It’s 12 : 34 PM on day 2668 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Psalm 33:3 and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – raised $6 816 only $5 684 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot .
This year I plan to consciously fill my every day with kindness it won’t always money but whatever I do on any given day will be done with the intention of bringing love, laughter and light into other people’s lives…it’s going to be magical I can just feel it.
It’s 1 : 53 PM on day 2667 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Isaiah 65:17, have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – A HUGE thanks to who donated Tess Thomas who donated $200 which brings the total raised to $6 816 only $5 684 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.
Today something happened which made me realize that because I have been left out by so many different people on so many different occasions I notice instantly when people are feeling left out and I’m able to fix it…you can’t teach some scars.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie
It’s 9 : 18 AM on day 2666 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Revelation 21:5 and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – raised $6 616 only $5 884 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot .
Today being the first day of 2018 I thought I’d set some purpose-aligned goals which I know will be challenging to achieve. Take a look:
My Life’s Purposes
Make a difference
Change perceptions about differently-abled people
Continue to be kind, honest and generous
Choose people and organizations who choose me (if I’m someone’s second choice or if they’re actions prove that they are not that into me I will no longer give them the option to choose me I deserve better than to be anyone’s time-filler)
Call at least 2 people ( related or non-related) at least once in three months to say hi or thank you
Every day be the best SuperSidekick to Superhero Catherine Constantinides (she’s the best, most hardworking real-life Superhero I’ve ever met she totally deserves a SuperSidekick and I’m the only I trust to do the job properly – she totally deserves me)
Publish my book Defying the odds: Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way
Go Hot-Air Ballooning (I did some research and found out that the major hot-air ballooning operators here in South Africa won’t take me because they don’t have wheelchair-accessible hot-air balloons but darn it I’ve ziplined and paraglided I refuse to believe that there’s nobody in this country who can help to make this happen… mark my words I WILL BE THE FIRST South African in a wheelchair to go hot-air ballooning in South Africa I don’t know how, when or who will help me but I can tell you it will happen somehow because I am Nisha Varghese andimpossible DOES NOT apply to me)
Donate consumables to Breath of Life (Breath of Life is a project that takes care of orphaned and abandoned children in my city until they are adopted)
Tell my life-story in front of a large crowd pf people (I have major stage-fright but I know if I just spoke in front of a large crowd once it would never again be an issue… I don’t want to roll through life scared )
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
Continue to be kind, honest and generous [I tried]
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]
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]
Keep in touch with my aunties, uncles and grandmother [I did as often as I could]
Call at least one person a month just to hi or thank you [I did most months except November]
Read 10 + books [read 6 book – 6 books is not 10 but it’s not 0]
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)
Donate to or raise money for Jumping Kids – a South African NPO that provides prosthetics to disadvantaged kids across the country
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)
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)
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]
Try painting [yesterday I drew a house and painted it with kiddie watercolours]
Meet Ella Constantinides-Leite
Meet Brent Lindeque
Meet Kerri Stein
Meet Sebastian Schütte and the Panda Crew
Meet Yusuf Abramjee
Meet Phuti Mahanyele
Diarize at least one good moment of every day [I did this more often than I didn’t]
Learn a new word every day [this was a flop I didn’t more often than I did]
Learn Sesotho [learned most of the vocabulary and recorded the whole thing I still remember some of the words and phrases ]
It’s 1 : 31 PM on day 2664 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray,read Psalm 119:165, have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – A HUGE thanks to Mario and Dr. Jacob Mathai who donated $100 each which brings the total raised to $6 336 (more tan halfway to goal [yay!!!]) only $6 134 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.
Yesterday I watched “Simon Sinek’s Top 10 Rules For Success” I loved number 6, number 8 and number 10 Simon’s advice is simple yet effective I just love him. Watch “Simon Sinek’s Top 10 Rules For Success” below:
“Fight against something and we focus on the thing we hate. Fight for something and we focus on the thing we love. “ – Simon Sinek
It’s 1 : 42 PM on day 2663 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Ezekiel 34:12, have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – raised $6 166 only $6 334 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot .
Yesterday someone asked a question which made me realize that people in my life, though they truly love me, expect me to be an object of someone’s care for the rest of my life which is not going to happen EVER instead I’m going to find a way to be financial independent (in an ethical and moral way) and that financial independence is going to afford me the luxury of hiring more people to help me out physically and with the help of those people I will travel the world, meet new people and continue making a difference …I already have an extraordinary present but it pales in comparison to what the future holds I KNOW IT because I am the BEST and DESERVE NOTHING LESS of course it goes without saying that I have to continue working really hard which I am more than willing to do.
