INVITE: Join our 100 Things 2016 City2Surf Team!

Posted by Sarah, 100 Things Project Guru

We would love you to be a part of the 100 Things team on the 14th of August in one of Sydney’s most iconic events – the 2016 City2Surf!

This event is one that often appears on people’s list so why not take the opportunity to tick this item off with other like-minded community members of 100 Things! Together, let’s conquer the 14km course from the city centre to picturesque Bondi Beach.

MAKE-A-WISH FUNDRAISING

To make the experience even more fulfilling we are asking each participant to help fundraise for Make-A-Wish; a charity that makes the wishes of children and teenagers battling life-threatening medical conditions come true. For over 30 years, Make-A-Wish has been the only charity in Australia solely focused on granting bespoke, life-changing wishes.

As I’m sure you are aware, one of Seb’s 100 Things items is to raise $100,000 for this charity and we would be thrilled if you could help along the way. So who’s in?!?

REGISTRATION

There are just a few easy steps to take to register for the 100 Things City2Surf Team:

Step 1:

  • Go to the City2Surf website and register at: https://secure.tiktok.biz/register/default.aspx?EventID=city2surf&Edition=2016
    Click on the appropriate option for you e.g. ‘Adult’.
  • It will come up with a text box asking if you want to join a team.
  • Please select ‘Join a Team’ and search for ‘100 Things’.
  • The ‘100 Things City2Surf Team’ will come up – select us!
  • FYI – we are signed up to the ‘Back of the Pack’ but of course you can choose to choose further up for the race start! Maybe next year we will move up the ranks!

Step 2:

  • When asked within the registration process what charity you are running for please select ‘Make-A-Wish’.

Step 3:

  • You can then raise money via our EverydayHero Page:
    https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/SebastianTerry
  • You can then rally your friends and family to donate via the link below to help spur you on during the big race! Every little bit counts towards making people’s dreams come true!

Step 4:

We will send out more information shortly on where to meet pre-race and where we can celebrate after crossing the finish line with a well-deserved beer/champers or two!

For now – make sure you get that fitness training schedule locked in place (another item on my list!) and see if you can get your friends and family involved and participating too.

A big thanks from Seb and I for making a difference and well done for setting goals and ticking them off! We can’t wait to see you all on the 14th August!

Sarah…  What’s on your list?

 

Helen- A LOSS – A LESSON – A LEGACY

Two weeks ago you’ll remember that I was put in touch with a lovely lady named Helen. A bubbly 55 year-old sadly given 6 months to live due to bowel cancer, Helen shared with me over the phone her final wish of wanting to touch snow for the first time in real life. This simple wish inspired me to start Operation Snow Bunny where I asked the 100 Things community one question; can we help Helen accomplish her goal?

Within the space of 5 days we were completely blown away with your generous response which saw $3,500 donated to a Snow Bunny kitty as well as flights, accomodation, transport and even some Schnapps (Helen had a dream of drinking Schnapps in the snow).

The love and support from complete strangers around the world was overwhelming and over the last few weeks Helen told me how thankful and humble she was. She said that Operation Snow Bunny had given her drive to fight and made her smile even from the confines of the hospital bed that she was re-admitted to, two weeks ago.

Helen’s dream snow trip was scheduled for this weekend in Thredbo, Australia. Her plan was to contact every single person and say thank you herself after the time.

It’s with a heavy, heavy heart though that I have to now share that two days ago I received news from Michael her husband telling me that Helen had passed peacefully.

Having spoken with Michael and of course sending him and his family my best on behalf of everyone, I have his permission to share the news as a way of him saying thank you to everyone who donated and sent their thoughts. You made more of a difference than you’ll ever know.

We’re all so saddened by this loss. The idea that a special lady was unable to fulfil her last wish is something that pains me personally but I am heartened by knowing that in a period where all the odds had stacked up against one person, she was happier because of the actions of those involved in Operation Snow Bunny.

Although she never made it to the snow in person, the dream was within touching distance.

In the words of Helen, the generosity of this community instils faith in humanity.


