Day 2665: 2017 Goals Update

Reflection is necessary for progress – that’s what I keep realizing


It’s 11 : 20 AM on day 2665 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray,read Romans 8:28,  have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet –   A HUGE thanks to Inna Velasquez who donated $150 and Shaun Francis and family who donated $100  which brings the total raised to  $6 616 only $5 884 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.


Last night I looked by at my 2017 goals and assessed my progress (some goals I achieved, some goals I semi-achieved while others I didn’t even attempt for many reasons). Take a look:


2017 Goals Update


  1. Continue to be kind, honest and generous [I tried]
  2. Raise at least $250 more for my 25 Smiles Campaign before it ends 9 days from today (January 10, 2017)  [final total raised $10 317.04]
  3. Publish my book Defying the odds: Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way[everything is done I just have to reread, fix a  picture and send the book to agents or publishers]
  4. Keep in touch with my aunties, uncles and grandmother [I did as often as I could]
  5. Call at least one person a month just to hi or thank you [I did most months except November]
  6. Read 10 + books [read 6 book – 6 books is not 10 but it’s not 0]
  7. Donate to or raise money for Miss Earth South Africa – it’s a leadership programme that empowers young South African women to combat climate change (they put in food gardens in schools and communities, organize  beach clean-ups, do talks in schools and collect stationary for school kids….. truly phenomenal work)
  8. Donate to or raise money for Jumping Kids – a South African NPO that provides prosthetics to disadvantaged kids across the country
  9. Donate to or raise money for the Sunshine Children’s Home – a children’s home in my town doing phenomenal work (I went there last year and I was so touched to see how well taken care of the kids were – the adults there are family to those kids they do everything possible to make sure the kids have everything they need)
  10. Donate to the Panda Crew – the Panda Crew are basically a group of friends who go around doing good in their spare time (love my Panda brothers they are everything that’s good and right about our world)
  11. Go paragliding in Cape Town (people are going to think I’m crazy but I’ve ziplined (if  I can get my parents, my physiotherapist and a paragliding company to go along with it) I know I can paraglide (in tandem with a skilled pilot)) (NOBODY can tell me I can’t do something I KNOW I can do I BELIEVE in my own unlimited human potential) [Update : We made the booking to go paragliding on April 8, 2017 -health and weather permitting on the day I will paraglIde with  Fly Cape Town Paragliding on April 8, 2017]
  12. Try painting [yesterday I drew a house and painted it with kiddie watercolours]
  13. Meet Ella Constantinides-Leite
  14. Meet Brent Lindeque
  15. Meet Kerri Stein
  16. Meet Sebastian Schütte  and the Panda Crew
  17. Meet Yusuf Abramjee
  18. Meet Phuti Mahanyele
  19. Diarize at least one good moment of every day [I did this more often than I didn’t]
  20. Learn a new word every day [this was a flop I didn’t more often than I did]
  21. Learn Sesotho [learned most of the vocabulary and recorded the whole thing I still remember some of the words and phrases ]
  22. Go to Paris, Rome, Athens and London



3 thoughts on “Day 2665: 2017 Goals Update

  1. Anonymous

    Yay for watercolours Nisha.

    I notice you met lots of your donation/fundraising goals.

    I hope you meet lots of your relationship goals in 2018.

    Really want to read “Where there’s a wheel there’s a way” – Lisa Cox wrote about how disability is covered in a limited way in Australia.

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