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Nikki Noya: Taking Your Passions And Pursuits To The Next Level

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September 26, 2023

Thank you Nikki Noya for joining me on my podcast! Nikki shared her passions and pursuits–she is a TV host, producer, philanthropist, Mom, Mrs. DC America, author, athlete and adventure-driven traveler!

Bobby Laurie, Nikki Noya and Lisa Niver on THE JET SET TV

Recently I was on her show, The Jet Set TV, for the second time. In 2017, she interviewed me about my 50 challenges before 50 project and in Sept 2023, she interviewed me about my book about my 50 before 50 project. I loved having her on my show to learn more about her as a TV host, philanthropist, athlete, Mrs. DC America and mom!

Listen or watch our interview on SpotifyApple PodcastsYouTube or your favorite podcast platform

READ THE TRANSCRIPT BELOW

Lisa Niver:

Good morning, this is Lisa Niver and I am the author of Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After 50. And I am so beyond delighted, honored, and thrilled to bring you my most incredible guest, Nikki Noya.

Nikki Noya:

Lisa, thank you so much for having me on the show. I feel like when we first met six years ago and all of the adventures that we’ve had in six years around the world, millions of miles and such stories. So thank you so much for now having me on your show,

Lisa Niver:

Nikki, when I came and interviewed with you, I was so excited–it makes me want to cry thinking about it now. I was so excited to be on your show and you were such a generous, kind interviewer. And we talked about my 50 things before 50 project and now I’m so excited the book’s coming out and you’re in my book.

Nikki Noya:

I know, but that’s what’s just so wonderful is because when you came on the show, I was just starting on my TV journey and you were actually one of the first people that I interviewed. So I feel like we both kind of grew up together and we were both, both of us were embarking on these two huge journeys of our life at that moment. And now look at us here.

Lisa Niver:

Oh my gosh, I didn’t realize I was one of your early interviews. You were so excellent.

Nikki Noya:

Thank you. I had no idea what I was doing, but I’m a hard worker. I’m an athlete, so I work hard. I listen and I try my best and I’m not afraid to make mistakes. But yes, that was one of the first interviews that I did was with you.

Lisa Niver:

Now on the Jet Set TV, you’re a producer and this is season eight?

Nikki Noya:

We are in season eight of the Jet Set.

Nikki Noya:

It is just incredible. And we continue to grow and we continue to expand the show. I recently traveled to Egypt and Iceland. I have been all over the world and the opportunities that are coming with each episode and with each season, we just keep growing. We also now have the Jetset Espanol. We’re going to start Jetset Kids with my daughter Samantha soon. We just keep growing and evolving and now I can’t even believe after this kind of weird post covid time that everyone just wants to do things. They want to get out, they want to be stimulated with culture, art, music, food. So now that’s our job to bring it to our audiences. We’ve actually never been busier than we are right now.

Lisa Niver:

You have had so much success. Your show is excellent. I love that you have the JetSet Espanol. And for anybody who maybe didn’t catch that just before Covid, you had a baby. And now your baby’s going to be part of JetSet TV kids.

Nikki Noya:

Yes, she is. Samantha is going to turn six in November. What I like about being a female business owner is that Samantha comes with me to the studio. She sees mommy at work, she sees mommy working with the team. She sees mommy not only in front of the camera but behind the camera and making the phone calls and doing the things. And then she also sees me on set and she is watching me. Now she say, mom, I want to start coming with you. So I thought, what a perfect thing that we can be together and what there’s no better education than getting out into the world. Soon, we’re going to start traveling a lot more.

Lisa Niver:

I think that’s so fantastic. There’s been such an issue at different conferences I’ve been at about representation and if you can see it, you can be it. For people that don’t know you, you grew up here in California. Was your first love that you were a competitive swimmer or volleyball. You’ve done so many things. I would guess first was athlete. Is that correct?

Nikki Noya:

First athlete, I grew up in a very athletic family. From the very beginning, growing up on the beach in Newport Beach, always being in the water. So the water is my first love. I started really swimming when I was quite young. I went to Junior Olympics and was a junior lifeguard. I went to nationals for junior lifeguarding competition. I’m quite tall, I’m, I’m almost six one. I saw this group of volleyball girls walk by the pool and I thought they look like me and they are having so much fun. I started playing volleyball and that led me to really my third love, which is traveling. I started traveling all over the world, playing volleyball and that segued into seeing this big world.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW on WE SAID GO TRAVEL

  Find Lisa’s book, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty, at your favorite bookstore!

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