Lesson
WHAT DID HELEN TEACH US?

At a time where life draws to a close you might think that someone would recoil from optimism and focus only on darkness. Helen did the opposite. She dared to dream and by doing so allowed us to do the same.

One of the hardest things to do in life can be to accept help but she did this with grace and positivity.

It was her nephew Adam who initially contacted me to share Helen’s predicament and he spoke so highly of a loved one who deserved the opportunity to fulfil her dream.

In her last days Michael told me that her spirits were high and that she had reached a place of peaceful closure. She was smiling.

Without knowing it, Helen sparked a movement through her own positive attitude, one that provided an opportunity for people to do good. We all innately want to help others and she allowed us a moment to prove to each other that we can. Thankfully, we responded.


The Legacy
THE RIPPLE EFFECT

To end our conversation Michael told me that before Helen became unresponsive to those around her, they discussed what would happen to all the donated money if she was unable to get to the snow. With all of the financial considerations that would loom at times like this, it turns out that Helen’s final wish was not to look after herself but actually to help someone else out; she has asked that the money be put towards helping the next person that I’m able to find.

Helen you are just amazing and I promise to do this on your behalf. I think I speak for everyone who has heard of this story and thank you for being such an inspiration. I know you’ll rest in peace.

With that said I think it’s the perfect time to start looking for the next deserving person. If you know of someone who deserves a helping hand in achieving a dream, please let me know.

I think something very special is starting to happen.

To all those who in some way supported this Operation Snow Bunny I want to say a huge thanks. You inspire me to keep going and together we will change the world.

Our thoughts are with Helen’s family.

People Helping People… Pass it on

Sebastian :)

100 Things Turns 7 Years Old- Growth?

Last week I delivered my keynote presentation to a group of university students in Sydney, Australia. Sharing with them stories and messages that I’m fortunate enough to share on stages around the world, we ended the evening with a Q&A session.

When I do a Q&A I typically get these questions first;

‘What’s your favourite thing that you’ve done?’, ’What are you going to do when you finish all 100 Things?’, and ‘How do you afford to do what you do?’. This Q&A was no different but after answering these initial questions in order it was the next comment that caught my attention;

“Why is it important for us to grow as people?”

I’d never been asked this.

During my presentation I talk about the concept of growth and ways in which I believe we’re able to do so (a conversation for another time) but it was the WHY part of the question that excited me.

Why is it that we need to grow?

On a day that recognises growth in a numerical way (Happy 7th birthday 100 Things!), I think this question offers a refreshing opportunity to look beyond the blowing out of candles on a cake.

Growth goes deeper than tangible concepts calibrated by milestones such as birthday cards and height, growth is an ever changing yard stick on how we relate the world.

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Firstly; I’d hate it if this was it. Waking up today knowing that I’m as developed as I’ll ever be is a concept that scares me. I’ll probably be around for another 56 years (a fortune teller once told me I’d die at 91 years old!) and I’d like to think I’ll have more to share at that point than what I do now.

From growth comes a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. From understanding comes a platform to form progressive thoughts and ideas, shaping ambition and feeding our innate desire to explore. Add to the above a decision to take action and growth ultimately equals change.

Without change in a fast moving environment, we get left behind, living in caves. Growth therefore is important not just to ourselves but to those around us. It’s what allows mankind to progress.

Seven years ago I left Australia with my list of 100 things on a personal journey which I hoped would simply make me happier. In that time 100 Things has organically developed into a movement that engages people around the world to consider and chase their dreams. Somehow this message has transcended an online audience and has been found in books and on television screens around the world (G’day everyone in the USA, I hope you’re enjoying my show!) with the result leaving many more people than just myself smiling.

Through observing first my own emotions and learnings and then acknowledging those of others I’ve been able to twist and turn at will, using my strengths and naivety to allow this story to grow as needed in an ever changing environment.

