?

2018 So Cal Journalism AwardsThe Southern California Journalism Awards were born during the Cold War, when Los Angeles journalism was dominated by the city’s many newspapers. Television was in its infancy. Developments like all-news radio were still years away. Women journalists were rare in mainstream media. Minorities, even rarer.

Today we see greater diversity in the newsroom and in the ways we provide information. The Press Club has been striving to embrace Internet journalists and bloggers–clearly the wave of the future.

The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 59 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.”

Lisa Niver is a 2018 Finalist in three categories for the Southern California Journalism Awards:

 

Lisa Niver article on Smithsonian

Lisa Niver's article for Popsugar Fitness

 

The 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Contest is the largest and most impressive in our Los Angeles Press Club’s recent history. Our judges sorted through nearly 1,400 entries. Our finalists represent the most talented and hardworking journalists in Southern California! ”

 

Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2017 and Honorary Awards for 2018.

The 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Contest as we award the best and brightest of Southern California journalism!

We’ll also be honoring:

LESTER HOLT – The Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement
*KIM YOSHINO – The Presidents Award for Impact on Media
*RAIF BADAWI – The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism
*DOLLY PARTON – The Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to Civic Life

Get your tickets today!

ABOUT THE GALA

When: Sunday, June 24, 2018
4:30 p.m. – red carpet
5 p.m. – cocktails and silent auction
6 p.m. – dinner and program

Where: Crystal Ballroom
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

 

What is the Marvelous May 2018 We Said Go Travel News?


Marvelous May News 2018 with We Said Go Travel:

Thank you for all of your support for We Said Go Travel and me.

Lisa Niver Top 5 Travel BLoggers May 30 2018I am so honored to share that I am a 3x finalist for the Los Angeles Press Club Awards and also the Top Female Travel blogger on the Top 1000 Travel Blog list!

“The 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Contest is the largest and most impressive in our Los Angeles Press Club’s recent history. Our judges sorted through nearly 1,400 entries. Our finalists represent the most talented and hardworking journalists in Southern California! Winners announced on June 24, 2018.”

I will let you know in June what happens with the LA Press Club awards dinner. Here is more information from last year’s event.

Lisa Niver is a catalyst at MAVERICKI am a catalyst for MAVERICK. Click here to see my challenge! And this link will take you to download the app which is a creator network that connects and inspires Gen-Z girls and young women and engages them through a blend of digital and live experiences. Founded on the belief that they not only can but will rule the world, Maverick’s mission is to help build the next generation of creators, innovators and changemakers. #DoYourThing

May was a very exciting month! Besides being a 3x finalist, a catalyst and the top female travel blogger, I spent nearly three weeks in Canada and was on TV in NYC! I am working on the videos from my adventures which I plan to share with you very soon. You can follow along on my social media to see the photos now.

Here are some of the TV links about Monterey County:

Lisa Niver on TV in NYC May 2018

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku alone are now over one million! My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,860,200 (nearly 1.9M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2 MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #767: Scuba Diving with Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks

Coming soon: Adventures Across Canada: Click here to see the 15 draft videos! I have more to add.

Lisa Niver on TV In NYC May 10 2018

I loved filming for TV in NYC!

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookie said “The Smart Thing is to Prepare for the Unexpected.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 100,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

All of the entries from our first Travel Photo award have now been scheduled. After July, when all the entries are published, we will announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award starting SOON!

TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here.

The sunny view at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in May 2018 by Lisa Niver

The sunny view at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in May 2018

First published on We Said Go Travel.

Who is the Top Female Travel Blogger? #Travel1k May 30, 2018


Thank you #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs for your list! I am so excited and honored to be #5 of the top 1000+ Travel blogs and the TOP FEMALE TRAVEL BLOGGER!

 

Lisa Niver Top Female Travel Blogger May 30 2018 #Travel1k

Rank Travel Blogger #travel1k score
1.   Profile Image Matt Matt 96.84
2.   Profile Image Charles McCool (McCool Travel) 93.82
3.   Profile Image Rick Griffin 90.62
4.   Profile Image Andrea Pizzato 87.31
5.   Profile Image Lisa Ellen Niver 83.72

Click here to see the full list May 30, 2018

 

#Travel1k We Said Go Travel #5 Top Travel Blog May 30 2018

More about Lisa:

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more unique active adventures! Find her talking travel on KTLA TV and her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.8 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra Magazine and writing about WWII for Smithsonian and Saturday Evening Post. Her 2018 publications include American Way (American Airlines), Robb Report and Wharton Magazine.
Her latest projects are a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 New Adventures Before 50,” and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition received over 500 entries in summer 2017! She has over 90,000 followers on social media and is verified on both Twitter and Facebook. We Said Go Travel was read in 222 countries in 2017 and listed as #9 on the top 1000+ travel blog list on Valentine’s Day 2018.
Lisa Niver is part of the Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for her website and tech media innovation with We Said Go Travel. Niver was recently invited to apply for the inaugural class of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars for Fall 2018.
She was a finalist in two categories in 2017 for the 59th Southern California Journalism Awards and received 2nd place for her Jewish Journal story: “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers.”
Lisa Niver is #5 on top 1000 Travel blog List

Awesome April News 2018 with We Said Go Travel


Awesome April News 2018 with We Said Go Travel:

Thank you for all of your support for We Said Go Travel and me. According to Buzzoole, the reach of my site and social media is 174k. Buzzoole 174K reach We Said Go Travel

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of Cruise and Resort, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

What is Virtuoso? Virtuoso is a network of the best luxury travel agencies, with more than 17,500 advisors worldwide. We represent the best of the best in travel, with a portfolio of nearly 1,700 preferred partners – top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more. Our advisors use their global connections to plan the most memorable experiences for their clients, from weekend getaways to dream vacations. 

Why Use a Travel Advisor?

A Virtuoso travel advisor elevates every trip. They know how to get the best value for your time and money, and, thanks to their global connections, they can VIP you at hotels, on cruise lines, on tours, and more.  

Are you looking for where to travel next?
Here are some ideas:

Lisa in the News and Media:

Find all my article links on my LisaNiver website.

Lisa Niver at the Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopters

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku alone are now over one million! My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,795,974,285 (1.8M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2 MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #767: Scuba Diving with Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks

Four new videos from my recent #AccessExcess journey to Las Vegas:

Ready to stay and play in Vegas? Click here for rates and more information about The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

My fortune cookies said “Don’t pursue happiness – create it.”  and Of all our human resources, the most precious is the desire to improve.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 100,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

 

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

All of the entries from our first Travel Photo award have now been scheduled. After July, when all the entries are published, we will announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here.

Lisa Niver at the Grand Canyon by Helicopter

Do You Want To Tip-Toe Through The Tulips With Me?


To honor of the life and work of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), there will be exhibitions all over the Netherlands to celebrate his art, his pupils, his networks, his techniques and his city. He is considered one of the world’s greatest artists and it has been 350 years since his passing.

I want to go to see the tulips at Keukenhof Gardens and visit the museums. Want to meet me in Amsterdam? There will be 14 exhibitions in 12 museums in Amsterdam and seven other Dutch cities. You can explore by cruise or by land. Stay next door to the Rijksmuseum, at the Conservatorium Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam’s famous fashion and museum district.

From now until June 24, 2018, there is an exhibit at Getty Center called: “Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India.” In this carefully curated exhibit, you can see Rembrandt’s drawings along with the original art he worked from. “By juxtaposing Rembrandt’s drawings with Indian paintings of similar compositions—and pairing Mughal artworks with European prints that inspired them—fascinating stories unfold about the flow of art and ideas across time and oceans.” Being up close to Rembrandt’s pieces created hundreds of years ago next to the ones that inspired him was remarkable. I highly recommend you visit this exhibit at the Getty and I am excited to plan a visit to Amsterdam to see the upcoming shows in his honor.

Thank you to iamsterdam team for including me in their event at Getty Center. I loved the exhibit and learning more about Rembrandt 2019. I met Barbera Wolfensberger, Director General of Culture and Media, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Udo Kock, Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, City of Amsterdam, Pieter Roelofs, Head of Painting and Sculpture, Rijksmuseum and Lidewij de Koekkoek, CEO Rembrandt House Museum.

2019: The Year of Rembrandt and the Golden Age

As part of the national celebration of Rembrandt and the Golden Age there will be special activities and exhibitions throughout the Netherlands. The Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Museum de Lakenhal, the Mauritshuis, Amsterdam Museum and the Fries Museum have special programmes focusing on the master himself.

Lisa Niver and Udo Kock, Deputy Major for Economic Affairs, City of Amsterdam

Rembrandt’s Social Network

Family, Friends and Acquaintances

1 February – 19 May 2019

The Rembrandt House’s staging of Rembrandt’s Social Network marks the start of Rembrandt Year 2019, three and a half centuries after his death. This exhibition will be devoted to Rembrandt’s friends and acquaintances and the role they played in his life and work – for even a great artist like Rembrandt was no lonely genius. A good networker, he used his social network actively and determinedly. He had a family and friends who helped him, who bought his paintings, who lent him money and challenged him artistically.

Rembrandt’s social network will be explored through some major figures in his life – his childhood friend Jan Lievens, the art connoisseur Jan Six, Abraham Francen, who stood by him in difficult times, artist friends such as Roelant Roghman and, of course, his wife’s family, the Uylenburghs, his ‘blood relations’. The informality of the paintings, drawings and prints is striking and the exhibition includes work by Rembrandt that has rarely if ever been seen in the Netherlands.

108 Years of Collecting by the Rembrandt House

7 June – 1 September 2019

The Rembrandt House is not just Rembrandt’s former home and workshop; for more than a century it has been a museum with its own collection. The collection consists primarily of works on paper. Rembrandt’s etchings are of course well represented, but the museum also has prints by his predecessors and contemporaries as well as by modern and contemporary artists who were inspired by Rembrandt.

This exhibition will feature the most remarkable examples from the museum’s collection. Discover the surprising selection of old and new, big and small, fine and sketchy. You will see work by such artists as Rembrandt, Hercules Segers, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, and also by Horst Janssen, Willem den Ouden, Charles Donker and Glenn Brown.

Rembrandt Laboratory

Rembrandt’s Technique Unpicked

21 September 2019 – 16 February 2020

How did Rembrandt make his paintings and etchings? And how do we go about investigating this today? In the autumn of 2019, Rembrandt’s former workshop will be transformed into a laboratory-like setting, in which the new insights and the master’s secrets will be revealed. Follow Rembrandt’s hand as he painted; see what was added to the painting by others and consider the dilemmas of researchers and conservators.

This exhibition will bring the world of research into materials and techniques to life. In recent years scientists and restorers have subjected various works of art by Rembrandt to the latest analytical methods. This has often produced surprising and ground-breaking results. Now visitors will be able to experience the scientific methods and techniques for themselves, in the place where the works of art were made.

This exhibition is staged in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Folkert de Jong

The Perception of Rembrandt

1 October 2019 – 29 March 2020

In the autumn of 2019, the internationally-renowned Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong (1972) will take over Rembrandt’s former home and workshop. He is fascinated by today’s need to re-experience the past. In the museum he will go in search of the DNA of the Rembrandt House: exactly what that is, and how do we see (invisible) traces of the residents and Rembrandt himself?

This quest for the history of the place will engender new works of art that will occupy a subtle place in the house, giving Folkert de Jong the chance to show how Rembrandt is portrayed in film and theatre, for example. He will create an installation in the courtyard around Rembrandt’s bankruptcy and the inventory of his estate.

Folkert de Jong’s research coincides with the investigation the museum team is conducting into the museum presentation ahead of the expansion and restoration of the Rembrandt House.

The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands and world famous for its masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists of the Golden Age. The museum presents a journey through Dutch history, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. At the heart of the building is the spectacular Gallery of Honour, where magnificent paintings by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt are on show. This gallery leads you to the dedicated space created for Rembrandt’s greatest masterpiece: The Night Watch.

Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. In his self-portraits, he explored expressions of emotions which reflect his fascination with light and darkness. In all his work, Rembrandt reveals himself as a great storyteller who consistently expresses true human emotions. As a result, his work retains its power even today.

