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why wait?

It’s no secret that I love goal-setting.

So as long as I’ve been setting goals, I have always said I want to go to Africa, volunteer and do a safari. It’s always been a 10 year goal of mine . . . but 7 years have now gone by since I first set that goal, and the goal keeps getting pushed out. Instead of it getting closer, and becoming a shorter-term goal, I keep pushing it back, keeping it at arms length as a 10 year goal.

The reason? Because I had always thought I would do this with my husband. My goal specifically was “My husband and I do a safari through Africa.” Well then of course it hasn’t happened, because alas, I’m still single!

I had a realisation earlier this year, where I felt like I’d awoke from a long slumber, slapped myself across the face and went – you don’t have to put this off any longer! If this is something you really want to do, then do it. You may never get married, you may never meet this ‘perfect man’, and will that then mean that you never see Africa?

I quickly realised how ridiculous my logic had been. And how naive I was to assume that I would always have the luxury of time. That I would always be healthy, that I would always be able to travel, that I would be here and be able to do this in 10 years time. We all know there are no promises in life, and this was a pretty poor gamble to be making on my part.

Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks.
Life is happening now.

Shortly after having this realisation, I happened to make friends with an incredible woman who run a charity raising money for an orphanage in South Africa. She has just started running small volunteer groups over there. Talk about stars aligning! This was no accident that she came into my life, it was time to make this ever illusive goal of mine a reality.

I signed up for the next trip, paid for my flights, and started on my fundraising journey. Literally over night, a goal that has eluded me for the last 7 years is now finally coming into existence.

My biggest learning has been to let go of my expectations. Letting go of what I thought this trip was going to look like, and in that, creating a freedom for a new reality to enter. Expectations will be the death of me, they set us up for so much disappointment, resentment and failure. And for what?

So where in your life do you need to let go of expectations?

Where are you putting something off in your life, that could potentially be achieved this week, this month or this year?

If a goal can be achieved sooner than what you set it for, why put it off? Bring it forward!

Do it NOW, because tomorrow is not ever promised.

Why are you patiently waiting for the things you want, instead of running out there and grabbing them?

 

A little more about the trip for those that are interested . . .

My dear friend Jen Kyna runs a charity ‘Kindling‘, and it’s with her and a small group of volunteers that I will be travelling to Africa in a few months time. We are helping to contribute to the lives of many disadvantaged children in the community of Boksburg, South Africa. The orphanage was started 5 years ago and has become a refuge for young children and offers them hope for a better life.

Each volunteer is raising $2000, and 100% of the funds will be going towards projects that will assist them in creating a sustainable future for themselves and a safer environment for the children.

FUNDRAISING PROJECTS:

  • Orphanage Upgrade, Kitchen and Furnishings
  • Community Bakery
  • Sporting Ground & equipment

I look forward to keeping you updated on the journey, and all our charity projects when I get there. If anyone is keen to donate to this cause, please head over to my fundraising page here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your generosity!

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