Over the last few years I’ve received emails from many people around the globe telling me that 100 Things has in fact saved their lives. It’s a far cry from me marrying a stranger in Vegas (#2 on the list). This, I’m proudly sharing with you today, makes me feel like growth has definitely taken place and my word does it feel good.

On the constantly morphing wave of life, growth gives us speed and manoeuvrability so we can navigate and enjoy it. Ultimately it’s a choice, but it’s days like today that remind me that growth should not be seen as an option but rather a duty.

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I owe it to me.

I owe it to you.

We owe it to each other.

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A friend told me recently that every 7 years our physical body completes a cycle of regeneration, so on a day that celebrates not just the 7th birthday of 100 Things but also my own 35th birthday, I guess my body should be freshly upgraded. Hopefully that’s not the only way I grow today.

This constant challenge intrigues me.

So how do we grow? Well let’s discuss this soon but simply considering the concept is a good start. What could you do today that will leave you a better person tomorrow?

What’s on your list?

Let’s help each other grow…

Thanks so much for all your support and energy over the last few years.

Sebastian :)

100 Things… What’s on your list?

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Helen’s Final Wish Success: Who’s Next?

Update: Operation Snow Bunny
We Did It!

This is why I do what I do.

Just 7 days after hearing the story of a stranger named Helen (here’s the backstory) and her final wish of wanting to touch snow in real life, the 100 Things community has come together and I’m so proud to say that we’ve managed to arrange the ultimate snow getaway fro Helen and her husband. 

With doctors telling Helen that there is nothing more that they can do to treat her cancer, I was fortunate enough to call Helen last Friday with some good news! In 1 week, complete strangers from the 100 Things community have raised over $3,500 cash as well as donating flights, accommodation, transport and everything in between.


Helen’s Official Letter

Helen’s trip will take place over the June 25th weekend and will see her and Michael (her husband) drop into Sydney for one night of pampering before being flown to Thredbo so that Helen can finally touch snow in real life. Just quietly she also shared her dream of wanting o drink Schnapps in the snow and so we’ve also been able to arrange that!

I will update you all with some photos of Helen achieving her dream later this month but for now I wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who contributed in some way, shape or form. If you donated money, a service or even just shared the campaign which I started last week- thanks! To those who simply just smiled when they read this- thanks to you too.

100 Things is a community of good people helping one another and fittingly in a week that see us celeberate 7 years since I started this journey, yet again i’m filled with a sense of optimism that the world is full of amazing people.


Who Can we Help Next?
The obvious question…

Of course with the release of the 100 Things TV show in the US that sees me helping strangers throughout the US & Europe achieve their dreams, it’s no secret that 100 Things is all about helping people help people. As such after Helen’s amazing story I think it makes complete sense to find someone else who we can help!

It’s clear that we all want to help (I had to turn the donation page off after people kept donating to Helen after we’d already reached our target!) so this story is about shining a light on others who need help so that we can do what we’ve all been put here to do- HELP ONE ANOTHER.

WHAT/WHO/HOW

So if you (or someone you know!) has a dream that you need a helping hand with, please email us on:

admin@100things.com.au

The dream could be absolutely anything, anywhere with anyone- the only pre-requisite is that the individual/group genuinely needs help. 

Over the years I’ve helped people who are remote, struggling with life or even needing to be re-inspired, and in every instance the story when shared is one that makes everyone smile.

As always thanks for your support and I look forward to sharing with you who it is that we help next. Hopefully you’ll be able to assist.

What’s on your list?

INVITE: 7th Birthday Group Skydive

Celebrate 7 years of 100 Things by jumping out of plane with me!

 In 3 weeks time, on June 9th, 2016, 100 Things turns 7 years old! Coincidentally it also signifies my own birthday and in wanting to celebrate a journey that has grown into an inspiring community of like-mined people, I thought it would be fitting to arrange an event where people could join me in ticking off an item from their list.

On June 9th, 2009, I jumped on a plane and left Australia carrying only a list of 100 Things and a dusty backpack. My goal was try and find more purpose and meaning to my life.

The story from that point is one you probably know. Needless to say, it’s been eventful.