The Rijksmuseum presents two major Rembrandt exhibitions:

All the Rembrandts of the museum 15 February – 10 June 2019

Nowhere in the world can you find more Rembrandts than in the Rijksmuseum. And for the first time, the entire collection is on display at All the Rembrandts of the Rijksmuseum. Twenty-two paintings, sixty drawings and the 300 best examples of his 1,300 prints give a complete and versatile picture of the Netherlands’ most important artist. The exhibition not only showcases his phenomenal technique and innovative applications, but also gives visitors an opportunity to know Rembrandt, the man. The numerous scenes from everyday life show him in his own environment and reflect what held his interest.

Rembrandt – Velázquez
11 October 2019 – 19 January 2020

In the autumn of 2019, the Rijksmuseum presents Rembrandt-Velázquez. A comprehen- sive overview of paintings by the two great masters of the 17th century from the Netherlands and Spain. Extraordinary works, rooted in realism and religion, were created in both artistic environments. Masterpieces by Velázquez, Rembrandt, Murillo, Vermeer, Zurbarán, Hals and Ribera are on display together for the first time thanks to a unique collaboration between the Museo del Prado and the Rijksmuseum.

The Spanish and Dutch masterpieces will be exhibited in pairs, each of which is an extraordinary encounter where the focus is all about beauty.

This article was first published on We Said Go Travel.

 

 

Marvelous March News 2018 with We Said Go Travel


Marvelous March News 2018 with We Said Go Travel: Happy Spring, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to me!

Lisa at Google for International Women's Day How have you been celebrating Women’s History Month? I went to Google International Women’s Day for Women Techmakers and it was amazing! I also went to an event with Bixel Exchange about Diversity and Inclusion and Designing Equality – Advocacy, Advancement and Action for Women in the Workplace.

I was invited to a workshop at AT&T to learn about taking 360 and Virtual Reality Videos. I cannot wait to try it out on my next trip.

In Las Vegas this month, I stayed at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. I cannot wait to share photos, video and all of the “just the right amount of wrong that happened!

Did you want to know more about my adventures in Utah:  A Festival of Food at Firewood and Best Meals in Park City.

New Articles:

American Airlines Tweet about Lisa Niver's article

 

Lisa in the News and Media:

Find all my article links on my LisaNiver website.

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku alone are now over one million! My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,736,974,919 (1.7M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2 MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Lisa Niver Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks

 

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #762: How Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

 

Video #766: Make Your Candy Dreams Come True

Video #767: Scuba Diving with Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks

My fortune cookies said “Do What Makes You Happy!”  and All things are difficult before they are easy.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 100,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

 

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

We are now publishing the entries from our Travel Photo award! After all the entries are published, we will announce the winners. This will take several months. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here. We hope you will participate in our 2018 Awards.

Deer Valley

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?


Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?Tupelo

Carl, Heather and I agree with Emily Summers from Deer Valley Resort and highly recommend the hot Buttermilk biscuits with honey butter at Tupelo! We cannot wait to eat them and everything else again!

Carl and Heather raved about the Beef with Barley made with Nirman Ranch Sirloin which they both said was nearly like risotto! They loved it. I had the tasty Mary’s Airline Chicken which had great spices and was so juicy. This chicken is cooked by Sous-vide which uses hot water immersion to cook food slowly over a long period and then you have succulent and tender meat.

Next time we are eating the tempting desserts FIRST!

Thank you to Chef Matthew Harris, the entire team and especially our server, Sean O.

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?Waldorf Astoria Park City

After skiing all day, are you wondering where to dine?

Heather, Carl and I loved POWDER at the Waldorf Astoria Park CityThe Red bicycle wheat and beer batter bread with black Hawaiian sea salt and Wisconsin butter was a delicious beginning. I loved the carrot ginger citrus bisque!

We shared the simple artisan greens and the wood grilled cauliflower. It was hard for me to share a taste of my buttermilk fried organic chicken, because it is so outrageously good! Heather loved the guajilli rubbed buffalo tenderloin and Carl highly recommended his unique Ora king salmon from Tasman, New Zealand. See more photos on Facebook.

Thank you to Chef Michael Zachman, Nick, Ryan and of course, Danielle!

“Powder is the ideal location to gather for breakfast, lunch, après, dinner and drinks with unique fresh and flavorful menu offerings for the entire family. We offer indoor private dining and additional outdoor season seating with views of the pool and scenic outdoor courtyard.”

Congrats Waldorf Astoria Park City

They have been voted the United States’ Best Ski Hotel and Top Three World’s Best Ski Hotel 2017 at the World Ski Awards™ ceremony in Kitzbühel, Austria. The World Ski Awards™ is the only global initiative to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism. This year, a record number of votes were cast by ski consumers from across the globe – over 1.5 million!

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?HIGH WEST DISTILLERY 

People often ask me, “Can you drink in Utah?” YES YOU CAN!

At High West, you can have Whiskey that is distilled in Utah and was named Whiskey Distiller of the Year in 2016! They make craft spirits which you can find in 49 states and internationally but it might be best if you come in and taste them yourself with some fantastic food. I love that for Pioneer Day they make the historic Mormon whiskey recipe! YES! Mormons used to drink and have their own whiskey recipe.

Carl and Heather loved the smoked cheddar, bacon and jalapeno mac but my favorite was the warm corn and pepper salad.  What else to eat? The Bison Burger with caramelized onions and the chicken schnitzel. YUM! Oh and try the pretzels too!

HighWest FACTS:

2006 High West Becomes Utah’s First Legal Distillery since 1870. Yippee Ki-Yay!

2009 High West Saloon in Park City opens

2015 High West Distillery on Blue Sky opens - Marks the beginning of a new High West era.

2016 High West is Named Distiller of the Year by Whisky Advocate

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?

FIREWOOD

 Whether you live near Main Street, Park City, Utah or you are in town to ski and celebrate, I can promise the food, service and company will be fantastic at Firewood Park City. We chose to go there to celebrate my very first art sale at Artworks Park City. Carl, Heather and I were ready to enjoy our evening but were unprepared for the great lengths the team would go to accomodate us. I have several food challenges which were no problem at Firewood. We dined on incredible food and even tasted new things that quickly became favorites.

 

Wondering about some of my other favorites? Read my article about Amazing Meals, my story in Trivago and watch my Park City videos.

More about my skiing adventures with National Ability Center in

Ski Utah

Sierra Magazine

USA Today 10 best

Deer Valley

We loved skiing at DEER VALLEY RESORT!

First published on We Said Go Travel 

Are you Ready for a Food Festival? Celebrate at Firewood


Lisa Niver, Chef John Murcko, Heather Fudala and Carl Law at Firewood Park City

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodWhether you live near Main Street, Park City, Utah or you are in town to ski and celebrate, I can promise the food, service and company will be fantastic at Firewood. We chose to go there to celebrate my very first art sale at Artworks Park City. Carl, Heather and I were ready to enjoy our evening but were unprepared for the great lengths the team would go to accomodate us. I have several food challenges which were no problem at Firewood. We dined on incredible food and even tasted new things that quickly became favorites.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

Chef John Murcko lovingly designed and built the restaurant literally. He handmade the wood tables and the big door at the back of the main dining room! Many repurposed materials were used and we loved the exposed brick walls of the historic building at 306 Main Street. If you can get a reservation, sit at the chef’s table called Chef’s Library and Murcko will serve you his mouthwatering menu through the window and talk to you all night.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

You can see the hardwood-fueled open flame of the Infierno 154, the fourteen foot long Grillworks with four modular grilling stations, a central fire station, as well as a 48-inch rotisserie, where your food is being created through floor-to-ceiling glass windows which were salvaged from a Midwestern schoolhouse which provide an unobstructed view of the kitchen.

Murcko uses locally sourced ingredients and the menu rotates with the seasons. Over the last thirty years, Chef Murcko has opened more than 25 restaurants in Park City as well as in Sun Valley and he is thrilled to be sharing his favorite style of cooking with his family, long time friends and new friends like you at Firewood.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodHe carefully selects different woods like cedar, cherry or maple to enhance the flavor of the dishes. Murcko said, “Open flame cooking is a passion of mine and I have enjoyed sharing this unique dining style with my family around the holidays for many years. I know Firewood guests will love the rich flavors, nuanced variety in the entrees and the truly multi-sensory culinary experience.  It’s an honor to have a restaurant on Main Street and I love serving my family and friends in the best mountain town in the world.” He is passionate about food, family and great dining.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodDo not worry if you do not eat meat as Murcko has a vegan main which was developed by the team in a Chopped-style competition. The chefs were given ingredients and the staff voted on their favorite which is a cauliflower and avocado cake with wild mushrooms, spaghetti squash, cashews and chimichurri. Before or after dinner, make sure to visit downstairs at The Nickel Bar for cocktails.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodAre you wondering what did we eat? Honestly, with our server Victoria’s suggestions, we tried almost everything on the menu. First of all, we loved the Crumb bread from Logan and the Pallazzo della Torre wine that Greg recommended. Not only do they use cherry wood for the salmon and branzino, they smoke the sugar cubes for the drinks! Carl recommends you definitely try a Manhantan. I prefer Prosecco and Greg brought me one made from Moscato grapes. My new favorite is the Viatto.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodTo begin our festival of food, we had Beef Tartare, Baked Gnocchi with Pesto, Pork Belly and Juniper spiced Elk Loin. Heather said, “I ate two things I would not have tried and they are both really good and maybe my new favorites. The steak tartar with horseradish panna cotta and the pork belly with tarragon.” Carl’s favorite was the Elk Loin and I loved the gnocchi.

For salads we shared the Orange salad with fennel seed and champagne vinaigrette and the coal roasted beet salad with figs.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

For dinner, Heather said, “The cherry wood smoked brisket is a symphony for my mouth, complex and goes together marvelously.” It comes with goat cheese smashed potatoes and was my personal favorite. I also liked the Branzino which Carl and Heather recommend with the Orange Salad. Carl chose the Lamb Chop with duck confit, pork belly and pickled onions. We were so happy with our dinner choices and to celebrate together in this wonderful space. I loved watching the chefs at work through the glass windows and we were thrilled to be invited to visit Chef Murcko.

For dessert, I loved the chocolate soufflé torte. It was so great that I knew I would have to come back again the same week and have it again which I did. Heather and Carl loved the Olive Oil Cake. When we came back later in the week for dessert only, Carl had the amazing and unique homemade gelato flavors including Pistachio, Honey chamomile and Hazelnut Orange Blossom. We also learned about Benjamin’s trip to Nepal and Victoria’s competitions in the X Games. The entire team is well traveled in places, activities and knowledge of food. 

When Heather declared, “I wish I had more room in my stomach.” Carl said, “I wish I had another stomach!” Everything was made to the highest standards of quality and taste. There are seasonal changes to the menu but whatever they have when you arrive, I am certain that the food will be outstanding, the service will be remarkable and you will have an amazing dining experience! 

Fun in February with We Said Go Travel: 2018 News


 Happy February with We Said Go Travel 2018 NEWS:

I hope that your Valentine’s wishes came true!
I spent the week in Utah with some of my favorite people.

We skied, we dined and we laughed! Photos and restaurant suggestions coming soon!

On Valentine’s Day, I received the gift that We Said Go Travel was listed as #9 in the  top 1000+ Travel blog list!

I have been telling you about Daymond John‘s new book and the need to Rise and GRIND! I am thrilled to report that my hard work is paying off and people are noticing We Said Go Travel!

I was on The Good Life radio show talking about travel with Mike Wreyford. I also went to the Travel and Adventure Show. See below for my one minute video of where to go next!

See Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

Did you see me on TV? I did a travel segment about Ogden, Utah. I hope you entered the Valentine’s Getaway Giveaway! CLICK HERE to see me on KTLA!

 I was on stage at the Hollywood Improv for the Los Angeles Freshbooks event called “I Make A Living!” 

Lisa Niver at the Hollywood Improv Feb 2018

New Articles:

Wharton Magazine: Shark Tank Star’s Secrets to Business Success

Robb Report:  5 Sky-High Heli-Skiing Adventures

Find all my article links on my LisaNiver website.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,676,919 (1.6M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Lisa Niver at Travel Adventure Show 2018Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #762: How Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

Video #763: Five Star Luxury Dreams Come True in Vegas!

Video# 764:  From City Slicker to Cow Girl at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

Video #765: What will you see at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show?

