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Complete a half marathon
Do the Oxfam walk again
This time I want to complete it in under 30 hours.
I did this, with 3 amazing friends. One I had never met before and the two others I’d known as a child and teen. I loved so much about this, not only completing it again, but having 3 more people in my life, that before this training didn’t really exist.
We completed the walk in just over 25 hours, that is 5 hours less than last time. It was such an achievement and I am so proud to have done this with 3 amazing people.
Help a stranger
It was just after I met Seb at the 24 hour treadmill session in Park Orchards, that I found myself at the local shops.
It was at the shops that I witnessed a woman in a wheelchair trying to push a full trolley of groceries. At this point I saw so many people walk past, seeing this woman struggle. I said to my friend, ‘I feel like helping, but I’m not sure’. My friend was on board and with this I went up to the woman and asked if she needed any help.
I approached her with the intention of helping, but also feared she may think I was being disrespectful, I didn’t want to make her feel that just because she was in a wheelchair I thought she couldn’t do things, because that was not the case at all. So I said that if she wanted any help at all, I’d be happy to help. Surprisingly and reluctantly she looked at me and said she was busting for the toilet and was finding it hard to push the trolley. I said that I’d be happy to look after her trolley while she made her way to the toilet. She was very unsure of trusting me but I assured her that I was merely there to help.
After that I asked if she needed anymore help. She said she needed to go up a level to catch a taxi. My friend and I offered to help her and along the way we had a chat.
I was so glad that I had heard about Seb’s journey and had started my own list, because if I hadn’t I’m afraid I might have walked past this woman too.
It didn’t take much but sometimes we think we’re too busy or it’s not our place to do something. Thanks Seb for making me think differently and to be accountable for my actions.
Save a deposit for a house on my own
I always had in mind that a deposit for a house would be around the $35,000 mark, and maybe that was more the case a couple of years ago when I wrote this list and when I had a unit in mind.
Now that I have a partner I’m buying with, things have changed, a unit turned into a house and the house prices have definitely risen. But in my mind I always wanted that 35 on my own. This week I achieved that and I’m so damn proud.
Although we still have a bit to save, and continue to save I’ll do, I’m still really proud of my efforts and having written it down I’ve strived my hardest to get it done.
Edited: In the end I saved over $45,000 and loved that I was able to do that on my own. In the end we still needed a little bit of help from my parents, but we achieved the dream of owning our house a lot sooner than thought.
Buy a house from the plan
Help renovate a house
After purchasing our first home in November 2015, we soon got into renovation mode. We spent the first 5 weeks tearing the back yard apart, removing trees and bushes, concrete and pavers, bricks and washing lines, we then created retaining walls and space. We then ventured inside and cut out walls and started decorating.
After 5.5 weeks we received our couch and had our new bed suite in the room. It was a proud moment to share with our friends and family at my 30th and our housewarming.
We have a long way to go, but week by week we are transforming this house into our home.
Volunteer in Africa
7 weeks ago I started my journey to Tanzania, Africa. I had no idea what to expect for my 10 week adventure and was even unsure if I’d made the right decision. Now with 3 weeks to go I’m worried I won’t be ready to go home.
The people here are amazing & make me realise just how fortunate we are in other countries. If anyone is even thinking about volunteering around the world, stop thinking, write it down, tell someone & do it.
It’s absolutely life changing and everyday here I’ve felt happy. Life is amazing, live it!
Visit St Jude’s – Tanzania
The School of St. Jude’s has changed my life, and my perspective on teaching.
I now try to remind my students constantly how fortunate they are to have a free education and live in a country where it’s a requirement for children to go to school.
I’m so proud that St. Judes was founded by an Australian woman and so thankful that I was able to visit and see life through someone else’s eyes.