As such, here is your invite.

 

DETAILS:

If SKYDIVING is something you’ve always dreamed of doing (or something you’d like to do again), please join me on Saturday, June 18th, in Sydney!

When:

June 18th, 2016

Meet time:

10:40am @ Sydney Skydivers Lounge (196 Elizabeth St, Sydney)

Jump Address:

Sydney Skydivers (745 Picton Rd, Picton NSW 2571)

*Team Bus will transport us to/from Skydivers Lounge*

Cost:

$299 (includes Transport & $20 donation to Make-A-Wish Australia)

How to Book:

If you are interested in coming along, please reply to this email or email our fantastic Sarah on admin@100things.com.au

The plan for the 18th June is that we will meet at the Sydney Skydivers Lounge at 10.40am for a tea or coffee and check-in. We will depart at 11am sharp and will be transferred to Picton for the jump!

Depending on the weather and size of the 100 Things group the transfer should get us back to the Sydney Skydivers Lounge at approximately 4pm. It will take a good half day!

Sydney Skydivers will have video and photos of your dive should you wish to purchase after your jump.

This will be an epic TICK from your list and doing it alongside like-minded people on a significant day for 100 Things will make it even more special!!

You can also register your interest by joining our

Facebook Skydiving Event Page 

See you soon.

100 Things… What’s on your list?

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Let’s Help Helen: OPERATION SNOW BUNNY

Yesterday I received a message from a bloke called Adam that stopped me in my tracks. His message was about his auntie, Helen- he wanted to help her.

Helen is a courageous 55 year old lady who after battling Chrones disease since the age of 19 was more recently diagnosed with Bowel Cancer.

Helen’s ongoing struggle is only matched by her persistent bravery but after receiving treatment for her cancer for the last two and half years, she has been told this week that there is nothing more that can be done for her.With the sobering news that she probably only has around 6 months left, last weekend she threw a party for her family so that they could all be together one last time.

Adam’s message then read:

“So I was talking to her about life and it turns out that she’s always dreamt of seeing snow in real life but has never done it! I want to try and help her achieve this goal and so I thought I’d reach out to you.”

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Helen & husband Michael

Sometimes in my life something is put in front of me that makes everything else seem unimportant and so I called up Adam to tell him I was going to help!

After chatting for ten minutes, Adam gave me Helen’s number and immediately I called her up to say hello and send some positive energy.

As it happened, Helen is one of the most bubbly and optimistic people you’re likely to meet. After telling me the sad details of her growing tumour and her life long battle with Chrones, she then told me in no uncertain way that even though doctors have stopped her chemo treatment she is going to prove them all wrong with her mindset!

“It’s made me appreciate life”

Helen is awesome!

I then asked her about her dream and she replied;

“Well I’ve just always wanted to go and play in the snow. I’ve never seen snow and I want to know what it feels like in real life ! My dream is for me and my husband to visit snow for just a few days and I’ve also always wanted to drink Schnapps in the snow too. I just want to be a snow bunny!”

Speaking to someone like Helen always makes me smile. To see someone turn a dark situation into an opportunity to pursue something as bright as chasing a dream is inspiring and I feel so fortunate to be in a position where I can help.

So…… I’m going to help Helen and I’m wondering whether you’d like to help, too?!

#ProjectSnowBunny

Essentially I think Helen deserves to live out her dream of being a snow bunny and so I think arranging a romantic little snow getaway for her and husband would be incredible.

The Basics:

International travel for Helen is tricky and so I am looking to send Helen and her husband from their home on the Gold Coast to either Perisher or Thredbo. This will requires some flights and potentially a hire car.

Once there Helen’s one goal is to be able to play in the snow. Skiing is not crucial.

We’re going to need accommodation for 2 nights somewhere and of course a bottle of Schnapps is crucial!

Extras?

Well outside of the above basics, I’m sure we can add on some little surprises too so if you have any thoughts, ideas please let me know on seb@100things.com.au

I’ve helped many people achieve goals before and it’s this act of helping that makes us all better people. If you have any contacts, ideas or other means that would help Project Snowbunny, please let me know.