 

My fortune cookies said “Success will come with patience!”  and Start believing in your dreams and others will catch the fever.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 90,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

Who is #9 on the TOP 1000 Travel Blogs? We Said GO Travel

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

We are now publishing the entries from our Travel Photo award! After all the entries are published, we will announce the winners. This will take several months. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here. We hope you will participate in our 2018 Awards.

 

Lisa Niver at Hollywood Improv with Freshbooks #IMakeALiving

First seen on We Said Go Travel

Bobsled or Bust: 50 Adventures before 50: I Can Do It


Did you have Olympic Fever? Are you ready to try out new sports at high speeds? There are only 17 bobsled tracks on the planet with two open to “civilian” riders. In Park City, Utah you can chose to experience 3Gs of force and fly around on the ice in a 4-man bobsled! Personally I was terrified to even think of trying it, but I spent a year expanding out of my comfort zone and I considered the idea.

I grew up flying from Los Angeles to ski in Utah and was actually in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 LA Olympics. I have always wanted to be part of the Olympics again but was never a great athlete due to an undiagnosed eye issue. During my project last year, 50 Things Before I Turned 50, I had a chance to experience the Olympic Bobsled in winter after finally fixing my eyes.

Brent, the pilot, reassured me, “Lisa, I will bring you back. I promise.” I took a deep breath and sat down in seat #2 of the bobsled. Jessie, the coordinator at the Utah Olympic track, had selected my helmet and seat and promised it was the cadillac position where I would be least rocked by the 3Gs of force that I was about to experience. “How did I get myself into this?” I thought. I nearly backed out multiple times.

To go or not to go? Bobsled or bust?

To go or not to go? Bobsled or bust?

Earlier in the day I had enjoyed skiing down the double blue run Tycoon off of McConkey’s Lift at Park City Mountain, which felt like a big accomplishment. As a child, I was taught to ski because my dad would rather ski than breathe in the winter. But, I never liked it. It was cold, it was scary and just overall was not enjoyable for me. Once, I asked my dad about not going, he responded that “You can stay home.” I replied, “Dad, I am 12 years old” to which he said, “I guess you are going.” I remember thinking, “Good talk.”

As I kid, I did not enjoy roller coasters, water slides or even tetherball; all things that most children love to do. I hated them. I avoided as many as possible.  Everyone thought I was wimpy and I believed that too. Instead I liked to read, I did well in school, and I always sat in the front of the class. Looking back, my pediatric optometrist could not correct my vision to 20/20, even with glasses. A second doctor agreed but told my parents that was not anything to worry about. So, I went on with my life. 

After a near drowning, a bike accident, avoidance of sports and rides, and an overall fear of many things, I learned there was a reason for all my fears.  As an adult, I was diagnosed with left intermittent esotropia, often known as a lazy eye. My new eye doctor offered a series of tests to determine the severity of my condition. I reviewed the report (visual discrimination 9%, visual form constancy 2%, visual figure ground 1% and visual spatial relations 37%), and asked the doctor if 1% was a good score? No, the doctor explained, “Lisa, 100% is a top score just like on every other test you have taken. Honestly, when I see scores like yours, I am just happy you can read.”

I was in shock to learn at the age of 47 that I was below 50% on many of the perceptual testing areas with a learning related visual skills problem and strabismus. “But, I have a Master’s Degree,” I reacted. “I do not want to take away from any of your accomplishments,” Dr. Brodney responded, “because of the oculomotor dysfunction, you have always had to work harder. Vision therapy can help you and I can promise you that you will be better at general motor activities including sports.” 

I committed to weekly vision therapy and daily homework. It was a challenging time with frustration and tears. I reminded myself that the process involved retraining my brain and strengthening the muscles in my left eye so that my brain would use the information from both sides equally. I had no idea if all the vision therapy sessions would help and I contemplated quitting many times but I kept at it.

Lisa Niver Bobsled or BUST Utah 2017

Lisa Niver did go on the Olympic Bobsled in Park City, Utah!

After many months of therapy, my eyes gradually learned how to work together. I started to try new things that previously were impossible. I took tennis lessons. My tennis coach would say, “Keep your eye on the ball.” I would think, “what ball? I don’t see it.” With practice, I learned how to track the ball. Similarly, when I tried skiing again I realized that it was fun and quite beautiful on the mountain. Being able to keep track of what is happening on both sides of me has allowed me to experience things with an entirely different perspective.

Sitting in the bobsled at Utah Olympic Park behind Brent, a professional bobsled driver, I took heart in that Brent was an expert who had been on the track more than 3,000 times. We went for 47.38 seconds around the track at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. I loved seeing the track curves fly by and feeling the force press me deeper into the bobsled. It was an exhilarating moment to ride on one of the two bobsled tracks in America that allow recreational riding. I conquered my fear of participating and put my newly trained eyes to a new test. I am confident that whatever curves appear next I will be ready to handle them.

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Lisa Niver has explored 99 countries and is in search of #100. See over 750 travel videos with nearly 1.6 million views and learn about her 50 before 50 adventures. Learn more about National Ability Center in her articles on Sierra Magazine, SkiUtah and USA Today.

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Will I see you WEDS at the IMPROV for #IMakeALiving?


Join me on Wednesday, Feb 21 at 9am at the Hollywood Improv

for Freshbooks #IMakeALiving Small Business Group Therapy!

Are You Ready to Take It to the Next Level?

Take Your Business to the Next Level

Running a small business is rewarding. But let’s be honest: It can also be challenging. Why not lean on others for support? The #IMakeaLiving event is here to help!

The #IMakeaLiving events bring together an eclectic group of small business owners for a lively, candid, and often hilarious, conversation.

Part small business boot camp, part group therapy, you’ll leave feeling inspired and motivated. Plus, you’ll get lots of actionable insights to take you and your business to the next level.

It’s free (yes, FREE) to attend and we’d love to see you there. (And, no, this isn’t one of those events that’s actually a sales pitch).

Event: #IMakeALiving powered by FreshBooks

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 9am–12pm

Where: Hollywood Improv Comedy Club, 8162 Melrose Avenue 90046

Cost: Free

Speakers:

Are You Ready to Take It to the Next Level?

Ralph Garman – Radio star turned podcast celebrity.

Ralph Garman has been a fixture and a star on Los Angeles radio for almost two decades. For over 18 years, Ralph reached over one million listeners a day on the highly-rated KEVIN AND BEAN SHOW on the World Famous KROQ-FM. Serving as the show’s resident pop culture expert, celebrity impersonator and character voice actor, his entertainment news report THE SHOWBIZ BEAT was a highlight of the program.

Lisa Niver – Travel Journalist Extraordinaire.

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! She was a winner in the 59th annual 2017 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. Find her talking travel on KTLA TV and her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.5 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube.

Micki Krimmel – Creator of Superfit Hero (the all inclusive activewear line)

Micki Krimmel is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, marketing specialist, and world class roller derby athlete. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, INC Magazine, Forbes, Oprah Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Micki believes that strong and confident women can change the world and she’s helping them do that with her new premium line of size inclusive activewear, Superfit Hero.

Clint Schaff – Head of exciting new projects at the LA Times

Clint grew up in a town of 15,000 in North Dakota. In the last 17 years, he’s worked for David Bowie, was a writer for the Yankees, worked at the Clinton-Gore White House, participated on a NBC reality show andwon the award for most effective marketing communications for his work on Call of Duty. He now works as the head of exciting new projects at the LA Times.

MC: Saul Colt – Founder of the Idea Integration Company, and long time FreshBooks fan.

Saul has been named as one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators as well as been called one of Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers. NYT best selling author and internet pioneer Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as ‘exactly who you want representing your company’ and that message has been echoed by media properties ranging from Inc to Forbes Magazine.

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Lisa Niver speaking at the Hollywood Improv!

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From Terrified to Blessed: Skydiving for my Birthday


As the Winter Olympics begin, I think about the athletes and their great feats of physical strength and commitment to daily preparation to achieve their goals.  For my 50th birthday, I overcame 50 challenges that were new or adventurous and I was scared the whole time. The most amazing thing to me is that I kept saying yes. I never gave up. If I could call myself one year ago and explain everything that was going to happen, I would never have believed it. I was much more courageous than I imagined was possible.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TVFor my birthday, I did something I have always said I would never attempt. I went sky diving. While I was very nervous and excited, I was also prepared for the challenge by my choices all year.

The day before my jump, I read Rabbi Naomi Levy’s book, “Einstein and the Rabbi,” while sitting on the balcony of my perfect room at The Pantai Inn in La Jolla. I strolled on the beach, watched the seals and sea lions playing in the water and then would return and read more.

Video: Sky Diving with GoJump Oceanside

Once in Oceanside at GoJump, it was necessary to patiently wait for  two hours until the clouds cleared. I nearly had too much time to contemplate Levy’s book, my life and if I really wanted to take part in this birthday gift to myself.

When Levy wrote, “Your soul wants to teach you about your strength. It wants you to believe in your abilities and your gifts. It wants you to lift up your head with pride and claim your birthright: the life that is yours to experience. Your soul wants you to follow it through times of darkness, through the fog and confusion.

I was not sure she meant jumping out of a plane but that was where my path had brought me and it was what was going to happen next.

In the plane, I sang to myself: Kol Haolam Kulo

The song means: “All the world is a very narrow bridge, and the thing is not to be afraid.” I knew in my heart that this is the life I want to live. I do not want to be fearful of so many things. I want to risk and make my dreams come true.

Levy writes:

Your soul will lead you to heights and to loves and to kindness.”

and “Everything has led you to where you are right at this very moment.”

I chose to believe I would live through this scary experience and I imagined I might even love it. If I let fear win and I never try, my life will be smaller. I want to grow and learn to approach new experiences with excitement instead of terror.

Levy says that “The soul wants you to be uncomfortable enough to strive for more, to grow and to learn and to see what needs fixing in this beautiful and broken world. Living with soul can keep you up at night. You suddenly start seeing the humanity in the eyes of strangers you were ignoring.”

Happy Birthday Sky Diving! I DID IT

I wonder where my journey will lead. Sometimes I am not sure that it is the right path but I feel better after reading about following the path of my soul.

The soul’s journey is never linear. It requires patience and perseverance. Just when you’re ready to give up, a door opens and you are granted the opportunity to step inside if you wish. You are invited to explore new realms that were previously locked to you. Were those turns you took back there wrong turns? Were those dead ends you reached worthless? Or were they all part of the “whole”?

I said the Shehecheyanu in the plane. It is a Jewish blessing for the first time we encounter something new or arrive in a new place or for me a new state of being. I was strapped to another human being with five points of connection and I am trusting him to guide us with his parachute safely back to earth.

Levy says we must learn to take soulfie’s instead of selfies! 

If we can learn to take a soulfie, it may very well transform our lives. By making a decision to access and follow our souls, we begin a journey. It is a winding journey full of bumps and pits, stops and starts. Sometimes the road becomes flat and we can cover great distances. Sometimes we will get stuck in one place for what may seem like an eternity before we are ready to continue forward. Yes, there are times when we will get lost, when we won’t know what to do or which way to turn and it’s frightening and frustrating and we wish it could all just be easier. With soul it can get easier.

For a year, I have been following this path of fear and with each challenge I accomplish, my ability to handle fear is better. The hardest thing I did was take a mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort. I went down the mountain on a blue intermediate run on my first day and while at one point, I did cry, I never gave up and it was a great feeling of accomplishment. I thought about mountain biking a lot while waiting for my turn in the plane. I kept telling myself I can do it. I did that and I can do this. I want to do it.

Levy continues: “Life’s paths are anything but straight. And yet those winding paths, as frustrating as they may be, can lead us to a life of meaning and blessings. I pray you will choose to follow your soul on its journey.

I am following this path and I wonder what will happen next. I worry about parachutes not opening, bad landings and other horror stories but mainly I sing to myself and say the Sh’ma. “Hear O’Israel the Lord is our God, Our God is One.”

Sky Diving is amazing!I believe that I am being lead. I have made it here and my job for this day for sky diving is to remain as calm as possible and enjoy this incredible opportunity.

As Levy says: “It isn’t easy to make the journey from narrowness to a vast expanse. But we all want to wake up from our sleepwalking. We all want to topple the barriers that are standing in the way of a full life.” I do know I want a full life and by testing my limits and not letting fear win that is what I am getting. I am sure there will be more tests, challenges and scary ideas to conquer. I did jump out of a plane and fly like a bird and I will be able to overcome what comes next.