It’s 4 : 10 PM on day 2662 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray,read Psalm 55:22 have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – – A HUGE thanks to Matt Callanan of We Make Good Happen who donated $15 and Mèlise Butler who donated $10 which brings the total raised to $6 166 only $6 334 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.
Yesterday I watched “It’s time for women to run for office” – a Ted Talk by Halla Tómasdóttir about why she believes it’s important for women to run for every kind of office – I love Halla’s courage to try she inspires me. Watch “It’s time for women to run for office” below:
We can only have compassion for that which we’ve seen and experienced – that’s what I’ve realized.
It’s 10 : 26 AM on day 2661 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Matthew 2:11-12, have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – raised $6 041 only $6 459 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot .
Yesterday I realized that I cannot blame my brother for wanting the same material things that kids his age want because he hasn’t seen what I’ve seen and experienced what I’ve experienced
If you’re going to live might as well enjoy the best of life– that’s I’ve realized.
It’s 1 : 40 PM on day 2660 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray,read Luke 2:13-14 have breakfast, and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – – A HUGE thanks to Tim Fargo , author of Alphabet Success – Keeping it Simple. My Secrets to Success and founder of Social Jukebox, and Shahrina Ramphaul who donated $250 each which brings the total raised to $6 041 only $6 459 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.
Yesterday during a mental recap of 2017 I remembered some of the best things I’ve heard, seen and tasted some of which I’d like to share. Take a look:
Best of 2017
Best songs of 2017
Best movie of 2017
The Shack – a movie starring Sam Worthington, Olivia Spencer and Tim McGraw – it’s a moving tale of a man’s journey to faith, redemption and forgiveness of self and others I don’t cry a lot about anything but by the end of the movie both mom and I had tears running down our cheeks I LOVED the movie and would recommend it to every Christian in the world.
Best books of 2017
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing Worldby the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams it’s a profound yet simple book about the keys to having joy and living a joyful life (I love that both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu emphasized that being of service and looking outward from one’s own suffering were at the core of living a joyful life (it’s so true)).
Custard Apples – it’s a sweet fruit with a buttery texture I LOVE it
Cookies & Cream Ice-Cream from Hagen Daz (in Cape Town) – best Ice-cream I’ve ever had
Cinnamon Pancakes from Heavenly Pancake House (here in East London, South Africa) – – best pancakes I’ve ever had (thanks Salomie)
Best places I’ve Been To in 2017
Southern Sun The Cullinan – a huge thanks to everybody at The Cullinan for being so accommodating and friendly (my brother loved figuring out the elevators and the Nugget)
Gonubie Beach – it’s absolutely beautiful
Best Moments of 2017
Meeting my twin nephews Jacob and Jeremy and meeting my niece Maya (I’ve known my cousins my whole life they used to read me bedtime stories and make me scrambled eggs there was something truly special about seeing them as mothers I could literally see how motherhood had transformed them a love so fierce burned in their eyes it made them more patient and slow to anger it is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen)
Seeing my cousin Vineeth getting married (Vineeth has always been my Believer-In-Chief always trying to convince people I was capable of more than they thought I was and so seeing him get married to a very nice girl was such a special moment for me)
Planning and executing local community projects (I will never publicly share anything I’ve seen and heard while working on my local projects but I will say it has transformed the way I look at life – all the faces I’ve seen may in time forget me but I will never forget them)
My Superhero Catherine Constantinides flying across the country to support me Paragliding to Raise Awareness about the Western Sahara (of all the gifts I’ve received in my 26 years of life her presence was on that day was the best by showing up I heard from her actions you matter I love you and that I will always appreciate because not everybody in takes time to say sometimes so kind with their actions (thank you Superhero for literally showing up, for all the phone calls, voice notes and everything I’m crazy about your kindness you’re so busy and yet whenever I’m with you either in person or on the phone I feel like the center of the universe it’s truly so so special. I picked the right Superhero. #MySuperheroIsTheBESTEST)
Meeting Ella Bella (nobody has taught me more about love, loyalty, teamwork and hard work than Ella has she is the friend, family member and colleague that everybody deserves (Ella you’re the bestest I love you to the moon and more than the stars thank you so much for all that you are and all that you do)
Video-chatting with Laura Schroff, author of Angels on Earth: Inspiring Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Connections (imagine actually talking to someone whose books you been reading forever I was shocked that I was able to speak in complete sentences but Laura was so nice and normal I quickly got over my star-struckness I love her so much and her dog, Emma, is supercute so that gets her extra points (thank you Laura for making time for me and being so nice)
Paragliding off Signal Hill – everybody thought I was a whackjob but I knew that with support I could do it and I’m so glad I did the view was EXTRAORDINARY!! “` `