I’ve also set up a GoFunMe account where I’m trying to raise $3000 to help Helen’s dream come true. Any help is appreciated :) Thanks!

DONATE LINK:

https://www.gofundme.com/OperationSnowBunny

Please contact me personally on seb@100things.com.au

I have a feeling that this is going to be quite special!

Helen by the way doesn’t know that I’m reaching out to my community and isn’t expecting anything other than well wishes, so if you’re unable to help with any of the above please just send some good energy her way!

Feel free to share this post too.

Thanks in advance and i’ll keep you posted!

Seb :)

#HelpHelen #projectsnowbunny #whatsonyourlist

Antarctica & Cambodia Group Trip Videos

At the end of last year I led  two incredible group trips to Antarctica and Cambodia. The first was of course an adventure to one of the most beautiful and remote places on earth while the second was in the name of volunteering to help families and children in need.

After hours spent editing (thanks Will!), the videos are finally ready and I’d love to share them with you now.

If either of these activities are on your list, I recommend you pull the trigger and commit. They may very well change your life like they did to the amazing people from the 100 Things community who came along!

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Click on ImageAbove  to Watch the Cambodian Volunteering Trip

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Click on Image Above to Watch our Antarctica Trip

 

The Next Group Trip is coming up in October as 16 like-minded strangers from the 100 Things community come together to climb to Base Camp Everest!

Of course if you’d like to come on one of our trips or would like to suggest a trip, please tell us on admin@100things.com.au

100 Things… What’s on your list?

100 Things Reality Show- That’s a Wrap

If you didn’t know already, mid-last year I was approached by a US-based production company to make a show called 100 Things. The show would be a reality style program following me around the world as I helped people tick specific items from their list.

Of course I said YES!

Now, some nine months on and having shot in the USA, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain, I can announce that we’ve now shot all 26 episodes- and i’m so stoked!

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Click on image to watch the Trailer for 100 Things

Looking back at what was one of the craziest road trip of my life I actually find it hard to explain what it was like, but one thing I know is that of a crew of dozen people travelling the globe together we all left smiling and each of us extremely proud. Of course I end up trying all an array of activities alongside each person that we help and as normal I end up playing the role of clown more often than not!

Each episode is of course very different and so from items that tested physical limits to episodes that drew on emotional back stories there’s a unique blend that I think will appeal to everyone. With three episodes having been released in the States already, things are about to get exciting.

Acting as a ‘host’, for want of a better word, I had a steep learning curve but thankfully it was one I took to really well (unless they were just telling me that to keep me happy?). Having said that, my only instruction was ‘Just be you’ so that I knew I could do- I do it everyday.

Outside of shooting each episode, one of the best things on a personal level was to make such good friends and it would be rude of me not to thank everyone for their amazing support and leadership to bring this to life. A special thanks goes out to Jared and Chris, the two executive producers who you’ll be hearing more about in time. I actually just found out that with all the team including those who are working in LA on editing, arranging etc, a total of 55 people have worked in this 100 Things show! I can’t help but laugh at the situation I find  myself in considering this all started with just me and cheap little camera.

Now unfortunately for everyone in Australia (including me!), we won’t be able to view the show for 12 months as it’s been sold exclusively to a new online platform called Go90 in the States but I can share with you the first episode!

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Click on image to watch Episode 1: Breaking the Ice

If you are of course in the US, you can download Go 90 from the app store and watch each episode as they’re released fortnightly for the next 12 months.

Using the hashtag #whatsonyourlist we’re all extremely proud of what we’ve created and now we’ll just wait and see how the show is received. I have a good little feeling about this.

p.s. If you’re wondering if there was a wrap-party, well yes, there was! It took place in Madrid and let’s just say that after a few local beers, some wine, champagne and a cigar, an otherwise quiet karaoke club was inhabited by our team until the early hours of the morning.

When it was time to finally say our goodbyes, there were also plenty of tears.