Within you are powers that you haven’t even begun to tap into. There’s a purpose to your life. A high purpose…You can lift yourself up. And as you lift yourself up, you will lift others up too. May you live to turn your curses into blessings, your fear into strength, your greatest block into your greatest opening. Amen

VideoDo you Love Strolling by the Sea With Seals?

Lisa Niver thanks GoJump Oceanside and the Pantai Inn for hosting her for her 50th birthday.

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What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Nordic Valley Resort

Why Ogden?

Ogden’s motto “You cannot go anywhere without coming to Ogden” is related to a time 150 years ago when the railroad across America first connected our country.

There was a railroad from Omaha to the East coast but in order to increase the economy there needed to a faster way to bring produce from California to the other side of the country.

It used to take three to six months to travel by covered wagon what would take 8 days on the train. Getting your cattle to market or oranges on the dinner table was possible with an 8 day journey but not with a 3 month journey. The train changed everything. In Ogden, you could dine on oysters from the California coast and steak from Omaha. New York City could have fresh oranges! Not only was commerce changed by the connecting of the continent by rail but also communication. Telegraph poles were run along side the tracks and mail was carried in the cars.

Every single president stopped in Ogden to change train lines on his way from one coast to another. Every Ambassador on their way to Washington Dc and movie star going to New York City made their way through Ogden.

The Union Pacific Railroad was built by mainly Irish workers starting in Omaha and moving west. The Central Pacific Railroad needed the knowledge of over 10,000 Chinese workers who could dynamite their way through the mountain passes. Union Pacific Train 119 moving west burnt coal and brought beer and The Jupiter Central Pacific #60 burnt wood and brought champagne when the rails met May 10, 1869 at Promontory Summit for the Golden Spike ceremony.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?The names of the Central Pacific leadership include Leland Stanford who was a miner and then governor in 1861 and was Central Pacific’s president. Collins Huntington was a trader, part of the railroad leadership and now his legacy includes the Huntington Museum.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Union Station Museum in Ogden, Utah

Before the trains, there were over 300 time zones in the United States. With 100 trains coming through Ogden every day, it was necessary to know which train was arriving at what time. Four standard time zones for the continental United States were introduced at noon on November 18, 1883, when the telegraph lines transmitted time signals to all major cities. In 1918, one hundred years ago, Congress passed the standard time act which made the time zones official.

Engineers were watching the track and needed to know when trains would arrive as there was a single track and trains moved in both directions. Time became life and death and pocket watches became all the rage.

How do you get to Ogden?

Fly into Salt Lake City from Los Angeles or Burbank. It is less than a  two hour flight and there is a one hour time difference. It is about 35minute drive to downtown Ogden.

Skiing in Ogden

There is a Ski3 pass which gives you a day at each of the 3 resorts and is 30% savings. The Ogden Valley is one of the most accessible, family and budget friendly ski areas in the country.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Nordic Valley Resort, 2018


Nordic Valley Resort opened 50 years ago in 1968. It is the perfect place to take lessons and get comfortable on the slopes. Nordic Valley was one of the downhill training ski areas for the 2002 Winter Olympics. There are 140 acres of terrain for skiers and boarders with 3 chair lifts: Apollo, Bridger and Crockett. There are after school programs for elementary school students and 80% of the lessons here are for “Never-Evers!” Stop by on Sunday for prime rib at the lodge. Thank you to Dave Mariani for the lessons in both skiing and Nordic Valley History! If you are ready to really learn to ski, he is waiting for you.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Come join us in the snow at Snowbasin Resort, 2018

Snowbasin Resort has 3000 skiable acres and 3000 feet of elevation. There are 106 trails and stunning gold chandeliers imported from Italy. The three lodges were upgraded for the 2002 Winter Olympics and are ready for your enjoyment. There are five terrain parks with 65 rails. It is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the nation and started in 1940. I skied all day in falling snow and it was magical. I loved my instructor, Phil Miller, and his life lessons. My favorite run of the day was Herbert’s and I was proud to challenge myself and crush it!

There are monthly themed dinners all year long with elevated dining. In the summer, come for hiking, biking and Sunday brunch with a free concert. And don’t forget to bring your dog! When you take the gondola, you can see the flags of Olympic gold medalists and their names. Remember there is a vast variety of terrain here so everyone in your group can find the right spot to enjoy.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Powder Mountain 2018

Powder Mountain’s 8000+ acres is located in the town of Eden and if you are looking for powder this is your eden to discover. Only 1500 tickets are sold per day which means this location has the highest ratio of skiable acres per skier of any resort. It opened in 1971 and in 1984, was the first Utah resort to allow snowboarding. If you are looking for powder, this is the place to explore! There are two new lifts adding 1000 acres of terrain. I loved Hippie Hill which is now accessible by both Village and Mary’s Lift.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Powder Mountain 2018

There was great groomed corduroy and our first three runs all had Western names: Shot gun, Winchester and Kwick draw. My instructor, Loel, had been teaching for more than 4000 days and had many great secrets to share about powder skiing. I loved this one the most: “Look where you want to go, not where you do not want to go!” I also learned that you can “Turn shop.”  As you go through the trees, you can find your way and slowly pick the right place to turn. There really is magic at Powder Mountain. As Loel says, “Skis are your chariot to take you wonderful places.” There is no snow making at Powder Mountain. It is all natural snowflakes and it is fantastic. I cannot wait to go back and ride the snow cat and explore more of the terrain.

From the top of Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain you can see four states: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

We are waiting for you at The Shooting Star Saloon, Photo by Kerri Zane

What to do?

Go to the oldest bar in Utah which is called the Shooting star saloon. It was open during prohibition because the husband and wife owner’s took turns going to jail! There are items on the secret menu including the Super Star burger and the Porn Star burger but if you want it, bring your own egg! There have only been 7 owners since 1847 and it is an experience! Ask to hear the story of the dollar bills on the ceiling.

Do you love craft spirits? Take a tasting tour through New World Distillery with the owners, Ashley and Chris. They have Oomaw GIN, Rabbit and Grass AGAVE SPIRITS, Blanco, Wasatch Blossom Utah Tart CHERRY LIQUEUR, New World Distillery’s Uncharted Series BARREL-RESTED GIN. They sell their liquor as well as mixers so stop by and create your own party!

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Selfies in the Snow at New World Distillery

In Ogden, there is something to do all year long. Come for the Summer Rodeo on July 24 and enjoy Pioneer Days. There is a balloon festival in Eden in August and there is great food and drink all year long.

Try out the hidden gem, Daily Rise Expresso which has two drive throughs in Ogden and in Layton which you pass on the way to Antelope Island which is in The Great Salt Lake and is filled with antelope and buffalo!

Are you looking for something really different?

Try out Social Axe Throwing. Imagine darts on steroids and you begin to imagine your time axe throwing. You play indoor and on a team and it is AWESOME! Who doesn’t want to throw axes?!?

What will you name your team? Smart Axes? Kiss My Axe? or Are you checking out my Axe?

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Smart Axes v. Short Axes at Social Axe Throwing

Where to EAT?

Zucca Ristorante like many restaurants in Ogden is locally owned and you will likely meet the owners during your visit in many of the shops, restaurants and activities in the area. Enjoy authentic Italian Regional Cuisine with a modern approach and seasonal organic menu on Ogden Utah’s Historic 25th Street with art-deco inspired decor, and a beautiful atrium exclusive to Zucca.

I also loved Farr better Ice Cream which has been in operation since the 1920s!

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton in Ogden, Utah

Where to STAY?

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton is your historic choice in Ogden!

Originally named Fort Buenaventura, Ogden, Utah was founded in 1845 making it the oldest settlement in America. With its longstanding history, a lot of events have taken place in this small, but distinguished city. Although the settlement was founded in the mid-1840s, it wouldn’t be until 1869 when the city would really begin to flourish. With the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the city grew into a profitable community. Ogden became a major railroad town with nine rail systems. The system operated as both a north-south and east-web hub. Soon after, the system also adapted intermountain west crossroads, which was inevitably called Junction City. The railroad system sat in the center of Ogden’s continual growth. Some of the first industries that flourished were livestock yards, canneries, flour mills, breweries, iron works, banks, woolen mills, hotels, telephone, telegraph and power companies.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Downtown Ogden

Thank you Visit Ogden for inviting me for a wonderful adventure! A giant hug and thanks to my fellow intrepid travelers: Mimi, Sydnie, Dylan and Kerri!

Remember enter the KTLA Visit Ogden Giveaway Getaway

by 8 February 2018 in order for your chance to win!

 

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Dinner at Zucca with Mimi, Sydnie, Dylan, Lisa and Kerri

See Lisa on KTLA and at the Hollywood IMPROV


See Lisa on KTLA and at the Hollywood IMPROV

We Said Go Travel Jan 2018 NEWS:

I was thrilled to tell you in December that We Said Go Travel was read in 222 countries in 2017 and even more excited for my January NEWS!
See Lisa on KTLA and at the Hollywood IMPROV
Watch me on KTLA 11pm news TOMORROW Friday night! I will also be talking about Ogden, Utah on the news on Saturday and Monday afternoon. Check the We Said Go Travel website and social media on Monday for a link to the segment and how to enter the “Giveaway Getaway!” I loved my visit to Ogden and hope you will be the one to win the prize! Here is a link to my Napa KTLA TV segment from November.

Please come see me LIVE at the HOLLYWOOD IMPROV on Feb 21 at IMakeALiving by Freshbooks. Tickets are free but going quickly so RSVP today on eventbrite.

Lisa Niver on Feb 21 at the Hollywood Improv IMakeALiving

Find all my article links on my LisaNiver website.

Find me in these new articles:

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

In January 2018, my videos were watched over 76,000 times!

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,600,000 (1.6M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Sunset at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

Sunset at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #762: How Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

Video #763: Five Star Luxury Dreams Come True in Vegas!

Video# 764:  From City Slicker to Cow Girl at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

 

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

We are now publishing the entries from our Travel Photo award! After all the entries are published, we will announce the winners. This will take several months. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here. We hope you will participate in our 2018 Awards.

 I was lucky to meet Daymond John in person at his book talk at Live Talks Los Angeles and learn about his new book, Rise and Grind. Remember to make goals and take the steps to make your dreams come TRUE!

Lisa Niver and Daymond John

Lisa Niver and Daymond John

My fortune cookies said “Nothing in the world is accomplished without passion!”  and “Good Opportunities ahead— set your mind to grasp the next.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 85,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

Watch Lisa on KTLA TV about Ogden!

How to go from City Slicker to Cow Girl


Want to Saddle up with me at Tanque Verde Ranch?

During my first horsemanship fundamentals course, I did not forget to breathe. That happened the following day when I took the same beginning class again. At Tanque Verde Dude Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, I was willing to get back on a horse. I had been terrified as a child when an adult took me riding and cantered on the horse. I had been promised we would only walk. I remember grabbing at her and screaming to get off but she just laughed and kept going. I did not ride again for decades.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlYears later, I was again promised that we would only walk. This time I was in Costa Rica and again I was on a horse that was running away with me. My friend, Janine, said, “I cannot get you off of that horse until you stop screaming!” I yelled back at her, “I cannot stop screaming until you get me off of this horse.” Yes Dallas, we had a problem.

I did continue to ride that day in Costa Rica on a decidedly more docile horse but I remained so scared that at one point, my contact lens fell out of my eye and onto my jeans. I was no longer blinking and my contact simply dried up and landed on my leg.

VIDEO: From City Slicker to Cow Girl at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

So it was with trepidation that I agreed to try again. Braelyn, the wrangler, helped me get on my horse, Frankie, and explained the basics to myself and four other riders in the arena. We were to walk our horses around some barrels and in-between cones. I was focused on the facts that I was up high in the air and there was no seatbelt on a horse. I did as she requested and walked my horse around the arena. Towards the end of our beginner class, Braelyn came over and asked if I wanted to trot with my horse. I said, “No. Thank you. I am good.” She said, “Everyone else has done it so I just want to know if you want to try it.” I said, “Not today.”