Ride on the back of a road bike
Today I let go of my control issues and put it all in the hands of my boyfriend. He has a road bike and has wanted me to go on it for a while so we borrowed the clothes and equipment for me to wear. We were riding the open and windy streets of the Yarra Valley (Vic, Australia), it was a beautiful sight. I’m still undecided as to whether I love the feeling or not, of being on the back of a bike, but I’m glad I did it. Here’s to riding a motorbike of my own #43, one step at a time.
Volunteer for Reach
Live on the street for a night
Complete Tough Mudder
Save a life
Swim with stingrays
A new thing for me over the past couple of years has been to snorkel more often.
Brent (my boyfriend) and I have been snorkelling in NSW and Victoria and on both occasions have swum with stingrays. My most memorable moment was near Port Stephens at “Big Rocky”, where we swam with stingrays and Wobbegong sharks.
Drink no alcohol for a year
Go on a safari
What started out as a cheap adventure to say I’ve done it, ended with seeing some of the most amazing wild animals and meeting some lifelong friends.
Kara, Bianca and Kahlia will forever be in my thoughts when I think of the safari, as will the lions, zebras, wilder-beast, hyena, elephants, giraffes, baboons and gazelle.
Buy a stranger lunch
Work/volunteer at an orphanage
While in Tanzania I volunteered/visited a few orphanages, they were slightly different to what I imagined. They were not particularly a place where all the children lived, rather a place where they could gain a free or cheap education and a home for some.
Geia’s and Hana’s orphanages were the most incredible ones I went to, as they had such caring organisers who truly cared about the kids.
Act in a play
Speak to a Muslim person about their religion to better understand it
As I embarked on my journey to Tanzania, I never thought this item would be ticked off. I sat next to 2 girls, similar in age to me and were both dressed in a hijab. I had asked them where they were heading and why, and they told me they were going to Yemen for a spiritual retreat. I thought this is my way in. They were going on a retreat, a place which they were excited about and willing to share. I asked them countless questions and they continued to tell me their perspective and how they weren’t so different to me growing up. One used to hang out at the beach in her bikinis, had a muslim father but a non-muslim mother. She spoke of how her mother didn’t understand her and was wanting to shut her out of her life, but how her father understood her.
She said it was tearing her relationship apart with her mother but it’s what felt right to her.
They were two of the nicest people I had met and I was so lucky to have sat next to them, for 8+ hours, with nothing much to talk about, but our adventures that awaited us.
Help a community after a natural disaster
Go to an NBA game
Do a 100km bike ride
Volunteer in a children’s hospital
Visit the Great Wall of China
See the Northern Lights
Volunteer on Christmas Day
Have a drink with someone famous
Pay for a child’s medical bills, the child cannot be mine though
Do the Colour Run
Drive along the Nullarbor Plain
Learn to sail
Grow my own vegie garden
Visit Jayne in England again
Foster a child
Ride a motorbike on my own
At Tarrawingee Farm I tried my hand at riding a motorbike on my own. By no means was I showing any expertise but I was officially doing it with no more assistance than the verbal kind (and maybe that of the kickstart). It was good fun, but showed me that it is something that requires practice and respect.
Fall asleep under the stars with a loved one
Milk a cow
Have photos of my own displayed around my house
Complete the Pier to Pub
One week’s silence
Complete a triathlon
On the 27th of March 2017 I participated in my first of many triathlons, it was just a little one, but a triathlon none the less. It was a 300m swim, 13km bike ride and a 3km run. I did it with a mate and finished 9th out of my category, with a time of 55:54. Pretty happy with my competitive attempt, especially when I’d only decided to do it 2 weeks earlier.
Thanks to Drydie, in lending me her board, and Murray for letting us ride behind his boat I achieved this goal. I got up several times and was able to ride both sides of the wake.
Sponsor a child from School of St. Jude
After almost 2 years of thinking/believing I couldn’t afford to sponsor a child at St Jude’s last month I decided it’s now or never. I’m in a position where I can afford it and budget it. I hope that I can continue to, as it’s a child’s education at stake and it’s a commitment I don’t take lightly. I look forward to one day meeting the student I sponsor and know their story.
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