An experience I’ll never forget and will always appreciate.

100 Things… #whatsonyourlist

 

Help Mark Get His Freedom Van

One of the first people I ever helped achieve a dream from their list was a man called Mark who although a quadriplegic, dreamed of completing a half marathon. It was one of the best moments of my life pushing him across the finish line in his wheelchair and one of the best parts was that I was joined by a group of complete strangers to help push him too!

Mark now needs our help again.

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Mark was completely able-bodied until the age of 30 when whilst backpacking through Greece he was bitten by a tick and instantly contracted Lymes Disease. As a result, Mark lost his ability to move as well as his ability to speak. Mark now needs a 24 hour care team and sleeps connected to a ventilator that keeps him alive at night. Needless to say Mark has been through a lot but still fights on courageously.

I’m proud to say that Mark and I have remained good friends and when in Melbourne I try and visit him as often as possible. Living in a care facility with next to no freedom, I spoke with Mark recently and told me that he was ready to achieve his next dream. I asked what and he simply said;

“My Freedom Van!”

The Freedom Van is Mark’s way out. It’s a van that will allow him to travel with mobile medical care for his high needs. The only things bigger than Mark’s physical hurdles are his imagination and drive and I for one am inspired to help.

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As a good friend of Mark’s I’m also asking whether you’d like to as well.

The Freedom Van will cost $40,000 and full details of Mark’s campaign can be seen on his page HERE.

So far he’s raised almost $5,000 and I’m positive that with the right support we’ll be able to get across the line.

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If you’d like to help all the donation details can be found on his PAGE and if you’d like to contact me or him directly please do so via admin@100things.com.au.

HELP MARK NOW

I think we all have the ability and desire to help people in need but sometimes we just don’t know how to find them. Well here is an opportunity that I really hope we can make work.

Well done Mark for being brave enough to ask for help and thanks in advance to those who are able to help.

100 Things… What’s on your list?

100 Things Online Program

Online modules launching mid-2016

Stemming from the popular 100 Things Workshop, facilitated in Australia by Sebastian Terry, we are now developing an online program designed specifically so that anyone, anywhere, can start the journey of identifying values, creating a meaningful list and empowering themselves with the tools to help achieve their dreams.

If you are interested in finding out more and being one of the first people to take the online journey, please email us on admin@100things.com.au and we’ll keep you personally updated on the launch date, scheduled for mid 2016.

admin@100things.com.au

How the Workshop Developed…

“It was clear to me years ago that outside of one 60-minute talk, a lot of people wanted to know how to apply my messaging to their own lives. After speaking to these people individually over the years it seemed that their concerns could be put into a few different baskets;

* I’m looking for something else in life but I don’t know how to start

* I know what I want to do but I have no idea how to take the first step

* I feel like something’s stopping me but I’m not sure what

* I’ve experienced a form of adversity/hardship and i’m trying to overcome it

* I feel I need to find purpose and meaning

* I think i’m on the right track but I want to make sure”

Based on these common concerns and worries, the 100 Things workshop was created to take participants through the same journey of self development and discovery as Sebastian experienced through 100 Things.

Having run several of these workshops to date for the public, businesses and universities, we’ve been blown away with the results. From people re-establishing their values, strength and beliefs, to incredible goals being reached that have seen both tangible and intangible outcomes, lives have been changed.

Whether it’s for personal change, professional consideration or community driven reasons, the workshop allows perspective, imparts practical tools and creates a start-point for anyone thinking about what’s next and wanting to action positive change.

Topics Include:

* Benefiting from change,

* Creating and responding to opportunity,

* Identifying values and creating a meaningful list,

* Overcoming fears & excuses,

* Building Resilience,

* Capitalising on strengths,

* The process of achieving,

* How to pull the trigger and take action

* Maintaining Drive

* Finding balance

* Intention V spontaneity

* How to develop meaning in all aspects of you life

* How to help others

A combination of workbook exercises and real-life challenges, the 100 Things workshop is unique, powerful and long-lasting.

100 Things… What’s on your list?