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlI had no idea that there would be accidental trotting the following day. I showed up the next morning for Horsemanship Fundamentals and reminded Braelyn and the other wranglers that I wanted a nice calm horse. The class that day was much larger and we had two wranglers with us. As the children were in the closest arena, we had to walk on our horses to the next arena. I was told to lean back as we went down the incline so I would stay on my horse. I was scared but I did it and Stetson, my horse, seemed to know what to do. Someone asked me if I audited the beginner class the day before as most people were eager to get to Intermediate Horsemanship or Loping and I was taking fundamentals again.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlWhen Nicole and Courtney told me to walk my horse around the cones, all of a sudden we were going so fast. I kept repeating, “Something is happening!” I did not scream but I was very surprised. Nicole came over on her horse and said, “Breathe. You have to breathe. Take deep breaths down to your pockets. Feel your pockets on the saddle.” I was not sure what happened exactly but Nicole said that my horse knew I was unsure of myself and was taking advantage and went trotting toward the barrel.

I was able to control Stetson during the rest of the session and even noticed how beautiful it was in the desert. I signed up for the afternoon walk ride as I was promised that we would only be walking and there would be no trotting.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlWhen I got off my horse, it was not my most graceful walk back to the room. Another rider told me, “Motrin is your friend. We call it ranch tic-tacs.” I stretched and did not need any painkillers but I enjoyed the camaraderie of ranch life.

I loved when I was at lunch and someone told me, “I am going to saddle up right now so I will talk to you later.” I realized I did not have to go on another ride. I took two classes and I was getting over my fears. But I decided I wanted more time in the saddle to feel more comfortable.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlFor my first walk ride, my horse, Casey, was not renown as the best behaved. He did not like another horse right behind him or he might kick the offending intruder. He needed his space. I needed a space right near the teacher and I went on this ride right behind Wrangler Taylor. She was the perfect leader for me because she told us all about the cactus and the environment and gave many helpful tips about leaning back when we were going down and leaning forward as we were going up. If I had known we would be traveling up to Cowboy Lookout, I might have chickened out but Casey and I went one step at a time and I remembered to breathe!

The entire team of wranglers was on a first name basis with all 170 horses and extremely skilled in managing the groups of horses and riders. I was working on keeping my heels down and toes up and remembering to enjoy the moment.

I took a class with Hope, the head wrangler, and learned about her journey to the ranch. She and her family used to rescue horses in Oregon and she studied Animal and Comparative Biology of Equine at University of Arizona. Her knowledge about horses was extensive. I learned about King who is a percheron or French Draft Horse and looks like a clydesdale. This giant horse can pull thousands of pounds. I learned that a bigger horse still has the same number of vertebrae in their back so they cannot carry more weight on their backs. The limit for any rider at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch is 250 pounds.

I learned about thoroughbred horses but did not realize I would ride one the following day. These horses are more long legged and built for speed.

Did you know that horses have no muscle below their knee? They only have tendons and ligaments similar to a cow. If your horse has a healthy foot, they are a healthy horse which is why horses need their hooves trimmed and have a “shoe” nailed on. It does not hurt the horse and keeps them safe.

I learned some quirky facts about horses:

*Horses cannot throw up

*There are only male horses at Tanque Verde—-they are all geldings

*Horses do have to lay down to sleep. They can have a nap standing up but must lie down for REM sleep.

For my second walk ride, I was on Sticks, a Thoroughbred horse, and again I walked right behind the wrangler, this time with Sarah. Braelyn made sure I had a good horse and as our group was eleven riders she was with us too.

This time when we got to Cowboy Lookout, I felt very comfortable. My horse was very tall and I was breathing into my pockets. I learned so much about riding and about sitting in the saddle. I can highly recommend Tanque Verde Dude Ranch and being out in the Tucson desert.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlThere is so much to do at Tanque Verde. I had an evening stroll through the desert with Marcia from the Nature Center and learned about how to use a barrel cactus as a compass, when saguaro grow their arms and which plants are native to Arizona. I met Cal the 86 year old artist who gives the afternoon watercolor class and is part of the evening marketplace once a week. During the evening rattlesnake viper class, I learned that dinosaurs were really more like birds and probably had feathers.

There is something for everyone here. You can fish, swim, hike, play tennis or mountain bike at Tanque Verde. You can participate in Team Penning and round-up cows, you can take a sunset ride or sit on your porch and star gaze. There are private lessons, half day rides and two hour loping rides in the National Park. You can sign up on the website tvrfun or with the manager at dinner or just call the office. You can participate as much or as little as makes you happy.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlPersonally, I loved watching the sunset when the sky looks like a painting but I also loved the Sunday night homemade bread.  Every day there is a very good new flavor to try like Green Chile and Cheddar, Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia and Honey wheat. Do not miss the Cowboy cookout on Weds or Sat night and taking a horse or mountain bike to Thursday or Sunday brunch at the Old Homestead.

Tanque Verde Ranch is 2400 feet above sea level so it is cooler than Phoenix. It is about 70 miles from the Mexican border and eight hours drive from Los Angeles. There are over one million people living in Tucson but you could never tell that at the Ranch.

Spending time at Tanque Verde is a great way to relax. The desert air, amazing sunsets and fantastic food are a terrific complement to the wonderful wrangler team and all the amazing activities. The children looked well cared for during their horseback riding lessons and activities and were thrilled to eat their meals in the kids-only room in the dining hall.

Thank you to the entire team at Tanque Verde Ranch for taking such great care of me! I cannot wait for another chance to saddle up! Hope to meet you riding into the sunset someday soon.

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Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow Girl

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Are You Ready to Meet Daymond John in LA? RISE and GRIND!


I cannot wait to meet Daymond John on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 8pm at LiveTalks. Did you get your ticket yet? He is on tour speaking about his brand new book, RISE and GRIND!

Daymond John Rise and Grind

What is the secret to success? How do you know your new idea will work out? The truth is no one knows if something new will be great but you can create a space where you are more likely to succeed. Daymond John shares how he has been able to stay focused on his goals and asks other entrepreneurs for their daily secrets.

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?What do you do daily to Rise and Grind? Adopt a few strategies from the super star business people interviewed in this new book to turn 2018 into your Rock Star Year! Find out more about the 16 Powerful Stories to Help You Outperform, Outwork, And Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life in RISE and GRIND.

Daymond said: “We all get the same twenty-four hours a day, whether we have a million dollars in the bank or a hundred. This book is about how to put those hours to work for you, how to use them to outperform, outwork, and outhustle your way to the top.” This point really hit home with me. I decide where to put my energy and what I will focus on. I can spend my time creating success or being afraid that my plan will not work.

Each person has to choose: “If you want to succeed, you have to put in the work. Remember, these ultra-successful people get the same 1,440 minutes in every day as you do, and there’s plenty you can learn from how they use them…The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.”

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?

I found wisdom in Daymond’s SHARK Points from his book, The Power of Broke and I have been looking forward to learning his GRIND Points:

  • Get on it. Get moving.

  • Repeat. Build a meaningful routine and then stick to it.

  • Insist on your very best. Life isn’t what you accept, it’s what you negotiate.

  • Navigate.The key is navigating those larger journeys in life and moving with speed and precision, like a killer shark in the water. Keep our eyes on where we want to get to in life—our goals, our passions, our dreams—and keep moving in that direction with fury and purpose when necessary.

  • Desire, drive, determination to accomplish the outcomes they set out in front of them.

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?

I found helpful suggestions from the personal stories shared by the entrepreneurs in this book but I especially liked when Daymond talked about his own issues with dyslexia and how more than 1 billion people on our planet live with some type of disability which is more than 15 percent of the world’s population. We all have challenges. We all have things to overcome. Are you willing to put in the work?

I have been working on my issues. In my late 40’s I finally dealt with an eye issue that was undiagnosed in my childhood. I believed that I was clumsy and not athletic and a terrible parallel parker. It turns out there is a reason that these thing which seem obvious and basic to others can feel nearly impossible to me. I literally did not see the same as other people. There was really no way for me to find the tetherball as it came around the pole. I thought I was incapable, it turns out I needed a different kind of help.

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?As an entrepreneur, I need help as well. Figure out what will put you on the path and then do it. I nearly quit what felt like a million times during eye therapy but I did it and now I know I can accomplish anything. Daymond says: “The key to success comes in recognizing your own little extra something and finding a way for it to lift you instead of bring you down.” I know what I need to do and I am working on my steps and my daily eye exercises.

Daymond talked about recognizing “sometimes you just have to look back to appreciate how far you’ve come…When we’re out on our hero’s journey, and we achieve the reward we believe we’ve been seeking, that’s when we turn and see what it is we’ve accomplished, how far we’ve come.” On my journey, I am amazed with what I created in 2017. I look forward to building even more in 2018 and I will be using the tips from both of Daymond’s books: Power of Broke and Rise and Grind.

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?I believe Daymond’s book is arriving at the perfect time. As he says, “A U.S. News & World Report poll shows that 80 percent of our resolutions fail by mid-February…remember, when you watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, you didn’t resolve to be like everyone else!” How will you keep motivated? I am going to keep reading inspiring books.

Each of the people in Daymond’s book are incredible. I wonder who will be your favorite?

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?I loved learning about multiple–Grammy winner Carlos Santana’s practices and philosophies. He reads from his favorite books every morning and before bed. He frames his days this way because:

“It’s like when you get in the car, and you make sure the mirrors are all set. You check the driver-side mirror, the passenger-side mirror, the rearview mirror. You make sure they’re set just right for you, so you can see what’s coming from the back, from the left, from the right. It’s all aligned for you so you can protect yourself. What do they say when you’re learning to drive, that you should know what’s going on seven cars ahead of you, and seven cars behind you?”

How do you set your day or your car on the right road? As Daymond says: “We all have our hardships, our issues. For some of us, it’s abuse. For some, it’s poverty or lack of opportunity. For some, it’s learning or physical disabilities. The lesson I get from Carlos is that it’s how you rise above that hardship, how you get past your issues, that shapes you.”

Remember what Santana does: “wake up feeling thankful, and mindful, and joyful—because, hey, might as well greet the day with a song in your heart.” What choices will you make to fill your 86,400 seconds each day in a meaningful way?

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?I loved when Daymond talks about his Shark Tank success stories. I have learned so much from the show and remember when he made a deal with Brittani and her dad, Al “Bubba” Baker—a thirteen-year veteran of the National Football League (and a three-time Pro Bowler!).

Bubba has said: “I WILL PERSIST until I succeed…You don’t just walk across the line and tackle the quarterback. The opportunities come when you least expect them, and you have to be moving in order to benefit from that opportunity. I had quite a few moves back when I was playing, and I’ve still got a few moves, and a lot of them came from guile and determination. We live by that in our family….Sometimes you can rise and grind, and rise and grind, and rise and grind, and just grind, grind, grind, and nothing happens. And then you have a breakthrough. But if you don’t grind, I can assure you, nothing’s going to go your way, because you haven’t lined yourself up for it.”


Hearing stories of the process it takes for other people to make it to the finish line and figure out their way is helpful because sometimes it looks like it is easy for others and hard for me. It is important to learn what it takes and to know that continuing to focus on my goals and RISE and GRIND will lead me to great accomplishments.

Daymond says there are three basic principles in all of the individuals he profiled in RISE and GRIND:

  1. They believe that what they do matters.

  2. They risk only as much as they can afford to lose.

  3. They focus on what they have, not what they don’t have.

“Success is not a destination to be found, it is an outcome to be made. We rise to the challenges and responsibilities in front of us, and grind to meet them.”

What things can does Daymond recommend to take care of yourself and put yourself in position to thrive? Here is what he found from all his interviews:

  • they work out on a regular basis—and most hit the gym first thing in the morning, before the day takes shape and time starts running on them . . . • they spend a portion of each day networking—only not in the most obvious ways . . . they keep connected, plugged in, but they’ve each developed a signature style, a way of keeping on top of their contacts that doesn’t feel forced—in other words, they’ve found a way to keep it genuine . . . • they take some time to expand their base of knowledge, to research their market, their customer base, their competitors . . . to stay on top of their business . . . • they set goals for themselves or for their business—writing them down, in a lot of cases, visualizing or internalizing them . . . • they meditate—got to say, I’m endlessly (and, happily) surprised at the number of successful people who find a way to mute the noise of the world, and calm the chaos all around, just to reconnect with their core and their sense of purpose . . . even if it’s only for a few blessed minutes . . . • they delegate—that is, they have come to depend on trusted people around them to help grow their games and scale their businesses, while also allowing them an extra measure of freedom to pursue other opportunities and occasionally step off that moving treadmill they rode to the top in the first place . . . successful people know which tasks to tackle themselves, and which ones to assign to folks who’ll see them through . . . • they have trained themselves to think like an attorney chasing his or her billable hours. What do I mean by that? They manage their time like someone else is paying them for it—which, I guess, they are—but the way that works out is they’re looking to fill their time in meaningful ways. Every chunk of time is accounted for, even if it’s set aside as downtime. Every phone call, every meeting, every strategy session . . . it’s all programmed into their calendars in such a way that they can stay on top of whatever it is they’re doing, whatever it is they’re about to do.

Daymond’s new book is a valuable resource for me. Get your copy today! I am looking forward to meeting Daymond in person in Los Angeles on his book tour! Thank you to Daymond and all the sharks for their show and their books. I have enjoyed them so much!
Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

Order your copy of Rise and Grind

Rise and Grind with Daymond John

This article first appeared on We Said Go Travel.

Can You Make Your Luxury Dreams Come True in Las Vegas?


Can You Make Your Luxury Dreams Come True in Las Vegas?

Here are some of my top spots from my recent holiday:

Video: Five Star Luxury Dreams Come True in Vegas!

 

Five Star Luxury Dreams Do Come True in Vegas

Lisa Niver is ready for VEGAS on JetSuiteX

FLY:

I highly recommend you fly JetSuiteX to Vegas from Burbank. When they say, “hassle-free!” They mean it! No lines, no crowds, no waiting and they are starting to fly to more and more destinations! They fly from Hangar 2 at Burbank airport and use 30-seat Embraer 135 planes. Start your holiday in comfort! Want $20 off your first flight? Use my code POIAGT and your flight from Burbank to Concord for Napa may be barely over $100! (Flights can be $129 in each direction depending on when you book)

Five Star Luxury Dreams Do Come True in Vegas

Photo of and by: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

STAY:

I loved both my hotels on this trip which are neighbors, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and ARIA Resort & Casino.

If you ever have a “Champagne Emergency,” you can find the first Moët and Chandon vending machine in the United States at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas!  Stop by the front desk to purchase your gold coin which includes a golden flute for your 320 mini bottle of champagne.  You can select the Imperial Brut or the Imperial Rosé.

Lisa Niver at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Checking in at the Tower Suites Lounge at ARIA was fast and friendly. I enjoyed the lounge with complimentary fresh made espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and more from a state-of-the-art LAMILL Coffee Machine. Tea, juice, soft drinks, light pastries and seasonal snacks are also available.

Luxury Las Vegas Dreams do come true!

ARIA Pool Photo by ARIA Resort & Casino

I went on the ARIA Art Walk and enjoyed the fine art collection with works by many acclaimed painters and sculptors. I loved that my room was controlled by two interactive tablets. I could adjust the lights, temperature, TV in the living room, bathroom or bedroom from either one. I could also make a dinner reservation, order room service from multiple dining spots or change my spa appointment right on the tablet!

RELAX: Forbes Five Star Spa Retreats at Vdara and Mandarin Oriental

Five Star Luxury Dreams Do Come True in Vegas

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Forbes Five Star Spa

I experienced the Journey into Stillness treatment at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Spa which is a 2 hour spa journey. First I had tea and changed into slippers. I was brought to the divine inner sanctum and put on my robe and got ready for the most popular longer treatment which begins with a foot scrub. Samantha had many tools to help me relax including crystals, Tibetan bowls, tuning forks and Tingsha. I experienced 7 different levels of sound to help relax all 7 chakras.

This triple 5 Star facility has a Forbes 5 Star for the hotel, the restaurant and the Spa! In Las Vegas, this is one of the only spas that is not in a casino or at ground level. Enjoy stunning views as the 7th and 8th floors have floor to ceiling windows with views of Las Vegas Blvd.  Enjoy the beautiful yoga and meditation studio on the 8th floor as mind body movement and meditation are part of their programming. All of the treatment providers are dual licensed and some of the most educated and experienced providers in the city. I loved my chance to purposefully detach from technology and experience stillness and silence at this spa.

Five Star Luxury Dreams Do Come True in Vegas

Couples Spa Treatment room at ESPA Vdara Las Vegas, a Forbes Five Star Spa

The Forbes 5 star experience ​at VDARA Spa ​with ​ESPA was excellent. I loved the beautifully ​designed space and Oseya’s massage was out of this world! Samantha, Laura, Valeria and Alexandra and the entire team took great care of me. My Desert Rose treatment began with a foot ritual and continued with a full body exfoliation with relaxing salt scrub with rosemary and lavender. After rinsing off, I had a full body massage with rose geranium restorative body oil and a scalp massage with pink hair and scalp mud that includes red clay and apricot oil.​ I loved my personal rock and being able to write my intention to myself as a message; I chose “Blessed.”​ ​Try out the Red Cedar Sauna, the Eucalyptus sauna or sit in the meditation room.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE
Dream Racing

When you go to Las Vegas, you can make all your dreams come true. Have you always wanted an authentic driving experience on a race track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with luxury vehicles, professional instructors & simulators? I drove over 120mph in a Lamborghini Huracán GT with world famous driver Cédric Sbirrazzuoli as my instructor! I absolutely LOVED it! I cannot wait to go again! Thank you to the entire team at Dream Racing who made me feel so comfortable and ready to get behind the wheel! Thank you Cedric, Ashley, Steve and Enrico! “Dream Racing is the five-star driving experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and features the world’s largest and fastest selection of Supercars and the only one where you can get behind the wheel of a real Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche or Lotus Race Car. No matter which package you choose, we promise to deliver you a once in a lifetime exotic car racing experience. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to try your hand at racing these exotic cars.”

Fantastic Activities in Las Vegas

Lisa Niver at Shark Reef Aquarium

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Who gets to wear a full suit of chain mail and dive with sharks in the desert? I did it and if you are a certified diver you can too! This is a very unique and different experience at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef. Thank you to Jack, Theresa, Stacy, Trisha, The Life Support Team of the Aquarium, Mandalay Bay and MGM for this amazing adventure for my 50 things before I am 50 project! I LOVED IT! I sat on the bottom of the tank with many types of sharks swimming by and sang myself HAPPY BIRTHDAY! “Shark Reef aquarium is the home of over 2,000 animals including the saw fish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile. This unique exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you’d ever find in the wild.”

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE MEALS:

Thank you to the team at MOzen Bistro. The breakfast buffet is beautiful but my favorite thing was to order the huevos rancheros. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a Forbes Triple Five Star for Hotel, Spa and Restaurant. You can only find Michelin three star-rated Chef Pierre Gagnaire in the USA at Twist. I was invited into the kitchen on the 23rd floor for a special lesson with Chef Pierre Gagnaire who told me “My goal is to put tenderness on every plate.” He said the most important things are “to respect the guest and have a great team in the kitchen.” I loved meeting him and learning about plating food!

Where is the best Five Star Luxury in Las Vegas

Chef Pierre Gagnaire with Lisa Niver at TWIST at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

 

FIVE STAR LUXURY DREAMS COME TRUE IN VEGAS!

Dining at Jean-Georges Steakhouse, ARIA Resort and Casino, Las Vegas

JEAN GEORGES STEAKHOUSE

Thank you to the entire team at  Jean-Georges Steakhouse. I was welcomed by Gerti from Albania and Lukas from Prague with my absolute favorite Prosecco. Jack and Ben Mellouk made sure every course was sheer perfection! I loved my beautiful and tasty burrata with heirloom tomatoes and aged basalmic. My Wagyu filet was expertly prepared by Chef Shawn and Executive su chef Robert Phillips. The grilled asparagus and baked potato crusted in salt were exceptional! I did love the buttermilk bread which is the special recipe of Chef Sean. The JG gold bar makes you feel like you are made of money.

FIVE STAR LUXURY DREAMS COME TRUE IN VEGAS!

DELMONICO’S STEAKHOUSE

When you are in Vegas how do you get around and where do you eat? During my entire Vegas experience, I used LYFT and it was seamless! Twice when I called for a car, the driver was already there at the hotel. I did not wait for even a moment.

The choices of where to eat in Vegas are endless.  Dawn and I had a fantastic dinner at the bar of Delmonico’s Steakhouse. You can sit where you want and eat what you want and stay as long as you want. I loved meeting Chef Sean and Chef Ronnie.The tomatoes and burrata, pasta, asparagus and the Piedmontese steak were all exceptional. They have an entire barrel of Kentucky bourbon! It is WL Weller Exclusive Bourbon and they make special cocktails. Come and try some from their private barrel! It also makes a great photo opportunity.

Thank you to everyone who made my Vegas dreams come true! FIVE STAR LUXURY DREAMS COME TRUE IN VEGAS!

More from Lisa Niver at We Said Go Travel!

Dreaming of Snow: Best in the West with EpicPass


Where do you Dreama of Skiing? Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the longest, highest lift in the world, and joins the two mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. It is the crown jewel of the longest continuous lift system in the world. Photo by Brian Webb

Are you dreaming of snow?

Are you ready for skiing at the Best in the West? I loved skiing last year at four Vail Resorts on my EpicPass. I am excited for my first ever visit to Whistler Blackcomb this season now that it is part of the Vail family.

 

Where is the Best Skiing in Lake Tahoe? Kirkwood

1. Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Last year I loved being part of  Expedition Kirkwood Women’s clinic and my bucket list experience of getting snowed in! I loved the clinic and skiing three days at Kirkwood. 

VideoDid Lisa Niver love Expedition Kirkwood Women’s Clinic?

Where is the Best Skiing in Lake Tahoe? Ski Heavenly

2. Ski Heavenly Mountain Resort

​Heavenly was my next mountain to explore. I loved my day of skiing which started on the Heavenly Village Gondola and included skiing in both Nevada and California. I have never skied in two states in one day before. The views of Lake Tahoe were mesmerizing. I wanted to stop at every turn and take more photos.

VideoWhere is the Best Skiing in Lake Tahoe? Ski Heavenly

3. Northstar California Resort

Last season, I rode up the gondola with Coach Toby at Northstar California Resort. With her, I skied the many neighborhoods of Northstar’s intermediate terrain including Mt. Pluto, Martis Camp, Parks and Pipes, the Backside and Northwest Territory. It was wonderful weather and snow for my first day at Northstar, which also included a VIP champagne tōst experience!

VideoWhere is the Best Skiing in Lake Tahoe? Luxury Skiing at NorthStar

4. Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain is the place where I have spent the most time skiing. I love knowing the mountain so well and having my favorite runs. I have enjoyed the addition of the Canyons Village area that has now made Park City Mountain the largest ski resort in the United States with over 348 runs and 7,300 acres of terrain. I love that there is new terrain to discover with my same ticket and the Epic Pass. I was honored to ski with the National Ability Center last year and write about it for Sierra Magazine, USA Today 10best and Ski Utah.

Video: Lisa Loves Park City Mountain!

5. Whistler Blackcomb

Where do you dream of skiing?

Magnetic is Whistler Blackcomb’s first feature-length ski movie, and all the epic terrain featured is shot entirely in bounds. Stan Rey during the filming of Magnetic on Tigers Terrace overlooking the Peak Chair. Photo by Paul Morrison for Whistler Blackcomb

I am ready for my first day on the slopes at the largest ski resort in North America. At Heavenly last year, I skied in two states on one day. This year I will ski in another country for the first time. I have heard that there is so much to do both on and off the slopes and I cannot wait to return to Vancouver as part of my visit to Canada and Whistler Blackcomb.

What are you dreaming of?

Enjoy this video below that I made in partnership with Park City Vail Resorts and National Ability Center. Make a plan for 2018 to make your dreams come true!

VideoHow Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

Find more about Lisa Niver at We Said Go Travel!

Who is read in 222 countries? We Said Go Travel! Dec 2017 News


December 2017 NEWS: WSGT is GLOBAL!

We Said GO Travel is read in 222 countries

 

 

We Said Go Travel has been read in 222 countries this year since January 1, 2017 as reported by Google Analytics. Please see the full list of locations at the bottom.

Lisa Niver is a Travel ExpertThank you for all of your support! It has been an exciting year with my first travel segment on KTLA TV and being the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. I have published many articles on fantastic publications like Smithsonian, Saturday Evening Post, Delta Sky Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Sierra Club Magazine, POPSUGAR, Trivago, Ski Utah and I am in progress on two exciting articles for two major publications I have not written for before! Find all the article links on my LisaNiver website!

My social media following is now over 80,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook. My travel videos have been viewed over 1.5 million times!

In 2017, I was accepted to be part of Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch. I am learning from my new mentors and advisors as well as all the other tech entrepreneurs. Thank you to Travel Massive and Digital Nomad Mastery for the recent interviews.

I completed my project of doing 50 new and adventurous things before I turned 50. Thank you for all of your great ideas and suggestions. See my videos below for many of the challenges I undertook!

Lisa Niver is an artistThank you for your interest in my art! I was part of the Holiday Show at the Clayhouse in Santa Monica. My ceramics has its own Instagram and Facebook page.

My recently published video about the National Ability Center is one of my favorite projects. I was able to write about the ski lessons for Ski Utah, Sierra Magazine and USA Today 10best.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 762 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 762 videos, 671,516 views, 1526 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,527,028+ (1.5M)! ! Thank you for your support!

Recent videos:

Ski Utah Making Magic On The MountainVideo #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #759: Will You Love the Kia Stinger?

Watch me in SPANISH! Kia Stinger 2018 – los periodistas opinan

Video #762: How Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. The entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award have been published and the winners have been announced.  We hope you will participate in our 2018 Writing Awards.

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is now closed! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award. We will begin sharing the entries in 2018.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

My fortune cookies said “Make Happiness Happen.” and “A bold and dashing adventure is in your future.  I hope that your Holiday celebrations brought you gratitude and gifts that help you make your dreams come true!

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Thank you for your ongoing support of both We Said Go Travel and me! I was so honored to share about Napa Valley for KTLA TV in Los Angeles. Did you see my segment? CLICK HERE to watch it now!

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com

 

Where is We Said Go Travel read? Since January 1, 2017, in these 222 countries as reported by Google Analytics:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Caribbean Netherlands
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo – Brazzaville
Congo – Kinshasa
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Curaçao
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czechia
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jersey
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia (FYROM)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norfolk Island
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Réunion
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Barthélemy
St. Helena
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Martin
St. Vincent & Grenadines
Sudan
Suriname
Svalbard & Jan Mayen
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks & Caicos Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Where to Wander? Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA 5

Find out more about Lisa Niver at We Said Go Travel!

Listen to St Vincent with Me at the W Hollywood


Listen to St Vincent with Lisa Niver at the WI was invited to a private soiree at W Hollywood and guitar goddess St. Vincent hosted a listening party of her newest album, MASSEDUCATION. She shared the inspiration behind her music and answered questions about life on the road and how fantastic the new Sound Suites are. If you want to make music while traveling, check out the features of the Sound Suite below. I loved our tour of the suites.

Listen to St Vincent with Lisa Niver at the W

St Vincent and Lisa Niver at the W Hollywood

A UNIQUE SPACE FOR ARTISTS TO WORK HARD AND PLAY HARD

W Hollywood’s Sound Suite, a private music recording studio and creative space. With enough room to host a proper entourage, this sound suite includes a live room and a main mixing room featuring the latest professional equipment from top tier brands. 

Listen to St Vincent with Lisa Niver at the WInnovative recording technology invites you to unleash your creativity in the studio, while signature WHATEVER/WHENEVER® service ensures you have everything you need to channel your musical genius into your very own masterpiece. Let the positive vibes and non-stop energy of the entertainment capital of the world inspire you. Don’t miss W Hollywood’s Sound Suite. #WSOUNDSUITE

SOUND SUITE FEATURES

Photos and equipment list from W Hotels:

Analog & Midi Keyboards: 

  • Akai mpc 2000 XL
  • Komplete kontrol s49
  • Roland Juno-106
  • Roland XP-80
  • Alexis QS8
  • Akai MPK 88
  • Alesis ion
  • Machine jam
  • Traktor control S8
  • Machine studio

Miscellaneous

  • 1 iMac 17
  • 1 apple keyboard
  • 1 Kensington Trackball
  • 1 Vizio 50″ TV
  • 1 Boss F5-5U pedal

Console

  • 1SSL AWS 924

Speakers

  • 2 genelec speakers
  • 2 genelec subs
  • 2 Yamaha NS-10
  • 2 avantone mixcube

Speaker amplifiers

  • 1 Hafler P3000
  • 1 Hafler P1500

EQ

  • Manley massive passive eq.

500 Series

  • BAE 3LB

Effects

  • BBE 882i
  • Eventide Ultra-Harmonizer
  • Tc electronic M-One

Audio Interfaces

  • Aphex 228
  • Apogee Symphony

Compressors

  • Tube-Tech CL 1B
  • Teletronix LA-2A
  • Dbx 166 XL
  • 2 Dbx 160 A

Microphones

  • 1 Neuman U 87 Ai
  • 1 Shure KSM 313

Instruments

  • Yamaha acoustic guitar
  • Fender jaguar bass

Preamps

  • Universal Audio 6176

Listen to St Vincent with Lisa Niver at the W

First seen on We Said Go Travel.

Nov News We Said Go Travel: The Future is BRIGHT


November 2017 NEWS: The Future is BRIGHT!

Thank you for your ongoing support of both We Said Go Travel and me! I was so honored to share about Napa Valley for KTLA TV in Los Angeles. Did you see my segment? CLICK HERE to watch it now!

Where to Wander? Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA 5

Want to know more about my Napa Segment? I wrote two articles about it:

November News Travel Classics The Future is BrightIn November, I went to my third Travel Classics Journalism conference. Thank you to Maren, Cathy, Visit Tucson and everyone who created this a fantastic experience. Thank you to all the editors and writers who were there to share their experiences and wisdom!

Lisa is a Cowgirl at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch Nov News

After Travel Classics Tucson, I learned to be a CowGirl at my very first DUDE RANCH! I absolutely loved my time at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch. I cannot wait to share the video with you when it is ready. I took several lessons and I rode up to Cowboy Lookout twice! WOW!

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 759 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

 

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 759 videos, 659,587 views, 1497 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,450,000+ (1.4M)! ! Thank you for your support and I cannot wait to get to 1.5 Million views!

Recent videos:

Will you Love Kia Stinger? Lisa in KIA StingerVideo #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #759: Will You Love the Kia Stinger?

Watch me in SPANISH! My first video interview in another language! Learn about the new Kia Singer in Jose Carlos’ video: Kia Stinger 2018 – los periodistas opinan

 

 

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. The entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award have been published and the winners have been announced.  We hope you will participate in our 2018 Writing Awards.

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is now closed! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award. We will begin sharing the entries soon.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

My fortune cookies said “Good Fortune Lies Ahead.” and “You know what you want–Get to work to make it materialize.  I hope that this time with family for Thanksgiving brought you rest, relaxation and renewed perspective to know the steps to make your dreams come true!

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Find Your Favorite Holiday Gift at The Clayhouse


CLAYHOUSE HOLIDAY SALE

The Clayhouse 2017 Holiday Sale

 

Please join me at the Clayhouse for our annual holiday sale! I am honored to again be a part of this sale with this wonderful community of artists. If you are looking for a homemade holiday gift, this is the place fine handmade, one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts including pottery, sculpture, glass and more.

 

WHERE:

The Clayhouse, 2909  Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90404

WHEN:

Friday December 8, 2017 4pm-9pm and
Saturday December 9, 2017 10am-6pm
WHERE:
2909 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica 90404
 310.828.7071
2017 SALE PARTICIPANTS
Alia Ollikainen Joslin * Amy Dov * Amy Kivnick
Cheryl Silver * David Stone * Deborah Levin * Diana Ungerleider
Jamie Hansen * Janet Domino * Janet Grings
Jennica Atkinson * Karin Swildens * Kathy Mudgett
Kerri Price Katsuyama * Kristi Sherman * Linda Flo *Lisa Niver * Loriann Stevenson* Marilyn Haese * Nani Grennell * Narayan De Vera
Polly Osborne * Sam Dixon * Sara Winkle * Sierra Pecheur * Stephanie Sea * Valerie Moreland  * William Pitcher

 

More information:
FACEBOOK
WEBSITE
INSTAGRAM

About The Clayhouse Studio & Gallery:

The Clayhouse, established in 1971, is the oldest high fire pottery studio on the Westside. There are fewer and fewer studios of this nature due to limited space and obstacles in using gas-burning kilns. Gas kilns produce rich, beautiful glaze colors and unique visual effects with universal appeal. The unassuming storefront of The Clayhouse on Santa Monica Blvd displays some of the works of its 50 artist members. In the back of the storefront, there is a wide open studio with tables, wheels, kilns and pottery in various stages of completion. Classes are offered during week and weekend.

Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor

Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor

Take a Class:

Wheel classes

Beginning Wheel, David Stone, Sunday  mornings from 10 to 12 noon. Starts Jan. 14, 6 weeks, to Feb. 18.

Beginning Wheel, Diana Ungerleider, Saturday mornings, 10 to 12:30, starts Jan. 20, 6 weeks, to Feb. 24.

Students will learn how to use the potter’s wheel to  “throw” functional items such as mugs, bowls, vases
and more. Glaze instruction is also included.
The class fee is $280 which includes a 25-lb. bag of clay and tools, access to the studio anytime, plus the firing. An advance deposit is required to hold a space in class.
All classes last six weeks and include clay, tools 
firing, glazing and access to the studio. 
Classes are small to allow individual attention. 
Call soon to reserve a spot in a class! 
Advance deposit required.   
call 310-828-7071 for more info or to sign up
 Store hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm
As Henry Moore said, “To be an artist is to believe in life.”
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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso
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I hope to see you at the Studio! Lisa Niver

Photos from Summer Sale and 2016 Winter Sale

Lisa Niver, Artist and Author Photo by Mark Dektor

Lisa Niver, Artist and Author Photo by Mark Dektor

Are you ready to watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV?


Lisa Niver on KTLA 5 Money Smart

update from We Said Go Travel:

NEWS: Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles, California on November 17, 2017 during the 11pm News and on November 22nd at 3pm. Click here to watch now!

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

Watch me on KTLA Friday Nov 17 during the 11pm news and on November 22nd at 3pm. Click here to watch now!

I will be talking about Holiday Travel and there is a giveaway where you can win a terrific trip! Watch my segment on KTLA and text the code word to enter by Nov 22, 2017 12am.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

I am grateful to everyone who has shared this journey with me especially PR wizard, Steve Valentine.

Watch Lisa on KTLA Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine & Lisa Niver at KTLA

Thank you for all the words of wisdom, suggestions and help.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TVTo get camera ready, who are you gonna call?
I called GLAM SQUAD! Thank you to my marvelous hair and make-up team of Milo and Michael.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 755 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 755 videos, 654,689 views, 1484 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,445,000+ (1.4M)! ! Thank you for your support!

Recent videos:  Monaco  #97, IrelandScotland #98 and San Marino  #99 Video #750 = My 1st mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort with Specialized Bike Academy!! (read about it in POPSUGAR!)

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

VIDEO: How was my 1st Sky Dive with GoJump Oceanside?

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. The entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award have been published and the finalists will be announced next week.  There is no Fall Gratitude award this year as we are working on a redesign for the website right now. Look for more writing awards in 2018.

What Picture will you share in WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is now closed! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award. We will begin sharing the entries soon.

Check out our Travel Photo Award SPONSORS

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they are a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

travelphotographyacademy.com

My fortune cookies said “Your personality is great. Use it wisely–don’t debate.” and last month: “Sail into the land of opportunity — Treasures await!  Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden at Stephen Wise Temple


Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden at Stephen Wise Temple

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleBuilding A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleOn Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude for Stephen Wise Temple where my family has found a spiritual home. During the recent dedication of Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden, Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback asked us: “How can we adequately give thanks for the countless blessings we acknowledge today?He shared that in order to truly give thanks you need to pay it forward. “You will say “thanks” most fully with your efforts to make our world a place where everyone can feel at home, where everyone can feel loved and protected. A world built on kindness, hessed, on dignity, kavod, on love, ahavah…we’ll join together to build a world that’s just a little bit better than it was before. And that’s how we give thanks.”

VIDEODedication Ceremony of Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden

Please enjoy these remarks that Leandro Tyberg shared at the dedication for the building which he helped turn from an idea into a reality.

On this hilltop…here we stand…together as a community.  Together as friends.  Together as a people who take care of…and look out for…each other.  Together as a people who recognize our obligation to make the world a better place, to repair the world, and to plant seeds in a garden that will bear fruit for the generations to come.

Like many of us here on this hilltop…my family came to Wise and found sanctuary.  My parents, Rosita and Juan, brought us to this country in 1977 from Argentina, and we became members a few years thereafter.  My sister Barbara and I were enrolled here at Wise and spent year after year on this hilltop surrounded by a community who cared for us, nurtured us, and helped lay the foundation of what would become our Jewish and moral Identity.

Leandro Tyberg speaking at dedication of Katz Family Pavilion

Leandro Tyberg speaking at dedication of Katz Family Pavilion

As a kid, under the rafters of Hershenson Hall…we played tag, drank Mitz Tapuchim, had camp sleepovers, learned Hebrew, played duck-duck-goose, did musical theater, sang songs, had our spring dances, and grew up.  Here under the rafters of Hershenson Hall, I made out with my first girlfriend.

Here on this hilltop, Barbara and I learned under the tutelage of Rabbi Zeldin, Metukah Benjamin, Cantor Lam, Rabbi Hersher and countless others. 

In fact, Rabbi Hersher officiated at my Bar Mitzvah, at my sister’s wedding, my cousins wedding…both of his weddings in fact…he was there inside my Chupah when I stomped on a cup and married my beautiful wife Lori, he was there for my daughter Francesca’s baby naming, my son Roan’s Brit Milah, for most of my family’s proudest moments…but he was also there for life-cycle events that were painful and heart rending.  He was there for me when as a kid in 5th grade here at Wise, he came to tell me that and my best friend Andy Lipin was dying, and he was there to comfort our whole class after he passed.  He has always been there for me when I needed him, as he has been there for so many of us gathered here on this hilltop.

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleSo when he called me 5 years ago to ask me to chair the Building Committee, it was an easy decision. 

Winston Churchill said “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.  As I was shaped by the hard work and dedication of those who built this community over the last 50 years, it was clear that the time had come for us to band together and form a team of people who would continue to shape this hilltop for the years to come.

Our Committee has been guided by the wisdom of Ken Ruby…who taught us the histories of the previous building committees, what it took to get us here, and what to consider as we moved forward.  We have also been inspired, led, and shepherded by our other Cte Members:  Alex Moradi, Kenneth Lee, and Benjamin Soleimani.

As a Committee, and in tremendous partnership with the Wise Board of Directors, the Wise Staff, and the Wise Clergy, we have been privileged to assemble and collaborate with people who take great pride in their work.  People who understand this is more than just a typical construction project, who respect the spirit and intent of what we wanted to shape here on this hilltop:

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleOur brilliant, inspired and incredibly talented architect, Michael Lehrer. Michael who can see around corners; Michael who designs places that leave an emotional effect on you; Michael who combined our history and our culture, and married that with the finest principals architecture can offer.  The word Architect comes from the Greek Archi Tekton, meaning Master Builder.  Master Builder indeed.

Michael’s team helped execute his vision, and were our key collaborators, compatriots, and sometimes conspirators, along the way = the talented and very insightful Roberto Sheinberg and Alex Clark. 

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleThe Shalom Garden, The Great Commons, the hard-scape and landscape has been thoughtfully and meticulously designed by the office of Mia Lehrer and Associates.  Mia Lehrer, and Matt Lysne, have helped create a serene, contemplative and joyous space, that invites you to participate, to engage, to reflect, and to be inspired.  You have left an indelible impression in our hearts and minds, and as Khalil Gibran once said “your work is your love made visible.

We’ve also been led by our detailed and tireless Construction Management team at Searock Stafford.  Led by David Stafford and Alex Grosjean.  Shaping a project of this magnitude is a tremendous feat, and their commitment, hard work and tenacity are deeply appreciated, as has been their friendship and counsel along the way.

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleWe’ve benefitted greatly from our partnership with Del Amo Construction, our general contractors for this project.  Passionately led by Steve Donahue, whose company worked on other projects here on this campus in the 1980’s, and who has treated this project as something very personal, and very special. 

The Del Amo team also consisted of Dennis Billings, Nancy Gutierrez, Bennet Akker, and of course Gene Postert, whom the children affectionately call “Builder Gene! Builder Gene!”   

I would like to say that they are some of the most talented, caring and amazing contractors we’ve ever worked with…I’d like to say that…but we still have a few change orders to settle up on, so I don’t want to say that publicly just yet.

And over us all, are the torch bearers, the dreamers, the idealists, the hand holders, the visionaries of Wise…that we look to for leadership, governance and guidance, as we terraformed, drilled into bed rock, and erected this art work…inside the heart of an active and vibrant campus:

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise Temple

Judi, Lisa and Frank Niver at Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden Dedication

Thank you to the amazing Board of Directors of Stephen Wise Temple, led by Steve Fishman, and his predecessor Glenn Sonnenberg;

It’s impossible to name everyone at Wise who contributed of their time, sweat, wit, wisdom, assistance and hard work.  All are appreciated, and no matter how large or how small your contribution, you represent the fabric of what keeps us together.

Our maintenance crews, our event coordinators, our security teams,

Our technical wizards, led by Marc Entous.

Our athletics dept. who rally under Coach Ryan Hosler

Our talented Director of Development = Jessica Lebovitz, If she hasn’t called you yet for a contribution, just wait…she will;

Our partner-in-all-things = Executive Director & COO Sharon Spira-Cushnir,

Our brilliant, tireless, passionate and loving Head of School = Tami Weiser,

And our beloved friend and guiding light = Senior Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback;

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleSo here we are on this hilltop,

shaped by the memories,

and in honor of,

the people who made us who we are,

secure in the knowledge that the work we do here at Wise will have a lasting impact,

on the lives of our grandparents, parents, our children,

and our children’s children. 

Here we are, shaped by the belief,

that what we have all accomplished here together,

as a community, matters. It matters very much. 

We Shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us”.

Indeed.

Thank you.

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise Temple

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October 2017 News: Happy 50th Birthday To Me!


Happy Birthday Lisa Niver Oct News

October 2017 NEWS: Happy 50th Birthday To Me!

Thank you for your support of both We Said Go Travel and me! My 50 Things Before I am 50 Project has been amazing. For my 50th birthday, I went skydiving with GoJump Oceanside! I will be sharing the video soon and also the photos from my stay at The Pantai Inn in La Jolla which I loved!

 

I spent most of October celebrating in different parts of California with friends and family. I went on a road trip to Santa Cruz and hugged 1000 year-old trees with my high school teacher, Joannie Parker. I went to a double 50th birthday party in San Francisco during Fleet Week and had birthday dinners in La Jolla and Los Angeles.

Did you read about my time at the #SeeHer Emmy party in Hollywood? I loved learning about the Women in Entertainment Project. Did you know about all the luxury things you can do in Las Vegas? I drove a Lamborghini Huracán GT and swam with sharks at Mandalay Bay. I have really been enjoying my 50 things before I am 50 project. Here is more information about my stay in Rancho Mirage with my first golf lesson and when I drove BMW M3s on the race track!

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 750 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Lisa and Marcie biking in Tahoe

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 750 videos, 645,001 views, 1470 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,340,000 (1.3Million)! Thank you for your support!

Find videos from this summer trip to Europe in my articles about Monaco (country 97), IrelandScotland (country #98) and San Marino (country #99) Video #749 = Travel Media Showcase in Cabarrus, North Carolina. This conference brings together travel journalists and destinations! I went to the conference in 2016 for the first time and this year I was the GRAND PRIZE Winner for my coverage of Grapevine Texas in 2016.

Video #750 = My very first ever mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort with Specialized Bike Academy!! (read about it in POPSUGAR!)

 

 

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. The entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award have been published and the winners will be announced next month.  There is no Fall Gratitude award this year. We are working on a redesign for the website right now. Look for more writing awards in 2018.

What Picture will you share in WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is open! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. Enter here Share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it?  Submit a photo taken in the last two years. There is no fee to enter and there are cash prizes!

Check out our Travel Photo Award SPONSORS

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they are a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

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My fortune cookies said “Forge ahead with your new ideas.” and Your talents will be recognized and rewarded. I wonder what will happen NEXT?!?!!? Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Models, Mayors and Magazines: My September 2017 News


September 2017 NEWS: Models, Mayors and Magazines

Thank you for your support of both We Said Go Travel and me! My 50 Things Before I am 50 Project has been amazing. I will be 50 next month in October. The last few months have been full of mayors, models and magazines and so many exciting accomplishments! Here are a few highlights:

Recent Articles: 

TRIVAGOHow I Conquered My Fear of Getting on a Bike

SMITHSONIAN Battle of Guadalcanal, walk in the footsteps of history.”  They included six of my videos from my visit to the Solomon Islands.

SATURDAY EVENING POST  “A World War II Hero Remembers Guadalcanal” about Roy Roush.

POPSUGAR How I Conquered My Fear of Getting on a Bike 

Lisa with Governor Gray Davis Sept 2017

RADIO: Lisa on The Good Life Show!

Models and Mayors:

Recent Travels:
I loved visiting Las Vegas and shared my adventures of swimming with sharks, racing a Lamborghini Huracán and cooking with a Michelin chef on an Instagram Takeover on Frommer’s Travel Guides.

I networked at Travel Media Showcase in Cabarrus, North Carolina and won the grand prize from Grapevine, Texas for best coverage from the 2016 conference.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 750 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 750 videos, 633,953 views, 1463 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,340,000 (1.3Million)! Thank you for your support!

Find videos from this summer trip to Europe in my articles about Monaco (country 97), IrelandScotland (country #98) and San Marino (country #99)

Video #749 = Travel Media Showcase in Cabarrus, North Carolina. This conference brings together travel journalists and destinations! I went to the conference in 2016 for the first time and this year I was the GRAND PRIZE Winner for my coverage of Grapevine Texas in 2016.

Lisa and Marcie biking in TahoeVideo #750 = My very first ever mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort with Specialized Bike Academy!! (read about it in POPSUGAR!)

 

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. We are publishing the entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award. There is no Fall Gratitude award this year. We are working on a redesign for the website right now. Look for more writing awards in 2018/

What Picture will you share in WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is open! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. Enter here Share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it?  Submit a photo taken in the last two years. There is no fee to enter and there are cash prizes!

Check out our Travel Photo Award SPONSORS

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they are a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

My fortune cookies said “Others take notice of your radiance.” and “A financial venture may turn a profit sooner than expected.” I knew it was going to be a good year!
To a SWEET year of SUCCESS and ADVENTURE! Happy 5078.

Thank you for your support. Lisa

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What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Which Photo will you share in Best in Travel Award 2017?


For our first ever WSGT Travel Photo Award : 2017 Best in Travel Photo Award, share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it? Submit a photo taken in the last two years.

Thank you for your participation!

What Picture will you share in WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017Date: Enter from August 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017

Theme: Your Favorite Photo

Deadline: Enter by midnight PST on October 1, 2017

Fees: This competition has no fee.

WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017

Prizes:

1st Prize – $200 usd
2nd Prize – $100usd
3rd Prize – $50 usd

Winners will be selected by our judges and We Said Go Travel Team. Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in United States Dollars. All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel.

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Photos will be published with the accompanying information given with the entry dependent on appropriateness and being family friendly (G rated). If your photo information is written in a language other than English, please also send an English translation.

Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. You may submit up to three photos for our first photo competition.

We are looking for an inspiring travel-oriented image that shows us your experience in the world with great subject, composition, lighting, perspective and storytelling. It must be your original photo that shares the people, places or cultures you have encountered. Do not submit studio or commercial photos.

All photos, which meet the requirements, will be published on this site, WeSaidGoTravel.com. Void where prohibited.

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Jeana

Jeana Surf and Sunshine Travel Photo AwardTravel / Lifestyle Blogger | Geeky Mom (the cool kind, of course)
North American Travel Journalists Association
International Travel Writers Alliance
Huffington Post / Surf and Sunshine

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. Recently named by Social Media Week as one of eight people who have more social influence than some large travel brands, Jeana is also consistently listed in Klout’s top 10 Travel influencers as well as the top 5 of Rise Global’s Top 1000 Travel Blogs. When she’s not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband’s underwear drawer.

www.surfandsunshine.com

Gary Arndt

Gary is a self-taught travel photographer who was named Travel Photographer of the Year by both the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association. Join his Travel Photography Academy!

www.everything-everywhere.com

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